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    by 06-24-2014, 10:40 PM
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    If not for injuries to top prospects Miguel Sano and Byron Buxton, it's likely both would be heading to their second straight Futures Game. With both players on the shelf, the Twins will have the opportunity to showcase some of their other top talent on Sunday of All-Star week.

    The rosters were announced for the MLB Future's Game on Tuesday and the Twins will be represented by first baseman Kennys Vargas and right-handed pitcher Jose Berrios. Vargas is near the top of the Twins minor league leader board in almost every major offensive category. Berrios is in the midst of a breakout season in the Florida State League and he could be considered a top 50 prospect in all of baseball.

    Berrios pitched on Monday night. Vargas has played at New Britain all season and Berrios could be well on his way to joining him with the Rock Cats. Let's see how New Britain did along with a jam-packed day in the minors.
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    by 06-24-2014, 11:39 AM
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    Join us again tonight (Tuesday) as Seth and I discuss the last week in the Twins baseball. We'll be going live at 9pm, shortly before the Twins and Angels kick off their series.

    We'll be taking questions, so please leave below. Topics you'd like us to discuss? Let us know!

    Last week we went two hours and 42 minutes. This week we promise to keep it shorter and sweeter. Or will we?
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    by 06-24-2014, 12:50 AM
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    Last week, the Midwest League (MWL) and the Florida State League (FSL) hosted their league All Star games. The Cedar Rapids Kernels had three players on the MWL roster while the Ft. Myers Miracle had four on the FSL South roster.

    Those All-Star games approximate the halfway point of the minor league season. Two-and-a-half months of season have passed and there is just about two-and-a-half months remaining. I thought it would be a good time to look at some of the top performers in the Twins farm system so far this season by looking at the leader boards in the organization in several statistics. Today, I'll look at the hitters. Later in the week we’ll take a look at the pitchers.

    Mitch Garver

    PLATE APPEARANCES

    1.) Jorge Polanco – Ft. Myers - 313
    2.) Nate Hanson - New Britain - 300
    3.) Adam Walker - Ft. Myers - 299
    4.) James Beresford - Rochester - 298
    5.) Kennys Vargas - New Britain - 291

    This is a list that shows a lot of guys at the top of their team's order who have remained healthy and have performed well enough to remain there.

    BATTING AVERAGE (minimum 200 PA)

    1.) Kennys Vargas - New Britain - .322
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    by 06-23-2014, 10:07 PM
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    The Twins have a scheduled off day before starting a series in Anaheim against the Angels.

    The club is expected to make a move before tomorrow's game. The belief is they'd like to get down to 12 pitchers. While the exact moves are unknown, it should be noted that Chris Herrmann was replaced in tonight's game for no apparent reason.

    We should know more tomorrow.

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    by 06-22-2014, 08:54 PM
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    With a 6-5 win on Sunday, the Minnesota Twins swept the Chicago White Sox! That’s always fun. Phil Hughes had his worst start of the season for the Twins, but he was credited with the win thanks to enough offense and a spectacular job by the bullpen.

    There were some really good games in the Twins minor leagues on Sunday, several were one-run games. Continue reading to find out what happened in the Twins farm system on Sunday:



    RED WINGS REPORT
    Rochester 2, Buffalo 3
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    The Red Wings saw plenty of former Twins players in this loss at Buffalo. PJ Walters started for the Bisons and gave up one run on six hits and two walks in five innings. Former Twins draft pick John Stilson went the next two innings and gave up one run. Bobby Korecky reduced his season ERA to 0.45 and claimed his 9th save with a scoreless ninth inning. Darin Mastroianni went 0-4 in the game, leading off and playing right field.

    Now to the
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    by 06-22-2014, 03:06 PM
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    Lately, we have read a lot about the starting staff in Rochester, and for good reason. Yohan Pino has already been promoted to the Minnesota Twins. Logan Darnell and Kris Johnson are pitching well, and each has pitched once with the Twins already this year. Alex Meyer is a future ace and Trevor May is probably next in line for a promotion.

    Less is being said about a reliever in Rochester who appears ready for an opportunity to help the Minnesota Twins at the big league level. For AJ Achter, that phone call would mean the world.

    Achter (pronounced awk-ter) said recently, “I can imagine it would be an amazing roller coaster of emotions. Just to think of so many people who have invested so much time and
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    by 06-21-2014, 09:35 PM
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    It was a busy day in the Twins organization, even with the Cedar Rapids Kernels game in Kane County being rained out. The Red Wings and Miracle both played doubleheaders. Both short-season teams played. The New Britain Rock Cats sent Jason Wheeler to the mound for his Eastern League debut in search for the team’s record tenth straight win. Could they get it? Also, Mark Hamburger was promoted from New Britain to Rochester.

    The Twins beat the White Sox for the third straight time on Saturday afternoon. Kevin Correia was solid again, and Glen Perkins was able to hold on for a save.

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

    RED WINGS REPORT
    Game 1 – Rochester 6, Buffalo 3
    Box Score

    Before the game, Mark Hamburger was promoted from New Britain to Rochester after just eight games with the Rock Cats since his return from his 50-game suspension. He was put in action right away and recorded a two-inning save in the first game.
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    by 06-21-2014, 12:14 AM
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    The Twins blew a ninth inning lead, but Brian Dozier made a huge play with his glove and followed it with a game-winning, walk off single (after replay, of course).

    A night after the Elizabethton Twins opened their 2014 season, the GCL Twins season began. Ft. Myers' game in St. Lucie was postponed by rain, so Saturday will be a full day for Twins minor league baseball. There are eight games now scheduled for Saturday. We'll be sure to update you later tonight on what happened. So, for right now, enjoy what happened in the Twins farm system Friday:



    RED WINGS REPORT
    Rochester 3, Buffalo 5
    Box Score

    Kris Johnson was terrific through the game’s first innings. He held Buffalo scoreless. However, he was charged with three runs in the seventh inning before being removed with two outs. Johnson went 6.2 innings and gave up three runs on seven hits and three walks. Ryan Pressly came
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    by 06-20-2014, 08:46 PM
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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.

    Switch hitting
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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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    by 06-20-2014, 05:54 AM

    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 06-18-2014, 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
    Box Score

    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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