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  1. Twins Minor League Start Pitcher of the Month - July

    The Trade Deadline has come and passed which means just one thing, itís time to start announcing our Minnesota Twins Minor League Awards. Today, weíll start with the Starting Pitchers for the month of July.

    This month the numbers of the five players ranked are better than they were in June. Consider, Miracle righty Tyler Duffey went 3-0 with a 3.26 ERA and opponents batted just .202 off of him and he isnít in the top 5. Matt Tomshaw made two starts and three long-relief appearances ...
  2. Twins Minor League Report (7/29): The Albers Show Continues

    The July trade deadline has passed and the only player transaction on the day was the Rochesterís Drew Butera was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers. However, I think we can expect that there will be a trickle-down effect of that move as Rochester will need another catcher (Josmil Pinto maybe?), and then New Britain will need another catcher (Kyle Knudsonís return, or Matt Koch maybe?). Then Ft. Myers will need a new catcher, so could Jairo Rodriguezís affiliate tour take him back to the Miracle? ...
  3. Revisiting Catching and Defense

    My last blog topic on catcher defense was last November. The trade of Butera has prompted a revisit.

    Through July 26 while Ryan Doumit was catching, 46 out of zone balls were called strikes and 205 in zone strikes were called balls. They convert it to a ratio which for Doumit would be 0.22 extra strikes/lost strikes. That ratio is the worst in baseball and the next for a current catcher is twice the ratio at 0.44. The data is from Baseball Prospectus.

    How much difference ...

    Updated 07-31-2013 at 08:03 PM by jorgenswest

  4. Drew Butera Traded to the Dodgers

    Several minutes after the 3:00 central time trade deadline, reports trickled in that the Minnesota Twins had traded catcher Drew Butera to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

    The reports indicate that the Twins will receive the ever-popular Player to be Named Later.

    As of right now, that will mean that the Twins have opened up a spot on their 40 man roster. The Twins were unable to complete any other trades before the July 31 deadline passed. I have a feeling that the Twins will ...
  5. Cardinals Catching

    With yadi out, the cards suddenly need a catcher. TR needs to get someting for Doumit. Strike now!!!
  6. With trade deadline looming, Twins' Brian Duensing prepares for anything

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ID:	5043Left-handed relievers are a valuable if not under-appreciated members of society. You know, like oxygen. While they may seem ubiquitous and always available, a team could get killed if you don't have any.

    They have a certain vampiric quality to them as they are seemingly able to last forever while continually finding work. Darren Oliver, 37-years-old, has been employed steadily. Despite mixed results, J.C. Romero has hung around baseball. Even with numerous ...
  7. Twins Birthdays--July 31

    Also posted at wgom.org

    Rene Rivera (1983)

    Catcher Rene (Rivera) Rivera appeared in forty-five games for the Twins in 2011. Born and raised in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, he was drafted by Seattle in the second round in 2001. He spent the next seven years in the Mariners organization not doing much on offense, but still got three stints in the majors. One assumes he was considered an excellent defensive catcher. His best year in the minors appears to have been ...
  8. Waitin' With the Wings: Andrew Albers

    With the trade deadline coming and going, there could be some changes on the horizon with the Twins roster. These might not be immediate changes but the club is on the way to their third straight losing season and different players should be given an opportunity at the big league level. In the next couple of weeks, I will look at some of the names on the Triple-A roster that could earn a call-up before the end of the season.

    This series called "Waiting With the Wings" will profile ...
  9. 20 Twins Trades: Welcome to Punto Country!

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed! I also wrote about the two Luis Castillo trades this week. It's a bit long, but there were two trades, SO GIVE ME A BREAK. Here it is, enjoy.

    There was blood in the water. A.J. Pierzynski was still warm. The Twins had just turned one soon-to-be-expensive player into three shiny new parts, each carrying a much smaller price tag. The Twins were carrying a seven-figure pitcher who was going to get even more expensive. Why not swap him ...
  10. Twins Minor League Report (7/30): Sano Celebrates Victory

    Happy Trade Deadline Eve! All is still quiet on the Twins front, though activity around baseball has started to heat up. Division rivals Detroit and Chicago have already been active (with Bostonís help). Detroit added SS Jose Iglesias to replace Jhonny Peralta (who will be suspended soon) while Chicago traded Jake Peavy to the Red Sox. The White Sox get in return OF prospect Avisail Garcia (from Detroit - who might rank as their new #1 prospect) as well as other minor-league prospects.
  11. Deduno Defies Conventions

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ID:	5036I've been bullish on Samuel Deduno, and it's been a point of disagreement between myself and some other generally like-minded Twins writers. Aaron Gleeman has repeatedly warned against buying into the right-hander's small-sample success and the Geek recently lamented the idea of a long-term contract.

    It's easy to see why any stat-savvy observer would hold reservations. Deduno has performed poorly in a number of key peripheral categories, namely strikeout-to-walk ...
  12. Jonathan Murphy playing a big role in Cedar Rapids

    A year ago, Jonathan Murphy was a 22-year old 19th round draft pick out of Jacksonville University just starting out his professional baseball career in the Minnesota Twins organization with the Twinsí complex-rookie level Gulf Coast League team in Fort Myers.

    Today, Murphy is the primary leadoff hitter and centerfielder for the Cedar Rapids Kernels.

    Itís not at all unusual for a second-year professional player drafted out of college to be spending time with the Kernels, ...

    Updated 07-30-2013 at 07:13 PM by SD Buhr

  13. Miguel Sano L-R splits

    Sano's left-right splits at New Britain are backwards. His OPS against righties is .965, but against lefties, it is only .714 (overall .899). This would appear to be a positive stat in that his performance against lefties is likely to catch up and pass what he is already doing against righties.

    Anyone have access to his splits for earlier teams? Has this been a persistent pattern?
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  14. Which Twins are most likely to be traded?

    There are Top 10 lists for everything; prospect lists, all-time greatest Philly cheese steaks. Today, I thought Iíd work on a similar theme, but instead, Iím going to make it a Top 11 list. Below, I will post, in order, the Top 11 Minnesota Twins players that could be traded in the next 23 hours. Number 11 is the one I would say is least likely (as of right now), and the Number 1 player is the one I would assume is most likely to be traded.

    Of course, guessing what will happen is a ...
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