We're approaching the time when a long-time Twins player is going to be traded away. It will likely be Denard Span.
In our interview for the 2013 Offseason Handbook, Terry Ryan was careful, but stated the obvious. When talking about Chris Parmelee being a regular, Ryan admitted "We're going to try and fit [Chris Parmelee] in there somewhere, without tipping my hand too far."
Fitting Parmelee into the lineup as a regular means playing him at first base or in right field.
In my last Down on the Pond post I took a look at how the Twins players were doing down in the Arizona Fall League, and rather than look back in at how they're doing, or even taking a look at the guys who are playing Winter Ball around the Southern Hemisphere, I thought I'd use my position here on the Pond to share some photos that players throughout the Twins system posted to the Twitter machine and use that as a jumping off point to talk about some of the guys that are toiling down in the Twins
In the TwinsCentric interview with Terry Ryan last week, (the 9-page entirety of which you can find in the 2013 Offseason Handbook), we asked about his confidence in Trevor Plouffe.
John Bonnes: Are you comfortable with [Trevor] Plouffe at third base?
Terry Ryan: Well, he needs some work too. Defensively, heís a work in progress.
JB: He hasnít played that much at third base in the minors, right?
TR: No, he hasnít, but heís and ex-shortstop
The Minnesota Twins add some coaches and drop some players. From Surly Darkness Days, Aaron and John review their beers against thrash metal, break down the changes, wonder what the new coaches mean, debate the relative value of Ron Gardenhire, recap their motorcycle adventure, review the players who have been droppped, collect on old debts, speculate on might fill the 40-man roster spots, wonder if Scott Baker will re-sign and tease the next podcast including an interview with Terry Ryan. Here
The Twins sent seven of their minor league players to go play in the Arizona Fall League that kicked off earlier this month. Teams each send a handful of their prospects to play in Arizona and each year several teams join together and field a team for the AFL (6 team league located in, you guessed it, Arizona). The Twins players play for the Peoria Javelinas (a 40-80 pound skunk pig, for those of you who are curious you can check out the wiki page) who join with players from the Cincinnati Reds,
In our TwinsCentric Offseason Handbook, weíre including a transcript from a 45-minute meeting "State of the Twins" interview with Terry Ryan. As you can imagine, an 8000-word interview covers a lot of topics, including:
the strengths of the new coaching staff,Joe Mauerís future at catcher,additional offseason priorities beyond starting pitching,how Twins approach waiver wire or minor league free agents,thoughts on the state of the Twins minor leagues,his evaluation
Episode 9 of the Twins baseball podcast, Talk To Contact, is now available for download via iTunes or by clicking here.
(This post originally appeared at www.puckettspond.com)
It's been a slow week in Twins news, but we still found some things to talk about in episode 9. Eric talks about Twins related items that he's trying to acquire from Ebay for less than a quarter (shipping
Iím having trouble getting into the second round of the playoffs. I donít really want either the Yankees or the Tigers to make the World Series, which means I canít even root for the American League. The official team of The Voice Of Reasonô - the Phillies Ė is also out for the first time in years. But part of it is because Iím ready for the next act.
Oddly, I donít think Iíve looked forward to an offseason this much in years. For starters, itíll be nice
Who were the best pitchers in the Twins minor league system in 2012?
Earlier this week I took a look at my predictions from this spring for who I thought would be the best minor league hitters in 2012 and who actually was. Today I'll look into the pitchers. See the predictions made by some of the other Twins bloggers here (position players) or here (pitchers).
Twins related news and notes from
Updated 10-05-2012 at 03:01 AM by Paul Pleiss
This post originally appeared at www.puckettspond.com
Episode 7 of the Twins baseball podcast, Talk To Contact, is now available for download via iTunes or by clicking here.
New Glarus Moon Man, one of the best Wisconsin has to offerIn Episode 7 my brother Eric and I discuss who we believe are the Twins deserving of the Talk To Contact awards for rookie of the year, starting pitcher, reliever, position player
Updated 10-05-2012 at 07:03 PM by Paul Pleiss
Vegas picked the White Sox to finish fourth in the AL Central this year, pegging them to win about 74.5 games. Chicago's season essentially ended last night when the Tigers clinched the division, but that means the Pale Hose' playoff hopes lasted until October, about four (five?) months longer than the Twins. They also made anyone who bet the ďunderĒ in Vegas look like a fool, exceeding Vegas preseason estimate by 10 games and counting.
I am one of those fools. In our Gleeman and the
This post originally appeared at http://puckettspond.com/2012/10/01/d...s-the-hitters/
The minor league seasons are all over. The prospects have played their final games (well, I guess officially the September call-ups still have 3 games left, but let's not get carried away) and the stats and progressions for 2012 are all in the books.
Before the season began, several of the Twins bloggers, myself included, made some prognostications about who we thought
Updated 10-01-2012 at 09:48 AM by Paul Pleiss
The Minnesota Twins release Tsuyoshi Nishioka, contemplate coaching changes, and the John and Aaron review the MLB season via their preseason predictions. Here are:
the podcaststhe rss feed if you want to subscribe andthe podcast on iTunes.
This post originally appeared at http://puckettspond.com/2012/09/28/m...d-col-sanders/
Episode 6 of the Twins related baseball podcast, Talk To Contact, is now available for download via iTunes or by clicking here.
Episode 5 was pretty excellent, if I do say so myself, and in the 6th edition of the podcast Eric and I discuss why the Twins always seem to