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Article: Twins Minor League Report (6/28): Berrios Nearly...

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 07:05 AM
Minnesota has been well represented in recent years at MLB's annual Futures Game. In each of the last two seasons, Jose Berrios has been...

Ryan tells Phil Miller about "learning up here.

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 07:04 AM
Following is a cut and paste from a Miller extra piece after yesterday's game. Not a big surprise, at least to me. (I) wrote for tomorr...

Article: Who Should Be The American League All-Star Start...

Other Baseball Today, 07:05 AM
There is always plenty of debate when it comes to the starters for each squad in the MLB All-Star Game. Fans get to vote for their favori...

Arcia Traded to the Rays

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 07:02 AM
For cash or a PTBNL. This could be worse than the Delmon Young trade. Guess 30 HR power from a young player does have a price.... About $...

Article: Long-Term Woes

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 06:55 AM
This year's Minnesota Twins team is bad. Like, most losses in baseball bad. Like, less than half as many wins (25) as the Texas Rangers (...

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Engelb Vielma Making Noise

Posted by Boone , 17 August 2015 · 480 views

It’s time people start paying attention to Engelb Vielma. Vielma, who turned 21 a month ago, has been the starting shortstop for the Miracle this season. Always known as a top flight defensive prospect, the diminutive Vielma has done little to discourage that perception in his first 2 seasons of professional ball: in the Midwest League in 2014, Vielma p...


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Anaylizing the Twins Offense: Unlucky OPS?

Posted by Boone , 29 May 2015 · 677 views

Introduction

Over the past few weeks there have been a number of articles focusing on the Twins early season success, and asking one, simple question: can the Twins keep on winning? These articles have focused on two main points: the Twins potent offense (they rank 9th in MLB) despite a mediocre OPS (18th in MLB) and their stellar record (4th best win p...


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Evaluating the Twins Bullpen: Part I

Posted by Boone , 25 May 2015 · 524 views

This is the first part in one I envision being a three part examination of the Twins bullpen. In Part I, I will look at the 2015 Twins bullpen as a whole, and compare it to the other bullpens in MLB. In Parts II and III, I will look at the performance of the individual members of the Twins bullpen and then at several players in the upper levels of the T...


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Jorge Polanco: Base stealer?

Posted by Boone , 13 April 2015 · 506 views

Jorge Polanco has been a favorite prospect of mine for several years and at this point he has certainly established himself as one of the best prospects in the Twins system. His discipline at the plate and positional flexibility make him seem like a relatively safe bet as far as prospects go. However, Polanco’s lack of power and speed have prevented him...


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Lewis Thorpe Improving

Posted by Boone , 24 July 2014 · 289 views

Over the past year, Lewis Thorpe has exploded on the scene. An unknown commodity heading into the GCL last season, he was so dominant as a 17 year old that he has appeared on various preseason Twins’ top 10 prospect lists. He has made even more news this year, skipping the Appalachian league and going straight to A ball from extended spring training. Howe...


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Taking a Closer Look at Kohl Stewart

Posted by Boone , 14 July 2014 · 122 views

There have been mixed feelings about Kohl Stewart this season. Some cite his low ERA as evidence that he has been excellent, while other point out his low K-rate and claim that he is struggling. Let’s take a closer look to see which is the case.

A Closer Look

The first thing we must consider is Stewart’s age. A prospect’s performance should never b...


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Looking at Relief Pitchers in Upper Minors

Posted by Boone , 13 July 2014 · 102 views

The upper-levels of the Twins minor league system is stocked with relief pitchers performing at a high level. Here is a quick rundown:

Michael Tonkin (AAA, 24)- Tonkin has been arguably the best reliever in the Twins system since the start of 2012. This year in AAA, Tonkin has a 3.08 ERA—nothing special—but his K and BB numbers are excellent: 26 K’s t...


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3 Twins Prospects Who Have Been Much Better Than Their Numbers Indicate

Posted by Boone , 22 May 2014 · 125 views

Here are three legitimate prospects (all are 1.7 years younger than the average player in their respective leagues, according to Baseball Reference) who, at first glance, appear to be struggling so far in 2014. A closer examination, however, tells a different story:

Taylor Rogers (AA SP)


32.2 IP in 8 GS
The bad:

5.36 ERA
1.53 WHIP


Why he’s bette...


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3 Twins Prospects Who Have Been Much Better Than Their Numbers Indicate

Posted by Boone , 22 May 2014 · 120 views

Here are three legitimate prospects (all are 1.7 years younger than the average player in their respective leagues, according to Baseball Reference) who, at first glance, appear to be struggling so far in 2014. A closer examination, however, tells a different story:

Taylor Rogers (AA SP)


32.2 IP in 8 GS
The bad:

5.36 ERA
1.53 WHIP


Why he...


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Danny Santana: Shortstop of the Future?

Posted by Boone , 14 August 2013 · 122 views

Shortstop appears to be the weakest position in the Twins organization. Danny Santana is the closest legitimate SS prospect to the majors. But with a .691 OPS this season and 29 errors already (Alexei Ramirez leads all shortstops with 21), does Santana have a legitimate chance to be a franchise shortstop? Here’s a closer look.

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