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Byron Buxton will start 2016 .......where?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 10:54 AM
Prior to the Aaron Hicks trade, many Twins fans, including myself, figured that Byron Buxton was ticketed to the minor leagues to start 2...

Berandino: Byung-ho Park Reportedly Headed to the Twin Ci...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 10:38 AM
According to Mike Berandino, a South Korean news agency reports that Byung-ho Park departs on Sunday for the Twins Cities.He is scheduled...

Random data point

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 10:26 AM
Not sure where to put this (or even if it's worth putting anywhere). We need a "For What It's Worth" department here.   Yesterday a...

Twins playing Moneyball?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 03:05 AM
Recent moves suggest the Twins are prioritizing power in their hitters, sometimes at the expense of defense (especially at the corners)....

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A Quick Analysis of the Rest of 2015

Posted by Shane Wahl , 24 August 2015 · 738 views

The Twins' four-game sweep of the Orioles has kept them very much alive in the 2015 wild card chase. On Tuesday, they start a big three-game series with another contender in the Tampa Bay Rays. A series win would put two games between the Twins and Rays and keep the Twins within a couple games, at worst, of the final wild card spot.

This comes after a bi...


Top 50 Twins Prospects mid-2015

Posted by Shane Wahl , 17 July 2015 · 1,104 views

The Twins system is entering a new era as the youth movement is now officially underway. Players like May and Rosario have graduated already. Some players like Sano and Buxton will be leaving this list due to graduation in the coming months. It is important to get a glimpse of the state of the system going forward as the Twins are now entering a time of c...


Top 30 Twins Position Player Prospects

Posted by Shane Wahl , 16 July 2015 · 543 views

It is time for part 2 of my mid-season prospect list. Here are the top 30 position player prospects in the Twins system:

1. Byron Buxton (1): CF, 12-18-93
2015 status: Buxton is basically done with minor league baseball. He got injured again, but should be back with the Twins in September. ETA: already arrived.

2. Miguel Sano (2): 3B, 5-3-93
2015 stat...


Top 30 Twins Pitching Prospects

Posted by Shane Wahl , 06 July 2015 · 417 views

It is time to re-evaluate the top pitching prospects in the Twins system. Trevor May graduated, and the 2015 draft brought in three fresh pitchers to this list.

1. Jose Berrios (1): RHS, 5-27-94
2015 status: Strong improvement over 2014 AA numbers. Promoted to AAA. ETA: essentially MLB ready now.

2. Tyler Jay (NR): LHR, 4-19-94
2015 status: Sent to Fo...


First Update on Breakthrough Prospect Batters

Posted by Shane Wahl , 03 May 2015 · 312 views

It's the beginning of May, so I thought it would be a good time to evaluate my 2015 breakthrough prospect candidates based on their first weeks this year. Here I highlight the position players and will focus on the pitchers tomorrow.

Lewin Diaz and Jack Barrie have not started playing yet this season.
Jorge (JJ) Fernandez (CDR) was injured a few week...


Breakthrough Prospects 2015

Posted by Shane Wahl , 13 April 2015 · 475 views

A point in making very long prospect lists is to establish the fact that certain players are on the radar. Josmil Pinto was around 50 on my list after his 2011 season and we have seen how that went. Here, I am singling out 12 prospects who are not in most top 20 Twins prospect lists, but they could easily be with very strong 2015 seasons. I expect that at...


You're Being Very Un-Dude

Posted by Shane Wahl , 31 March 2015 · 662 views

The headline here is a reference--if you do not know somehow--to a line from The Big Lebowski . It's the scene in the car where Walter has brought "the ringer" ("the whites") and The Dude loses it on him. The Dude is a very chill guy who smokes pot, listens to CCR, and bowls. But in this scene he yells (editing profanity) "You (screwed) it up! You (screwe...


Push Candidate: Brian Navarreto

Posted by Shane Wahl , 22 February 2015 · 717 views

The first two entries in this series focused on players who are moving up in the system and the question is one of advancing to AA baseball, which is really (Jorge Polanco 2014 aside) the real first glimpse of closeness to the majors that a minor leaguer can see. For the final installment, I am turning to another major step in the system--full season A ba...


Push Candidate: Travis Harrison

Posted by Shane Wahl , 19 February 2015 · 952 views

The second of three articles featuring players who I believe should be "pushed" to the next level in the system will focus on Travis Harrison. Harrison had some high expectations after being drafted and has moved through the system in the same way that Adam Walker has. There are still a number of question marks about Harrison's potential, both in the fiel...


Push Candidate: Adam Walker

Posted by Shane Wahl , 11 February 2015 · 798 views

Leading up to Spring Training, I am highlighting three players in the system who are "push candidates." These are players who I think should be pushed to the next level in the minor league system, even with some issues with their 2014 seasons that might give the Twins pause. I am not one who thinks players need to "dominate" a level before being promoted,...