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    by 05-17-2014, 04:32 AM
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    Kyle Gibson returned to the mound and after struggling in recent starts, he recorded his first win in a month as the Twins topped the Mariners 5-4. Brian Dozier homered for the tenth time this season and Josmil Pinto hit his sixth home run. Glen Perkins made it interesting in the ninth, but recorded the save.

    In the minor leagues, Mike Pelfrey and Josh Willingham returned to the field in rehab appearances with the Red Wings. There is an unsung player putting up tremendous numbers in New Britain over an 11 game hitting streak while a hitting streak reaches 13 games in Ft. Myers. The Cedar Rapids Kernels are streaking in the wrong direction.



    Letís look at the goings on in the Twins system:

    RED WINGS REPORT
    Rochester 6, Columbus 2
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    Rochesterís game was the first opportunity
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    by 05-16-2014, 09:17 PM

    It has been a rough season for some of the top position players in the Twins minor league system. Eddie Rosario is serving a 50-game suspension after he tested positive for marijuana use. Miguel Sano had to undergo Tommy John surgery and the earliest he could be on the field is very late in the summer. To cap it all off, Byron Buxton, the consensus top prospect in all baseball, has played a whopping five games this year because of a wrist injury and its aggravation.



    Byron Buxton
    Original Outlook (2014): After tearing up both Low-A and High-A last season, Buxton was expected to spend most of the season
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    by 05-16-2014, 09:37 AM
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    It appears that the Twins are running out of patience with Aaron Hicks.

    Last year, through 29 games, the outfielder was batting .133/.239/.214. This year, at the same point, his line is .170/.315/.239. While Hicks has shown an improved approach at the plate, he simply is not hitting the ball.

    The Twins took the 24-year-old to task publicly this week, with Ron Gardenhire and Rob Antony both bemoaning his lack of preparation, and it's not the first time they've tried to light a fire under Hicks via media quotes (Antony also called out Hicks during spring training for failing to step up and take hold of the center field job).

    On multiple occasions, Twins officials have
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    by 05-16-2014, 06:05 AM
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    "When you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail." - Benjamin Franklin

    On Wednesday the Twins made sure it was known that they were not happy with Aaron Hicks and his level of preparation at the major league level. On Thursday, the Twins squandered a great start from Phil Hughes (the Talk to Contact Pitcher of the Week). But then Hicks bailed out the Twins with a 10th inning victory, with a walk off double to defeat the Red Sox.

    Down in the minor leagues, things
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    by 05-16-2014, 12:36 AM
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    With just a few days remaining before the Twins were to travel to Chicago to begin the 2014 season, Chris Parmelee got the sickening news that his services would not be needed at the major league level. Out of options, the Twins were willing to expose him to waivers and risk losing him to another organization. As an additional gut punch, all of the other organizations in baseball said ďeh, no thanksĒ.

    Shortly after receiving the news at Hammond Stadium, Parmelee had the appearance of someone who had just died, the exact person whom Jake Taylor was referring to in the movie Major League. In the clubhouse that morning, he was walking in a daze, slowly packing items from his
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    by 05-15-2014, 08:35 PM
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    It's no secret: the hot ticket for this weekend's Mariners' series is Sundayís afternoon game. Letís see why:

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    Seattle isn't terrible. They enter this series a .500 team, which puts them in the middle of the AL West and the midst of a very large pack of teams that are somewhat viable Wild Card teams (which includes the Twins, by the way.) Theyíre also on pace for the 81.5 games that Vegas expected them to win this year. Thatís a lot better than they did last year when they won 71 games.

    Itís easy to say the difference it the offseason signing
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    by 05-15-2014, 04:22 PM

    Everyone who has ever played the game knows you simply do not anger the baseball gods.

    The baseball gods are a vengeful lot. Any kind of slight, whether real or perceived, can cause them to rain down bad karma on players, coaches, teams and even, apparently, entire organizations.

    Someone in the Minnesota Twins organization must have really ticked off those baseball gods back during spring training, because the Twins have had one calamity after another since March. Thatís
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    by 05-15-2014, 10:05 AM
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    Theyíre not top prospects. They werenít drafted in the early rounds, and they didnít get hefty bonuses. They have jobs in the offseason, and they still find time to continue to work on their baseball craft.

    David Hurlbut and Matt Tomshaw are two left-handed pitchers for the Ft. Myers Miracle. You likely havenít read much about them unless, of course, you get a copy of the annual Minnesota Twins Prospect Handbook. Or, if you read the daily minor league reports religiously, you know their names because they continue to pitch really well.

    So, letís take a day and give them their due.

    David Hurlbut was the Minnesota Twins 35th round pick in 2009 out of Diablo Valley College. He decided not to sign and instead chose to attend
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    by 05-15-2014, 01:59 AM
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    It was an interesting day in the Minnesota Twins system. At the top, the Twins got another horrific starting from Kevin Correia and Michael Tonkin struggled again. David Ortiz took it to his old team for the second straight night and the Red Sox topped the Twins 9-4.

    There were two walk-off wins in the Twins' minor leagues, so thatís always fun. Another team scored its winning run thanks to a big blast in the teamís first inning. Unfortunately, if youíre a Cedar Rapids fan, it was a tough night. For the second straight day, they were swept in a double header against Peoria.

    Letís look at the goings on in the Twins system:



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    As mentioned yesterday, Ryan Walker and Carlos Avila were added to the Cedar Rapids Kernels roster on Wednesday morning. They take the roster spots of Engelb Vielma and Jason Kanzler. Dalton Hicks came off the Ft. Myers Miracle DL,
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    by 05-14-2014, 09:02 PM
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    This is the fourth in a series of (somewhat) weekly installments leading up to the June 5th through 7th draft. The focus is intended to be very Twins-specific.

    Part 1: Locals
    Part 2: The Top
    Part 3: What's New?
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    While you may read the title and think Iím referring to a 10-game Pedro Florimon stretch, Iím actually going to spotlight a handful of players who could be in play when the Twins go on the clock with the 45th overall pick.

    Forecasting these possibilities is far from easy and the reasons are obvious. Itís hard to predict who the top five players who go off the board will be; itís impossible to predict who the 44 guys will be that arenít available for the Twins to choose from.
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    by 05-14-2014, 05:54 AM
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    Itís shaping up to be a killer couple of days for Cedar Rapids. After the first two games of their four-game set with Peoria got rained out, the Kernels are forced to play double-headers on Tuesday and Wednesday.

    In their two other double-headers this season, the Kernels have played to an all or nothing result. They have either swept or gotten swept by the opposition. This had left the club with a 2-2 record in double-header action this season.

    How would they fare tonight? Would they be the sweepers or the swept?


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    In the Cedar Rapids game, two Kernels were hurt and put on the Disabled List before game two. Listen to last night's Twins Hangouts to learn who the Kernels have promoted from Extended Spring Training. Also, Seth and Jeremy were joined early in the show
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    by 05-13-2014, 11:36 PM
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    * Florida's Jose Fernandez is the latest young star pitcher to be tabbed for Tommy John surgery, so elbow injuries have been the talk of baseball this week. Minnesota has plenty of experience in that department, most recently with first-round picks Kyle Gibson and Alex Wimmers.

    But currently, it's the wrist that has emerged as a major pain for young talents in the Twins organization.

    Oswaldo Arcia was bothered by a wrist injury last summer, and it has come back to hamper him again this year. After playing just four games for the Twins in April, he went on the disabled list.

    He rested for a bit, made it through an eight-game
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    by 05-13-2014, 11:03 PM
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    The Indiansí David Murphy should send the Minnesota Twinsí front office and coaching staff a bottle of champagne. After all, the struggling left-handed outfielder hast just six doubles this season but two of those came courtesy of the Twins when they have infielders positioned in the outfield.

    While the 2014 Twins infield numbers have flourished, the outfield has languished.

    The Twinsí outfield was a defensive liability last year. In 2013, they posted an unsightly -35.3 UZR as an outfield unit. Of course, if you solely relied on the broadcasts of the games, you would have likely heard that the Twins outfield had a .991 fielding percentage, 4th best in the game. In short, last yearís outfield was very good...if the ball was hit directly at them. But overall they converted a lowly 84.4% of all outfield flies into outs -- a rate that was 29 out of 30 MLB teams.

    With the knowledge that the team had issues in this department, the Twins front office did little to address that particular need in the offseason. Naturally, starting pitching took precedence. Yet little preparation was made to provide any safety net, or improvement. In fact, the only outfield addition this past year, Jason Kubel, provided questionable defense in corner outfield spots at his best.

    There was a method to this
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    by 05-13-2014, 10:55 AM
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    Join Seth and me tonight at 9:00 pm for the newest episode of our Google Hangout. We will be joined early in the show by a couple of big-time, young left-handed pitching prospects, Stephen Gonsalves and Lewis Thorpe. So, join us live and ask us lots of questions.

    Now available on our webpage and iTunes.

    On the agenda: all the moves that have been made (specifically the AAA infield becoming the MLB outfield), some other moves that may still need to be made, some recent popular topics and more.

    We've also cover any and
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    by 05-13-2014, 04:40 AM
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    Without a doubt, the New Britain Rock Cats' most valuable offensive player this season has been Kennys Vargas. Vargas, a 23 year-old switch-hitting first baseman (destined to be a designated hitter), has been on our radar for some time. However, he has always been considered a work-in-progress. Yes, the raw power was always there, but the limited defensive ability, large strikeout totals and inconsistent spells kept Vargas off of some Twins top prospect lists.

    After a brief adjustment
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    by 05-13-2014, 04:19 AM
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    When we heard the sad and unfortunate news on Monday afternoon that Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez has an elbow sprain, it made me feel awful. The assumption (true or not) is that sometime in the near future, he will have Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of this season and likely some of the 2015 season. If youíre a real, true baseball fan (and letís face it, if youíre reading this web site, you are), you want to see the best performing. Jose Fernandez, despite being just 21 years old, is one of the best.

    Fernandez is just the most recent example of what has become an epidemic over the last couple of years. ďEveryoneĒ is having Tommy John surgery. No team, including the Twins, is immune

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