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  1. This is reminiscent of ‘65 when Killebrew, in the final game before the all-star break, hit the huge walk-off against the Yankees to pound a huge nail into their coffin and solidify the Twins hold on first place….and a couple days later hit a big home run in the ASG in front of the home-town fans. Except the Twins are nowhere near first, Polanco won’t be in the ASG, which won’t be in Minnesota. And it was the Tigers. But otherwise…just like that.
    8 points
  2. Listening to Cory Provus is a gift I am enormously grateful for. Nobody will ever replace Herb Carneal for me, but Provus is really, really good.
    6 points
  3. Matt: Thanks for your update of our affiliates tonight. A few remarks: 1. Great to see Balazovic dominate in his start tonight. Looking like he's building towards a later season (September) call up. Saw Balazovic pitch in mid June against Springfield when he had a very good start. Im sure the FO is keeping close tabs on his innings and will be very careful with him as he's had some injury issues. I would suggest if he can continue to be close to this impressive the remainder of July, an August promotion to Saint Paul will be coming. 2. Nice to see the Wind Surge FINALLY register a "W" at home tonight. They need to build off tonights win (thank you BJ "Crash" Boyd) and get another win tomorrow before their important upcoming home series vs. Tulsa. 3. Also great to see the Kernels continue their solid play with another win at home tonight against Peoria. Drove up from KC area tonight (family trip) with plan for road trip tomorrow afternoon to see series finale. Having attended college in CR area (Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls), I've never made it there for a minor league game. Excited to see rising hitters in the Kernels lineup. Thankfully its looking like the weather will cooperate. and finally.... Any word/development on the potential promotions of 2 RPs-------Ian Hamilton (SP) and Jovanni Moran (Wichita)? Hamilton has been dominant recently (1.08 ERA) and appears to have harnessed his control issues. Moran has been rock solid all season for Wind Surge. Keep up the great work.
    5 points
  4. According to his 2020 scouting report from MLB.com, he has a strong arm. Despite all the strikeouts, he still has an OPS of .755 (.718 is the league OPS) and is batting 3rd in the order. He’s a rookie who, like ALL players at times, is in a slump. Let’s not overreact.
    4 points
  5. Another game thread, another dollar. Well, not really ... I'm not paid to do this. So ... here we are ... we've won 3 games in a row! Okay, against Detroit ... still ... a win's a win, and we've had 3 in a row, with a comeback from 4-0 yesterday to Berrios on the mound today. I don't want to jinx things, but I'm hopeful we can extend that streak to one more. And a win today means ... we could tie with Detroit for 3rd in the AL Central! Woohoo! heh. And then after the game today starts the MLB draft! I don't usually do much 'research' beforehand, other than reading the articles and various discussions on TD, but I'm always excited to follow along, to learn about who the Twins draft, who these kids are, where they came from, why they were drafted, when they sign, where they begin their careers, etc. While many, many who get drafted, on all teams, not just the Twins, never make it to the top, it's still exciting to wonder about all that talent and all that potential and be hopeful of all those dreams. If you want to follow along for the next three days, check out this thread in the Minor League forum for all the latest info and discussion. I'm not sure if there will be a specific 'game day' (so to speak) thread to discuss all the takes as the draft progresses, but check into the Minor League forum and the draft mega-thread and join in. But, for now ... the lineups. TIGERS 1. Akil Baddoo (L) CF 2. Jonathan Schoop (R ) 1B 3. Robbie Grossman (S) RF 4. Miguel Cabrera (R ) DH 5. Jeimer Candelario (S) 3B 6. Harold Castro (L) 2B 7. Niko Goodrum (S) LF 8. Zack Short (R ) SS 9. Jake Rogers (R) C Wily Peralta (R ) P TWINS 1. Luis Arraez (L) LF 2. Josh Donaldson (R ) 3B 3. Trevor Larnach (L) RF 4. Nelson Cruz (R ) DH 5. Alex Kirilloff (L) 1B 6. Jorge Polanco (S) 2B 7. Max Kepler (L) CF 8. Ryan Jeffers (R ) C 9. Andrelton Simmons (R ) SS José Berríos (R ) P If you are at the game today, don't forget your sunscreen. It's sunny, warm (80s), light breeze ... ahhh ... sounds heavenly to me! Play ball! Go Twins!
    4 points
  6. Polanco puts a charge into it from both sides of the plate. Impressive.
    4 points
  7. And speaking of Jim Kaat I must add what a pleasure it was to have him in the booth for the last 10 days or so. He outshines every other BSN analyst by a wide margin.
    4 points
  8. OMG I was just thinking the same thing!!! Well, actually that yardwork made me wish it were 65 outside and that a Killibrew root beer would taste good, but otherwise...
    4 points
  9. Now let's get ready for the MLB draft and hopefully get a couple future hall of famers tonight!
    4 points
  10. How often does it happen that a player makes a great defensive play and then bats second in the next inning?
    4 points
  11. WOW!!! Kirilloff!! What a play! lol
    4 points
  12. I admit mentioning a sweep. I'm putting on my 'hair shirt' and have summoned the kings henchmen to Canterbury to flog me.
    4 points
  13. We need pitchers!!!! College pitchers preferably who can be up in 2-3 years. Load the system like KC and Detroit have done. Enough outfielders. Enough with drafting 1st basemen with average power. If we’re simply gonna draft outfielders to supply the rest of the league with our over supply how about we skip that step and let them draft them. We need to take that mentality to pitching. How about we supply the league with our over supply of pitching? We need to be drafting pitchers!!!! Rant over. Haha
    4 points
  14. 100 starts/3 seasons is an interesting take. Anecdotally, if you look at career stats of some greats, e.g. Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, even Greg Maddux, you see a marked improvement (from good to great) about three full seasons into their careers. I leave it to someone else to do a thorough analysis (does it apply to borderline pitchers who become merely 'good'?), but this suggests that you shouldn't judge full potential by the early results...and I think it supports MABB1959's comment about getting our young pitchers experience in the majors to help accelerate their development.
    4 points
  15. When the team is bad, like this year, we would normally be excited about potential September call-ups, but remember teams can now only add two (or three?) players for September. LOVE that the Twins are letting Charlie Mack be with his brother in Denver tomorrow for the draft! The BJ Boyd story is cool. Played football after 7 years of minor league ball (reached AAA)... was ready to play at some solid D1 programs (had several offers) but now is back with baseball. No word on potential promotions. It's not something front office decisions makers discuss publicly... we can only speculate that Hamilton would be the next St. Paul pitchers brought up (though they'd need to drop someone from the 40-man (or 60-Day someone). Moran could probably be any time. Zach Neff deserves it too.
    4 points
  16. Here's Balazovic's entire start crammed into less than 10 minutes:
    4 points
  17. stringer bell

    Nick Gordon

    Nick Gordon has been on the Twins roster for most of the season. He was first recalled in early May and spent a week with the team only getting in one game. He was sent down, but then recalled later in May and has been on the team since. By my calculation, he has been on the club for about 55 days. Gordon has played in 24 games and only has 69 plate appearances. The results have been pretty good. Despite sporadic play, Gordon has managed to hit .262 and garner a .674 OPS. Gordon has struck out 27.5% of the time and walked 5.8% of his plate appearances. He is also five for five stealing bases and has played center field, second base and shortstop. This looks to be the profile of a utility player if he can sustain the offense. Given the Twins dearth of base stealing threats not named Buxton, it would figure that Nick should be a candidate to stay on the Twins roster the rest of 2021 and into 2022. He is 25 years old and with today's free agency rules would be controlled by the Twins for six additional years beyond this one. There are questions to be answered about Gordon. First and foremost, can he sustain his 90 OPS+ with more at bats? He is 2 for his last 20 with 10 strikeouts, so maybe and maybe not. Secondly, is he truly a flexible defender or is he a "break glass in case of emergency" shortstop and center fielder? Gordon has played 97 innings in center field and five innings at shortstop, much too small of a sample to make a judgement from his on-field performance. Of course, the hitting sample is too small to be certain as well. With over 70 games remaining in what appears to be a lost season, it makes sense to see what Gordon can do at the plate and in positions other than second base. Having someone with the ability to steal a base on the bench would be an asset in itself. If he could capably step in and play at three or four different positions he becomes pretty valuable. My opinion is that the indications are not favorable. Rather than use Gordon at short, Baldelli has moved Polanco there when he's needed to. Also, after the original flash, Gordon's hitting has been pretty weak. Gordon is currently #3 in the depth chart at second base. If he can't play other positions, the future isn't bright for him in Minnesota. I'm not opposed to seeing Gordon get a trial the rest of the season. It makes sense to see if he can blossom and there's not much to lose. I don't think it is a miscarriage of justice that he has seen so little playing time to date, but the Twins do need to make a decision on Gordon and some other guys and the rest of the season is the time to make those determinations.
    3 points
  18. Sielk

    2021 MLB Draft Day 1 Thread

    I don't disagree but on the other hand, it's not like they spend a top ten pick on him. And since the Twins have two late first round picks I have no problem with using one of them for a risky high upside player.
    3 points
  19. I think you missed the part about Larnach striking out 4 times in back to back games. He struck out 4 times in a game last week, too. This is a problem and it looks like a big one. Seven homers isn't good enough to make up for what has become an alarming inability to make contact.
    3 points
  20. Yes. And even better with Buxton between Kepler and Larnach
    3 points
  21. Liked Larnach and Kiriloff contributing defense today. Is this team better with Larnach RF, Kiriloff 1B, Sano bench/PH?
    3 points
  22. And Jim Kaat was involved both then and now.
    3 points
  23. Well, that’s about as much fun as you can have watching a Twins game in 2021
    3 points
  24. You knew it all along. Just had to be patient
    3 points
  25. See, this was all part of the plan. First, the false jinx followed by the anti-jinx pseudo-mea-culpa.
    3 points
  26. 3 points
  27. Polanco right handed homer, lets goooooo!
    3 points
  28. Polancomania! If that ball hadn't cleared the fence, it would've gone through it. Wow.
    3 points
  29. WOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!
    3 points
  30. "I have Game Thread skills!"
    3 points
  31. We only have 4 relievers??
    3 points
  32. Good for Rortvedt. Bremer was going on and on about not having a third catcher, so Rortvedt had to bat
    3 points
  33. This is the strangest friggin’ game I’ve been to.
    3 points
  34. Ben Rortvedt. As expected.
    3 points
  35. Badgees? We don’t need no stinkin’ badgees
    3 points
  36. AHHHHHH! We're the Comeback Kids . . . If every team we play is the Detroit Tigers!!
    3 points
  37. Who is on first, last i checked...
    3 points
  38. Just the joy of supplying a place for your Dad jokes ...
    3 points
  39. We will see if Berríos can back up his outstanding start with another. The Twins are putting their best lineup out there.
    3 points
  40. You're not getting paid for this??
    3 points
  41. Mike Sixel

    Nick Gordon

    I'd like to see him play nearly everyday in Minnesota, or be part of a trade package.
    3 points
  42. Thanks, Andrew. I already know what I need to know regarding the Twins draft. Their first two selections today will be a player with a big bat, lots of strikeouts and questionable defense. The other will be a high school player with lots of tools who most of baseball believe was selected too high. Neither will help the Twins in 2022, 2023, 2024 or 2025. And for those of you who disagree, I hope like heck you are right and I am proven wrong. And those of you who remember what I have written for the past 15 or 20 years, I have often been accused of being to optimistic!
    3 points
  43. Love to see minor leaguers with strike zone awareness. I never complain about players taking too many walks. Thanks Seth for pointing out that Julien and Sabato are league leaders in walks. ...and thank you Matt for your take on the games.
    3 points
  44. Smeltzer and Thorpe could be 60 day IL'd, but I wonder how the other relievers will be dealt with. Farrell and Columbe have put up good numbers, but are they really worth keeping around? How fast can we get rid of Colome? Why is Law getting another chance when it could be Hamilton or anyone else like Cano/Moran?
    3 points
  45. In the bottom of the eighth, Sanó got a lead off walk. With both Celestino and Gordon on the bench, why didn’t Rocco pinch run one of them and then have a better defense for the ninth inning? Kirilloff could move to first, Kepler to right and the pinch runner to center.
    3 points
  46. When? This year’s MLB Draft will consist of 20-rounds that will take part over three days. Day 1 of the draft, featuring round one and Competitive Balance Round A, will air on both MLB Network and ESPN and will begin at 6 p.m. CT. The Twins have two picks on Day 1, which are the 26th and 36th overall picks. Day 2 of the draft will begin on Monday at 12 p.m. CT and can be watched on MLB.com. This day will feature rounds two through ten, along with Competitive Balance Round B that will take place between rounds two and three. The Twins have the 26th pick in round two (61st overall), and then will have the 27th pick in each subsequent round after that. The draft will conclude with Day 3 taking place on Tuesday, starting at 11 a.m. CT and can be followed on MLB.com. Day 3 will feature rounds 11-20, again with the Twins holding the 27th pick in each round. In years past, Day 3 would feature rounds 11-40, however, as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the draft was shortened this year from 40 rounds down to 20. Who are the Top Prospects? If you want to dive in a little deeper on who some of the top prospects are before, or during, the draft, check out the Twins Daily Top 50 Prospect series that has been running for the last couple of weeks. 2021 MLB Draft Top 50 Prospects: 1-10 2021 MLB Draft Top 50 Prospects: 11-20 2021 MLB Draft Top 50 Prospects: 21-30 2021 MLB Draft Top 50 Prospects: 31-40 2021 MLB Draft Top 50 Prospects: 41-50 Possible Twins Picks to Follow If you are curious as to who are some of the names to follow for the Twins first round pick, Jamie Cameron wrote a great article earlier this week highlighting six players that the Twins may take with their first round pick. Twins Bonus Pool Allotment For those of you who follow the MLB Draft each year, you are probably well aware of the bonus pool structure by now. However, for those of you who don’t really know how that works, or need a little refresher, here is a quick breakdown of the logistics. When a team drafts a player, that team must make an offer to that player to get them to sign with their organization, which comes in the form of a signing bonus. Each team is only allotted a certain dollar amount that they must stay at or below when signing each of their picks in the first 10 rounds. This allotment number is determined by adding together each of the pick allotments which that team has in the first round, as each pick is assigned a specific value. For example, the Pittsburgh Pirates have the first overall pick in the draft, and that pick has a slot value of $8,415,300, while the Texas Rangers have the second overall pick in the draft which has a slot value of $7,789,900. If a team fails to sign one of their picks in the first 10 rounds, they do not simply get to use that money to help sign other picks, but rather that picks slot value is subtracted from the team’s total. This is where the game of the draft comes into play, as teams will often make selections based on how much it will take to sign a certain player. Additionally, for picks in rounds 11-20, if a team signs a player for more than $125,000, that money must come out of their bonus pool from the first 10 rounds. Here is a breakdown of the Twins picks in the first 10 rounds (plus their Competitive Balance Round A pick) and the slot value assigned to each pick. Round 1: $2,653,400 Comp Balance Round A: $2,045,400 Round 2: $1,129,700 Round 3: $593,100 Round 4: $442,900 Round 5: $327,200 Round 6: $253,300 Round 7: $198,500 Round 8: $164,700 Round 9: $150,500 Round 10: $142,700 Total Bonus Pool: $8,101,400 Now that you know more about how this works, you can tell fellow Twins fans who complain about the Twins being cheap in the draft that they are wrong. It is not that they are being cheap, they are just only allowed to spend so much money on these picks by MLB, and if take a guy with one of their first few picks that will sign for less that the pick value, it is because they plan on redistributing that money to sign other players later in the draft for over slot value, a strategy they have had a lot of success within recent years.
    2 points
  47. So true, if Buck is back this season would like to see that lineup every day for whatever is left of season.
    2 points
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