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Daily Twins Daily: July 27, 2017

Posted by Parker Hageman , 27 July 2017 · 935 views

Daily Twins Daily: July 27, 2017 Good morning and welcome to the Daily Twins Daily. Before I throw this one over to first, I’ll make sure someone is covering the base...

First: You should go sign up for our latest Thank You Giveaway. Today’s giveaway is a sweet package of Minnesota Twins gear from our friends at SotaStickCo. My personal favorite is the artwork of Kent Hrbek lifting... catching Ron Gant as his momentum carried him off the base. Great designs and they can be yours for free!

Second: That game. Man. I’m not sure what I was expecting following Tuesday night’s debacle. With Ervin Santana on the bump and the Dodgers forced to bring in a bullpen arm as a spot start it just felt like the Twins would escape LA with one win. And for a while it looked like they would as they sprinted out to a 5-0 lead only to have the Dodgers close the gap after two sooooper pimped solo home runs by Joc Pederson and Yasiel Puig. Outside of that, Santana looked good.

But then came the bottom of the eighth.

Smart move bringing in your closer. Unfortunately said closer isn’t a strikeout closer. I don’t know where Zack Granite was trying to throw that ball. Brandon Kintzler’s reaction says it all.

As far as the game-winning at bat goes, I’m not sure why Kintzler/Castro opted to give Justin Turner a hittable pitch in a 3-2 count with first base open. Too concerned about facing the Bellinger/Pederson left-handed combo?

You can read all about the rest of the game’s activities in Tom Froemming’s game recap. The bottom line is the Dodgers are really bleeping good.

Third: On the minor league side, good things happened. At least for the Rochester Red Wings.
Jeremy Nygaard has the summary of the day’s action including Kennys Vargas’ two home runs.

Home: In the forums, Twins Daily member birdwatcher asks if the bullpen will actually be strength in 2018. It feels like we have been saying this for years now, but there are a lot of power arms in the system on the cusp of contributing.

Extra Innings: According to Jon Morosi, if the Twins continue to fall behind, they will consider moving both Ervin Santana and Jaime Garcia.

With that in mind, Seth Stohs unleashes his thoughts on the current state of the 2017 Minnesota Twins.

Random: Prospect Mitch Garver hit his 15th home run of the year in Rochester yesterday. 1500 ESPN’s Jake Depue posted a solid article on Garver recently, talking to him about his power numbers. This spring, Garver told me that he credited then-Chattanooga manager Doug Mientkiewicz for refining his swing and his approach.

You can see, mechanically, how different Garver’s swing is between his early minor league days versus the present. The former swing has all of the signs of the old Twins’ methods -- little to no movement -- while the updated model has good movements in the lower half and hands, creating more bat speed and power.

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