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    by 05-24-2012, 11:27 PM

    Early in the season, Justin Morneau looked a lot like he did last year at the plate. That is to say: he was tentative, consistently fooled by good breaking balls, and generally ineffective.

    At the end of April, he informed the team that his wrist had been ailing him for the better part of two weeks. He sat out a few days, then ended up on the disabled list, returning on May 16th.

    It would seem that the rest did him some good. Since coming back from the DL, Morneau has looked very much like his old self, and not just because he's once again playing first base on a regular basis after serving mostly as DH in the first month. He's locked in at the plate and crushing the ball in a way we haven't seen for almost two years.
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    by 05-24-2012, 04:56 PM

    Kyle Gibson, David Bromberg and Drew Leachman will be guests on tonight's Twins Minor League Weekly show. The show will start at 10:00 central time, and you can listen live or download later through this link.

    Kyle Gibson is about two weeks away from throwing off of a mound for the first time in about 10 months. We'll get updated on how he is doing.

    David Bromberg had a frustrating 2011 season, and his 2012 season certainly didn't start out well. But since returning to a starting role, he has been one of the best starters in the Twins farm system. What made the difference? We'll find out!
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    by 05-24-2012, 08:53 AM

    Today, we continue our trek through my Top 50 Twins Prospects list by looking at my choices for prospects 21 through 30. Yesterday we looked at prospects 31-40, and the day before I presented prospects 41 through 50. I think that this 21-30 group is interesting. You still have some young players who have great potential but havenít quite reached it... yet. You have a couple of players who have been ranked quite a bit higher who, for whatever reason, have fallen and are looking to move back up.

    Without further ado, letís get to the list. Here are my choices for Twins Prospects 21-30:
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    by 05-24-2012, 06:47 AM

    Original post from North Dakota Twins Fan

    In the last couple of weeks, the Twins have seen a concerning development with two players in the upper levels of the minor leagues. Joe Benson and Rene Tosoni were demoted to New Britain after starting the year with the Rochester Red Wings. The most concerning thing for both of these players might be the fact that both of them got playing time in the major leagues during last year's dismal season. Each of these players is on a different path but the front office for the Twins has to be frustrated with their performance so far this year.
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    by 05-24-2012, 06:05 AM

    It's time again for my recap of tonight's action in the Twins' farm system. The parent club couldn't pull out a win tonight, so let's see how the affiliates fared.

    The Rochester Red Wings were off tonight. They are in last place in the International League North, 9 games out of first place with a 16-26 record.
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    by 05-24-2012, 01:34 AM

    Baseball is a great game. Almost every game has some sort of unique situation arise, allowing fans to try to get in to the minds of the players and managers. Is the starting pitcher beginning to lose his stuff or can he go another inning? Is the centerfielder cheating a bit by playing shallow to keep a runner from advancing or to cut off a short line drive and will the hitter be able to get something past him in to the gap?

    Yes, almost every game provides opportunities to wonder whatís going on in the minds of those on the field and in the dugouts. Even 16-4 games where the outcome was never in doubt past the second inning.
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    by 05-23-2012, 10:20 PM

    It was a risk without an acceptable backup plan. The Twins knew that. And it failed. And theyíre paying the price. And that price is a .192 batting average.

    Thatís the combined batting average of whoever the Twins have played in right field so far. Itís last in the majors. Their combined OPS is .594. Thatís the career OPS of Juan Castro. And there isnít anything close to a solution in sight unless the Twins want to mess with their best hitter.
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    by 05-23-2012, 10:44 AM

    Yesterday, we looked at my choices for Twins prospects 41-50. Today, we continue to look at our series on the Twins Top 50 prospects by seeing who Iíve got listed in placed 31 through 40. Like yesterday, you will see a couple of relievers that have a chance to be back-of-the-bullpen types if things work out. There are a couple of college-drafted pitchers who are pitching quite well, and there are some pitchers who were signed young who have a lot of potential. There are just two hitters in this group, and one of them is currently on the Twins roster.

    Without further ado, letís get to the list. Here are my choices for Twins Prospects 41-50:
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    by 05-23-2012, 12:42 AM

    Since his return to the lineup this month, Justin Morneau has seemingly been driving the ball to the opposite field not only better but also more frequently.

    In Detroit, the big left-hander crushed a home run over the left-center field fence and then went the other way with pitches in Milwaukee over the weekend Ė one for a bloop single and the other for a sacrifice fly. In all, nine of his 17 balls in play prior to last nightís game went to the left of dead center. While it is a small sample size, Morneau has hit 52% of his balls to the left of center in May which dwarfís Aprilís 28%.
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    by 05-23-2012, 12:00 AM

    The Minnesotan, Golden Gopher alum and baseball fan inside me all want to see Cole DeVries succeed in a Twins uniform. The analyst inside me knows that he probably won't.

    DeVries is a great story. He was signed by the Twins as an undrafted free agent back in 2006 after a solid career at the University of Minnesota, and has gradually worked his way up the organizational ladder. On Tuesday, the 27-year-old was called up to the majors to fill Jason Marquis' vacant roster spot. He'll make his big-league debut on Thursday in a start against the White Sox.
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    by 05-22-2012, 10:20 PM

    As I put this post together, the Twins are up big on the Chicago White Sox in the eighth inning. Gavin Floyd struggled for the White Sox and the Twins pounced on him for nine runs in the first four innings. Only Ben Revere and Brian Dozier have yet to get involved in the hit parade so it will be interesting to see if they can join the club in the final innings.

    PJ Walters is in the middle of his third start since being called up by the Twins. There were some bad starts to innings with Walters letting lead off men reach base but he seemed to be able to coax a double play to erase any of those runners.

    With the announcement that Cole DeVries will be making his MLB debut on Thursday, the Twins will start three pitchers in the White Sox series that were in the rotation at Rochester earlier in the year. There are a lot of players from the minor leagues who have been called on during the early portion of the season so let's see who else is making their mark in the minor leagues.
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    by 05-22-2012, 12:39 AM

    Itís that time of year. The Major League Baseball first-year playersí draft starting in two weeks. That means that we need to get our pre-draft Top 50 Twins Prospects list out. Iíve always done this before the draft to take a look at where the organization is. Over the next week, weíll look at my choices for the Top 50 Twins Prospects. People talk a lot about the Twins farm system being weak. Well, I do need to acknowledge that in the past I generally had no idea coming up with the top 30. This time around, I was struggling after the top 8 or 9. Take that for what itís worth, which may be nothing.
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    by 05-21-2012, 10:11 PM

    What a difference a day makes! A day after getting beaten at all levels; the system did an about-face and took all four games in convincing fashion.

    Some big-league news: Word came out late afternoon that the Twins are planning to designate Jason Marquis for assignment. Later in the evening it was reported that it wouldnít happen immediately and that Marquis was with the team in Chicago.
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    by 05-21-2012, 05:59 PM

    No surprise here, but the Twins have reportedly designated Jason Marquis for assignment after the veteran was tagged by the Brewers for eight runs while recording only five outs on Sunday.

    Marquis has never been a particularly good pitcher and I certainly wasn't high on his signing at the time, but I wouldn't have guessed he'd be the worst starter in baseball.

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