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    The second in a series chronicling the Twins Dominican Baseball Academy.

    The Twins Dominican Summer League team is 17 games into their 2014 season. At 9-8, they currently sit two and a half games out of first behind the D-Backs and Orioles, having a five game winning streak snapped by the DSL Padres on Thursday after walking off the White Sox 11-10 in extra innings on Monday, crushing the DSL Reds 12-2 on Tuesday and getting the Reds again 8-6 on Wednesday.

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    by 06-20-2014, 11:22 AM

    The second in a series chronicling the Twins Dominican Baseball Academy.

    The Twins Dominican Summer League team is 17 games into their 2014 season. At 9-8, they currently sit two and a half games out of first behind the D-Backs and Orioles, having a five game winning streak snapped by the DSL Padres on Thursday after walking off the White Sox 11-10 in extra innings on Monday, crushing the DSL Reds 12-2 on Tuesday and getting the Reds again 8-6 on Wednesday.

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    by 06-20-2014, 08:54 AM
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    You can download the new Talk to Contact (@TalkToContact) episode via iTunes or by clicking here, and if you want to add the show to your non-iTunes podcast player, this is the RSS Feed.

    No reason to bury the lead, Trevor May is BACK! Trevor talked about his approach to pitching, what he’s been doing in 2014 that has allowed him to be successful, and how much fun he’s having as a member of the outstanding pitching staff in Triple-A Rochester.



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    by 06-20-2014, 07:30 AM
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    On Thursday night, the short-season Elizabethton Twins opened their season with a win in Greeneville. This afternoon, the Gulf Coast League Twins begin their schedule. Today, I’ll be taking a look and trying to familiarize Twins Daily readers with these young players.

    The GCL squad is always an interesting mix of players from all over the world and with all kinds of experiences and backgrounds. This season is no different. There are some 17 year olds who signed internationally a year ago, and there are some 22 year olds who just finished their fourth year of college baseball.

    Some of these players will work their way up to Elizabethton later in the season. Maybe next year a couple of them will work their way up to full season Cedar Rapids.

    Please feel free to ask any questions you may have.

    Nelson Molina

    The Pitchers

    Mat Batts – The Twins drafted former Baseball America intern in the 17th round this month out of UNC-Wilmington. He will
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    by 06-20-2014, 06:08 AM
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    Thirty-year old Yohan Pino made his Major League debut on Thursday night, after nearly ten full years pitching in the Minor Leagues. Pino pitched well, yielding just two runs over seven innings to go along with seven strike outs. Like Andrew Albers before him, Pino will have to prove he has staying power after a strong initial outing. He received a no-decision. In the 8th, the Twins scored two runs and Glen Perkins recorded the save

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    A day after the Ft. Myers
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    Thirty-year old Yohan Pino made his major league debut on Thursday night, after nearly ten full years pitching in the Minor Leagues. Pino pitched well, yielding just two runs over seven innings to go along with seven strikeouts. Like Andrew Albers before him, Pino will have to prove he has staying power after a strong initial outing.



    Red Wings Report
    Rochester 8, Pawtucket 6
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    The Red Wings were down 6-0 headed to the bottom of the seventh
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    by 06-19-2014, 10:33 PM
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    * The Twins came into this season with a lot of intrigue surrounding the rotation. Between the newly signed free agents and the rising prospects with a chance to debut, there were going to be plenty of storylines to follow here in 2014.

    The most important, though, was always going to be Kyle Gibson.

    Coming off a rocky MLB debut last year, and entering his first season with no restrictions after Tommy John surgery, Gibson won a spot on the staff in camp, making this his big opportunity to establish himself as a bona fide big-leaguer and a long-term fixture in the rotation.

    The 26-year-old right-hander was off-and-on over his
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    by 06-19-2014, 03:55 PM
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    Did anyone else read Jim Caple’s recent article on ESPN.com about Tony Gwynn and chewing tobacco? In the article he advocates for the ban of on-field use of chew in MLB, noting that it is already banned in MiLB. The topic at hand certainly evokes strong opinions; somewhere along the lines of individual freedoms vs. general health and well-being, with a whole host of other considerations on the side.

    I was drawn to the article because I was saddened and angered to learn that Gwynn’s
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    by 06-19-2014, 05:17 AM
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    Traditionally, a White Sox visit to Minnesota would be just what the doctor ordered for a struggling Twins team. Hopefully it will be again. The Twins are limping home after a 3-6 road trip and on a five-game losing streak, after losing in particularly gut-wrenching fashion on Thursday. But now they’re back in Target Field, playing on a warm summer weekend (with minimal rain forecast for most of the games) against a White Sox team they haven’t seen since early, frigid April.

    The White Sox are doing their best to help our boys out. For the second weekend in a row, the Twins are facing a division rival without seeing
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    by 06-18-2014, 10:23 PM
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    We don’t know a lot about what will happen at the end of the season, but we do know that the Ft. Myers Miracle will return to the Florida State League playoffs. It came down to the final game, but their win clinched the division and a playoff spot for Doug Mientkiewicz’s crew.

    Kyle Gibson has done a great job of late at proving those who believed in him right. On Wednesday afternoon in Fenway Park, Gibson threw seven more shutout innings, increasing his streak to 22 consecutive innings. However, it wasn’t enough as the Twins fell 2-1 in ten innings to the Red Sox.



    Let’s check out what happened in the Twins farm system on Wednesday:

    RED WINGS REPORT
    Game 1 - Rochester 4, Pawtucket 9
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    Sean Gilmartin made his Rochester debut on Tuesday night. He went 3.1 innings and gave up two unearned runs on six hits. He walked none and struck out two. That’s when
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    by 06-18-2014, 01:52 PM
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    Since Opening Day of the minor league season, we have been doing daily Twins Minor League Reports here at Twins Daily. Each day, we were following the Rochester Red Wings, the New Britain Rock Cats, the Ft. Myers Miracle and the Cedar Rapids Kernels. Meanwhile, many Twins minor leaguers have been in Ft. Myers, working out and playing in extended spring training.

    Later this week, those players – along with signed 2014 draft picks – will begin their official seasons. The Elizabethton Twins (Advanced Rookie) open on Thursday while the Gulf Coast League Twins (Rookie) start on Friday afternoon. Today, we’ll take a look at the Elizabethton Twins roster as their season begins. Tomorrow, we’ll look at the Gulf Coast League roster.

    Note that these are very brief bios, so feel free to ask any questions you would like.



    The Starting Pitchers

    Stephen Gonsalves – The Twins 4th round pick in 2013 pitched really well last year for the GCL
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    by 06-18-2014, 08:39 AM
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    I do not believe it is too hyperbolic to say that Phil Hughes is the greatest pitcher alive.

    That may be a bit extreme but it has been so long since the Minnesota Twins have been able to pencil a strong candidate into the rotation that you forget what a good pitcher smells like.

    (Answer: Good pitchers smell like Cy Young Awards -- a combination of polished chrome, rich mahogany and saddlewood).

    OK, so a Cy Young this year is a stretch considering he has to rely on a stagnant Twins offense to score runs in order to continue to accumulate wins that the voters love so dearly, and the Yankees have a pitcher named Masahiro Tanaka who is doing unforgivable things to other teams,
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    by 06-18-2014, 07:49 AM
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    My first exposure to Danny Santana was a spring game in March against the Red Sox. While I certainly remember his flashy play (1-3 with a 2B, a walk and a SB), it was a costly 5th inning fielding error, leading to a 2-run Red Sox rally that gave the defending champs the game, that stuck with me as a perfect example of the inconsistency marking Santana’s young career.

    That defensive inconsistency was the reason many assumed Santana’s first call-up in early May would be a short one, but
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    by 06-18-2014, 01:18 AM
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    Minnesota Twins starter Phil Hughes continued his renaissance in 2014, tossing a complete game effort in Fenway Park – a stadium in which he had owned a career ERA of 6.56 – on Tuesday night. Unfortunately, the offense wasn’t up to providing enough punch to avoid a tally in the loss column against Jon Lester.

    In the minors, one of the affiliates participated in their league’s All-Star Game, while a few familiar names in these reports continued their headlining play.

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    by 06-17-2014, 11:03 PM
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    Despite being perpetually trapped in the shadows of Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano within the Twins' system, Eddie Rosario had firmly established himself as a true upper-tier prospect by the end of the 2013 season.

    At the age of 21, he had cruised through Single-A and Double-A, batting .302/.350/.460 between the two levels all while working on the defensive transition from outfield to infield. His bat was so good, and his athleticism so outstanding, that it appeared he may have a chance to make an early impact for the Twins here in 2014.

    My, how things change.

    As we all know, Rosario was tagged
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    by 06-17-2014, 09:47 PM

    Sure we're a couple weeks late, and several hundreds of posts short...but we couldn't resist the temptation to continue our annual tradition of giving a run down of every single Twins draft pick for the busy fan. So keep your detailed scouting reports, don't bother worrying over their ETAs in the big leagues. All that information is covered in tremendous detail by Seth Stohs and Jeremy Nygard. Just appreciate the simplicity of five words for every player. (As always, numbers and punctuation don't

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