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  1. It’s easy to forget about Alex Kirilloff because his season ended prematurely, but the 23-year-old showcased his exciting talent when healthy in 2021. View full video
  2. It’s easy to forget about Alex Kirilloff because his season ended prematurely, but the 23-year-old showcased his exciting talent when healthy in 2021.
  3. There is a fundamental disagreement among romantics: does distance make the heart grow fonder or “out of sight, out of mind”? For Alex Kirilloff, it feels like the latter. And how can you not be romantic about baseball? Eddie Rosario’s postseason heroics for the Atlanta Braves remind fans of similar electric moments he provided for years as a Twin. Rosario’s vintage game two in the ALCS, where he wreaked havoc on the base paths, made a leaping play in left and walked off Kenley Jansen, was tabbed by Twins fans long before Sunday as The Eddie Rosario Experience™. The Experience carries clear positives, many of which were on display Sunday night. But his downfalls as a player - a lack of plate discipline chief among them - ultimately drove the Twins to non-tender him last winter rather than pay an estimated $10 million in his final year of arbitration. An equally-strong force was the emergence of Alex Kirilloff, the Twins’ top prospect who destroyed the minors in 2018 and charged his way up the rankings as a potential elite left-handed outfielder. While unproven, Kirilloff’s track record was sterling outside of a rough start in 2019 when he was hampered by a wrist injury (more on that later). Kirilloff didn’t make the team out of spring training, another questionable decision by a front office that has raised plenty over the last year. Kirilloff indeed hit just .129/.182/.258 in 33 spring plate appearances, raising doubts about whether he could help the two-time defending division champions win right out of the gate. "AK" ultimately received The Call on April 15th for a doubleheader against Boston. His start was anything but ordinary. He began his MLB career going 0-for-15 with more hard-hit outs than there are stars in the sky. His quality of contact finally equaled results over an excellent seven-game stretch. Kirilloff hit .321/.333/.857 with four homers and three doubles over that span. He had arrived, and at a time when the Twins needed some juice. AK looked as advertised. But of course, this was the 2021 Twins, and Kirilloff could not escape their misfortune. He injured his wrist sliding into second base amid his torrid stretch and missed nearly three weeks of action. The injury mostly sapped Kirilloff's power for the rest of the summer, and he finally opted for surgery in July. Kirilloff’s season was that rare mix of both excitement and disappointment. He crushed when healthy, but only for a few weeks. As Nick pointed out in this outstanding piece, Kirilloff is still only 23 and already showing massive power potential when that was his main question as a prospect. On the flip side, he’s had wrist issues in each of the last two seasons (spanning three years). That’s not great. Here’s what is: Kirilloff’s expected slugging percentage in 2021 (.532) was one point less than Juan Soto, Josh Donaldson, and Luis Robert’s (.533). Kirilloff was the unluckiest hitter in baseball by many measures. There was a 109-point difference between his actual and expected slugging percentage, the most in baseball. The difference between Kirilloff’s actual and expected batting average was the third-highest behind fellow Twin Max Kepler and the struggling Cody Bellinger. We often attribute things to bad luck when that’s not the case. It is here. Kirilloff can only hit the ball hard for so long before results reveal themselves. Those results could be waiting for AK in 2022. The sky remains the limit. MORE FROM TWINS DAILY — Preorder the Offseason Handbook — Latest Twins coverage from our writers — Recent Twins discussion in our forums — Follow Twins Daily via Twitter, Facebook or email View full article
  4. Eddie Rosario’s postseason heroics for the Atlanta Braves remind fans of similar electric moments he provided for years as a Twin. Rosario’s vintage game two in the ALCS, where he wreaked havoc on the base paths, made a leaping play in left and walked off Kenley Jansen, was tabbed by Twins fans long before Sunday as The Eddie Rosario Experience™. The Experience carries clear positives, many of which were on display Sunday night. But his downfalls as a player - a lack of plate discipline chief among them - ultimately drove the Twins to non-tender him last winter rather than pay an estimated $10 million in his final year of arbitration. An equally-strong force was the emergence of Alex Kirilloff, the Twins’ top prospect who destroyed the minors in 2018 and charged his way up the rankings as a potential elite left-handed outfielder. While unproven, Kirilloff’s track record was sterling outside of a rough start in 2019 when he was hampered by a wrist injury (more on that later). Kirilloff didn’t make the team out of spring training, another questionable decision by a front office that has raised plenty over the last year. Kirilloff indeed hit just .129/.182/.258 in 33 spring plate appearances, raising doubts about whether he could help the two-time defending division champions win right out of the gate. "AK" ultimately received The Call on April 15th for a doubleheader against Boston. His start was anything but ordinary. He began his MLB career going 0-for-15 with more hard-hit outs than there are stars in the sky. His quality of contact finally equaled results over an excellent seven-game stretch. Kirilloff hit .321/.333/.857 with four homers and three doubles over that span. He had arrived, and at a time when the Twins needed some juice. AK looked as advertised. But of course, this was the 2021 Twins, and Kirilloff could not escape their misfortune. He injured his wrist sliding into second base amid his torrid stretch and missed nearly three weeks of action. The injury mostly sapped Kirilloff's power for the rest of the summer, and he finally opted for surgery in July. Kirilloff’s season was that rare mix of both excitement and disappointment. He crushed when healthy, but only for a few weeks. As Nick pointed out in this outstanding piece, Kirilloff is still only 23 and already showing massive power potential when that was his main question as a prospect. On the flip side, he’s had wrist issues in each of the last two seasons (spanning three years). That’s not great. Here’s what is: Kirilloff’s expected slugging percentage in 2021 (.532) was one point less than Juan Soto, Josh Donaldson, and Luis Robert’s (.533). Kirilloff was the unluckiest hitter in baseball by many measures. There was a 109-point difference between his actual and expected slugging percentage, the most in baseball. The difference between Kirilloff’s actual and expected batting average was the third-highest behind fellow Twin Max Kepler and the struggling Cody Bellinger. We often attribute things to bad luck when that’s not the case. It is here. Kirilloff can only hit the ball hard for so long before results reveal themselves. Those results could be waiting for AK in 2022. The sky remains the limit. MORE FROM TWINS DAILY — Preorder the Offseason Handbook — Latest Twins coverage from our writers — Recent Twins discussion in our forums — Follow Twins Daily via Twitter, Facebook or email
  5. For recent episodes of the Locked On Twins podcast, click here. Can also be found wherever you get your podcasts. Friday Oct. 15th (Crossover w/ Locked On Wild): https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/crossover-what-can-be-learned-from-the-2021-twins/id1349600088?i=1000538735053 Thursday Oct. 14th (2021 Report Card: Kenta Maeda): https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/2021-report-card-kenta-maeda/id1349600088?i=1000538641345 Wednesday Oct. 13th (Trade Deadline retrospect): https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/season-in-review-trade-season-vibes/id1349600088?i=1000538514304 Tuesday, Oct. 12th (on an aggressive offseason): https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/what-could-the-twins-do-with-a-%24145m-payroll/id1349600088?i=1000538408538 Monday, Oct. 11th (first look at the FA market): https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/a-first-look-at-the-2021-free-agent-market/id1349600088?i=1000538264244 Thank you so much for making LO Twins your first listen every day!
  6. For recent episodes of the Locked On Twins podcast from Nash Walker, click here: Tuesday, October 12th (on an aggressive offseason): https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/what-could-the-twins-do-with-a-%24145m-payroll/id1349600088?i=1000538408538 Monday, October 11th (first look at the FA market): https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/a-first-look-at-the-2021-free-agent-market/id1349600088?i=1000538264244
  7. 3. Buxton Blasts Burnes The Twins looked to flush a forgettable Opening Day in Game 2 of their season in Milwaukee. José Berríos started and dominated the National League Central champions. Berríos pitched six innings of no-hit ball with 12 strikeouts and zero walks. It was one of the best performances of his career and further evidenced his immense talent. Berríos would’ve owned the stage if not for Corbin Burnes, who matched him with six walk-less and hit-less innings. Burnes went on to lead baseball with an incredible 2.43 ERA, 1.63 FIP, and 6.88 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Byron Buxton still wouldn’t be denied. With Burnes eight outs from a perfect game, Buxton roped a painted 96 mph cutter to Toyota Territory. It was the beginning of one of the most remarkable months by a player in Twins history. The Twins won 2-0. 2. Saturday Sanó Storm With the season quickly spiraling into the abyss and losses in eight of their last nine games, the Twins needed something positive. They trailed 4-2 with runners on the corners and two outs in the bottom of the eighth. Oakland turned to Jake Diekman to face Miguel Sanó, who was 8-for-67 (.119) with only two extra-base hits in 21 games up to that Saturday. In one of the unlikeliest and best moments of the year, Sanó used his strength to muscle a homer just over the limestone in right field. It was precisely what he and the team needed, and it created hope that there could be something more in 2021. Of course, it was just a brief positive amid a lot of negativity. For Sanó, the homer kicked off a 10-game stretch where he hit six homers, three doubles, and produced an OPS over 1.150. 1. Crushing Chapman Once again at risk of a sweep to the Yankees, the Twins needed a miracle late. Aroldis Chapman trotted out from the bullpen with a two-run lead and a 0.39 ERA in 23 games. Opponents were hitting .097 and had struck out in over 50% of plate appearances against Chapman to that point. He might beat you nine times out of 10, but not that night. The Twins ambushed the imposing lefty. In just nine pitches, Chapman gave up four hits, including two monstrous two-run homers to Josh Donaldson and Nelson Cruz. Beating the Yankees is always satisfying. To watch the two leaders of the team smash one of the best closers in the game at home made it extra special. Donaldson and Cruz showed Twins fans what could’ve (and should’ve) been in 2021’s best moment. That ninth inning also began a stretch where Chapman allowed 14 runs in 5 2/3 innings. What were your favorite moments from the season? Comment below!
  8. It was an overwhelmingly disappointing season for the Twins, with numerous bad losses, crippling injuries, and overall underperformance. What were the three *best* moments of this season? 3. Buxton Blasts Burnes The Twins looked to flush a forgettable Opening Day in Game 2 of their season in Milwaukee. José Berríos started and dominated the National League Central champions. Berríos pitched six innings of no-hit ball with 12 strikeouts and zero walks. It was one of the best performances of his career and further evidenced his immense talent. Berríos would’ve owned the stage if not for Corbin Burnes, who matched him with six walk-less and hit-less innings. Burnes went on to lead baseball with an incredible 2.43 ERA, 1.63 FIP, and 6.88 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Byron Buxton still wouldn’t be denied. With Burnes eight outs from a perfect game, Buxton roped a painted 96 mph cutter to Toyota Territory. It was the beginning of one of the most remarkable months by a player in Twins history. The Twins won 2-0. 2. Saturday Sanó Storm With the season quickly spiraling into the abyss and losses in eight of their last nine games, the Twins needed something positive. They trailed 4-2 with runners on the corners and two outs in the bottom of the eighth. Oakland turned to Jake Diekman to face Miguel Sanó, who was 8-for-67 (.119) with only two extra-base hits in 21 games up to that Saturday. In one of the unlikeliest and best moments of the year, Sanó used his strength to muscle a homer just over the limestone in right field. It was precisely what he and the team needed, and it created hope that there could be something more in 2021. Of course, it was just a brief positive amid a lot of negativity. For Sanó, the homer kicked off a 10-game stretch where he hit six homers, three doubles, and produced an OPS over 1.150. 1. Crushing Chapman Once again at risk of a sweep to the Yankees, the Twins needed a miracle late. Aroldis Chapman trotted out from the bullpen with a two-run lead and a 0.39 ERA in 23 games. Opponents were hitting .097 and had struck out in over 50% of plate appearances against Chapman to that point. He might beat you nine times out of 10, but not that night. The Twins ambushed the imposing lefty. In just nine pitches, Chapman gave up four hits, including two monstrous two-run homers to Josh Donaldson and Nelson Cruz. Beating the Yankees is always satisfying. To watch the two leaders of the team smash one of the best closers in the game at home made it extra special. Donaldson and Cruz showed Twins fans what could’ve (and should’ve) been in 2021’s best moment. That ninth inning also began a stretch where Chapman allowed 14 runs in 5 2/3 innings. What were your favorite moments from the season? Comment below! View full article
  9. Even in eternal darkness, there is light. Here are the three best moments of the 2021 season for the Twins, highlighted by the incredible Byron Buxton, the power of Miguel Sanó and the ambush of an imposing closer. View full video
  10. Even in eternal darkness, there is light. Here are the three best moments of the 2021 season for the Twins, highlighted by the incredible Byron Buxton, the power of Miguel Sanó and the ambush of an imposing closer.
  11. SAINTS SENTINEL Saints 6, Mud Hens 4 Box Score Andrew Albers: 6 IP, 7 H, 4 R/ER, 0 BB, 3 K HR: Tomás Telis (12) Multi-hit games: Telis (3-for-4, HR, 2 RBI, BB), Jimmy Kerrigan (2-for-4, 2 R, BB), Gilberto Celestino (2-for-5, 2B), Sherman Johnson (2-for-3, 2 2B, 2 BB, R) The Saints went out with a bang, winning on the back of four multi-hit games from its lineup. Andrew Albers started and went six innings, allowing seven hits and four runs with three strikeouts. Albers finished the season with a 3.88 ERA. St.Paul jumped out to a 4-0 lead before Mud Hens Kody Clemens and top Tigers' prospect Spencer Torkelson homered to tie the game in the fifth. Two innings later, Tomás Telis belted a solo homer to take the lead back. Drew Stankiewicz scored on a wild pitch in the eighth to open it up. Ian Gibaut struck out one in relief while Yennier Cano dazzled in the finale. Cano threw two scoreless, hitless innings with three strikeouts. The Saints wrapped up a very successful first season as an affiliate with the Twins. The final record: 67-63. TWINS DAILY SAINTS PLAYERS OF THE GAME Hitter of the Game: Tomás Telis (3-for-4, GW HR) Pitcher of the Game: Yennier Cano (2 IP, 0 H, 0 R/ER, BB, 3 K) PROSPECT SUMMARY #6 Jose Miranda (St. Paul)- 0-for-3, BB #13 Gilberto Celestino (St. Paul)- 2-for-5, 2B #16 Brent Rooker (Minnesota)- IN PROGRESS (0-for-2) It was a wild year across the Twins organization. Yet through the ups, downs, and everything in between there were a few individuals that stood out. Congrats to all of our award winners! Full Season Awards Twins Daily 2021 Minor League Hitter of the Year: Jose Miranda Twins Daily 2021 Starting Pitching of the Year: Louie Varland Twins Daily 2021 Relief Pitcher of the Year: Jovani Moran Short Season Awards Twins Daily 2021 Short Season Hitter of the Year: Kala'i Rosario Twins Daily 2021 Short Season Pitcher of the Year: Samuel Perez THANK YOU FOR READING OUR REPORTS!
  12. The 2021 Minor League season came to a close for the Saints Sunday and thus for the Twins farm system. The Saints 6-4 victory means they finished four games above .500 in their first year as a Twins affiliate. SAINTS SENTINEL Saints 6, Mud Hens 4 Box Score Andrew Albers: 6 IP, 7 H, 4 R/ER, 0 BB, 3 K HR: Tomás Telis (12) Multi-hit games: Telis (3-for-4, HR, 2 RBI, BB), Jimmy Kerrigan (2-for-4, 2 R, BB), Gilberto Celestino (2-for-5, 2B), Sherman Johnson (2-for-3, 2 2B, 2 BB, R) The Saints went out with a bang, winning on the back of four multi-hit games from its lineup. Andrew Albers started and went six innings, allowing seven hits and four runs with three strikeouts. Albers finished the season with a 3.88 ERA. St.Paul jumped out to a 4-0 lead before Mud Hens Kody Clemens and top Tigers' prospect Spencer Torkelson homered to tie the game in the fifth. Two innings later, Tomás Telis belted a solo homer to take the lead back. Drew Stankiewicz scored on a wild pitch in the eighth to open it up. Ian Gibaut struck out one in relief while Yennier Cano dazzled in the finale. Cano threw two scoreless, hitless innings with three strikeouts. The Saints wrapped up a very successful first season as an affiliate with the Twins. The final record: 67-63. TWINS DAILY SAINTS PLAYERS OF THE GAME Hitter of the Game: Tomás Telis (3-for-4, GW HR) Pitcher of the Game: Yennier Cano (2 IP, 0 H, 0 R/ER, BB, 3 K) PROSPECT SUMMARY #6 Jose Miranda (St. Paul)- 0-for-3, BB #13 Gilberto Celestino (St. Paul)- 2-for-5, 2B #16 Brent Rooker (Minnesota)- IN PROGRESS (0-for-2) It was a wild year across the Twins organization. Yet through the ups, downs, and everything in between there were a few individuals that stood out. Congrats to all of our award winners! Full Season Awards Twins Daily 2021 Minor League Hitter of the Year: Jose Miranda Twins Daily 2021 Starting Pitching of the Year: Louie Varland Twins Daily 2021 Relief Pitcher of the Year: Jovani Moran Short Season Awards Twins Daily 2021 Short Season Hitter of the Year: Kala'i Rosario Twins Daily 2021 Short Season Pitcher of the Year: Samuel Perez THANK YOU FOR READING OUR REPORTS! View full article
  13. While many of the Twins' top starting pitching prospects struggled or were injured (or both) this season, St Paul native Louie Varland dominated hitters across Low A and High A all season, earning him the Twins Daily Minor League Starting Pitcher of the Year award.
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