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  1. The road has been long and windy for Drew Maggi. The Phoenix native was drafted out of Brophy College Prep by the hometown Diamondbacks in the 47th round of the 2008 draft. Two years later, he was the Pirates 15th round pick out of Arizona State. And that began his pro journey. Maggi spent five seasons with the Pirates organization. He reached Double-A in 2014. He posted a .606 OPS in 125 games for the Angels Double-A affiliate in Arkansas in 2015. In 2016, he went to the Dodgers organization and split the season between Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma City. There, he was a teammate of Twins minor league director Alex Hassan. He remained in Oklahoma City in 2017. In 2018, he played for Cleveland's Triple-A affiliate in Columbus. Then in 2019, he signed a minor league deal with the Twins. He began that season with 11 games at Double-A Pensacola. He then played 108 games with Triple-A Rochester and hit .258/.384/.405 (.788) with 19 doubles, four triples and 10 homers. In 2020, he was invited to Twins big-league spring training. As we know, the season was delayed and the minor league season was cancelled, but Maggi was invited and worked out at the Twins alternate site in St. Paul. This spring, he was again invited to big-league spring training. He has played in 86 games for the St. Paul Saints. He has hit .261/.364/.486 (.850) with 12 doubles, two triples and 16 home runs. On Saturday morning, he was officially called up to the Twins. Now I know many will ask why I get excited for feel-good stories like this? Many will ask why Maggi instead of top hitting prospect Jose Miranda. I understand that. I initially wondered the same thing, but that dissipated pretty quickly for me. I love feel-good stories. The Twins have done it in the past. All teams have, and I think it's great. Remember five years ago when the Twins called up James Beresford for September. It gave him a chance to make big-league money for a month, but it was also a Thank You from the organization that he called home for ten years. Maggi has only been in the Twins organization for three seasons, but he's been in the game a long time. He's a good player. He's displayed power. He has played wherever he's been asked. He can play all four infield spots and even has spent some time in the outfield. He may rarely play with the Twins. Or, he could come up and get a shot and have a great two-week stretch. Maggi will likely be DFAd at season's end, and that's fine, but forever, he will be able to call himself a big leaguer. From the Twins perspective they have called up several players that they had signed to minor league contracts this year. And, a story like this isn't going to get lost on minor league free agents this offseason, or next offseason. Jose Miranda is a part of the future. He's going to contribute to the Twins for years to come. Drew Maggi is probably playing the final two weeks of his professional career, or maybe he'll be thrilled to come back to the Twins next year because he knows that they have done right by him and others. In a bad season, a dark season, we do need to find the positives. We should be excited for the person, and we should hope for good from Drew Maggi. I know I am happy for him! As mentioned Rob Refsnyder was placed on the Injured List to make room for Maggi on the 28-man roster. Taylor Rogers was placed on the 60-Day IL to make room for Maggi on the 40-man roster.
    8 points
  2. Good Pineda game. This is why the Twins should keep him. Sunday I'd love to see Berrios pitch opposite Joe Ryan. Who's with me on that one?
    6 points
  3. If I’m honest, my first thought was “Ugh, just get the real prospects up already.” Then I read Betsy Helfand’s piece and this one, cried a bit and realized I still love this game.
    5 points
  4. I’m waiting for our first “Gift of the Maggi”!
    5 points
  5. Excellent move by the Twins. Maggi is a great example of the love of playing baseball. Congratulations to Drew Maggi and kudos to Seth for this post.
    5 points
  6. Not Twins related at all, but… we’re at Cool Today Stadium (Braves complex) this morning for a showcase for my son. Beautiful morning and stadium.
    5 points
  7. Duff striking out the number 2, 3 and 4 hitters was pretty amazing, too, imo.
    5 points
  8. I saw comments recently about what a bust Sabato is. I think that .948 OPS in Cedar Rapids begs to differ. He does fan a lot, but he takes a lot of walks as well, and the power....
    5 points
  9. You're not supposed to spoil the underdogs... I'm torn today, because I want Toronto to get in the Wild Card Game. They are an exciting and young club, with an MVP AND Triple Crown candidate in Vlad Jr., along with our old friend José Berríos. It would be even sweeter to see one of Boston or New York to be booted from the postseason. By winning against the Blue Jays yesterday, the Twins knocked Toronto to a half game below the Yankees for the second Wild Card spot. Now, I love watching Bailey Ober. But I hate the Yankees A LOT, and I'm almost positive you do too. Maybe Ober can have a great start, and Colomé can do his best April impression and make Blue Jays fans happy in the 9th inning. This feels weird to type out on a Twins forum, but this season is so lackluster that it's time to be petty about other teams. Cleveland is going to have to help Toronto as well, if they are going to leap frog the Yankees today. Rob Refsnyder Goes On IL, Drew Maggi Gets The Call The Twins continue their roster merry-go-round, by placing Rob Refsnyder on the injured list with a right elbow impingement. Taylor Rogers was moved to the 60-day to clear 40-man space. They are calling up Drew Maggi, who is 32 years-old and getting his first taste of the majors. Great story here, as Maggi has been with the organization for three years (including the 2020 season without minor league ball). Maggi was originally drafted by Pittsburgh in the 2010 draft (Round 15), and has moved between five total minor league systems. All together, he owns a .709 OPS across 11 seasons in the minors, while playing SS, 3B, and 2B. It hasn't been an inspiring minor league career, but 2021 has been Maggi's best season to date at the ripe age of 32. He currently has a .850 OPS in 332 plate appearances, showing much more pop with a career-high 16 home runs. I've personally seen one of these 16 in Saint Paul, and the power looked legit -- not that I'm a scout or anything. Overall, this is a classy move by the Twins to reward a career minor league journeyman. I'm getting shades of Tommy Watkins, Doug Bernier, etc. As for Rob Refsnyder, I get the feeling he might have injured himself diving for that ball and coming up empty in the second inning yesterday. It's been a tale of two seasons for Refsnyder. Tom Froemming pointed out that Refsnyder had a .321/.371/.500 slash prior to his hamstring strain in June. In his last 33 games, he has struggled with a .193/.295/.229 line. Overall, Refsnyder now has a 86 wRC+ and a flat 0.0 fWAR. I think his status on the 40-man is very much up in the air going forward. Sanó Is At The Correct Position Today - DH Miguel Sanó is an engima, and a lightning rod for criticism. I won't get into ALL of his shortcomings, but one thing that has been clear is that he has been very bad defensively at 1B in 2021. FanGraphs has Sanó as the 12th least valuable player across all MLB teams in terms of fWAR (among qualified hitters) at 0.4 fWAR. That low WAR total is factoring in his above average offensive contributions, as he has a 111 wRC+. However, his defense has been so bad it negates any offensive output - and we know his bat can go missing at any moment for weeks. His defensive ratings ranked across 1B are below: Defensive Runs Saved: -3 (16/19 among FanGraphs' qualified 1B in MLB) UZR/150: -48.3 (19/19 among FanGraphs' qualified 1B in MLB) Outs Above Average: -3 (31/35 among Statcast's qualified 1B in MLB) I'd like to see Kirilloff get the majority of playing time at 1B in 2022. Anyway, the Lineups! Your Minnesota Twins (65-83) 1. Byron Buxton - CF 2. Jorge Polanco - 2B 3. Josh Donaldson - 3B 4. Miguel Sanó - DH 5. Brent Rooker - LF 6. Max Kepler - RF 7. Ryan Jeffers - C 8. Willians Astudillo - 1B 9. Nick Gordon - SS Baily Ober - RHP SP (2-2, 4.12 ERA) Toronto Blue Jays (82-65) 1. George Springer - DH 2. Marcus Semien - 2B 3. Vladdy Guerrero Jr. - 1B 4. Bo Bichette - SS 5. Teoscar Hernández - RF 6. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. - LF 7. Breyvic Valera - 3B 8. Randal Grichuk - CF 9. Reese McGuire - C Steven Matz - LHP SP (12-7, 3.87 ERA)
    4 points
  10. Dude, MLB has screwed with the September promotion in a big and bad way. We all know this. It used to be about promoting a few prospects for the next season. And it also allowed a guy or two to be rewarded for his milb career and get his cup of coffee at this level. Yes, it's OK to have a feel good story at the end of the season. Before MLB screwed with September call ups, it was about auditions as well as a reward here and there for a call up who was a "good soldier" and deserved his shot and cup of coffee. And he absolutely deserved it.
    4 points
  11. No way I spend money on an outfielder. Martin is your every day left fielder day one, or after they can use the system to keep his rights another year. Celestino is your backup. Larnach is a right fielder, as is Kepler. SS is the only non pitching position I'd spend money on, and Buxton.....
    4 points
  12. I like Drew Maggi a lot and really wanted this for him. He's earned it.
    4 points
  13. This article adds to the complete failure of an off-season by the front office. You almost couldn’t have as bad of a year if you were trying to fail. Rule 5, free agency complete whiffs that made the team actually worse, no impactful trade, inability to sign young stars. It couldn’t possibly be worse and historically has to be among the worst of all time. Their ability to evaluate talent was just flat wrong on every level.
    4 points
  14. Freddy Galvis can man the fort at SS adequately for 2 mil year to year. He’s not flashy with the glove, hits OK, and is cheap. buy pitching in the offseason. A whole lot of pitching
    4 points
  15. And now he will get an offseason to work on a few specific things and come back next year ready to go. He really, really struggled the first half of the season... he couldn't hit a decent fastball. Contact was definitely an issue, and still is, and likely will always be to some degree. That said, the power is legit. The patience is legit. And, frankly, getting out of the "Florida State League" has to help too!
    4 points
  16. Agree with @chpettit19that it’s SS or bust. Seager is my top choice, Baez and Correa are in a tier slightly below him, Story in his own tier below them. Top fallback option is Chris Taylor if they miss the elite talents.
    4 points
  17. Good all around win. Very much felt like 2019 all over again. Count me in for big Mike to return next year!
    4 points
  18. Javy Baez. Gold glove defense at SS and will be the cheapest of the "big name" SSs that will allow for the Twins to sign more pitching. Don't want to add Seager to the list of walking wounded that populate the top of the Twins talent list even though I think he's the best player available. Love Story, and trust his glove, but think he'll make more than Baez and don't know if I'd want to be the one to pay to see what he is on a team that doesn't play 81 games a year in Denver. But if he's comparable contract wise to Baez he may be my pick. Correa is in the same boat as Seager. Better than Baez and Story, but injury waiting to happen. I think Semien re-signs with Toronto so he doesn't make my list. No other position players peek my interest. SS or bust for me. Starling Marte is intriguing, though.
    4 points
  19. Galvis UZR150 is 2.6, and was 1.4 in 2021. World class? No, but not bad. For comp Polanco - career, -10.7, 2021, -7.4.. Simmons - career, 15.9 absolutely awesome, but 2021 -2.2. Arraez career -30.8, doesn’t have 2021 stats at short fielding stats vary a lot, but Galvis will bring a decent glove. Galvis wRC+ 81, and 2021 is 97. Simmons career wRC+ 87 and 2021 58! Polanco career wRC+ 110, 2021 129 Arraez career wRC+ 112, 2021 100 Simmons has been awful in every facet. I’m so done with him. Arraez, hits well, but not enough to overcome his fielding deficiencies. Polanco isn’t a short stop. He is an awesome 2B, let’s see him stay there
    3 points
  20. Okay, this is pretty fun. Here's my takeaway: 1. Front Office: 30% - They chose the wrong horses at nearly every opportunity. Outside of Ober, they failed to protect good players (including Miranda, they were simply lucky no one selected him). They paid all the wrong people. If there was a decision to be made, they made the wrong one (outside of Cruz). 2. Players: 30% - They're the ones who took the field. No one coached Happ into becoming a crap pitcher. No one told Sano to go into his typical early season funk, except moreso this time. No one told basically the entire roster to underperform for two full months. Out of the lists above this one, I find it odd and a little amusing how reluctant anyone is to assign proper blame to the millionaires who go out there and win actual baseball games. 3. Injuries: 20% - On top of many bad decisions, basically everyone, especially the minor leaguers, decided to be injured... basically for the entirety of the first three months of the season. Even guys who should have helped stop the bleeding - like Maeda - only contributed more to it because they faced constant injuries and the resulting bad performance. There was no relenting with this team. The bad decisions were the front office's fault but no quarter was to be found anywhere to cover their mistakes. 4. Colome & Simmons: 15% - It's easy to forget that this team started 5-2 and could easily have started 7-0. It's hard to know how the Twins would have recovered from other players' underperformance had these two meddling kids not done everything in their power to tank the entire team permanently. Tag-teaming on top of the bad front office decisions, these two players, respectively, tried to break the franchise record for negative WPA and tried to knock out half the (already depleted) roster with Covid, all within the first three weeks of the season. Without either or preferably both of them, we may have seen a very different baseball season in 2021. 5. Manager & Coaches: 5% - I don't know where to put them, frankly. Between all of them, maybe they're the biggest problem... but I'm not talking about Rocco here, I'm talking about the coaches. I simply don't see how Rocco has a significant influence on play unless we're talking clubhouse demeanor... but this was a veteran team full of players used to winning. Had there been an easy fix to this mess, any number of veterans could have stepped forward into a leadership role and righted the ship. As for the on-field underperformance, I have no clue. It's hard to judge coaches but it's pretty obvious they didn't do a great job. This number could just as easily be 25%, primarily on the pitching and hitting coaches, as the 5% I gave it.
    3 points
  21. I just love stories like this! It's part of the history and mystique of baseball, the "Crash Davis's" of the world getting their cup of coffee. I think this is well deserved and I'm happy for him. All the more reason I'm still upset with MLB for changing the September call up numbers. Come on MLB and fix this mistake for 2022 and beyond.
    3 points
  22. Would like to ask one question of everyone bellyaching about losing either of these guys. Who on the 40-man roster would you have taken off to protect either or both of these players? And in doing so there is a good ch ance they would be gone.
    3 points
  23. At the time Wells was the one that had me shaking my head. Starting pitcher of the year, big fastball, really good stuff and a huge frame at 6'8". C'mon man!
    3 points
  24. cHawk

    Pie chart of blame

    So, 2021. A an unexpectedly bad season where many are calling for heads. If any of you watch SKOR North, you’ll be familiar with the concept of a pie chart of blame. That’s what I’m going to do. So, basically, here’s mine: Falvey and Levine: 35% Pretty much every FA Pitching Addition from this past offseason has went Now, I made a thread a while back asking whether or not it was a misevaluation by the FO or they couldn’t have helped them all blowing up. Maybe it was all bad luck, but I believe it was a misevaluation on their part. The staff as a whole has been terrible. And when that’s the case, you look to the guys who put it together. And if you’re wondering why Falvey and Levine aren’t getting a lionsshare of the pie chart, well, you’ll see soon. Rocco Baldelli: 10% This will probably shock many. I’ve definitely been scratching my head at many of Baldelli’s decisions this year. The reason I only give him so little is because of one thing: I don’t think his management had that much impact on the games. As bad as his pitching management has looked, there’s been more situations where he was simply dealt a bad hand. Simply put, this pitching staff would make any manager look really bad. He didn’t put the pitching staff together. Injuries: 35% Donaldson hurt immediately, Buxton getting hurt multiple times. Kepler getting COVID, Kiriloff getting hurt, injuries to the catching tandem. Digging into your EIGHTH outfielder option in ****ing May. And that’s just the position players side of things. Maeda getting injured, Pineda getting injured. Injuries to Duran and Balazovic and other top prospects. Injuries to key players will always hurt a team. The Twins have had loads of them. They have definitely been a characteristic of the season blowing up early. Coaches and Players: 10% I’ve said this before. This team has not looked like a well-coached baseball team. Specifically, this team has had many mental mistakes and brain farts cost them games. Arraez/Blankenhorn in the 13-12 loss to the A’s. Celestino making the losing drop at KC. Donaldson dropping the easy throw against the A’s at home. The Twins are Bottom 5 in every meaningful fielding stat. (FP, Errors) I’m not calling for any changes to the coaching staff, but I think a lot of this is connected to the coaching staff. Andrelton Simmons: 10% Why does Simmons get his own spot in this pie chart? Well, it’s simple. He refused the vaccine and was the first one to test positive, causing an early COVID outbreak, which definitely tanked the season to some degree. So, that’s my opinion. What’s yours? Please share your opinion down below, or Frogo will be in your bed tonight:
    2 points
  25. I also gave up no hits and failed to pitch nine innings today. Still counting it as a no-no, like God intended.
    2 points
  26. Frankly, I feel like I'm repeating what others have said, but don't spend a lot of money on position players, spend it on pitching. I'd love to see them sign Chris Taylor but the Dodgers really like him so he won't be cheap. More likely is Freddy Galvis or Jose Iglesias. Please dear God, no more of Simmons. On the pitching side, I think 18-22M for a front line starter is too low. I think its more like 20-25m. Would love to see them devote 35m a year to starters, something like 20m to Stroman and 12-15m to Robbie Ray, both on 3 year deals. More likely combination is someone like Stroman plus Pineda for a total of 30m. If they do the latter they probably have enough to sign Taylor to go with it. I'd love to trade for controllable starting pitching but I don't think we have the talent to pull it off. We'd have to trade someone with a very high potential ceiling like Woods Richardson PLUS a Kepler and a position player prospect like Celestino to get a controllable #2 or #3 guy. I would rather keep the talent we have, sign one high end FA starter and get by with Pineda in the 2 spot, followed by Ryan, Ober and Dobnak/Winder/Duran, etc. Then spend 10-15m on 2 solid/good bullpen pieces, plus a glove first stop gap SS like Galvis. Probably doesn't get us to contention in 2022 unless we get lucky, but will hopefully develop what we have for 2023-2025.
    2 points
  27. "That said, when Sano makes contact, a lot of good things happen, so I for one would certainly love to see him make more contact." And therein lies the problem. Contact. To me the saddest? thing about watching him hit is that when he gets 2 strikes, the only thing keeping him from striking out is whether the pitcher can locate that breaking ball just off the bottom corner of the strike zone "box" off the outside corner. I know it’s coming, he knows it’s coming, and by now my wife knows it’s coming. And he still swings at it, while pulling away, over and over and, well you get the picture. Yup, he can ruin an opposing pitchers day. But while he does that, there are few that wouldn’t want to face him in close RBI situations. Few runs are driven in with a K. But lots are with a deep fly ball, or even a GB.
    2 points
  28. Roger hit on a point I was wanting to make. Unfortunately, the 40 man is an evaluation and guessing process that once in a while you are going to make mistakes with. It's basic math, a 25 man projected roster and only 15 more additions to protect. And EVERY team has a few of those 15 spots filled by lower level players that you don't necessarily expect to play for you that year, but simply have to protect. Celestino would be an example this year. I would have liked to protect both Badoo AND Wells. We all would, and so would have the Twins. But realistically, they seemed "safe" to not protect. Wells hadn't seen the field for 2years and neither had Badoo, more or less. And both were also coming off surgery. I don't know about you, but I was a bit surprised when they were selected and basically shocked when they were kept. I really expected both to struggle as young, inexperienced players and be returned to the Twins. And you can't use revisionist thinking now to see someone like Smeltzer, for example, who would end up hurt and miss almost the entire season. Smeltzer, again as an example, was seen as a useful depth piece for a team expected to contend, vs protecting someone not expected to contribute after missing 2yrs. I am not the least bit happy we lost Badoo and/or Wells. And we can say the FO blew it by not protecting either or both. But honestly, when is the last time you saw TWO rule 5 picks from a single team make the ML roster of a team and stick? And how many of you actually thought/predicted these two were going to do what they've done? I am NOT defending the FO here, mostly because I'm not sure they need to be defended for all the reasons I've stated previously. But in a year in which so much has gone wrong it's way too easy to point an extra finger of frustration at the rule 5 and sound off "See?!" For the record, I wouldn't have protected Badoo, no matter how talented being an A level prospect coming off injury and a lkst 2yrs. But I probably would have protected the older Wells who had reached AA. I think I would have gambled on health and projection that he might have been ready to contribute late in 2021.
    2 points
  29. Terrific this is what September is for and why I want the clubs to add at least 5 - not 2 at the end of the season.
    2 points
  30. Donaldson ... what can I say ... I wanted him back when he was with Oakland and was so mad the Twins didn't trade for him when he went to the Blue Jays. All this 'trade him' talk is nonsense, imo. He is not the one to trade.
    2 points
  31. I'm in the Galvis, Iglesias, Simmons camp for a one-year SS deal - someone who will play the position every day but who we wouldn't freak out if he was displaced at some/any point of the season. I do not trade any of the players who had "down" or injured seasons (Kepler, Garver, Sano). Larnach stays in AAA, OF is an extended Buxton, Kepler, Celestino, and Martin. IF is Kiriloff, Polanco, SS, Donaldson - Arraez, Gordon. Sano is everyday DH, plus 1b and emergency 3b. That makes the bench Jeffers, Arraez, Gordon, Martin, but all guys who will get rotation time and ABs. Still trying to figure out how we get Miranda into the lineup, but I think that happens (either this off-season or mid-season next year) when we eat money and deal Donaldson. I think your quality LF is Celestino/Martin, creating a strong defensive outfield with no plodding sluggers. Dollars are spent on Pineda (1yr/$9M), Rodon (5 yrs/$125M, and yes I realize that is a huge leap of faith, but he's young and built for the long haul), to couple with Ober/Ryan and I think Winder or Balazovic or Duran fills the 5 slot, Sands/Vallimont/Woods Richardson/Strotman; some combination of Jax, Barnes, Dobnak, Smeltzer, Thorpe, Burroughs, Gant are still around (some not) for depth. Maybe Maeda late in the year. 2 high-level relievers. Yup, once Miranda and Lewis (hope, hope, hope) man the left side of the infield, this is a shockingly young and athletic team built much more for 2023-2024; Kiriloff, Polanco, Lewis, Miranda, Celestino, Buxton, Kepler, Garver, Sano - Jeffers, Martin, Arraez, Gordon (though all 4 OFs can play center so maybe the 4th bench spot goes to that plodding slugger). Rodon, Ober, Pineda, Ryan, Winder. I think Buxton extension, Rodon, Pineda, 2 relievers plus SS spends all the money.
    2 points
  32. Transactions Minnesota Twins select the contract of RHP Nick Vincent from Triple-A St. Paul Minnesota Twins option LHP Andrew Albers to Triple-A St. Paul Minnesota Twins sent C Mitch Garver on a rehab assignment to Triple-A St. Paul Minnesota Twins promote IF Ernie Yake to Triple-A St. Paul from Twins Complex SAINTS SENTINEL Indianapolis 2, St. Paul 0 Box Score The Saints' never got in gear in this one, spoiling a solid pitching performance across the board. Jason Garcia got the start for Saint Paul and was effective over four full innings. He allowed four hits and walked one but did not allow a run and struck out one. Unfortunately, the Saints’ bats struggled early as well and this contest stayed scoreless until the fifth, when Indianapolis got on the board first. Now facing reliever Edgar Garcia, Indianapolis grabbed a run in the fifth off a Bligh Madris double and another in the sixth from an Ethan Paul single. Those turned out to be the only runs of the game, spurring Indianapolis to a 2-0 win. The Saints only managed multiple base runners in the first and ninth innings and didn’t score in either inning. Miguel Yajure sailed through six against St. Paul before turning it over to the bullpen that was just as effective. Gilberto Celestino had a big 3-for-3 night, but he was the only Saints hitter with more than one knock. Chris Nunn pitched a scoreless seventh and eighth innings but the damage was done during Edgar Garcia’s outing. WIND SURGE WISDOM Wichita 2, Arkansas 1 Box Score Fresh off clinching a spot in the playoff, Wichita gave the ball to Cole Sands and Twins Daily’s #19 prospect was dominant, as he and Kody Funderburk keyed a pitcher’s duel victory. Sands went five full innings and only allowed three hits while striking out four. He did allow three walks but did not allow any of them to score. In fact he, didn’t allow anyone to score. From there, Funderburk took over and it was as if nothing changed. Kody cruised through three hitless innings, and though he ran into some trouble and allowed a run in the ninth, he still closed out the win. On the offensive end, the Surge didn’t do a lot, but it was just enough. The first run of the game came in the second, when a Jermaine Palacios single finished off a rally that brought Leobaldo Cabrera to the plate. Hours of scoreless baseball later, Ernie De La Trinidad blasted a shot into the bullpen to grab Wichita’s second run of the game. Those runs proved to be all the Surge needed, thanks to the dominant pitching. D.J Burt and Ernie De La Trinidad had the only multi-hit games for Wichita. KERNELS NUGGETS Cedar Rapids 7, Peoria 6 Box Score With a playoff berth very much in the balance, Cedar Rapids turned to Casey Legumina tonight for his debut start for the Kernels. Legumina allowed three runs and struck out seven in 4 ⅔ innings, keeping the Kernels in it and allowing their late offensive explosion to carry the day. The Kernels didn’t wait to take the lead in this one as Michael Helman came to the plate on a throwing error from Peoria third baseman Jacob Buchberger. Peoria answered in the bottom of the third with a run coming in on a Jhon Torres double, but the Kernels took their lead right back off a massive solo homer from Aaron Sabato. Unfortunately, the Chiefs took the lead for themselves in the fifth with two runs, with Torres and Pedro Pages registering RBI singles. Cedar Rapids still trailed 3-2 heading in the eighth inning, but then they decided they’d had enough of that. The offense blasted three homers in the inning for four runs to take a strong three-run lead. The bombs came from Edouard Julien, Michael Helman, and Aaron Sabato for his second of the night. However, the Chiefs took that punch and responded with one of their own in their half of the eighth. They strung together four straight hits and put up three runs to tie the game, with RBI going to Tommy Jew (2) and Tyler Reichenborn. But, as if to spit in the face of Peoria’s comeback, Seth Gray hit a go-ahead bomb to dead center to lead off the ninth inning. And, though the bottom of the ninth inning didn't go smoothly for Cedar Rapids, no runs were scored and the Kernels secured a massive win. Coming into this game, the Kernels were tied with Lake County for the second playoff spot in High-A Central and both teams were just one game up on Great Lakes with three to play. With losses tonight from both of their playoff rivals, this Kernels win gives them a one-game lead over Lake County. Cedar Rapids trails both Lake County and Great Lakes in the playoff tiebreaker, so that one-game lead is crucial as they'll need it to secure a spot against Quad Cities in the playoff. MUSSEL MATTERS Tampa 0, Fort Myers 0 (postponed top first) Box Score The Mussels were scheduled to finish last night’s postponed game against Tampa tonight. Unfortunately, the rain continued to create problems in Fort Myers and no baseball could be played today. The game that had been scheduled for today has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled. The Mussels and Tarpons will play a doubleheader tomorrow, weather permitting. COMPLEX CHRONICLES Game 1: FCL Red Sox 10, FCL Twins 2 Box Score It’s Friday, so you already know that the FCL Twins lost to the Red Sox. In the first half of a scheduled doubleheader the Twins struggled on both sides of the ball, losing 10-2. The Twins only managed four hits in this one and no hitter had a multi-hit game. The runs scored on two solo homers, one from LaRon Smith in the second, and the other from Rubel Cespedes in the fifth. The Red Sox offense scored runs in all but two innings and built their substantial lead with a four-run second inning and a three-run second. On the mound for the Twins, Giovahniey German started the game and struggled, allowing five runs (four earned) in less than two innings. Control was an issue for German, as he walked three batters and allowed a run to score on a wild pitch. Danny Moreno took over from German and was better, allowing a run and striking out three in two innings of work. Cole Bellair’s 2 ⅔ innings was the longest outing of the night, though he was touched for four earned runs during his time on the bump. Ricardo Velez took care of the seventh and was the only Twins pitcher to not allow a run. Game 2: FCL Twins 2, FCL Red Sox 0 (postponed, bottom second) Box Score TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY Pitcher of the Day - Cole Sands (Wichita) - 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K Hitter of the Day - Aaron Sabato (Cedar Rapids) - 2-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 HR (7) PROSPECT SUMMARY #1 - Royce Lewis (rehab) - Out for season (torn ACL) #2 - Austin Martin (Wichita) - 1-for-4 #3 - Jordan Balazovic (Wichita) - Did not pitch #4 - Simeon Woods Richardson (Wichita) - Did not pitch #5 - Jhoan Duran (St. Paul) - Injured List (elbow strain) #6 - Jose Miranda (St. Paul) - 1-for-4 #7 - Joe Ryan (Minnesota) - Did not pitch #8 - Matt Canterino (Cedar Rapids) - Injured List (right elbow strain) #9 - Chase Petty (Complex) - Did not pitch #10 - Keoni Cavaco (Fort Myers) - Temporarily Inactive List #11 - Josh Winder (St. Paul) - Injured List (right shoulder impingement) #12 - Matt Wallner (Cedar Rapids) - 0-for-5, 3 K #13 - Gilberto Celestino (St. Paul) - 3-for-3, BB, 2B #14 - Drew Strotman (St. Paul) - Did not pitch #15 - Noah Miller (Complex) - Did not play #16 - Brent Rooker (Minnesota) - 2-for-4, R, 2 RBI, 2B, HR (8) #17 - Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) - Out for season (Tommy John surgery) #18 - Misael Urbina (Fort Myers) - Rained Out #19 - Cole Sands (Wichita) - 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K #20 - Spencer Steer (Wichita) - 0-for-3, BB, K SATURDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS St. Paul @ Indianapolis (6:05 PM CST) - LHP Bryan Sammons (1-2, 5.49 ERA) Arkansas @ Wichita (6:05 PM CST) - RHP Austin Schulfer (6-7, 4.37 ERA) Cedar Rapids @ Peoria (6:35 PM CST) - RHP Sawyer Gipson-Long (2-3, 4.63 ERA) Tampa @ Fort Myers, Doubleheader (Game 1: 3:30 PM CST, Game 2 to follow) - TBD Please feel free to ask questions and discuss Friday’s games!
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  33. Larnach is a right fielder. They need to find a way to play him there. If I had to guess, I'd say that one of Celestino or Martin is our long term LF. I like Chris Taylor as our opening day shortstop. He won't command the money or term that one of the top guys will, but he will likely provide the competence we're lacked all year from Simmons while we wait for Lewis and/or Martin to emerge. And, because he won't cost a ton, he will afford us the opportunity to invest in the pitching we desperately need.
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  34. Wells was a bad decision on management's part because of his size, potential, and experience. Baddoo was a tougher call because of his inexperience and injury but his athleticism was important to evaluate.
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  35. Fantastic article, Seth! Cool addition to the player analysis to see your late fall rankings. While you would have protected Baddoo, you would have still lost Wells (and maybe Ober?). Interesting question is whether the loss of Baddoo hurts worse than what would have been lost with Ober. Close, but I say no, as the Twins need pitching. Of course, with 20/20 hindsight, the 40-man contained several players you wish would have been removed or left unprotected to make room for all three of these.
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  36. Everything @chpettit19said. This team has a ton of money to spend and they should spend half of it on the most important position on the field defensively. We have some arms near-ready but nothing ready at SS anytime soon. (The kid from Toronto is a LF) We can still spend 30ish million to bring in one good starter and Pineda and some filler to help pitching depth. As for names, Correa is the best defensive player, Story might be the best overall player, but let the big fish circle them. We should throw a ton of money at Baez or Seager and lock that position in place for a half a decade. They'll be a better fit and value for us. Resigning Simmons might kill my fanhood. Seriously.
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  37. I like Pineda and suppose if he's inexpensive he's worth bringing back. Toronto has a helluva lineup, good to see Polanco make up for his miscues.
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  38. There were times tonight where the pitcher (both pitchers) was in the windup 7-8 seconds after the ball hit his glove on the throw back from the catcher. All of the stepping out, holding the ball, walking around the mound adds nothing to performance and loses too many potential fans. I do not mind watching a long game and can watch an entire game standing up when two good teams playing well are competing, but the meaningless delays are not a good look for the game. The 15-20 second clock is more than reasonable. As I type this, the Giants pitcher is taking only 10 seconds from catch to motion; it is easily done. I read the article too and it is a bonus if a better pace results in better baseball. No doubt, this will also be noted by fans.
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  39. lecroy24fan

    Coronavirus

    Started turning the corner today. They've turned down the oxygen twice now. Hopefully on the road to going home.
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  40. I wouldn't be surprised by that outcome at all. I think their main goal in a SS signing is a glove that can support the young pitching coming up, and Simmons is still the best in that regard if they're doing a short, cheap deal. So I think that's abundantly possible.
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  41. I also advocated for this...not that my voice could be heard in the smoke-filled rooms, but I think it is a great spark plug for the pace of the game. Instead, they took the more bizarre option of forcing relievers to pitch to a minimum of three batters. Of course, it didn't work. It doesn't even make sense to me. If a reliever is sharp, most of the time, he'd probably stay in the game for multiple hitters. If he walks the first batter on 4-5 pitches, he's probably not sharp, so is it saving so much time by forcing him to pitch to two more hitters and then end up going to the bullpen anyway? Obviously not. Let's dump the goofy rule and go with the clock rule.
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  42. I think there'll be room to spend some on a SS. There are some big name, aging vets on the pitching market, but the Twins should have 60M at least to spend this year. If that's the case they aren't going to be able to get all the arms they target and if they're spending all that on pitchers they're likely overpaying for some middling arms. I'd prefer to grab the glove to put behind the pitchers if they can't get the top arms they want. Ideally they get a handful of top arms and spend almost all of their money there, but I don't think that's realistic and having a glove like Baez at SS can help with run prevention as well.
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  43. Donaldson will be here for a while, and that's a good thing. His numbers are good, his fire is good. His public statements this year on pitching helped improve the entire game of baseball. People who will speak truth to power are rare, when you find one of them hold onto them. And I like that home run video, for what that's worth. I am assuming that umpire was calling a very bad game. As for his health, it's amazing how a losing season suddenly sees players sitting out more often. Only two players have played more games than Donaldson this year for the Twins. I wouldn't worry about his health. Of the 57 players who have been on the 40-man roster this year, Donaldson has been on the field more often than 55 of them.
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  44. As entities that predate recorded history, it’s very hard to get something by the Injury Gods. Yet that’s exactly what happened on Tuesday afternoon, as a wicked comebacker found Joe Ryan’s pitching hand without causing lasting damage. “Ryan’s a big part of their future plans so it seems like that’s an ideal place to really put the screws to the player and the Twins,” said a source close to Znon the Wrathful, the unspeakable beast responsible for tweaking Minnesota’s ulnar collateral ligaments. “I can’t explain it. Nor can They. The entire nether world is buzzing. To be clear, that’s mostly because of the bees we’re sending to swarm Byron Buxton next Wednesday, but it’s also the talk of the realm.” It initially appeared that the Gods had done as they always have to the bedeviled franchise, with Ryan immediately storming off the mound and heading to the showers. “Oh yeah, I thought for sure we tagged and bagged him,” said another source who works in Damnations and Accounts Receivable for Langurr The Plague King. “I should have known something wasn’t right when the ball didn’t deflect and hit Jorge Polanco in the eye. Classic double play and we didn’t even get the one? You don’t get surprised around this office too often, but that one put us back on our hooves.” The resulting X-rays were negative, with Ryan diagnosed as having a mere bruise. He might not even miss a start. The lack of traumatic injury is leaving more questions than answers among Those who exist to harm and maraud. “It’s a real stumper,” said a source familiar with Znon’s thinking. “His name is Znon the Wrathful. He just loves Himself some wrath. Lots of speculation that He’s going to make up for it by dropping a house on Ryan’s pinky toe or putting a black bear in his car. No one ever expects the black bear. Bears can’t drive!”
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  45. A couple of (I think) safe assumptions - Corey Seager will stay in LA or at least not come to MN, MN will not pay the 15-20m a year necessary to get one of the top FA SS, will lose Simmons, and will pick up an interim guy. With that: C - Garver, Jeffers 1B - Sano 2B - Polanco SS - Galvis or Iglesias 3B - Arraez/Donaldson LF - Kirilloff CF - Buxton RF - Kepler/Refsnyder platoon DH - Donaldson/Arraez I see this as the only way to get all of Arraez, Donaldson, Kirilloff and Sano in the lineup. Sano has hit .252/.333/.542 (.855) the last 30 games and I'd wager that's about what he's done the second half of the season as a whole. He's won a 2022 spot. He's got to play 1B and Kirilloff in LF to get Arraez in the lineup by splitting 3d base and DH with Donaldson. Donaldson is only good for 70-90 games a year in the field so a split there and the DH makes sense. Kepler starts because we (unfortunately) don't have anyone better but he can only play against RH pitching. I'd love to see us get a RH OF FA - Rooker isn't the guy - to be the weak half of the RF platoon, DH against LH pitching with Arraez on the bench, and DH when Donaldson and/or Arraez is on the shelf.
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  46. I'm in favor if it but only with these two provisions: One, there must also be a clock on the batter getting both feet in the batter's box (and the pitch clock will not start until that happens). Two, the pitch clock (but not the batter clock) will be turned off when there is a runner on base.
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  47. One player we all should be excited about is Celestino. Disappointing with the Twins in a premature call up, way premature, it appears his big league struggles has paid dividends back at AAA. Should be key member of Twins teams in 2022 and beyond. should be exciting finish for the Kernels, unfortunately, their record against Quad Cities is ugly.
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  48. Isn't it fun to watch Big Mike and all of his quirks? I'm thinking he can be an option on an inexpensive contract for next year as he is good for 20 starts of competitive ball. Great game for the bullpen too.
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  49. Opening sentence from the Twins' orthopedic team physician Michael Knudsen's upcoming book, Byron Buxton's Bees: "Look, to be honest, until I saw it for myself, I never thought it possible that a massive series of bee stings could even cause an ACL to spontaneously rupture."
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