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    by 05-29-2012, 10:49 PM

    Tommy Watkins has been in the Twins organization since 1998 when he was the team's 38th round draft pick of the Twins. He spent two seasons in the Gulf Coast League, one year in Elizabethton and one year in Quad Cities. He spent two years playing for his hometown Ft. Myers Miracle. After two-and-a-half seasons with New Britain, he was promoted to Rochester. He spent three-and-a-half seasons there before retiring. However, in late 2007, all the time and all the work paid off when he was called into his manager's office and told he was going to the big leagues. He played in nine games for the Twins and hit .357 (10-28). Watkins is now in his third season as the hitting coach of the Beloit Snappers where this year he gets to work with a team that is currently four games ahead of its nearest competition in its division.

    Tonight, I was joined by Watkins on the SethSpeaks Weekly Twins podcast. We talked about his career, but mainly about his coaching with the Snappers. We talked about Miguel Sano, Eddie Rosario, AJ Pettersen and more players. It was a fun conversation.
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    by 05-29-2012, 09:55 PM

    Less than a week ago, the thought of pitching at Target Field had to be far from the mind of Cole DeVries. But on Tuesday evening, DeVries found himself making his home debut in front of a crowd full of family and friends. It can be nerve racking to pitch in front of the home crowd for the first time and it had to be even harder for the Minnesota native to be throwing so close to where he grew up.

    Throughout the contest, DeVries worked himself into some jams by walking batters but he always seemed to find a way to wriggle out of these sticky situations. In five innings on the mound, he gave up no runs on two hits with five walks and one strikeout. He wouldn't factor into the decision but it was a decent effort from the 27-year old rookie.

    It wasn't that long ago that DeVries was part of the Rochester Red Wings so let's see how some of his former teammates and the rest of the farm system faired on Tuesday night.
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    by 05-29-2012, 03:31 PM

    It seems like yesterday I was playing for a 12 year old in house championship. Baseball has taken me from the grass backyards of Minnetonka to either coast and a number of places in between. There are moments I will never forget, there are others I would rather forget. Each day baseball teaches me more and more about myself.

    The game recently took me to Kane County for a 4 game series against the Kansas City affiliate. Here is my recap:
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    by 05-28-2012, 10:45 PM

    I donít want to trade Justin Morneau. I donít want to be rational about it. I want to clutch onto his comeback, keep it for my own, separate it and gaze at it among the dreck that this (and probably next) season has become. Iíve waited for this, Iíve craved it, and dammit, now I want it.

    Weíll see if I feel the same way in a couple of months, because thatís when the decision will need to be made. For there to be a decision, Morneau needs stay healthy, and he needs show the same kind of production occasionally that heís shown this week. Those are two huge ďIfs.Ē And even then, would there be a market for his $14 million/year contract that goes through 2013?

    I think so. A quick look at the standings and depth charts show a few teams that might be interested. Letís count down the top four that jump out at meÖ.
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    by 05-28-2012, 08:21 PM

    Today, we continue to work through my Top 50 Twins Prospects list by looking at my choices for prospects 11 through 20. Last week, we looked at prospects 21-30, prospects 31-40, and prospects 41 through 50. For those that donít think the Twins have any shortstop prospects, you may want to check out this section. There are some high-quality, future big-league arms in this range. A couple of them were just drafted last year. Unfortunately, a couple of them are currently having some injury issues. There is also a guy who may be Ryan Doumitís successorÖ or Joe Mauerís?

    Without further ado, letís get to the list. Here are my choices for Twins Prospects 11-20:
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    by 05-28-2012, 05:51 PM

    Happy Memorial Day!

    Jason Marquis was not claimed on release waivers Ė and both Marquis and the Twins declined sending him to Rochester Ė thus making him a free agent. The Twins will continue to pay the remainder of the $3 million owed to Marquis. If another team signs him to the minimum, the Twins bill will go down that much (probably $480,000). His Ė and Erik Komatsuís Ė removal from the 40-man leaves the roster at 38 men. Gardenhire also said he didnít expect the Twins to work out a trade for Komatsuís rights.

    The Twins Ė after a come-from-behind-win Ė are still tied with the Cubs in the race for the first pick in the 2013 MLB Draft. This yearís draft takes place a week from today.

    Letís take a spin around the farm:
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    by 05-27-2012, 09:20 PM

    I hope everyone is enjoying their Memorial Day weekend! All of the affiliates were in action today and this evening, and the Twins lost a tough one to the Tigers.

    There was some roster news, if you haven't heard it: Erik Komatsu was designated for assignment, and Jeff Manship joined the Twins. Best of luck to Komatsu in his professional career, and to Manship, as well. Additionally, starting pitcher David Bromberg was promoted from the AA Rock Cats to AAA Rochester. Congratulations to him! Let's take a look at what happened down on the farm today.
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    by 05-27-2012, 09:04 PM

    Aaron and John talk about Justin Morneau's resurgence, the Twins' options with the No. 2 pick, Jason Marquis' departure, Francisco Liriano's move back into the rotation, the best baseball movies of all time, first impressions of Cole De Vries, their PickPointz MVP picks, Johan Santana's return to greatness, and why Anthony Slama can't catch a break. Here are:

    by 05-27-2012, 08:36 AM

    Join Seth at 1:00 CST for a live Twins chat. Feel free to ask questions on the Minnesota Twins, the minor leagues, prospect rankings, the upcoming draft... or anything baseball-related. These chats are always fun and entertaining. This will be taking place during the Twins/Tigers series finale, so it'll be good. (Of course, if this time doesn't work for you to participate, you can come back later to read the transcript.) Click the "Read More" to join the chat.
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    by 05-26-2012, 11:38 PM

    The Twins lost on Saturday afternoon to Max Scherzer and the Detroit Tigers. Justin Morneauís ninth home run tied the game at two in the second inning. Unfortunately, in the top of the 5th, Carl Pavano gave up six straight hits (5 singles and a double) and gave up four runs. Denard Span cut the lead to 6-3 with his first home run of the season, but that was it. The Twins were able to get no closer and lost 6-3.
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    by 05-26-2012, 09:56 PM

    On Saturday night, Twins Daily tonight learned that the Twins have decided to promote right-handed pitcher Jeff Manship from AAA Rochester. He will be pitching out of the bullpen for the Twins.Manship was scheduled to start on Sunday afternoon in Gwinnett (Georgia) against the Braves affiliate, but instead he will be hopping on an airplane to join the Twins.

    Overall this season, Manship is 4-1 with a 3.08 ERA for the Red Wings. He pitched eight times out of the bullpen and made four starts. As a reliever, he threw 18 innings. He walked eight and struck out 18. In his four starts, he has thrown 20 innings and given up 16 hits, seven walks and struck out ten.
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    by 05-26-2012, 01:19 AM

    The Twins lost again, this time to the Tigers. They scored six runs on ten hits which should be enough most of the time. Unfortunately, Anthony Swarzak wasnít feeling well and it showed. He gave up six runs and didnít get through the fourth inning. Francisco Liriano gave up four more runs without completing three innings. Denard Span had three hits including two doubles, but it just wasnít enough.

    Ron Gardenhire was ejected moments after Jamey Carroll was ejected for the first time in his career. Gardy wasnít the only manager in the Twins organization to be ejected, and Carroll wasnít the only player. Here is a look at the Twins minor league scores and highlights from Friday:
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    by 05-25-2012, 08:52 AM

    Original post from North Dakota Twins Fan
    The Twins have been playing a little bit better baseball and the team has been able to put together a few wins since the last time we were together for "Friday Links-N-Thinks." The rotation has been overhauled with a youth movement coming into the fold. The likes of Scott Diamond, PJ Walters, and Cole DeVries have been added to the roster to throw the ball over the plate.

    After the first game of the White Sox series, things looked to be going in the right direction for the Twins. A lot of fielding errors in the last two game put the team in a hole they would never be able to climb out of and the Sox won the final two games and the series. It was nice to see Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau hit a home run in the same game and hopefully the offense will follow the Twins back to Target Field.
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    by 05-25-2012, 08:03 AM

    The book on Ben Revere is that he is a slap-hitting, bloop-knocking, fast-running, somersaulting offensive contributor.

    In his first full season at the major league level last year, he demonstrated outstanding contact. Of course, the catch was that his contact did not go anywhere. Revere would drive the ball into the ground and try to leg it out. In fact, among those with at least 400 plate appearances last year, his 68.5% ground ball rate led baseball. When he did put the ball in the air, the majority of the time it was a dying quail just past the arms of an outstretched infielder. Had Revere been on a slow-pitch

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