As part of the Twins Daily preseason preview, I took an in-depth look at Chris Parmelee and Trevor Plouffe as they headed into the 2013 season. Going into the season, both former first round draft picks figured to get extended playing time. The hope for Twins fans was for each of these players to show some of the potential they had shown while playing at the Triple-A level.
Plouffe showed some impressive power in 2012 with 24 home runs and 19 doubles. He had a career high .756 OPS
So thatís why Glen Perkins threw so badly in the latter stages of the season. Twins insiders revealed yesterday our closer underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on 1 October to fix medial meniscus in his right knee, an issue that had been troubling the 30-year-old for some time.
Thankfully, it appears no lasting damage was caused from two months of pitching through the pain and since the surgery Perkins revealed he has felt fine. But it is nevertheless a concern for MLB betting fans
Once upon a time, Phil Hughes was among the most highly touted pitching prospects in the game. A former first-round pick, he emerged as a dominant force in the minors, climbing to the No. 4 spot on Baseball America's list of top prospects before debuting in the majors at age 20 in 2007.
Sadly, the right-hander has never lived up to his immense promise. With a career 4.54 ERA and 1.32 WHIP, he has essentially been the definition of "average" over the course
It's no secret: the Twins are going to be in the market for starting pitching this offseason. In the Offseason Handbook, you'll find a comprehensive list of free agents at the position, along with brief writeups and contract estimates. Here on Twins Daily, we'll take five members of the FA pitching crop that may be of particular interest to the Twins and dive in with a little more depth. Today we start the series with Tim Lincecum.
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This is the first in a series of three articles evaluating the Twins 2013 Season. First we introduce the stat, then we use it to analyze hitters, then we use it to analyze pitchers.
There's plenty of time to dissect the Twins' season, and there are plenty of people to do it. Rather than crunch the numbers or analyze the trends, I prefer to dissect it in the best way I know how: poorly!
It's in that spirit that I offer the following new statistic: AARP or Amusement
Updated 10-21-2013 at 08:41 PM by PeanutsFromHeaven
One of the questions facing the Minnesota Twins and their fans this offseason is the future of Joe Mauer. The All-Star catcher and face of the franchise didn't play a game after August 19th because of concussion related symptoms. With the Twins heading for their third straight 90-loss season, there was no need to rush Mauer back to the field.
When the Twins head to Florida this spring, there will continue to be questions about how much time Mauer should play at catcher. Catchers are
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State of the Team
1993 Record: 71-91, 5th in the AL West
1993 Overview: Extremely disappointing, the beginning of the end...
1994 Outlook: Not good; welcome to the abyss
Players Lost - Free Agency
The Twins didn't really lose a whole lot after the '93 season. We're talking about mostly minor players here. Mike Hartley was decent. Terry Jorgensen, Jeff Grotewold and Mike Maksudian were
I just saw a youtube highlight video of Adam Brett Walker with the Kernels. The first short clip is an advertisement for the Kernels (be patient) and then there are 27 or 29 short highlight clips (15 - 30 seconds each) from just the Kernels home games in CR.
He truly does have incredible power. Each HR must have been over 400 feet. Must see TV.
Aaron and John visit a rainy Nordeast Big River Brew Fest and talk about why the Twins let David Ortiz go, finishing the Justin Morneau trade with Duke Welker, East Side Neighborhood Services, Metrodome-like attendance figures, Joe Nathan and Matt Capps going opposite directions, John Sickels Top 20 Twins' prospects, "Singles Night" at Xcel Center, podcast Hall of Famers, the White Sox spending $68 million on a Cuban import, and mailbag questions from listeners.
How did they do it? What were the changes?
How does a team 'unload' most of it's talent and not really seem to acquire much more, yet, come out on top as it seems the Red Sox have done.
The 1991 Minnesota Twins went from 'worst to first'...as did the Atlanta Braves that year.
The 2012 Red Sox had:
Carl Crawford ($102.5M over the next 5 yrs)
Adrian Gonzalez ($127M over the next 6 yrs, Red Sox pay $3.9M/yr thru '15)
Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP) measures what a playerís ERA should have looked like over a given time period, assuming that performance on balls in play and timing were league average. Fangraphs relies on FIP to calculate WAR for pitchers.
Is FIP independent of the catcher?
The following table shows pitching performance by catcher over the last two seasons.
It seems a bit early for this, but I think the Twins need to be aggressive early in free agency this year. Jim Pohlad has made it clear that the bank is open if Terry Ryan decides to spend money in free agency this offseason. As John Bonnes recently wrote, the Twins could easily have $25-$30M to spend on payroll this season.
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I would like to expand upon this and propose what I would like the Twins to
It was just announced yesterday that the Chicago White Sox signed Jose Abreu to a 6 year $68 million dollar deal.
Letís not get our undies in a bunch over the Chicago White Sox signing of Adam Dunn Part II. First a little on our Midwest American League Central neighbors.
Lest we forget, this is the same White Sox management that signed Adam Dunn to a 4yr/$56M deal.
Adam Dunn. Jose Abreu.
Updated 10-19-2013 at 11:17 AM by twinsfan34
This is my first attempt at a blog entry. Thanks Twins Daily community. And yes this is a true story.
It was a wonderful evening in 1987, my best friend Mark and I had been wondering the streets of Minneapolis for hours, there were hundreds of folks seemingly in the same situation as ours. We saw signs, people dressed in costumes, yelling catchy and witty lines to everyone they passed. Mark and I talked of Hrbek launching another miracle homerun in the 9th. Seeing Bert close