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  1. Yes, Berrios wants a hefty payday, and no, he isn’t one of the top 10 pitchers in baseball. The three players he’s most closely tied to in this contract situation are Luis Severino, Aaron Nola, and Lance McCullers. The former two got paid prior to the 2019 season. McCullers just got his payday. They are all 27 years old, save for Nola who just recently had a birthday. None of that trio would qualify as top 10 pitchers in the game either. Nola and Severino took four-year deals at $45M and $40M, respectively. McCullers agreed to a five-year deal that starts in 2022 and is for $85M. Jose rep
    8 points
  2. Caleb “Meat Raffle” Thielbar landed on the Minnesota Twins injured list Thursday with a strained groin, joining Byron Buxton, Mitch Garver, Kenta Maeda, Max Kepler, Luis Arraez, Devin Smeltzer, Rob Refsnyder, Jake Cave, and Edwar Colina. While this staggering list of casualties is alarming for both the front office and Twins fans, it’s a blessing in disguise for the team’s accountants. “We have ten players on the injured list,” said a senior employee with knowledge of the situation. “Next one’s free.” Multiple sources confirmed that the Minnesota Twins purchased the Major League Base
    8 points
  3. Major League Baseball isn’t like other sports. The degree of difficulty in the draft is extreme and one player, no matter how good, can only make so big of an impact. Joe Mauer is the fourth-best No. 1 overall pick of all-time, according to Baseball-Reference WAR, behind only Alex Rodriguez, Chipper Jones and Ken Griffey Jr. Those top four combined to help bring one World Series championship to the teams that drafted them (Jones with Atlanta in 1995). Even when you get this pick right, there’s so much else you have to do correctly to build a successful team. Know who the 10th-best to
    7 points
  4. Edouard Julien grew up in Quebec, Canada. He went to Cardinal Roy Secondary School in L’Acienne-Lorette, a suburb just west of Quebec City. He starred on the Canadian national teams as he grew up. He played with current Twins prospects Jordan Balazovic and Landon Leach and former Twins minor leaguer Matt Jones. Julien said, “I played on the junior national team at 16-years-old. I was pretty lucky to be a part of it. I don’t think I would be where I am today without being on that team.” In 2017, he was selected in the 37th round of the MLB draft by the Phillies. Instead of signing, h
    7 points
  5. LaMonte Wade Jr. was an easy player to like. He slowly worked his way up through the minors over five years using his patient plate approach and solid outfield defense and found himself on the back end of a deep outfield rotation in 2019 and 2020. Nobody expected Wade to be a star player, but he seemed like the kind of solid contributor that fills out the edges of a competitive roster. He slashed .211/.336/.388 in a Twins uniform, played decent defense in the outfield, and even filled in at first base on occasion. It basically came down to a battle between Wade and Jake Cave for a roster
    6 points
  6. No player in baseball is immune to the league adjusting and Dobnak has proven to be no different. After posting a 1.59 ERA through 28.1 innings in his debut season, Dobnak took a bit of a tumble in 2020. He started out just as hot but eventually was optioned and finished the season with a 4.05 ERA. The league really appeared to finally figure him out as he tallied a 6.41 mark in his last 6 appearances. Since then the numbers speak for themselves. Through 36 innings this year Dobnak owns a 7.36 ERA and 7.95 FIP. He’s been worth -.4 fWAR, often allowing blowup performances that take the Twi
    6 points
  7. With the 2021 season rapidly slipping away, Twins manager Rocco Baldelli needed to do something. With making the team healthier being out of his hands, he did what he thought best: put on some Steely Dan. “I think the players-only meetings and office sit-downs only accomplish so much,” said Baldelli. “What you really need are the sardonic lyrics of Donald Fagen, the tasteful guitar of Walter Becker, and the in-the-pocket grooves of the finest session players in Los Angeles.” When the players showed up to Target Field on Thursday after another punishing loss to the New York Yankees, t
    6 points
  8. With the Twins boasting one of the worst records in the league and continuing to affirm it with their play week after week, it's natural to start thinking about the big picture, and wondering what the path forward looks like. Has their championship window closed? Is a full-on rebuild in the offing? Or is this a bump in the road that calls for retooling on the fly and getting back after it in 2022? I personally lean toward the latter, for a number of different reasons. Among them: these five key positive player trends all support the idea that Minnesota could move back into contentio
    6 points
  9. There were some bright spots in May, certainly more than there were in April, but another losing month is still dissatisfying. If you’re looking for a bit more balanced look back at the month with a few positive notes mixed in, here’s a video I recorded on the team’s ups and downs for the month. Just want to dwell on the downs? Let’s do it. This is my list of five, it’s subjective and partially based on expectations. Share the guys you were most disappointed in down in the comments. Nelson Cruz Is it age, injuries or just a bad stretch of luck? Cruz hit .221/.302/.360
    6 points
  10. In 2016, Refsnyder was a 25-year-old floating between Triple-A and the New York Yankees. The Arizona State alumni -- a former College World Series’ Most Outstanding Player to boot -- had yet to make an impact on his club. He had a brilliant idea: He would add power to his game. His idea involved mirroring the approach of Minnesota Twin Brian Dozier. He noted that Dozier’s short, compact swing provided him with a high pull rate. The spray-to-all-fields approach wasn’t going to give him the requisite direction to hit home runs in bunches, he believed. So, over the next few years he tried
    6 points
  11. For this week again, let’s start with a Question of the Week. Leave your responses in the Comments section. Question of the Week: Who do you think will be in the Twins Opening Day starting rotation in 2024? As always, I welcome your feedback on what you would like to see from these Week in Review articles, so let me know in the comments below. Of course, I also encourage you to read Nick’s Twins Week in Review from yesterday. With that, let’s look at Week 3 in the Twins minor leagues: RESULTS Triple-A: St. Paul Saints: Week (2-4 hosting Indianapolis), overall (
    6 points
  12. A sprained thumb. A groin strain. Migraines. A broken toe. Wrist injuries. A concussion. A subluxed shoulder that required surgery. A hip strain. And now a broken hand. One would be hard pressed to not find even the slightest bit of sympathy for Minnesota Twins outfielder Byron Buxton after the spate of injuries he has suffered over the first seven seasons of his MLB career. Soft tissue. Bone. Brain. The injuries he’s experienced have run the gamut of both tissue and severity and have many wondering what he did to deserve such terrible luck. The fact of the matter is this: Byron Bux
    5 points
  13. In what has been a nightmare season for the Minnesota Twins’ bullpen, Taylor Rogers has been one of the few bright spots. Through 29 appearances thus far, Rogers owns a sparkling 2.67 ERA with a career high K/9 of 12.5. Rogers has been used in every type of situation as well, playing the role of left-handed specialist, fireman and closer, proving time and time again to be Rocco Baldelli’s most trusted arm in the bullpen. After a 2020 season in which Rogers was extremely unlucky, regression has tilted back in his favor in 2021, and the results are proving again that he is an exceptionally talen
    5 points
  14. Weekly Snapshot: Mon, 6/7 through Sun, 6/13 *** Record Last Week: 2-4 (Overall: 26-39) Run Differential Last Week: -15 (Overall: -50) Standing: T-4th Place in AL Central (15.0 GB) Last Week's Game Recaps: Game 60 | NYY 8, MIN 4: New York Pulls Away Late, Wins Series Opener Game 61 | NYY 9, MIN 6: Yankees Tee Off on Dobnak in Victory Game 62 | MIN 7, NYY 5: Donaldson, Cruz Power Dramatic Comeback vs. Chapman Game 63 | HOU 6, MIN 4: Shoemaker's Late Lapse Leads to Loss Game 64 | MIN 5, HOU 2: Twins Win Behind Strong Effort from Berríos Game 65 | HOU 14, MIN 3: Astro
    5 points
  15. Falvey took over a 100-loss team and turned it into a 100-win team just three seasons later. Even with this poor start to the 2021 season, the team’s record under his regime is 331-288, a .535 winning percentage. That might not jump off the page — it’s an 87-win pace — but keep in mind how bad things were before that. In the six seasons prior to Falvey taking over, the Twins posted a 407-565 record. That’s a .419 winning percentage, or a 68-win pace. So that’s it, right? Case closed, Falvey has been great for the Minnesota Twins. Well ... How much of the Twins’ success can be attribu
    4 points
  16. Injuries are obviously impacting multiple players listed below. In a perfect world, the Twins would be able to trade away all their veterans for valuable pieces, but almost nothing has gone perfectly for the Twins in 2021. That being said, here’s some of the roster shuffle that will occur over the next month. DH: Miguel Sano Replaces Nelson Cruz Miguel Sano seems destined to be the team’s DH throughout the remaining years on his contract. There are only a handful of contending teams that need help at DH, but the most logical choice might be the AL’s best team. Brent Rooker is another
    4 points
  17. TRANSACTIONS OF Gilberto Celestino recalled from Saints by Twins RHP Erik Manoah Jr. signed by Twins and assigned to Fort Myers OF Anthony Prato placed on IL with left hamate fracture SAINTS SENTINEL Omaha 5, St. Paul 2 Box Score Kenta Maeda was the headliner tonight for St. Paul making a rehab start in his journey back to the Twins. He allowed just a single hit, one that left the yard, but punched out five while walking just one in four innings. Top pitching prospect Jhoan Duran came on in relief and went 4.1 innings on his own. He allowed three
    4 points
  18. The deal at the time was widely respected, neither panned nor necessarily praised, as it was widely understood that the team’s primary target to replace Polanco, Marcus Semien, who ultimately signed with the Toronto Bluejays, simply did not want to come to Minnesota. Additionally, Simmons had been the definition of a generational talent defensively since his debut in 2012, so there was quite literally no better option on the market if improving the team’s defense was a top priority. Simmons has largely lived up to his defensive reputation on his way to compiling 10 outs above average
    4 points
  19. The Twins haven’t been the most injured team in baseball. They’re not even in the top five. In fact, they’re barely even in the top 10. If you’re interested in looking at the data, it’s available at spotrac. In terms of number of players who have been or are currently on the Injured List, the Twins are tied for 10th in baseball. Here’s a look at the rankings: TEAM PLAYERS 1. Giants 26 2. Blue Jays 25 3. Padres 23 4. Mariners 2
    4 points
  20. For this week again, let’s start with a Question of the Week. Leave your responses in the Comments section. Question of the Week: How concerned are you about all of the injuries in the Twins minor league system already this season? Transactions: A few transactions were announced on Monday. RHP Regi Grace was placed on the Mighty Mussels Injured List with a right shoulder impingement. The Twins signed RHP Bobby Milacki and OF Nick Anderson late last week. On Monday, they were added to the Ft. Myers roster. Milacki was the 38th round pick of the Nationals in 201
    4 points
  21. 3. Trusting the Bullpen Castoffs Wes Johnson has done some amazing things with bullpen arms in the past and the Twins entered 2021 thinking that he would be able to replicate these results with a new group of bullpen castoffs. Now it’s the beginning of June and Minnesota has rotated through Shaun Anderson, Derek Law, Juan Minaya, and Brandon Waddell. There were some big shoes to fill in the bullpen (see below), but all these new additions faced struggles. From season’s start, almost nothing seemed to work when it came to the bullpen. It’s also tough to adequately assess relievers whe
    4 points
  22. TRANSACTIONS RHP Griffin Jax promoted to the Twins. RHP Juan Minaya DFAd. LHP Bryan Sammons promoted to AAA St. Paul RHP Matt Mullenbach promoted to AAA St. Paul from the Ft. Myers complex. (He was just signed on Friday from an independent league) RHP Bailey Ober promoted to Twins from AAA St. Paul RHP Matt Canterino placed on the 7-day IL for A+ Cedar Rapids (right elbow strain) LHP Lewis Thorpe placed on the 7-day IL for AAA St. Paul (left shoulder strain) Saints Sentinel St. Paul 3, Louisville 6 Box Score Bryan Sammon
    4 points
  23. On the mound, he has the look of a person who desperately needs to use the bathroom or has an itchy clothing tag which won’t stop bothering him. Michael Pineda is fidgety, twitchy and frankly, uncomfortable to watch. His physical quirks bely the smooth operator on the mound. Over the last 3 years, Pineda has been a model of consistency and excellence for the Twins. As the team answers the question of whether they have started slow or are simply a bad team, they need to decide what to do with Pineda, trade him, or extend him? In spite of the recency bias which perhaps clouds our judgement
    4 points
  24. For this week again, let’s start with a Question of the Week. Leave your responses in the Comments section. Question of the Week: Which Twins prospect do you most want to see called up to the Twins this year? (that hasn’t already been called up) As always, I welcome your feedback on what you would like to see from these Week in Review articles, so let me know in the comments below. Of course, I also encourage you to read Nick’s Twins Week in Review from yesterday. With that, let’s look at Week 4 in the Twins minor leagues: RESULTS Triple-A: St. Paul Sain
    4 points
  25. TRANSACTIONS C Ben Rortvedt called up to Minnesota Twins (from St. Paul) RHP Ryan Shreve called up to Cedar Rapids (from Ft. Myers) RHP Jonathan Cheshire to Cedar Rapids (from Wichita) SAINTS SENTINEL St. Paul 7, Iowa 3 Box Score The Saints wrapped up their 6-game sweep of the I-Cubs and won their seventh game in a row Sunday afternoon. Bailey Ober started on the mound for St. Paul and was dominant the first time through the order. He struck out the first six batters he faced and had opponents looking foolish with his curveball. However,
    4 points
  26. TRANSACTIONS St. Paul Saints activated 3B Drew Maggi from the 7-day injured list. Cedar Rapids Kernels placed RF Matt Wallner on the 7-day injured list. Right wrist sprain. Cedar Rapids Kernels placed RHP Blayne Enlow on the 7-day injured list. SAINTS SENTINEL St Paul 4, Iowa 3 Box Score Just a day after exorcising the I-Cubs by a score of 17-6, the Saints proved they could win close games too, squeaking out a 4-3 win over Iowa on Wednesday afternoon. RHP Charlie Barnes was as electric as any Saints pitcher has been all year, surrendering only one earne
    4 points
  27. So keep reading to find out just how crazy the night was for your favorite Twins prospects! TRANSACTIONS Minor League Gold Glove OF Mark Contreras was promoted to St. Paul from Wichita In Fort Myers recent free agent signing OF Justin Washington was assigned from the GCL Twins, 3B Wander Valdez was sent back to the GCL Twins roster, and SS Ruben Santana was activated from the disabled list. SAINTS SENTINEL St. Paul 17, Iowa 6 Box Score The Saints took advantage of some wildness from double-A’s 2019 strikeout king, Corey Abbott to jump out to an early lead. The
    4 points
  28. Randy Dobnak Using Randy Dobnak as a reliever didn’t exactly go as planned at season’s start and he was sent to St. Paul to get stretched out as soon as the Triple-A season began. In the last couple weeks, Michael Pineda and Kenta Maeda have both ended up on the injured list so Dobnak’s spot in the rotation looks to be safe. In his first start, he pitched six shutout innings with a five to two strikeout to walk ratio. What might be the most encouraging sign is his 12 groundball outs including inducing a double play. When Dobnak is at his best, he is working quickly and using his sink
    4 points
  29. The Lineup ($56M) The bad news this year was the Twins had to empty the St. Paul Saints roster to cover for all the Twins' injuries. The good news is that many of those players will be available to fill in for departing free agents like Nelson Cruz and Andrelton Simmons. With a bit of reshuffling, the default lineup likely looks like this: 2022 Player $M Type C Garver $ 3.80 arbitration 1B Kirilloff? $ 0
    3 points
  30. According to the Star Tribune’s Patrick Reusse, Buxton might be unhappy with the Twins. There are a variety of reasons Buxton might be displeased including the handling of his service time back at the end of 2018. If he had been called up in September that year, he would reach free agency this winter. Instead, he has one more year of team control. From the Twins perspective, this extra year is very valuable, because it allows the team to keep him for 2022 or it adds to what the team can get in a trade. Obviously, Buxton is going to need to come back and show that he is healthy for other t
    3 points
  31. Box Score Starter: Kenta Maeda 4.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 K Home Runs: Alex Kirilloff (5), Gilberto Celestiono (1) Bottom 3 WPA: Robles (-.241), Farrell (-.226), Donaldson (-.163) Win Probability Chart (via FanGraphs) It had been 20 games since we last saw Kenta Maeda take the mound for the Minnesota Twins. His return was made up of several shifts from moments of “Old Maeda” showing some great command and then “2021 Maeda” losing command and back again. While it wasn’t the most comfortable of rides, Maeda gave the Twins 4 good innings and held the Mariners to one ru
    3 points
  32. Relievers can be one of the trickiest groups for teams to evaluate. One relief pitcher can look great, and another can look terrible with such small sample sizes attached to their performances. Minnesota saw multiple relievers leave last winter and not all of them have found success with their new teams. However, one pitcher might be proving the Twins gave up on him a little too early. Zack Littell joined the Twins in 2017 as part of an interesting trade deadline. Minnesota acquired Jaime Garcia from the Braves and then after making one start, he was dealt to the Yankees. Littell was part
    3 points
  33. TRANSACTIONS: OF Max Kepler joins Triple-A St.Paul on a rehab assignment SAINTS SENTINEL Storm Chasers 15, Saints 4 Box Score Charlie Barnes: 3 IP, 7 H, 8 R, 6 ER, 4 K HR: Damek Tomscha (4) Multi-hit games: Mark Contreras (3-for-4, 2B, R, RBI) Charlie Barnes entered Sunday with a sterling 2.20 ERA in 32 ⅔ innings for the Saints this year. He’d allowed just two runs in his previous 19 innings spanning across three starts. That trend changed Sunday as Barnes allowed four homers and six runs in his shortest outing of the young season. Andr
    3 points
  34. Box Score José Berríos: 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K Home Runs: Jorge Polanco (9) Top 3 WPA: José Berríos .266, Jorge Polanco .126, Miguel Sanó .104 Win Probability Chart (via FanGraphs) The Minnesota Twins were in full control from the moment that José Berríos took the mound during the bottom of the first inning. Berríos tossed an absolute gem, striking out eight and lowering his ERA to 3.49 over the course of seven innings for one of his better performances of an already strong campaign. Other than two poorly located pitches against Kyle Tucker and Robe
    3 points
  35. Before we get into the things I have a problem with, I want to point out that I do like the idea of bringing in some high-leverage relievers earlier in close games. Reserving your top guys only for the eighth and ninth innings is often a good recipe to ensure you won’t end up needing those guys when it gets to that point of the game. I didn’t have any problem with Rocco Baldelli’s decision to go to Taylor Rogers when he did, I just didn’t like the way that it went down in the bigger picture. Let’s break this thing down. A lot of the decision-making process was explained by Baldelli in his
    3 points
  36. Box Score Happ: 5.0 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K Home Runs: Donaldson (8), Cruz (11) Top 3 WPA: Cruz .447, Donaldson .376, Astudillo .074 Win Probability Chart (via FanGraphs) Coming into Thursday night’s game, the Minnesota Twins were leaning on the left arm of J.A. Happ to avoid a 3-game sweep against the evil empire, a tall task considering how the free agent had been performing up to that point. Early on, the game started how all Twins fans imagined that it might, as the righty-heavy New York Yankees lineup got to Happ early, capped off by cleanup hitter Gi
    3 points
  37. TRANSACTIONS: NONE SAINTS SENTINEL Bats 6, Saints 1 Box Score Robinson Leyer: 3 IP, H, 2 R/ER, 2 BB, 2 K HR: None Multi-hit games: None The Saints took a 1-0 lead in the third when Tomás Telis drove in Keon Broxton. Unfortunately, Reds’ regulars Aristides Aquino and Joey Votto were both in Louisville’s lineup today on rehab assignments. Aquino homered to tie the game at one while Votto walked in the second run. The Bats scored three runs as Tom Hackimer walked six in the fourth. The Bats scored another, a solo homer against Derek Law in the
    3 points
  38. TRANSACTIONS RHP Shaun Anderson promoted from St. Paul to Minnesota RHP Hunter McMahon to the 7-day IL with an elbow strain (Ft. Myers) SAINTS SENTINEL Louisville 6, St. Paul 3 Box Score Tomas Telis hit a 3-run home run, but the Saints’ bats were largely quiet during their loss to the Bats Thursday night. They were only able to gather two hits as a team, the other being a double off the bat of Mark Contreras. Additionally, Jhoan Duran - Twins Daily’s No. 5 prospect in the Twins system - looked like a mere mortal. He struggled with control all game
    3 points
  39. Mitch Garver: .497 xwOBAcon What makes Garver’s injury tough to swallow is how well he had been hitting at the plate. His Statcast numbers point to this improvement even after his slow start to the season. For those unfamiliar, xOBAcon uses three variables: exit velocity (EV), launch angle (LA), and sprint speed. Garver’s exit velocity and launch angle have allowed him to spray the ball all over the field. He currently ranks in the top 6% of the league in xwOBAcon so the hope is he can return sooner rather than later. As Rocco Baldelli alluded to after Tuesday’s game, it’s hard to imagine
    3 points
  40. Unfortunately, a series loss against the Baltimore Orioles after the one-third mark of the season should be the proverbial nail in the coffin for this team. Injuries have piled up, and Rocco Baldelli has been tasked with finding enough beating hearts to compile lineups on a nightly basis. With that as the new reality, making sure that 2021 is used productively to set up 2022 now must be the goal. Both Alex Kirilloff and Trevor Larnach have debuted for the Twins. They represent the organization's two best pure hitting prospects, and neither should be sent back to the minors the rest of the
    3 points
  41. The 2020 season was unique in more ways than one. For rookies making their big-league debut, this certainly had to be true as they stepped into a strange environment with no fans and a multitude of COVID protocols. In spite of these barriers, Brent Rooker was able to make his debut and find success at the plate, but have other prospects passed him by in 2021? Last year, Rooker was called up after Max Kepler was sent to the IL. He played in seven games and hit .316/.381/.579 with a home run and two doubles. Unfortunately, he was hit by a pitch and fractured his forearm which ended his seas
    3 points
  42. We can give Donaldson somewhat of a pass in 2020. Sure, he was hurt again, and his gargantuan calves didn’t hold up over what was a shortened season. There were comments made that pregame preparation was hardly ideal, and given the circumstances, that’s more than fair to believe. When he did play, 28 games to be exact, an .842 OPS was produced. While that’s not superstar level, it’s well above average and the 134 OPS+ reflects that mark as well. Fast forward to 2021 and Minnesota has a third basemen posting a .752 OPS across 37 games, and his OPS+ sits at just 115. Take a look at the slas
    3 points
  43. Box Score Pineda: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K Home Runs: Sano (9) Top 3 WPA: Sano .341, Pineda .205, Thielbar .076 Win Probability Chart (via Fangraphs) Michael Pineda Shines in Return from IL It was a brief stint on the IL for Michael Pineda, who had to miss just one start as a result of having a procedure to remove an abscess on the inner part of his thigh. This was welcome news for the Twins as Pineda has unquestionably been their best starting pitcher early on in the 2021 season. The Baltimore Orioles jumped out on Pineda early, as Trey Mancini, who is well
    3 points
  44. Box Score Starter: Matt Shoemaker 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K Home Runs: Trevor Larnach (2), Kyle Garlick (3) Top 3 WPA: Garver (.279), Garlick (.278), Shoemaker (.247) Win Probability Chart (via FanGraphs) It wasn't the cleanest game ever, but the Twins with the help of some good performances and a strong 8th inning were able to get themselves another win. Shoemaker put together one of his better starts of the season. He made it to 96 pitches and 6 innings before Baldelli looked toward his bullpen to finish out the final 3 innings of the game. Shoemaker did allow the
    3 points
  45. Following a series against the Nationals, the Baltimore Orioles flew to Minnesota where they will take on the Twins in a three game series starting tonight. The teams enter the series with an identical 17-29 record. For one member of the Orioles bullpen, the experience will be very special. Right-hander Tyler Wells said this afternoon, “I’m looking forward to moving forward. Even right now, playing the Twins, it’s kind of like a homecoming. It’s a bittersweet thing because I have a lot of friends over there. It’s going to be great to see them, but I’m also looking forward to competing ag
    3 points
  46. TRANSACTIONS Minnesota Twins activatedRHP Shaun Anderson from the IL and optioned him to the St. Paul Saints. Minnesota Twins optioned RHP Griffin Jax to St. Paul Saints. Wichita Wind Surge placed 2B Peter Mooney on the 7-day injured list. Twins signed infielder Wilbis Santiago and assigned him to Wichita. SAINTS SENTINEL St. Paul 2, Iowa 0 Box Score A night after losing a 3-1 contest, the Saints responded with a brilliant outing from Chandler Shepard and some timely hitting, tallying a 2-0 win over the I-Cubs. The Saints struck fir
    2 points
  47. There are a lot of pressures that come with having the draft’s first pick and that pressure was felt by the newly hired front office duo of Derek Falvey and Thad Levine. Multiple names were in the conversation for first overall pick and two of the top-five picks have already made their big-league debuts. Let’s see what the Twins passed over to take Lewis. Royce Lewis, Pick 1- Minnesota Twins Lewis is out for all of 2021 after needing to undergo ACL surgery this spring. That being said, he is only 22 years old, and his future still looks promising. When he was last on the field, he wo
    2 points
  48. Box Score Dobnak: 5.2 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K Home Runs: Jeffers (1) Bottom 3 WPA: Astudillo -.127, Dobnak -.124, Colome -.100, Win Probability Chart (via Fangraphs) Squandered Opportunities in the 1st Just two batters into the ballgame, the Twins already had a threat mounting against Orioles starting pitcher Matt Harvey, after Jorge Polanco leadoff the game with a double, and was followed by a walk from Josh Donaldson. That opportunity, like many others before it this season, was not taken advantage of, as three and four hitters Alex Kirilloff and
    2 points
  49. Before we share our choices for the Twins Minor League Top Four Starters for May, there were some other strong starting performers that just missed the cut. Let’s discuss the top starting pitchers in the organization in the season’s first month. It's great that there were several deserving choice this month. HONORABLE MENTION RHP Andrew Cabezas - Cedar Rapids Kernels - 6 G, 5 GS, 27.2 IP, 2.93 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, 18 H, 11 BB, 21 K RHP Blayne Enlow - Cedar Rapids Kernels - 3 GS, 14.2 IP, 1.84 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 13 H, 6 BB, 23 K RHP Cole Sands - 5 GS, 22.0 IP, 2.45 ERA, 1.14 W
    2 points
  50. TRANSACTIONS INF Nick Gordon recalled to the Minnesota Twins INF Tzu-Wei Lin removed from 7-day IL RHP Jonathan Cheshire transferred to Double-A Wichita INF Daniel Ozoria transferred to High-A Cedar Rapids RHP Sean Mooney reinstated from 7-day IL, rejoins Mighty Mussels SAINTS SENTINEL Saints 5, Indianapolis 4 Box Score Griffin Jax: 6 IP, 7 H, R/ER, BB, 8 K HR: None Multi-hit games: Ben Rortvedt (2-for-4, 2 R) Griffin Jax weasled his way out of a jam or two and put together a very strong start. Jax struck out eight over six strong in
    2 points
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