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The 2016 Twins

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A Deeper Look at Those K's

In 2009, Mark Reynolds set the single season mark with 223 strikeouts in a season. It should be noted that he hit 44 HR’s that year, had an OPS of .892 and finished 20th in the MVP voting.   Here is quick look at some Twins pace given Reynolds 662 AB’s he had in 2009:   Byron Buxton, on pace for 352 strikeouts (53.3% k rate). .497 OPS.   Miguel Sano, on pace for 285 strikeouts (43.2% k rate). .766 OPS.   Oswaldo Arcia, on pace for 245 strikeouts (37.1% k rate). .795 OPS.   Park, on pace for

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Wheeling and Dealing – Solving the Twins Roster Crunch

How did we get here?   The 2011-2014 swoon led to a lot of high draft picks . And the losses forced the Twins to look into the future and move veterans like Span and Revere for prospects. While it is ideal for a rebuilding team to time when all their prospects reach the big show, it has worked out a little too nice for the Twins. We find ourselves with too many bodies than reps. And those bodies are guys that by and large don’t need any more time in AAA.   The current situation:   Outfield – You

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ESPN Top 100 Players

ESPN ranked the top players for 2016, using "70 ESPN experts". The list featured one Twins player, Miguel Sano. I was very surprised that he barely made the list at #96. I think he is massively underrated. Heck, I have seen Sano in the 20-30 range in fantasy rankings among position players.   The ESPN list had relievers like Wade Davis in the low 20's. Rizzo and Bryant were 25-30, and Correa was 16th. I just don't see the gap between Sano and these guys as this wide. I could see him leap so

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When will Byron Buxton be called up?

When will Buxton be called up?   He is ripping up AA (.880 OPS, 3 HR, 5 3B, 7 SB).   We have seen Terry move position players quicker, like Santana, Vargas, Arcia, and Hicks. We have a need in CF. And I think they would love a little extra buzz this year.   I think after the super 2 deadline he is up.

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My Offseason Plan

Here is my off-season plan.   What am I trying to accomplish?   -Being realistic with payroll, both on dollars and years   -Improve the team this year and in the near future   -Keep key positions open for guys like Sano and Buxton, and allow young pitchers to emerge.   -Address our real needs of OF defense and starting pitching   Starting Rotation   The Twins ranked second to last in starting ERA last year, behind only the Rockies who play a mile in the air. That is not good. While it is temptin

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Ruesse's Column of Twins attendence

Did anyone read Ruesse's article about the Twins season ticket holders? Here are the cliffs notes:   -Twins had 17,000 season ticket holders last year. He expects that to drop to 12,000 this year   -If you drop 5K a game from this years total, you have 1.85M. The lowest since 2001 in the Dome.   -The Twins response is the same as always. Terry quoting that money will be no obstacle and Pohlad saying we will stick to 50%.   -Also brought up the competition within the market. Wild are a better

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2016 Twins

The 2016 Minnesota Twins   Some of the young players have emerged and a few others are close or knocking on the door, I thought it would be a good opportunity to look at the 2016 roster (and get a free pizza).   Position Players - Near Locks:   1B – Joe Mauer – Joe Mauer will be under contract thru 2018 and it is really hard to see a scenario where Joe is not with the team. His contract is next to immovable, even if he was having a typical .330, 10 HR pace. He, of course is not. I have never b

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