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  1. A.J. Pierzynski has not been a Minnesota Twins player in 20 years, but the team he was drafted by is still reaping the rewards of his return thanks to a favorable trade lineage the Twins have had in that time frame. Image courtesy of Bruce Kluckhohn, USA Today Sports A.J. Pierzynski is a complicated player in Twins' history. He played a big part in keeping the Twins here and was an all-star catcher on the 2002 team that won the division and beat the Moneyball Oakland A’s. Over the course of his six seasons as a Twin, he spent half that time as the starting catcher, hitting .301 with 26 home runs and 193 runs batted in. Pierzynski’s promise to continue as an all-star catcher was there going into the 2003-2004 offseason, but the Twins had a local kid named Joe Mauer, that had much more to offer for the team’s future. On November 14, 2003, the Twins took into favor the promise of Mauer and shipped Pierzynski to the San Francisco Giants for Joe Nathan, Francisco Liriano, and Boof Bonser. Pierzynski had a one-and-done year with the Giants and signed with the White Sox the next off-season. The Twins, however, are still reaping the benefits of acquiring these three pitchers as their acquisition of Liriano brought forth the opportunity to bring Jhoan Duran into the Twins organization. Nathan needs no reminder of his impact on the Twins. Not only did he become the best closer in franchise history but also one of baseball's best relievers of the 2000s. Bonser was a cult hero with the Twins as a rookie in 2006 making 18 starts and finding success at home in the Metrodome. The success of his rookie year was short-lived as it never carried over into the next two seasons. Bonser spent 2007 as the Twins fifth starter and split time between the rotation and bullpen in 2008. Following an injury that kept him out all of the 2009 season. The Twins flipped Bonser to the Red Sox for minor-leaguer Chris Province who was out of baseball after one year between Double-A and Triple-A. Then there is Liriano, the key figure of this trade and the leg of the trade that lives on today. Liriano was a staple to the Twins' rotation until the 2012 trade deadline. While he was struggling to be consistent at that time after his 2006 Tommy John surgery, the White Sox still called the Twins, seeing value in the lefty. In return for Liriano, the Twins received LHP Pedro Hernandez and infielder Eduardo Escobar. Hernandez was around for the 2013 season with the Twins making 14 forgettable starts and accounting for a 6.83 ERA on the season. He went 8-3 over 16 starts for the Saints in 2015. Escobar didn’t immediately become the player that most Twins fans remember him. Once he became an everyday player for the Twins in 2014, that’s when fans began to notice him as a utility infielder that could certainly help this team flourish. Escobar’s time as a Twin was most memorable in the 2017 Wild Card season when he hit 21 home runs, drove in 73 runs, and posted a career-high (at the time) with a .758 OPS. As Escobar built off his success in 2017 the next year, the Twins were not able to do so as a team seeing themselves as sellers during the 2018 trade deadline. On July 27, 2018, the Twins traded Escobar to the Arizona Diamondbacks and in return received a couple of outfield prospects and a pitcher named Duran. Jhoan. Duran. While Jhoan Duran worked his way through the minors as a starting pitcher. In 2022, Twins fans came to know Duran as their best rookie and best reliever. His time with the Twins looks to be certain until he is eligible for free agency in 2028. A lot can still happen between now and then though. There is a possibility the Twins continue growing branches of this trade history lineage tree, in hopes a player of Duran, Escobar, Liriano, or Nathan’s caliber is received in return. View full article
  2. A.J. Pierzynski is a complicated player in Twins' history. He played a big part in keeping the Twins here and was an all-star catcher on the 2002 team that won the division and beat the Moneyball Oakland A’s. Over the course of his six seasons as a Twin, he spent half that time as the starting catcher, hitting .301 with 26 home runs and 193 runs batted in. Pierzynski’s promise to continue as an all-star catcher was there going into the 2003-2004 offseason, but the Twins had a local kid named Joe Mauer, that had much more to offer for the team’s future. On November 14, 2003, the Twins took into favor the promise of Mauer and shipped Pierzynski to the San Francisco Giants for Joe Nathan, Francisco Liriano, and Boof Bonser. Pierzynski had a one-and-done year with the Giants and signed with the White Sox the next off-season. The Twins, however, are still reaping the benefits of acquiring these three pitchers as their acquisition of Liriano brought forth the opportunity to bring Jhoan Duran into the Twins organization. Nathan needs no reminder of his impact on the Twins. Not only did he become the best closer in franchise history but also one of baseball's best relievers of the 2000s. Bonser was a cult hero with the Twins as a rookie in 2006 making 18 starts and finding success at home in the Metrodome. The success of his rookie year was short-lived as it never carried over into the next two seasons. Bonser spent 2007 as the Twins fifth starter and split time between the rotation and bullpen in 2008. Following an injury that kept him out all of the 2009 season. The Twins flipped Bonser to the Red Sox for minor-leaguer Chris Province who was out of baseball after one year between Double-A and Triple-A. Then there is Liriano, the key figure of this trade and the leg of the trade that lives on today. Liriano was a staple to the Twins' rotation until the 2012 trade deadline. While he was struggling to be consistent at that time after his 2006 Tommy John surgery, the White Sox still called the Twins, seeing value in the lefty. In return for Liriano, the Twins received LHP Pedro Hernandez and infielder Eduardo Escobar. Hernandez was around for the 2013 season with the Twins making 14 forgettable starts and accounting for a 6.83 ERA on the season. He went 8-3 over 16 starts for the Saints in 2015. Escobar didn’t immediately become the player that most Twins fans remember him. Once he became an everyday player for the Twins in 2014, that’s when fans began to notice him as a utility infielder that could certainly help this team flourish. Escobar’s time as a Twin was most memorable in the 2017 Wild Card season when he hit 21 home runs, drove in 73 runs, and posted a career-high (at the time) with a .758 OPS. As Escobar built off his success in 2017 the next year, the Twins were not able to do so as a team seeing themselves as sellers during the 2018 trade deadline. On July 27, 2018, the Twins traded Escobar to the Arizona Diamondbacks and in return received a couple of outfield prospects and a pitcher named Duran. Jhoan. Duran. While Jhoan Duran worked his way through the minors as a starting pitcher. In 2022, Twins fans came to know Duran as their best rookie and best reliever. His time with the Twins looks to be certain until he is eligible for free agency in 2028. A lot can still happen between now and then though. There is a possibility the Twins continue growing branches of this trade history lineage tree, in hopes a player of Duran, Escobar, Liriano, or Nathan’s caliber is received in return.
  3. BLOOMINGTON – The Minnesota Twins have a new look for the 2023 season, and fans, front office members, and players gathered at the Mall of America on Friday to see the new design of the Twins jerseys. Revealing the first new jersey design on the baseball diamond catwalk was Jose Miranda in the new home, white jerseys. Miranda is coming off an impressive rookie season with the Twins leading the team in RBI. He is most excited about accessorizing his cleats and glove with the new look. “I haven't really customized cleats yet but for sure next year. I want to do something with them and there are some people that want to meet on some designs during the winter with custom cleats. I'm gonna do something but I got to see what we're going to wear on Opening Day,” said Miranda. Matthew Wolff, a longtime Twins fan and designer for the new Twins look, spoke on keeping the history of the old with the new uniforms. “It was really important to respect the history of the team. Twins fans have a strong emotional attachment to the team's marks and uniforms and it was really important from the start of the project to respect them.” The message that the Twins organization wanted to incorporate with the new uniform designs was to include the state of Minnesota as a whole, and not just the Twin Cities. The new M hats now include the North Star above them to add that state-wide incorporation. While not directly an homage to the old North Stars hockey team, Wolff hopes fans could recognize it as one and appreciate the tie-in to an old franchise. The player consensus for which of the new uniforms is their favorite goes toward the new road grey jerseys. These jerseys call back to the Twins road uniforms from 1987-2009, while still incorporating the new M design for the road. Luis Arraez had the honor of sporting the new road uni and believes they will be a good luck charm. “I think we can score like 10 runs with these uniforms every game. I can't wait to wear this next year,” said Arraez. His teammate Jorge Polanco did wear the same pants but had on the new navy blue road, alternative jersey. Polanco, slightly jealous he didn’t wear the greys, still complemented Arraez appearance in them. “He’s [Arraez] wearing it, he looks good. I wish I would have worn it.” The material that goes into making these jerseys is also new, which Polanco already feels will be better for each game. “It’s a lot lighter and that makes us feel easier to move around the infield,” said Polanco. The only Twins pitcher in attendance was Joe Ryan, rocking the new home, navy blue alternative jerseys. Ryan (top picture) had the most exciting catwalk on the diamond stage, running out as if he had just finished throwing a no-hitter. The only thing missing to add a grand crescendo to Ryan's stage walk/run was his famous turtle neck under the jersey. "They said be quicker, so I was like, 'Alright, take a zip around the bases," said Ryan. The man dawning the newest alternative home jerseys for the team was star centerfielder Byron Buxton. Buxton spoke on how the new uniforms keep the Twins' tradition intact while also evolving it. “When I got drafted in 2012 it was pinstripes. To come out of that was a little bit different, knowing the Minnesota tradition was pinstripes. But over the years we've tried to change tradition quite a bit so this is just a new look for us. We got a new team, a new outlook, new meaning for us and this is just the start of something new,” said Buxton. While the decision for which of the Twins' uniforms will be worn on Opening Day is still months away. Fans can narrow it down to either the new pinstripe grey, road uniforms, or alternate navy blues as the Twins start the season in Kansas City on March 30. Fans can now buy the new uniforms at the Twins team store at Target Field, Mall of America or order them online at Twinsbaseball.com/shop.
  4. After weeks of build-up, the Twins' new uniform and logo design were unveiled at Mall of America on Friday, featuring models like Byron Buxton, Luis Arraez, Jorge Polanco, Jose Miranda and Joe Ryan. Image courtesy of Theo Tollefson BLOOMINGTON – The Minnesota Twins have a new look for the 2023 season, and fans, front office members, and players gathered at the Mall of America on Friday to see the new design of the Twins jerseys. Revealing the first new jersey design on the baseball diamond catwalk was Jose Miranda in the new home, white jerseys. Miranda is coming off an impressive rookie season with the Twins leading the team in RBI. He is most excited about accessorizing his cleats and glove with the new look. “I haven't really customized cleats yet but for sure next year. I want to do something with them and there are some people that want to meet on some designs during the winter with custom cleats. I'm gonna do something but I got to see what we're going to wear on Opening Day,” said Miranda. Matthew Wolff, a longtime Twins fan and designer for the new Twins look, spoke on keeping the history of the old with the new uniforms. “It was really important to respect the history of the team. Twins fans have a strong emotional attachment to the team's marks and uniforms and it was really important from the start of the project to respect them.” The message that the Twins organization wanted to incorporate with the new uniform designs was to include the state of Minnesota as a whole, and not just the Twin Cities. The new M hats now include the North Star above them to add that state-wide incorporation. While not directly an homage to the old North Stars hockey team, Wolff hopes fans could recognize it as one and appreciate the tie-in to an old franchise. The player consensus for which of the new uniforms is their favorite goes toward the new road grey jerseys. These jerseys call back to the Twins road uniforms from 1987-2009, while still incorporating the new M design for the road. Luis Arraez had the honor of sporting the new road uni and believes they will be a good luck charm. “I think we can score like 10 runs with these uniforms every game. I can't wait to wear this next year,” said Arraez. His teammate Jorge Polanco did wear the same pants but had on the new navy blue road, alternative jersey. Polanco, slightly jealous he didn’t wear the greys, still complemented Arraez appearance in them. “He’s [Arraez] wearing it, he looks good. I wish I would have worn it.” The material that goes into making these jerseys is also new, which Polanco already feels will be better for each game. “It’s a lot lighter and that makes us feel easier to move around the infield,” said Polanco. The only Twins pitcher in attendance was Joe Ryan, rocking the new home, navy blue alternative jerseys. Ryan (top picture) had the most exciting catwalk on the diamond stage, running out as if he had just finished throwing a no-hitter. The only thing missing to add a grand crescendo to Ryan's stage walk/run was his famous turtle neck under the jersey. "They said be quicker, so I was like, 'Alright, take a zip around the bases," said Ryan. The man dawning the newest alternative home jerseys for the team was star centerfielder Byron Buxton. Buxton spoke on how the new uniforms keep the Twins' tradition intact while also evolving it. “When I got drafted in 2012 it was pinstripes. To come out of that was a little bit different, knowing the Minnesota tradition was pinstripes. But over the years we've tried to change tradition quite a bit so this is just a new look for us. We got a new team, a new outlook, new meaning for us and this is just the start of something new,” said Buxton. While the decision for which of the Twins' uniforms will be worn on Opening Day is still months away. Fans can narrow it down to either the new pinstripe grey, road uniforms, or alternate navy blues as the Twins start the season in Kansas City on March 30. Fans can now buy the new uniforms at the Twins team store at Target Field, Mall of America or order them online at Twinsbaseball.com/shop. View full article
  5. The deadline for MLB team’s to tender contracts to players is coming up this Friday, November 18. The Twins have as many as two players who could be non-tendered on Friday; Emilio Pagan, and Gio Urshela. With a lot of focus in Twins Territory with the non-tender deadline on Gio Urshela and if the Twins will keep him or non-tender him, there are still many other names from other teams that could be good or better fits for the team’s needs than those currently on the free agent market. The only notable name likely to be non-tendered for the Twins' biggest need at shortstop is the man they traded alongside Josh Donaldson to have money available for Carlos Correa. There are still some names to help bolster the Twins' outfield and pitching rotation depth to avoid the troubles seen in 2022. Here are five players who are likely to be non-tendered on Friday that the Twins Front Office should consider pursuing. 5. Jeff Hoffman A former top prospect that was a part of the deal that brought Troy Tulowitzki to the Blue Jays, Jeff Hoffman had a decent season in the Cincinnati Reds bullpen posting a 3.83 ERA in 34 relief appearances. Hoffman has seen time in and out of the starting rotation throughout his career but had his first full season as a reliever this year. Hoffman does not pop out as a top-quality, high-leverage reliever. He is still someone who fits the model of the current front office’s methods of relievers to pick up off the market. There is potential there for Hoffman to be a strong reliever as he has two breaking balls with a splitter and a slider. The average velocity for his fastball hits 94.5 mph. If the Twins front office takes their time, as usual, this offseason to sign free agents, Hoffman may be one of those late off-season patches to help the bullpen. 4. Lou Trivino Trivino had a very bad season in 2022, at least until he was traded from the Oakland A’s to the Yankees. Just how bad was his time in Oakland this year? Trivino had a 6.47 ERA and 1.87 WHIP in 39 games. While the trade to the Yankees didn’t help his teammate Frankie Montas, the trade was certainly worthwhile for Trivino. In 25 games he posted a 1.66 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, and 238 ERA+. Trivino’s season rebound after leaving Oakland could make him a highly-sought reliever if he is non-tendered. The only thing that could keep Trivino from leaving the Yankees is their own belief in him being a boost to their bullpen with the departure of Aroldis Chapman. And given Chapman’s problems with the organization at seasons end, the Yankees will be trying all the relievers they can for the closer role. 3. Brian Anderson Originally drafted by the Twins out of high school in 2011, Anderson opted to go to college at the University of Arkansas instead. Brian Anderson could be a good right-handed bat to add to the Twins' depth chart in 2023. Anderson has often split time between third base and right field throughout his career. If the Twins do non-tender Urshela, he would be a valuable backup at that position to Jose Miranda and fill in well as a much-needed right-handed hitter in the outfield. The biggest concern when it comes to Brian Anderson is his health. Anderson has not played over 100 games since 2019 and in the last two seasons has had significant setbacks with shoulder injuries. The shoulder injuries have also set back Anderson’s offensive production. He has failed to hit more than 10 home runs in the last two years and averaged a .687 OPS in 647 plate appearances in that course of time. Maybe a change of scenery could help Anderson on the field as his health improves over that time. The Twins may consider Anderson as a platoon option between third and right field pending the decision on Urshela this Friday. 2. Elieser Hernandez Elieser Hernandez is an interesting case for the Twins and any team interested in him. The Miami Marlins have touted him on the mound both as a starter and reliever over his five-year career. This season, Hernandez split his time evenly as a starter and reliever this season. He actually saw more success in the rotation versus the bullpen, but his season ERA came to 6.35 with a 1.42 WHIP and ERA+ of 64. Hernandez’s time in Miami is likely coming to a close as he has a 5.04 ERA across the five seasons there. He is a reclamation project for any team that picks him up, and when it comes to the Twins, he levels himself in a similar position to Ronny Henriquez or Cole Sands. These two prospects still have starter potential but are likely shifting into bullpen roles. Hernandez's velocity on his fastball isn’t the highest as it averages out to 91.6 MPH. Many still see the potential of Hernandez to turn his career around as he turns 28 next May. There is a case to be made for the Twins to go out and sign him to a one-year deal and see what comes out of it. 1. Hunter Renfroe This right fielder is the complete opposite of Max Kepler over the last two seasons. Renfroe is known for being a power hitter with little defensive value while Kepler is a top defender at his position but has struggled mightily with the bat. With David Stearns stepping down from the role as the Brewers' President of Baseball Operations, there is heavy speculation the Brewers may tear down their roster. Renfroe hits this list as his salary is estimated at $11.2 million, according to John Bitzer of Baseball Trade Values, and not to mention, the top five Brewers prospects on MLB.com are outfielders. As the Twins limped their way to the end of the 2022 season with their outfielder, right-handed hitting outfielders were missing altogether with Buxton out and Kyle Garlick struggling mightily. Given a good track record of health and posting a .257/.315/.497 (.812) line in the last two seasons. Renfroe would be a good one-year pick-up for the Twins outfield while Trevor Larnach, Alex Kirilloff, and Matt Wallner find their footing with good health in the Majors. All five of these non-tender candidates have something to offer the Twins. Whether they enter the free agent market or not is still up in the air until Friday, but there is a good chance one of them could be in a Twins uniform for 2023.
  6. The free agent market is set to grow this Friday as the MLB non-tender deadline is upcoming and there are a few players likely to be let go by their teams that could fit the Twins' needs for 2023. Image courtesy of Jasen Vinlove, USA Today Sports The deadline for MLB team’s to tender contracts to players is coming up this Friday, November 18. The Twins have as many as two players who could be non-tendered on Friday; Emilio Pagan, and Gio Urshela. With a lot of focus in Twins Territory with the non-tender deadline on Gio Urshela and if the Twins will keep him or non-tender him, there are still many other names from other teams that could be good or better fits for the team’s needs than those currently on the free agent market. The only notable name likely to be non-tendered for the Twins' biggest need at shortstop is the man they traded alongside Josh Donaldson to have money available for Carlos Correa. There are still some names to help bolster the Twins' outfield and pitching rotation depth to avoid the troubles seen in 2022. Here are five players who are likely to be non-tendered on Friday that the Twins Front Office should consider pursuing. 5. Jeff Hoffman A former top prospect that was a part of the deal that brought Troy Tulowitzki to the Blue Jays, Jeff Hoffman had a decent season in the Cincinnati Reds bullpen posting a 3.83 ERA in 34 relief appearances. Hoffman has seen time in and out of the starting rotation throughout his career but had his first full season as a reliever this year. Hoffman does not pop out as a top-quality, high-leverage reliever. He is still someone who fits the model of the current front office’s methods of relievers to pick up off the market. There is potential there for Hoffman to be a strong reliever as he has two breaking balls with a splitter and a slider. The average velocity for his fastball hits 94.5 mph. If the Twins front office takes their time, as usual, this offseason to sign free agents, Hoffman may be one of those late off-season patches to help the bullpen. 4. Lou Trivino Trivino had a very bad season in 2022, at least until he was traded from the Oakland A’s to the Yankees. Just how bad was his time in Oakland this year? Trivino had a 6.47 ERA and 1.87 WHIP in 39 games. While the trade to the Yankees didn’t help his teammate Frankie Montas, the trade was certainly worthwhile for Trivino. In 25 games he posted a 1.66 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, and 238 ERA+. Trivino’s season rebound after leaving Oakland could make him a highly-sought reliever if he is non-tendered. The only thing that could keep Trivino from leaving the Yankees is their own belief in him being a boost to their bullpen with the departure of Aroldis Chapman. And given Chapman’s problems with the organization at seasons end, the Yankees will be trying all the relievers they can for the closer role. 3. Brian Anderson Originally drafted by the Twins out of high school in 2011, Anderson opted to go to college at the University of Arkansas instead. Brian Anderson could be a good right-handed bat to add to the Twins' depth chart in 2023. Anderson has often split time between third base and right field throughout his career. If the Twins do non-tender Urshela, he would be a valuable backup at that position to Jose Miranda and fill in well as a much-needed right-handed hitter in the outfield. The biggest concern when it comes to Brian Anderson is his health. Anderson has not played over 100 games since 2019 and in the last two seasons has had significant setbacks with shoulder injuries. The shoulder injuries have also set back Anderson’s offensive production. He has failed to hit more than 10 home runs in the last two years and averaged a .687 OPS in 647 plate appearances in that course of time. Maybe a change of scenery could help Anderson on the field as his health improves over that time. The Twins may consider Anderson as a platoon option between third and right field pending the decision on Urshela this Friday. 2. Elieser Hernandez Elieser Hernandez is an interesting case for the Twins and any team interested in him. The Miami Marlins have touted him on the mound both as a starter and reliever over his five-year career. This season, Hernandez split his time evenly as a starter and reliever this season. He actually saw more success in the rotation versus the bullpen, but his season ERA came to 6.35 with a 1.42 WHIP and ERA+ of 64. Hernandez’s time in Miami is likely coming to a close as he has a 5.04 ERA across the five seasons there. He is a reclamation project for any team that picks him up, and when it comes to the Twins, he levels himself in a similar position to Ronny Henriquez or Cole Sands. These two prospects still have starter potential but are likely shifting into bullpen roles. Hernandez's velocity on his fastball isn’t the highest as it averages out to 91.6 MPH. Many still see the potential of Hernandez to turn his career around as he turns 28 next May. There is a case to be made for the Twins to go out and sign him to a one-year deal and see what comes out of it. 1. Hunter Renfroe This right fielder is the complete opposite of Max Kepler over the last two seasons. Renfroe is known for being a power hitter with little defensive value while Kepler is a top defender at his position but has struggled mightily with the bat. With David Stearns stepping down from the role as the Brewers' President of Baseball Operations, there is heavy speculation the Brewers may tear down their roster. Renfroe hits this list as his salary is estimated at $11.2 million, according to John Bitzer of Baseball Trade Values, and not to mention, the top five Brewers prospects on MLB.com are outfielders. As the Twins limped their way to the end of the 2022 season with their outfielder, right-handed hitting outfielders were missing altogether with Buxton out and Kyle Garlick struggling mightily. Given a good track record of health and posting a .257/.315/.497 (.812) line in the last two seasons. Renfroe would be a good one-year pick-up for the Twins outfield while Trevor Larnach, Alex Kirilloff, and Matt Wallner find their footing with good health in the Majors. All five of these non-tender candidates have something to offer the Twins. Whether they enter the free agent market or not is still up in the air until Friday, but there is a good chance one of them could be in a Twins uniform for 2023. View full article
  7. Welp. Astros resigned Montero to a 3-year, $34.5 Million deal this morning so he's off the list.
  8. Molitor was still managing in 2018. Yes, Rogers had 30 saves in 2019 but he was never officially announced as a closer on the record, same with Colome.
  9. The Twins have not had a default closer in their bullpen since 2018 with the famous journey-man reliever Fernando Rodney. If the Twins continue without a default closer next year, which relievers would be best to go after? Image courtesy of Eric Hartline, USA Today Sports Since becoming manager of the Twins, Rocco Baldelli has avoided designating any of his relievers as the team’s go-to closer. While one reliever has recorded over 20 saves in the Baldelli era (Taylor Rogers with 30 in 2019), no player has come close to 20 since. This is a change from the previous front office regime of Terry Ryan and managers Ron Gardenhire and Paul Molitor’s days of operating a bullpen. From the time of Gardy’s first season to Molitor’s final, the Twins had a go-to closer for the majority of seasons developing all-star closers such as Eddie Guardado, Joe Nathan, and Glen Perkins leading this front. This method of bullpen management reached a new peak for the Twins' 2022 season as no reliever recorded more than nine saves, Emilio Pagan leading the team with nine. While 14 of the 23 relievers in the bullpen were brought in for save opportunities, almost double the number of relievers that came in for save opportunities in 2021 with eight. This season the Twins were also dead last in the American with total saves at 28 and tied for last in all of Major League Baseball alongside the Washington Nationals. As of now the guy currently in the Twins bullpen that looks to have a “primary closer” role for 2023 is Jhoan Duran. The top rookie of 2022 may eventually see more save opportunities as the season goes on, but it is uncertain if that role will be thrust upon him immediately come Opening Day. Jorge Lopez was brought in to be the Twins' closer at the trade deadline but struggled in his short time with the Twins as the season waned, making it less likely for Lopez to be used as a closer for the start of the 2023 season. The stat to quantify who may be best to trade off with Duran for save opportunities is the relievers version of a quality start: shutdowns. FanGraphs has quantified this stat for years and has offered a countermark to that stat with meltdowns. Duran was eighth in all of MLB with 34 shutdowns and had the fifth-lowest amount of meltdowns with four. 25 relievers reached the threshold of 30 or more shutdowns this season but only three of these relievers are free agents. All three of these relievers are players the Twins should consider for their bullpen. Rafael Montero Rafael Montero made himself one of baseball’s best-known relievers this postseason with the Houston Astros. Even before raising his value en route to his first World Series ring, Montero pitched his best season in the majors this regular season. Montero recorded 37 shutdowns, tied for second in MLB with Toronto's Jordan Romero. He also had very few meltdowns with five, only one more than Duran. Montero had 14 saves on the season which helped to balance former Twin Ryan Pressly’s workload as a closer. If the Twins were to pursue Montero this offseason, he could be the biggest reliever acquired from free agency in the history of the Derek Falvey/Thad Levine era. Any contract that would be offered to Montero longer than a year also has a chance of eclipsing Addison Reed’s 2-year, $16.75 million deal from the 2017-18 offseason. Brad Boxberger After a few rough seasons in Arizona and Kansas City, Brad Boxberger has revitalized himself as a high-leverage reliever with the Miami Marlins and Milwaukee Brewers. Boxberger is not the reliever he used to be nor is he seeing much of any save opportunities, appearing in only 13 over the last three seasons. Boxberger still has been used in many high-leverage opportunities this season, recording 35 shutdowns in 70 reliever appearances. There is one downside to offering Boxberger a contract, he was tied alongside Griffin Jax, Jake Diekman, and Tanner Scott to lead MLB with 17 meltdowns out of the bullpen. This tallies to nearly a quarter of Boxberger’s relief appearances turning bad for him and the Brewers in 2022. Boxberger suits the Twins better on a one-year deal given his hit-or-miss success in high-leverage situations as well as turning 35 during the 2023 season. Matt Moore Once the highest-ranked prospect in all of baseball (MLB.com, 2012), Matt Moore revitalized his career this season in the Texas Rangers bullpen. Moore’s transition into a full-time reliever worked to his benefit as he posted a 1.95 ERA in 63 relief appearances with the Rangers this season. The Rangers also trotted Moore out for six save opportunities, five of which he converted. The major success of Moore’s numbers in the 2022 season makes him of the more sought-after high-leverage lefty relievers this offseason. This also shows with his shutdown-to-meltdown numbers as he recorded 31 shutdowns out of the bullpen while only having nine meltdowns. With Caleb Thielbar guaranteed a spot in the Twins' 2023 bullpen and Jovani Moran more than likely to join him, signing Moore as a third lefty for the Twins bullpen could crowd the space up. But he is a worthwhile option for the Twins to consider partnering with Duran to close out games. Any one of these three relievers would be a good fit for the Twins for the 2023 season. If a designated closer is still something Baldelli and the front office want to start the season without, either Montero, Boxberger, or Moore may suit a role to ensure the Twins are not just punting for bullpen help this offseason. View full article
  10. Since becoming manager of the Twins, Rocco Baldelli has avoided designating any of his relievers as the team’s go-to closer. While one reliever has recorded over 20 saves in the Baldelli era (Taylor Rogers with 30 in 2019), no player has come close to 20 since. This is a change from the previous front office regime of Terry Ryan and managers Ron Gardenhire and Paul Molitor’s days of operating a bullpen. From the time of Gardy’s first season to Molitor’s final, the Twins had a go-to closer for the majority of seasons developing all-star closers such as Eddie Guardado, Joe Nathan, and Glen Perkins leading this front. This method of bullpen management reached a new peak for the Twins' 2022 season as no reliever recorded more than nine saves, Emilio Pagan leading the team with nine. While 14 of the 23 relievers in the bullpen were brought in for save opportunities, almost double the number of relievers that came in for save opportunities in 2021 with eight. This season the Twins were also dead last in the American with total saves at 28 and tied for last in all of Major League Baseball alongside the Washington Nationals. As of now the guy currently in the Twins bullpen that looks to have a “primary closer” role for 2023 is Jhoan Duran. The top rookie of 2022 may eventually see more save opportunities as the season goes on, but it is uncertain if that role will be thrust upon him immediately come Opening Day. Jorge Lopez was brought in to be the Twins' closer at the trade deadline but struggled in his short time with the Twins as the season waned, making it less likely for Lopez to be used as a closer for the start of the 2023 season. The stat to quantify who may be best to trade off with Duran for save opportunities is the relievers version of a quality start: shutdowns. FanGraphs has quantified this stat for years and has offered a countermark to that stat with meltdowns. Duran was eighth in all of MLB with 34 shutdowns and had the fifth-lowest amount of meltdowns with four. 25 relievers reached the threshold of 30 or more shutdowns this season but only three of these relievers are free agents. All three of these relievers are players the Twins should consider for their bullpen. Rafael Montero Rafael Montero made himself one of baseball’s best-known relievers this postseason with the Houston Astros. Even before raising his value en route to his first World Series ring, Montero pitched his best season in the majors this regular season. Montero recorded 37 shutdowns, tied for second in MLB with Toronto's Jordan Romero. He also had very few meltdowns with five, only one more than Duran. Montero had 14 saves on the season which helped to balance former Twin Ryan Pressly’s workload as a closer. If the Twins were to pursue Montero this offseason, he could be the biggest reliever acquired from free agency in the history of the Derek Falvey/Thad Levine era. Any contract that would be offered to Montero longer than a year also has a chance of eclipsing Addison Reed’s 2-year, $16.75 million deal from the 2017-18 offseason. Brad Boxberger After a few rough seasons in Arizona and Kansas City, Brad Boxberger has revitalized himself as a high-leverage reliever with the Miami Marlins and Milwaukee Brewers. Boxberger is not the reliever he used to be nor is he seeing much of any save opportunities, appearing in only 13 over the last three seasons. Boxberger still has been used in many high-leverage opportunities this season, recording 35 shutdowns in 70 reliever appearances. There is one downside to offering Boxberger a contract, he was tied alongside Griffin Jax, Jake Diekman, and Tanner Scott to lead MLB with 17 meltdowns out of the bullpen. This tallies to nearly a quarter of Boxberger’s relief appearances turning bad for him and the Brewers in 2022. Boxberger suits the Twins better on a one-year deal given his hit-or-miss success in high-leverage situations as well as turning 35 during the 2023 season. Matt Moore Once the highest-ranked prospect in all of baseball (MLB.com, 2012), Matt Moore revitalized his career this season in the Texas Rangers bullpen. Moore’s transition into a full-time reliever worked to his benefit as he posted a 1.95 ERA in 63 relief appearances with the Rangers this season. The Rangers also trotted Moore out for six save opportunities, five of which he converted. The major success of Moore’s numbers in the 2022 season makes him of the more sought-after high-leverage lefty relievers this offseason. This also shows with his shutdown-to-meltdown numbers as he recorded 31 shutdowns out of the bullpen while only having nine meltdowns. With Caleb Thielbar guaranteed a spot in the Twins' 2023 bullpen and Jovani Moran more than likely to join him, signing Moore as a third lefty for the Twins bullpen could crowd the space up. But he is a worthwhile option for the Twins to consider partnering with Duran to close out games. Any one of these three relievers would be a good fit for the Twins for the 2023 season. If a designated closer is still something Baldelli and the front office want to start the season without, either Montero, Boxberger, or Moore may suit a role to ensure the Twins are not just punting for bullpen help this offseason.
  11. One year ago, the Minnesota Twins launched a new entrepreneur accelerator program in partnership with TechStars, an entrepreneur-launching company that focuses on people wanting to add to technology, sports, and entertainment. Image courtesy of Brad Rempel, USA Today Sports MINNEAPOLIS – During the early days of COVID-19 lockdowns, the Minnesota Twins Business Development Office looked for ways to grow the Twins brand beyond baseball. Last year, they launched the Minnesota Twins Accelerator by TechStars program to not only grow their brand but find new revenue streams from outside the game itself. Chris Iles, Senior Director of Brand Experience and Innovation for the Twins, spoke about the program and what it offers for participants. “We're looking to push the Minnesota Twins brand beyond baseball, and we see tech and venture as one way we can do that,” said Iles. “It is our mechanism for investing in tech startups. Throughout the course of a three-year partnership with TechStars, the Minnesota Twins will invest in 30-plus tech startups with the help of our friends at TechStars.” The Minnesota Twins Accelerator by Techstars began its second class of participants this week as the program runs from now until February 15, 2023. This year’s class features 10 different entrepreneurs, seven from across the United States, one from the United Kingdom, another from Nigeria and one more international entrepreneur. The majority of the participants are also from historically-marginalized groups of people. Expanding the Twins brand beyond baseball with a cohort such as this is one of the most unique things the franchise is doing off the diamond. Only one other MLB team has experimented with a venture like this before, the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2015. Iles shared that when MLB and all other major American sports were shut down in the spring of 2020 due to the pandemic it allowed time for the front office staff to look into the venture the Dodgers had done before to bring forth what the Twins are doing now. “COVID lockdowns gave us a chance to step back and really spend some time thinking about our business. We went through a pretty extensive brand-evolution exercise with the help of a local agency called Zeus Jones here. One of the ideas to percolate out of that was this accelerator and brought us to where we are now,” said Iles. While the program focuses on helping entrepreneurs get off their feet, it has also added to the fan experience at Target Field in ways Twins fans may not have noticed this last season. One of the participants in last year’s class was AWSM Sauce, a sauce company focused on creating zero-waste sauces. Their products were served at all concession stands in the Delta 360 Sky Legends Club this season. Along with providing a new platform for entrepreneurs to discover their craft, the Twins front office sees this program as an additional revenue stream for the organization. While the revenue stream is something the Twins will not see a return on for at least half a decade, It could, hypothetically, be revenue placed toward player salary, as Iles explained. “It's a long-term play we won't see returns on this for six to 10 years. I liken it to when a major-league player or when a player gets drafted and you're not going to see them in the major leagues for six years. Realistically, that's the same timeline we're dealing with these companies. So yes, in theory, this could go to player payroll but we're a ways away from seeing the returns on this particular program,” said Iles. With ten new entrepreneur programs making their way to network in the Twin Cities and develop their ideas into a full business. They will also be working toward a chance to become a part of the fan experience at Target Field for the 2023 season. A demo day will be hosted for the end of the program on Wednesday, February 15, 2023, at the Filmore just down the street on the north end of Target Field. View full article
  12. MINNEAPOLIS – During the early days of COVID-19 lockdowns, the Minnesota Twins Business Development Office looked for ways to grow the Twins brand beyond baseball. Last year, they launched the Minnesota Twins Accelerator by TechStars program to not only grow their brand but find new revenue streams from outside the game itself. Chris Iles, Senior Director of Brand Experience and Innovation for the Twins, spoke about the program and what it offers for participants. “We're looking to push the Minnesota Twins brand beyond baseball, and we see tech and venture as one way we can do that,” said Iles. “It is our mechanism for investing in tech startups. Throughout the course of a three-year partnership with TechStars, the Minnesota Twins will invest in 30-plus tech startups with the help of our friends at TechStars.” The Minnesota Twins Accelerator by Techstars began its second class of participants this week as the program runs from now until February 15, 2023. This year’s class features 10 different entrepreneurs, seven from across the United States, one from the United Kingdom, another from Nigeria and one more international entrepreneur. The majority of the participants are also from historically-marginalized groups of people. Expanding the Twins brand beyond baseball with a cohort such as this is one of the most unique things the franchise is doing off the diamond. Only one other MLB team has experimented with a venture like this before, the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2015. Iles shared that when MLB and all other major American sports were shut down in the spring of 2020 due to the pandemic it allowed time for the front office staff to look into the venture the Dodgers had done before to bring forth what the Twins are doing now. “COVID lockdowns gave us a chance to step back and really spend some time thinking about our business. We went through a pretty extensive brand-evolution exercise with the help of a local agency called Zeus Jones here. One of the ideas to percolate out of that was this accelerator and brought us to where we are now,” said Iles. While the program focuses on helping entrepreneurs get off their feet, it has also added to the fan experience at Target Field in ways Twins fans may not have noticed this last season. One of the participants in last year’s class was AWSM Sauce, a sauce company focused on creating zero-waste sauces. Their products were served at all concession stands in the Delta 360 Sky Legends Club this season. Along with providing a new platform for entrepreneurs to discover their craft, the Twins front office sees this program as an additional revenue stream for the organization. While the revenue stream is something the Twins will not see a return on for at least half a decade, It could, hypothetically, be revenue placed toward player salary, as Iles explained. “It's a long-term play we won't see returns on this for six to 10 years. I liken it to when a major-league player or when a player gets drafted and you're not going to see them in the major leagues for six years. Realistically, that's the same timeline we're dealing with these companies. So yes, in theory, this could go to player payroll but we're a ways away from seeing the returns on this particular program,” said Iles. With ten new entrepreneur programs making their way to network in the Twin Cities and develop their ideas into a full business. They will also be working toward a chance to become a part of the fan experience at Target Field for the 2023 season. A demo day will be hosted for the end of the program on Wednesday, February 15, 2023, at the Filmore just down the street on the north end of Target Field.
  13. The Twins had a handful starting pitching prospects that made brief appearances in the big leagues during the 2022 season. Three of these pitchers, Louie Varland, Simeon Woods-Richardson, and Josh Winder, are likely to make appearances for the Twins during the 2023 season. Which of these three is most likely to spend the most time in the Twins' starting rotation? Image courtesy of Lon Horwedel, USA Today Sports Louie Varland, Simeon Woods Richardson, and Josh Winder all made their MLB debuts during the 2022 season. Winder was the only one of the trio to exceed his rookie status this season. Right now, the Twins projected 2023 Opening Day rotation is made up of Sonny Gray, Joe Ryan, Tyler Mahle, Kenta Maeda, and Bailey Ober, dependent largely on health. There is the possibility the Twins could roll out a six-man rotation as they did this season, but it is too early to tell if that will be the case for 2023. All three of these pitchers will likely make starts for the Twins during the 2023 season whether by earning a spot in the rotation or filling in for an injured starter. Based on what was seen from these pitchers during the 2022 season, here is my ranking of who will make the most starts. 1. Louie Varland The Twins two-time Minor League Pitcher of the Year showed great promise in his five late-season starts in September. Varland posted a 3.81 ERA in 26 innings and earned his first big-league win on the season's final day. Earning the Minor League Pitcher of the Year award will also help Varland’s case to start the season with the Twins either as the Twins fifth/sixth starter or long reliever. If Varland is not in the back end of the Twins' starting rotation for Opening Day, he will surely be the first guy to be added in for another due to injury. Varland made 23 minor-league starts between Double-A and Triple-A. He remained healthy and made the most starts of any pitcher on this list. With how many injuries the 2022 Twins suffered, it would not be a surprise if the front office gives the North St. Paul native a similar role as Bailey Ober/Chris Paddack had as the team’s sixth starter to start the season. To put an estimation on how many starts Twins fans could expect from Varland in 2023, it’s safe to guess he will take anywhere from 10-15 starts along with a few appearances out of the bullpen. 2. Simeon Woods Richardson Twins fans were fortunate to see one start from Woods Richardson before the regular season ended. He had five innings of work in his start against the Detroit Tigers and allowed two earned runs. Woods Richardson also missed time last year due to COVID-19. He made 22 minor-league starts prior to his one with the Twins. His best stretch came during his stint in St. Paul, where he made seven starts and posted a 2.21 ERA, 0.84 WHIP, striking out 38 batters in 36 2/3 IP. Woods Richardson turned 22 on September 27, meaning age is on his side to start his 2023 season at Triple-A St. Paul. His best chance of making the Opening Day roster appears to depend on the health of others. It is likely he will make anywhere between eight and 12 starts this upcoming season, maybe more.. 3. Josh Winder Josh Winder struggled the most out of these three pitchers this season as he was just one of the many Twins who missed time due to injury. He exceeded his rookie status with his 67 big-league innings pitched. As a starter, Winder struggled at both the major league and minor league levels. He posted a 4.79 ERA across 50 2/3 IP in his 11 starts with the Twins. In the minors, he posted a 5.00 ERA across six starts (one rehab in Ft. Myers) with the Saints. Winder’s injuries affected his performance this season and given his workload and results, it’s possible the Twins could convert him into a full-time long reliever. They would likely make him a long relief man with the opportunity to turn into a high leverage reliever as Griffin Jax was this season for the Twins. Winder’s pitch usage is also similar to that of Jax’s during the 2021 season as both were throwing mostly fastballs, 40.1% for Winder in 2022 compared to 45.9% for Jax in 2021. With the slider as their go-to breaking ball, 33.3% for Winder in '22 compared to 31.1% for Jax in '21, Jax turned his slider into his go-to pitch throwing it 48.4% of the time this year according to FanGraphs. The Twins may have a second reclamation project with a former top prospect in Winder as they did in Jax this year. If the Twins opt for this route, then don’t expect any starts from Winder, but since that is only speculation as of now, expect five or fewer starts from Winder in 2023. Three Other Options Three young pitchers to keep an eye on to possibly be added into the Twins rotation at some point in the season are Jordan Balazovic, Ronny Henriquez, and Cole Sands. However, given the depth ahead of them on this list, it is looking unlikely they serve more than relief roles if and when they pitch for the 2022 Twins. Balazovic struggled mightily throughout the 2022 season with the Saints and only began to see success toward the end of the year after battling a nagging knee injury all year. He will surely start his 2023 season with the Saints. Both Henriquez and Sands saw time with the Twins this year, mainly as long relievers. Sands had a stretch of three starts for the Twins from May 31 to June 12, but pitched much more effectively as a reliever. Henriquez only pitched out of the bullpen in three relief appearances for the Twins. He made 14 starts with the Saints over the summer but was found to be more effective piggybacking with the starter. Balazovic is the most likely to make a start for the Twins next season. If the Twins see great success in either Henriquez or Sands, they will be given another chance as a starter. However, it is more likely that if those two are making starts, the rotation depth is in dire straits. Conclusion All three of these young pitchers will play more important roles with the Twins pitching staff in 2023 than they did in 2022. Twins fans can expect to see them all at different points of the season. And hopefully, when Varland, Winder, and Woods Richardson arrive on the Twins roster, it is because of their earning a spot rather than constantly replacing an injured teammate. View full article
  14. Louie Varland, Simeon Woods Richardson, and Josh Winder all made their MLB debuts during the 2022 season. Winder was the only one of the trio to exceed his rookie status this season. Right now, the Twins projected 2023 Opening Day rotation is made up of Sonny Gray, Joe Ryan, Tyler Mahle, Kenta Maeda, and Bailey Ober, dependent largely on health. There is the possibility the Twins could roll out a six-man rotation as they did this season, but it is too early to tell if that will be the case for 2023. All three of these pitchers will likely make starts for the Twins during the 2023 season whether by earning a spot in the rotation or filling in for an injured starter. Based on what was seen from these pitchers during the 2022 season, here is my ranking of who will make the most starts. 1. Louie Varland The Twins two-time Minor League Pitcher of the Year showed great promise in his five late-season starts in September. Varland posted a 3.81 ERA in 26 innings and earned his first big-league win on the season's final day. Earning the Minor League Pitcher of the Year award will also help Varland’s case to start the season with the Twins either as the Twins fifth/sixth starter or long reliever. If Varland is not in the back end of the Twins' starting rotation for Opening Day, he will surely be the first guy to be added in for another due to injury. Varland made 23 minor-league starts between Double-A and Triple-A. He remained healthy and made the most starts of any pitcher on this list. With how many injuries the 2022 Twins suffered, it would not be a surprise if the front office gives the North St. Paul native a similar role as Bailey Ober/Chris Paddack had as the team’s sixth starter to start the season. To put an estimation on how many starts Twins fans could expect from Varland in 2023, it’s safe to guess he will take anywhere from 10-15 starts along with a few appearances out of the bullpen. 2. Simeon Woods Richardson Twins fans were fortunate to see one start from Woods Richardson before the regular season ended. He had five innings of work in his start against the Detroit Tigers and allowed two earned runs. Woods Richardson also missed time last year due to COVID-19. He made 22 minor-league starts prior to his one with the Twins. His best stretch came during his stint in St. Paul, where he made seven starts and posted a 2.21 ERA, 0.84 WHIP, striking out 38 batters in 36 2/3 IP. Woods Richardson turned 22 on September 27, meaning age is on his side to start his 2023 season at Triple-A St. Paul. His best chance of making the Opening Day roster appears to depend on the health of others. It is likely he will make anywhere between eight and 12 starts this upcoming season, maybe more.. 3. Josh Winder Josh Winder struggled the most out of these three pitchers this season as he was just one of the many Twins who missed time due to injury. He exceeded his rookie status with his 67 big-league innings pitched. As a starter, Winder struggled at both the major league and minor league levels. He posted a 4.79 ERA across 50 2/3 IP in his 11 starts with the Twins. In the minors, he posted a 5.00 ERA across six starts (one rehab in Ft. Myers) with the Saints. Winder’s injuries affected his performance this season and given his workload and results, it’s possible the Twins could convert him into a full-time long reliever. They would likely make him a long relief man with the opportunity to turn into a high leverage reliever as Griffin Jax was this season for the Twins. Winder’s pitch usage is also similar to that of Jax’s during the 2021 season as both were throwing mostly fastballs, 40.1% for Winder in 2022 compared to 45.9% for Jax in 2021. With the slider as their go-to breaking ball, 33.3% for Winder in '22 compared to 31.1% for Jax in '21, Jax turned his slider into his go-to pitch throwing it 48.4% of the time this year according to FanGraphs. The Twins may have a second reclamation project with a former top prospect in Winder as they did in Jax this year. If the Twins opt for this route, then don’t expect any starts from Winder, but since that is only speculation as of now, expect five or fewer starts from Winder in 2023. Three Other Options Three young pitchers to keep an eye on to possibly be added into the Twins rotation at some point in the season are Jordan Balazovic, Ronny Henriquez, and Cole Sands. However, given the depth ahead of them on this list, it is looking unlikely they serve more than relief roles if and when they pitch for the 2022 Twins. Balazovic struggled mightily throughout the 2022 season with the Saints and only began to see success toward the end of the year after battling a nagging knee injury all year. He will surely start his 2023 season with the Saints. Both Henriquez and Sands saw time with the Twins this year, mainly as long relievers. Sands had a stretch of three starts for the Twins from May 31 to June 12, but pitched much more effectively as a reliever. Henriquez only pitched out of the bullpen in three relief appearances for the Twins. He made 14 starts with the Saints over the summer but was found to be more effective piggybacking with the starter. Balazovic is the most likely to make a start for the Twins next season. If the Twins see great success in either Henriquez or Sands, they will be given another chance as a starter. However, it is more likely that if those two are making starts, the rotation depth is in dire straits. Conclusion All three of these young pitchers will play more important roles with the Twins pitching staff in 2023 than they did in 2022. Twins fans can expect to see them all at different points of the season. And hopefully, when Varland, Winder, and Woods Richardson arrive on the Twins roster, it is because of their earning a spot rather than constantly replacing an injured teammate.
  15. In this continuing series, we look back on MLB.com’s Top 30 Twins’ Prospects from 2018 to see how they panned out in 2022. Image courtesy of Neville E. Guard, USA Today Sports 2018 was the first season that Derek Falvey and Thad Levine began to see prospects whom their regime drafted the year before land on MLB.com’s top 30 prospect list. Going into the 2018 season, Baseball America ranked the Twins' farm system as the 12th best in baseball, jumping nine spots up from their 2017 ranking. We’ll look at the 30 prospects by breaking them into four groups, based on where they were at the end of 2022, starting with those that made it to the majors. On Active Rosters for end of 2022 4. Nick Gordon Gordon was bumped down to fourth overall in the Twins farm system from 2017 to 18. That still didn’t discount the value he had with the Twins in 2022 during a breakout sophomore season. 2022 Stat Line with Twins: 138 G, 405 AB, 45 R, 110 H, 28 2B, 4 3B, 9 HR, 50 RBI, 19 BB, 105 K, 6 SB, 4 CS, .272 BA, .316 OBP, .427 SLG, .743 OPS See Gordon's and other Top 30 2017 Prospects here. 7. Brusdar Graterol The only new prospect to crack the Twins' top 30 in 2018 and finish the season in the majors this year, the once-fastest throwing pitcher in the Twins system finished his 2022 season on the winningest team in baseball that found themselves eliminated by their division rival in the NLDS. Traded to the Dodgers in 2020 for Kenta Maeda, Graterol’s 2022 season was his best season yet, as he posted a 3.26 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, .215 opponents BA, in 46 relief appearances and 49.2 innings of work. Graterol’s success in 2022 is a rebound from a not-so-smooth 2021 season when he had an ERA of 4.59 in 34 relief appearances. Having only turned 24 this last August, Graterol still has a bright future ahead of him in the Dodgers bullpen. The question now is if he’s someone they’ll turn into a closer or keep as a high-leverage set up man. 10. Lewin Diaz Once a thriving prospect with the Twins in 2018, Lewin Diaz was traded away as part in 2019 to the Marlins as part of them acquiring Sergio Romo. He struggled to hit lefties mightly this season and saw much less playing time this year compared to last. . 2022 Stat Line with Marlins: 58 G, 160 AB, 12 R, 27 H, 4 2B, 0 3B, 5 HR, 11 RBI, 11 BB, 54 K, 1 SB, 0 CS, .169 BA, .224 OBP, .288 SLG, .512 OPS 11. Akil Baddoo 2018 was Baddoo’s first 100-plus game season in the Minors playing in 113 games all with High-A Cedar Rapid at 19 years old. He was chosen by the Tigers in the 2020 Rule 5 Draft, He saw substantially less playing time in 2022 compared to his breakthrough 2021 rookie year, posting just a 558 OPS. 2022 Stat Line with Tigers: 73 G, 201 AB, 30 R, 41 H, 3 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 24 BB, 64 K, 9 SB 6 CS, .204 BA, .289 OBP, .269 SLG, .558 OPS 13. LaMonte Wade Jr. Traded t the Giants prior to the 2021 season for Shaun Anderson, Wade regressed significantly in his second year there, batting .207 (665 OPS). 2022 Stat Line with Giants: 77 G, 217 AB, 29 R, 45 H, 7 2B, 1 3B, 8 HR, 26 RBI, 26 BB, 51 K, 1 SB, 0 CS, .207 BA, .305 OBP, .359 SLG, .664 OPS 15. Zack Littell Acquired from the Yankees when the Twins flipped pitcher-for-a-day Jamie Garcia, Zack Littell spent parts of three seasons in the Twins bullpen from 2018-20. After a dismal 2020 season when Littell posted a 9.95 ERA in six relief appearances with the Twins, he signed with the San Francisco Giants early in the next offseason. Littell was a force to be reckoned with in the Giants 2021 bullpen posting a 2.92 ERA in 63 games but did not repeat that success this season. He struggled mightily and did better on the road than he did at Oracle Park in San Francisco. The most memorable part of Littell’s season unfortunately was his last game where he allowed three hits and two runs against the Braves. His exit from the game was not without comment to his manager Gabe Kapler, and ended his season early for talking back to his manager when removed from the game. As of now, Littell remains on the Giants 40-man roster but his future with the team is in question with how his season ended. He is only 27 entering 2023, so there is still promise to his career if he can find a way to repeat his success of 2021. 23. Luis Arraez Just as his Major League career has been, Arraez slowly but surely rose through the ranks in the Minors in 2018 and begin his journey as the best contact hitter in the American League. He was the American League Batting Champion in 2022 hitting .316. 2022 Stat Line with Twins: 144 G, 547 AB, 88 R, 173 H, 31 2B, 1 3B, 8 HR, 49 RBI, 50 BB, 43 K, 4 SB, 4 CS, .316 AVG, .375 OBP, .420 SLG, .795 OPS 24. JT Chargois Chargois never pitched after this in the Twins organization outside of spring training in 2018 as he was claimed off waivers by the Dodgers on February 23 of that year. He's appeared as a reliever in 137 games since, including posting a 2.42 ERA in 21 appearances with the Rays this year. 2022 Stat Line with Rays: 2.42 ERA, 21 G, 3 GS, 0 SV/SVO, 22.1 IP, 16 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 3 HR, 2 HB, 5 BB, 17 K, 0.94 WHIP, .203 OPAVG 28. Jose Miranda Did not end up as the Twins Diamond Award Rookie of the Year this year, but Jose Miranda undoubtedly was the biggest rookie hitter the Twins had in 2022, securing his role as an everyday player in the lineup for 2023. 2022 Stat Line with Twins: 125 G, 444 AB, 45 R, 119 H, 25 2B, 0 3B, 15 HR, 66RBI, 28 BB, 91 K, 1 SB, 1 CS, .268 BA, .325 OBP, .426 SLG, .751 OPS Played in 2022 but were mainly hurt 1. Royce Lewis Quite arguably the biggest loss to the Twins lineup this season, Royce Lewis was playing his best baseball ever before he re-torn his knee on a Sunday afternoon at Target Field in late May. Lewis played for a combined 45 games between the Twins and Triple AAA St. Paul before his injury. He will undoubtedly be a key part of the Twins' second half in 2023, it will only be a matter of where he plays every day once he returns from rehab assignment. 6. Alex Kirilloff In 2018, Alex Kirilloff started his second season in the minors as he missed all of 2017 with Tommy John surgery that March. 2018 has been the only season in his professional career that he has played in over 100 games, with 130 that season between Low and High A. This year he had continued wrist issues from 2021 that reemerged and ended in surgery in August. He's expected to be back for 2023. 2022 Stat Line with Twins: 45 G, 144 AB, 14 R, 36 H, 7 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 21 RBI, 5 BB, 36 K, 0 SB, 0 CS, .250 BA, .290 OBP, .361 SLG, .651 OPS 19. Mitch Garver Mitch Garver graduated from prospect status in 2018 with 102 games played with the Twins and became a more common name to fans that season as he became the everyday catcher,. He was traded to the Rangers this offseason for Isiah Kiner-Falefa and his season was cut short with a forearm injury. Texas can offer him arbitration for one more year in 2023 if they desire. 2022 Stat Line with Rangers: 54 G, 188 AB, 23 R, 39 H, 7 2B, 0 3B, 10 HR, 24 RBI, 23 BB, 53 K, 1 SB, 1 CS, .207 BA, .298 OBP, .404 SLG, .702 OPS Played in 2022, mostly in the Minors or Indy Ball 2. Fernando Romero Romero made it to the majors with the Twins, pitching as a starter in 2018 and a reliever in 2019, but after missing the 2020 season with visa issues, he left the organization and pitched in Japan. 2022 Stat Line in Japan: 4.49 ERA, 28 G, n/a GS, 118.1 IP, 126 H, 73 R, 59 ER, 12 HR, 51 BB, 76 K, 12 HBP, 1.496 WHIP 3. Stephen Gonsalves Gonsalves made it to the majors with the Twins in 2018, starting four games. Elbow problems kept him in the minors in 2019 and he has traveled through the Mets and Red Sox, and this year he was in the Cubs organization, posting a 4.26 ERA over 12.2 innings in AAA. 2022 Stat Line with Iowa Cubs: 4.26 ERA, 8 G, 0 SV, 12.2 IP, 9 R, 6 ER, 6 HR, 2 BB. 11 K, 3 BB, 1.579 WHIP 5. Wander Javier A torn labrum led to Javier missing the 2018 season completely, and he’s struggled in the Twins minor league system ever since. After posting a 635 OPS in Cedar Rapids in 2022, it’s expected that the 24-year-old will become a minor league free agent. 2022 Stat Line in Minors: 116 G, 412 AB, 49 R, 84 H, 14 2B, 5 3B, 13 HR, 62 RBI, 33 BB, 5 SB, 3 CS, 142 K, .204 BA, .271 OBP, .357 SLG, .628 OPS 8. Brent Rooker Brent Rooker looked to be a part the Twins' 40-man roster until the day before Opening Day. He was traded alongside Taylor Rogers for Chris Paddack and Emilio Pagan. Rooker’s time with the Padres was short-lived, as he played in two games in the majors with them. He was traded on August 2 to the Royals for Cam Gallagher and played 14 games with the Royals in the Majors. The 27-year-old remains on the Royals’ 40-man roster, and his future with the team could grow in 2023. 9. Blayne Enlow Coming back from Tommy John surgery in June of 2021, Blayne Enlow split time as a starter and reliever at Double AA Wichita. He returned from TJ in mid-May and struggled for parts of the season, finishing with a 4.73 ERA. Enlow can still be a valuable reliever for the Twins in the future, as he will turn 24 in March and looks to rebound from a less-than-fruitful 2022. 12. Lewis Thorpe Thorpe came from the Land Down Under and looked to have a more promised career that would have eclipsed the last Australian on the Twins, Liam Hendricks. That never came to fruition as Thorpe was let go by the St. Paul Saints after one start this year. 2022 Stat Line in Indy Ball: 4.96 ERA, 16 G, 16 GS, 81.2 IP, 88 H, 50 R, 45 ER, 13 HR, 24 BB, 75 K, 1 HBP, 1.371 WHIP 14. Travis Blankenhorn Designated for assignment in May of 2021 by the Twins, Blankenhorn has bounced around three different teams until finally settling with the Mets late last year. He played just one game in the majors this season, but Blankenhorn revitalized himself at Triple AAA in 91 games. 2022 Stat Line in Triple AAA: 91 G, 329 AB, 44 R, 88 H, 20 2B, 0 3B, 15 HR, 55 RBI, 32 BB,10 SB, 1 CS, 88 K, .268 BA, .342 OBP, .465 SLG, .807 OPS 16. Tyler Jay The Twins traded Tyler Jay to the Reds in June of 2019 for cash considerations. Since that time, he had been out of affiliated baseball but played independent baseball this season for the Joliet Slammers in Illinois. 2022 Stat Line in Indy Ball: 1.64 ERA, 22 G, 8 SV, 22.0 IP, 16 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 HR, 3 BB 24 K, 0.864 WHIP 20. Andrew Bechtold Having been in the Twins system since 2017, Andrew Bechtold had finally made his way to Triple AAA this season, splitting time between the Saints and Wind Surge. The 26-year-old catcher and corner infielder played in 123 games this season, hitting 19 home runs and driving in 59 runse. His age is working against him having an impact on the Twins next season. 21. Tyler Watson Watson is the pitcher the Twins received in return from the Washington Nationals for Brandon Kintzler at the 2017 Trade Deadline. Watson had been in the Twins system until this year. He pitched in only one game in 2022 with the Oakland A’s Low A affiliate and has not been seen in pro ball since. 22. John Curtiss Was out with Tommy John surgery this season. Currently in the Mets organization. 25. Ben Rortvedt Ben Rortvedt became a more noticeable prospect for the Twins farm system in 2018, but since then he has struggled to play more than 90 games in a season. He was traded last spring to the Yankees in the Josh Donaldson trade. He missed the first half of the season with a knee injury. 2022 Stat Line in Minors: 48 G, 170 AB, 25 R, 37 H, 9 2B, 0 3B, 7 HR, 21 RBI, 22 BB, 64 K, .218 AVG, .311 OBP, .394 SLG, .705 OPS 26. Jacob Pearson Jacob Pearson spent the 2018 and 2019 seasons in the Twins system never getting above High A Cedar Rapids. He has spent the last two seasons in the Atlanta Braves system splitting time between their High A and Double AA affiliates. With a plethora of prospects with high talent, it’s hard to say if Pearson will have his MLB debut with the Braves. 30. Yunior Severino The player who was the 30th best prospect for the Twins in 2018 remains in their system to this day. Yunior Severino arguably had his best season split between Cedar Rapids and Wichita playing in 83 games while hit .278 BA with a .907 OPS. Severino just turned 23 on October 3 and if he continues to progress through the system, can still pan out as a future Twin. Out of Baseball by 2022 17. Felix Jorge (Hasn’t pitched since 2018) 18. Kohl Stewart (Hasn’t pitched since 2021) 27. Zack Granite (Hasn’t played since 2021) 29. Lachlan Wells (Hasn’t pitched since 2019) Here are the totals for where the Twins top 30 prospects of 2018 ended up with their careers in 2022. Totals: 9 players on Active MLB rosters 3 players who could be on Active Rosters but are hurt 14 players who are in the Minors, Japan, or Indy Ball 4 players completely out of baseball The 2018 Twins’ top 30 prospects had better luck than 2017 with four fewer players on this list not out of professional baseball completely this season. Some of these players still have great chances of long careers in the Majors (Arraez and Gordon) others not so much, and a couple need only to heal from injuries for great success (Lewis and Kirilloff). How do the current career payouts of these 30 players so far look to Twins fans? Leave your thoughts below View full article
  16. 2018 was the first season that Derek Falvey and Thad Levine began to see prospects whom their regime drafted the year before land on MLB.com’s top 30 prospect list. Going into the 2018 season, Baseball America ranked the Twins' farm system as the 12th best in baseball, jumping nine spots up from their 2017 ranking. We’ll look at the 30 prospects by breaking them into four groups, based on where they were at the end of 2022, starting with those that made it to the majors. On Active Rosters for end of 2022 4. Nick Gordon Gordon was bumped down to fourth overall in the Twins farm system from 2017 to 18. That still didn’t discount the value he had with the Twins in 2022 during a breakout sophomore season. 2022 Stat Line with Twins: 138 G, 405 AB, 45 R, 110 H, 28 2B, 4 3B, 9 HR, 50 RBI, 19 BB, 105 K, 6 SB, 4 CS, .272 BA, .316 OBP, .427 SLG, .743 OPS See Gordon's and other Top 30 2017 Prospects here. 7. Brusdar Graterol The only new prospect to crack the Twins' top 30 in 2018 and finish the season in the majors this year, the once-fastest throwing pitcher in the Twins system finished his 2022 season on the winningest team in baseball that found themselves eliminated by their division rival in the NLDS. Traded to the Dodgers in 2020 for Kenta Maeda, Graterol’s 2022 season was his best season yet, as he posted a 3.26 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, .215 opponents BA, in 46 relief appearances and 49.2 innings of work. Graterol’s success in 2022 is a rebound from a not-so-smooth 2021 season when he had an ERA of 4.59 in 34 relief appearances. Having only turned 24 this last August, Graterol still has a bright future ahead of him in the Dodgers bullpen. The question now is if he’s someone they’ll turn into a closer or keep as a high-leverage set up man. 10. Lewin Diaz Once a thriving prospect with the Twins in 2018, Lewin Diaz was traded away as part in 2019 to the Marlins as part of them acquiring Sergio Romo. He struggled to hit lefties mightly this season and saw much less playing time this year compared to last. . 2022 Stat Line with Marlins: 58 G, 160 AB, 12 R, 27 H, 4 2B, 0 3B, 5 HR, 11 RBI, 11 BB, 54 K, 1 SB, 0 CS, .169 BA, .224 OBP, .288 SLG, .512 OPS 11. Akil Baddoo 2018 was Baddoo’s first 100-plus game season in the Minors playing in 113 games all with High-A Cedar Rapid at 19 years old. He was chosen by the Tigers in the 2020 Rule 5 Draft, He saw substantially less playing time in 2022 compared to his breakthrough 2021 rookie year, posting just a 558 OPS. 2022 Stat Line with Tigers: 73 G, 201 AB, 30 R, 41 H, 3 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 24 BB, 64 K, 9 SB 6 CS, .204 BA, .289 OBP, .269 SLG, .558 OPS 13. LaMonte Wade Jr. Traded t the Giants prior to the 2021 season for Shaun Anderson, Wade regressed significantly in his second year there, batting .207 (665 OPS). 2022 Stat Line with Giants: 77 G, 217 AB, 29 R, 45 H, 7 2B, 1 3B, 8 HR, 26 RBI, 26 BB, 51 K, 1 SB, 0 CS, .207 BA, .305 OBP, .359 SLG, .664 OPS 15. Zack Littell Acquired from the Yankees when the Twins flipped pitcher-for-a-day Jamie Garcia, Zack Littell spent parts of three seasons in the Twins bullpen from 2018-20. After a dismal 2020 season when Littell posted a 9.95 ERA in six relief appearances with the Twins, he signed with the San Francisco Giants early in the next offseason. Littell was a force to be reckoned with in the Giants 2021 bullpen posting a 2.92 ERA in 63 games but did not repeat that success this season. He struggled mightily and did better on the road than he did at Oracle Park in San Francisco. The most memorable part of Littell’s season unfortunately was his last game where he allowed three hits and two runs against the Braves. His exit from the game was not without comment to his manager Gabe Kapler, and ended his season early for talking back to his manager when removed from the game. As of now, Littell remains on the Giants 40-man roster but his future with the team is in question with how his season ended. He is only 27 entering 2023, so there is still promise to his career if he can find a way to repeat his success of 2021. 23. Luis Arraez Just as his Major League career has been, Arraez slowly but surely rose through the ranks in the Minors in 2018 and begin his journey as the best contact hitter in the American League. He was the American League Batting Champion in 2022 hitting .316. 2022 Stat Line with Twins: 144 G, 547 AB, 88 R, 173 H, 31 2B, 1 3B, 8 HR, 49 RBI, 50 BB, 43 K, 4 SB, 4 CS, .316 AVG, .375 OBP, .420 SLG, .795 OPS 24. JT Chargois Chargois never pitched after this in the Twins organization outside of spring training in 2018 as he was claimed off waivers by the Dodgers on February 23 of that year. He's appeared as a reliever in 137 games since, including posting a 2.42 ERA in 21 appearances with the Rays this year. 2022 Stat Line with Rays: 2.42 ERA, 21 G, 3 GS, 0 SV/SVO, 22.1 IP, 16 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 3 HR, 2 HB, 5 BB, 17 K, 0.94 WHIP, .203 OPAVG 28. Jose Miranda Did not end up as the Twins Diamond Award Rookie of the Year this year, but Jose Miranda undoubtedly was the biggest rookie hitter the Twins had in 2022, securing his role as an everyday player in the lineup for 2023. 2022 Stat Line with Twins: 125 G, 444 AB, 45 R, 119 H, 25 2B, 0 3B, 15 HR, 66RBI, 28 BB, 91 K, 1 SB, 1 CS, .268 BA, .325 OBP, .426 SLG, .751 OPS Played in 2022 but were mainly hurt 1. Royce Lewis Quite arguably the biggest loss to the Twins lineup this season, Royce Lewis was playing his best baseball ever before he re-torn his knee on a Sunday afternoon at Target Field in late May. Lewis played for a combined 45 games between the Twins and Triple AAA St. Paul before his injury. He will undoubtedly be a key part of the Twins' second half in 2023, it will only be a matter of where he plays every day once he returns from rehab assignment. 6. Alex Kirilloff In 2018, Alex Kirilloff started his second season in the minors as he missed all of 2017 with Tommy John surgery that March. 2018 has been the only season in his professional career that he has played in over 100 games, with 130 that season between Low and High A. This year he had continued wrist issues from 2021 that reemerged and ended in surgery in August. He's expected to be back for 2023. 2022 Stat Line with Twins: 45 G, 144 AB, 14 R, 36 H, 7 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 21 RBI, 5 BB, 36 K, 0 SB, 0 CS, .250 BA, .290 OBP, .361 SLG, .651 OPS 19. Mitch Garver Mitch Garver graduated from prospect status in 2018 with 102 games played with the Twins and became a more common name to fans that season as he became the everyday catcher,. He was traded to the Rangers this offseason for Isiah Kiner-Falefa and his season was cut short with a forearm injury. Texas can offer him arbitration for one more year in 2023 if they desire. 2022 Stat Line with Rangers: 54 G, 188 AB, 23 R, 39 H, 7 2B, 0 3B, 10 HR, 24 RBI, 23 BB, 53 K, 1 SB, 1 CS, .207 BA, .298 OBP, .404 SLG, .702 OPS Played in 2022, mostly in the Minors or Indy Ball 2. Fernando Romero Romero made it to the majors with the Twins, pitching as a starter in 2018 and a reliever in 2019, but after missing the 2020 season with visa issues, he left the organization and pitched in Japan. 2022 Stat Line in Japan: 4.49 ERA, 28 G, n/a GS, 118.1 IP, 126 H, 73 R, 59 ER, 12 HR, 51 BB, 76 K, 12 HBP, 1.496 WHIP 3. Stephen Gonsalves Gonsalves made it to the majors with the Twins in 2018, starting four games. Elbow problems kept him in the minors in 2019 and he has traveled through the Mets and Red Sox, and this year he was in the Cubs organization, posting a 4.26 ERA over 12.2 innings in AAA. 2022 Stat Line with Iowa Cubs: 4.26 ERA, 8 G, 0 SV, 12.2 IP, 9 R, 6 ER, 6 HR, 2 BB. 11 K, 3 BB, 1.579 WHIP 5. Wander Javier A torn labrum led to Javier missing the 2018 season completely, and he’s struggled in the Twins minor league system ever since. After posting a 635 OPS in Cedar Rapids in 2022, it’s expected that the 24-year-old will become a minor league free agent. 2022 Stat Line in Minors: 116 G, 412 AB, 49 R, 84 H, 14 2B, 5 3B, 13 HR, 62 RBI, 33 BB, 5 SB, 3 CS, 142 K, .204 BA, .271 OBP, .357 SLG, .628 OPS 8. Brent Rooker Brent Rooker looked to be a part the Twins' 40-man roster until the day before Opening Day. He was traded alongside Taylor Rogers for Chris Paddack and Emilio Pagan. Rooker’s time with the Padres was short-lived, as he played in two games in the majors with them. He was traded on August 2 to the Royals for Cam Gallagher and played 14 games with the Royals in the Majors. The 27-year-old remains on the Royals’ 40-man roster, and his future with the team could grow in 2023. 9. Blayne Enlow Coming back from Tommy John surgery in June of 2021, Blayne Enlow split time as a starter and reliever at Double AA Wichita. He returned from TJ in mid-May and struggled for parts of the season, finishing with a 4.73 ERA. Enlow can still be a valuable reliever for the Twins in the future, as he will turn 24 in March and looks to rebound from a less-than-fruitful 2022. 12. Lewis Thorpe Thorpe came from the Land Down Under and looked to have a more promised career that would have eclipsed the last Australian on the Twins, Liam Hendricks. That never came to fruition as Thorpe was let go by the St. Paul Saints after one start this year. 2022 Stat Line in Indy Ball: 4.96 ERA, 16 G, 16 GS, 81.2 IP, 88 H, 50 R, 45 ER, 13 HR, 24 BB, 75 K, 1 HBP, 1.371 WHIP 14. Travis Blankenhorn Designated for assignment in May of 2021 by the Twins, Blankenhorn has bounced around three different teams until finally settling with the Mets late last year. He played just one game in the majors this season, but Blankenhorn revitalized himself at Triple AAA in 91 games. 2022 Stat Line in Triple AAA: 91 G, 329 AB, 44 R, 88 H, 20 2B, 0 3B, 15 HR, 55 RBI, 32 BB,10 SB, 1 CS, 88 K, .268 BA, .342 OBP, .465 SLG, .807 OPS 16. Tyler Jay The Twins traded Tyler Jay to the Reds in June of 2019 for cash considerations. Since that time, he had been out of affiliated baseball but played independent baseball this season for the Joliet Slammers in Illinois. 2022 Stat Line in Indy Ball: 1.64 ERA, 22 G, 8 SV, 22.0 IP, 16 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 HR, 3 BB 24 K, 0.864 WHIP 20. Andrew Bechtold Having been in the Twins system since 2017, Andrew Bechtold had finally made his way to Triple AAA this season, splitting time between the Saints and Wind Surge. The 26-year-old catcher and corner infielder played in 123 games this season, hitting 19 home runs and driving in 59 runse. His age is working against him having an impact on the Twins next season. 21. Tyler Watson Watson is the pitcher the Twins received in return from the Washington Nationals for Brandon Kintzler at the 2017 Trade Deadline. Watson had been in the Twins system until this year. He pitched in only one game in 2022 with the Oakland A’s Low A affiliate and has not been seen in pro ball since. 22. John Curtiss Was out with Tommy John surgery this season. Currently in the Mets organization. 25. Ben Rortvedt Ben Rortvedt became a more noticeable prospect for the Twins farm system in 2018, but since then he has struggled to play more than 90 games in a season. He was traded last spring to the Yankees in the Josh Donaldson trade. He missed the first half of the season with a knee injury. 2022 Stat Line in Minors: 48 G, 170 AB, 25 R, 37 H, 9 2B, 0 3B, 7 HR, 21 RBI, 22 BB, 64 K, .218 AVG, .311 OBP, .394 SLG, .705 OPS 26. Jacob Pearson Jacob Pearson spent the 2018 and 2019 seasons in the Twins system never getting above High A Cedar Rapids. He has spent the last two seasons in the Atlanta Braves system splitting time between their High A and Double AA affiliates. With a plethora of prospects with high talent, it’s hard to say if Pearson will have his MLB debut with the Braves. 30. Yunior Severino The player who was the 30th best prospect for the Twins in 2018 remains in their system to this day. Yunior Severino arguably had his best season split between Cedar Rapids and Wichita playing in 83 games while hit .278 BA with a .907 OPS. Severino just turned 23 on October 3 and if he continues to progress through the system, can still pan out as a future Twin. Out of Baseball by 2022 17. Felix Jorge (Hasn’t pitched since 2018) 18. Kohl Stewart (Hasn’t pitched since 2021) 27. Zack Granite (Hasn’t played since 2021) 29. Lachlan Wells (Hasn’t pitched since 2019) Here are the totals for where the Twins top 30 prospects of 2018 ended up with their careers in 2022. Totals: 9 players on Active MLB rosters 3 players who could be on Active Rosters but are hurt 14 players who are in the Minors, Japan, or Indy Ball 4 players completely out of baseball The 2018 Twins’ top 30 prospects had better luck than 2017 with four fewer players on this list not out of professional baseball completely this season. Some of these players still have great chances of long careers in the Majors (Arraez and Gordon) others not so much, and a couple need only to heal from injuries for great success (Lewis and Kirilloff). How do the current career payouts of these 30 players so far look to Twins fans? Leave your thoughts below
  17. Wow. Didn't realize it got posted when I just did a test run to see things. But yes, I fully believe that all the Twins need Omar Narvaez for a perfect offseason. Lol.
  18. C: Ryan Jeffers ($0.70M) 1B: Luis Arraez ($4.50M) 2B: Jorge Polanco ($7.50M) 3B: Gio Urshela ($9.00M) LF: Alex Kirilloff ($0.70M) CF: Byron Buxton ($15.00M) RF: Max Kepler ($8.50M) DH: Jose Miranda ($0.70M) 4th OF: Kyle Garlick ($0.70M) Utility: Nick Gordon ($0.70M) Utility: Gilberto Celestino ($0.70M) Backup C: Omar Narvaez ($3.50M) SP1: Sonny Gray ($12.00M) SP2: Tyler Mahle ($8.00M) SP3: Kenta Maeda ($9.00M) SP4: Joe Ryan ($0.70M) SP5: Bailey Ober ($0.70M) RP: Jhoan Duran ($0.70M) RP: Jorge Lopez ($3.00M) RP: Griffin Jax ($0.70M) RP: Jorge Alcala ($1.00M) RP: Caleb Thielbar ($2.00M) Payroll is 35.71% under budget
  19. Take a look back at the Twins' top 30 prospects according to MLB.com in 2017. How have these former prospects had their careers pan out in the Majors since that time in which of these players are out of pro baseball completely now? Image courtesy of Tim Heitman, USA Today It’s been six seasons since the Derek Falvey and Thad Levine regime in the Twins Front Office began. When they took over in 2017, they inherited a farm system that Baseball America ranked as 21 out of 30 in Major League Baseball. A system ranked 10th best in 2016 during Terry Ryan’s last season as the general manager. The top 30 Twins prospects from 2017 on MLB.com’s list have all made their way to different levels of the game. Some finished their season at the Major League level, others hurt but played at the Major League level for the season, or found themselves out of professional baseball completely this year. Here’s how the top 30 Twins prospects from 2017 had their 2022 seasons end up. On Active Rosters for the end of 2022 1. Nick Gordon The Twins' top prospect in 2017 had his best season in the Major Leagues for 2022 during his sophomore season. For a while, it seemed that the Twins’ first-round pick in 2014 might not make it to the big leagues. Fortunately, Gordon appears to have reached his potential this season. He played in 138 games around the diamond for the Twins and had a triple slash of .272/.316/.427 (.743). Gordon’s future with the Twins seems all but secured until his free agency year in 2028. The team will likely look to him to be their super utility player. 10. Lewin Diaz The Twins parted ways with Lewin Diaz in July of 2019 when they acquired Sergio Romo from the Miami Marlins. Diaz has remained in the Marlins system since that time and played in 58 big-league games this season. Diaz has not seen too much success at the Major League level since first being called up in 2020. Although he played his most career games this season, Diaz had a .169 batting average in 174 plate appearances with five home runs and 11 RBI. He is a plus-plus defensive first baseman. Diaz has yet to find success in the Majors, but it's possible he can turn his career around at age 26 with the Marlins in 2023. 11. JT Chargois JT Chargois made his MLB debut with the Twins in 2016 and pitched in 25 games with 23 innings of work that season. However, the low amount of innings kept him qualifying as a rookie in 2017 and on the Twins' top prospect list. Chargois was claimed off waivers to the Dodgers in 2018 and made a career as a journeyman reliever including spending time in Japan. This season he spent with the Tampa Bay Rays and had his best year yet. Chargois pitched in only 21 games but posted a 2.42 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, and walked only five batters in 22.1 innings of work with the Rays. Knowing how the Rays are with improving random relievers, Chargois may continue thriving in Florida as long as he remains with the Rays. 13. LaMonte Wade Jr. The Twins traded LaMonte Wade Jr. to the San Francisco Giants for reliever Shaun Anderson. The deal was certainly was a flop in 2021. Wade Jr.’s 2022 didn’t pan out as well as the previous season. He played in only 77 games and posted a triple slash of .207/.305/.359 (.665). Wade Jr. seems to remain in the Giants' plans as a backup outfielder and first baseman which may soon include the likes of Aaron Judge. He’ll certainly hope to improve in 2023 as he enters his final season in his 20s. 24. Jose Miranda Jose Miranda turned into the biggest rookie asset to the Twins' offense in 2022. He played in 125 games and split time between first and third base. Even with a slow start in his first 19 games, Miranda still slugged 15 home runs and led the Twins in RBI with 66. Miranda has lived up to expectations of being one of the Twins' top prospects in recent years but exceeded the expectations of someone ranked 24th in the system in 2017. There is still room for growth for Miranda as he looks to continue splitting time at the corners for the Twins in 2023. 25. Akil Baddoo The Twins left Baddoo off their 40-man roster after the 2020 season. He was lost in the December 2020 Rule 5 Draft to the Detroit Tigers. After a strong rookie campaign with Detroit in 2021, Akil Baddoo came victim to the sophomore slump. Baddoo played in just 73 games for the Tigers in 2022. His numbers completely plummeted, dropping to a triple slash of .204/.289/.269 (.558) in 225 plate appearances. The athletic outfielder is still very young and has much time ahead of his career having just turned 24 in August. 28. Luis Arraez Luis Arraez used to be an overlooked prospect in the Twins farm system. Now he is an American League Batting Champion. With one batting title now on his resume, many expect more from Arraez. The only question surrounding Arraez for 2023 is where he will play in the field? His versatility at different positions is not the same caliber as Nick Gordon, but he is proven capable at multiple positions. 30. Griffin Jax The most improved pitcher on the Twins 2022 staff, Captain Jax made a complete turnaround in the Twins bullpen this season. Pitching in 65 games for the Twins, Jax posted a 3.36 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, and 3.17 FIP in 72 1/3 innings pitched. He will certainly be a key asset to the Twins' bullpen plans for 2023, likely continuing his role of high-leverage opportunities to start the season. Played in 2022 but were mainly hurt 3. Alex Kirilloff His wrist injury continued to plague Alex Kirilloff in 2022. It kept him at St. Paul for some time in May and June. Having played in only 45 major-league games this year, Hopefully, Kirilloff's July surgery will have him ready for everyday play in 2023. The health of Kirilloff’s wrist will be the biggest concern in 2023, but as long as he remains strong, he can expect his first season with over 100 games in the big leagues. 15. Mitch Garver Garver was traded to the Texas Rangers before the season for Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Ronny Henriquez. The former Silver Slugger had season-ending surgery in July to repair a torn flexor tendon in his right forearm. Prior to being sidelined with the torn tendon, Garver played in 54 games with the Rangers having caught in only 14 of those games. 23. Huascar Ynoa (Braves) Only making two starts with the Atlanta Braves, the former Elizabethton Twins pitcher that was traded for Twin-for-a-day, Jaime Garcia, had his 2022 season end with Tommy John surgery. Having the surgery done on September 7, Ynoa will not be returning to the Braves pitching rotation until 2024 in hopes of resurging his career from a successful 2021. Played in 2022, mostly in the Minors, Japan, or Indy Ball 2. Stephen Gonsalves This former top Twins pitching prospect had a short-lived 2022 season in the minors pitching in only eight games Triple AAA for the Iowa Cubs. His season ended early with Tommy John surgery. Gonsalves last pitched in the big leagues with the Red Sox for three games in 2021. 4. Fernando Romero Fernando Romero was once a high-hope pitching prospect for the Twins rotation. His 2022 was spent between Japan's Central League and Eastern League. Romero pitched in 28 games between the leagues with a 4.49 ERA. 5. Tyler Jay The Twins' top pick from 2015 had taken a leave of absence from baseball in 2020 and 2021. This year he found himself in Indy Ball playing in the Frontier League. He worked in 22 games and posted a 2.05 ERA with the Joilet Slammers. 7. Travis Blankenhorn Travis Blankenhorn got a cup of coffee with the New York Mets this season, playing in one game in July. Other than that, the majority of his season was spent at Triple AAA Syracuse where he played in 91 games. 12. Ben Rortvedt Flipped with Josh Donaldson to the New York Yankees in March, Ben Rortvedt battled injuries that kept him off the Major League active roster all season. When he was healthy, he spent his time between three of the Yankees Minor League affiliates playing in 48 games across the minors. 14. Daniel Palka Daniel Palka hasn’t played in the Major Leagues since 2019. He spent 2020 in Korea and has been working his way back to the big leagues in 2021 and 2022. This season Palka was with the Mets organization and played 109 games with Syracuse. 17. Wander Javier Wander Javier remains the only player from the Twins top 30 prospect list in 2017 that is in their farm system and has yet to make his major-league debut. Javier spent the majority of the year at High-A Cedar Rapids and finished the season playing seven games with the St. Paul Saints. He will become a minor-league free agent. Will the Twins bring him back? 18. Lewis Thorpe This former farmhand’s story isn’t pretty in 2022. Lewis Thorpe made one start with the St. Paul Saints in April and found himself let go by the organization he joined in 2012. After being cut, Thorpe spent the remainder of the season with the Kansas City Monarchs (American Association). He made 16 starts and posted a 4.96 ERA for the season. 19. Trevor Hildenberger One of the better minor-league stories of the season belongs to Trevor Hildenberger. Although he did pitch six games across the Giants system, he played a larger role toward the season’s end helping in the unionization of Minor League Baseball players. Hildenberger has been an active advocate in the unionization of Minor League Baseball for years and over the course of August, he spoke with many other minor league players to help advocate for them to vote yes for an election to make the unionization official. 20. Jake Reed Another former prospect who spent some time in the Majors this season with three teams, the Mets, Dodgers, and Orioles. In his 18 games in the big leagues, Reed posted an ERA north of 7.00. He pitched in 20 games between the Dodgers and Orioles minor league affiliates this season. He recorded his first MLB Save with the Dodgers this year. Out of Baseball by 2022 The list of players here did not play professionally at all in 2022 and have listed their last season playing professionally. 6. Kohl Stewart (Hasn’t pitched since 2021) 8. Adalberto Mejia (Hasn’t pitched since 2021) 9. Felix Jorge (Hasn’t pitched since 2018) 16. Nick Burdi (Hasn’t pitched since 2020), spent 2022 on the IL. 21. Mason Melotakis (Hasn’t pitched since 2021) 22. Zack Granite (Hasn’t played since 2021) 26. Lachlan Wells (Hasn’t pitched since 2019) 27. Randy Rosario (Hasn’t pitched since 2021) 29. Engelb Vielma (Hasn’t played since 2019) Here are the totals for where the Twins top 30 prospects of 2017 ended up with their careers in 2022. Totals: 8 players on Active MLB rosters 3 players who could be on Active Rosters but are hurt 10 players who are in the Minors, Japan, or Independent Ball 9 players completely out of baseball in 2022 The majority of these players are still in professional baseball, but only around a third of them (11 total) played roles on Major League rosters this season. Some of these players still have great chances of long careers (Arraez and Gordon). Others, not so much, but how do the current career payouts of these 30 players so far look to Twins fans? Leave your thoughts below. View full article
  20. It’s been six seasons since the Derek Falvey and Thad Levine regime in the Twins Front Office began. When they took over in 2017, they inherited a farm system that Baseball America ranked as 21 out of 30 in Major League Baseball. A system ranked 10th best in 2016 during Terry Ryan’s last season as the general manager. The top 30 Twins prospects from 2017 on MLB.com’s list have all made their way to different levels of the game. Some finished their season at the Major League level, others hurt but played at the Major League level for the season, or found themselves out of professional baseball completely this year. Here’s how the top 30 Twins prospects from 2017 had their 2022 seasons end up. On Active Rosters for the end of 2022 1. Nick Gordon The Twins' top prospect in 2017 had his best season in the Major Leagues for 2022 during his sophomore season. For a while, it seemed that the Twins’ first-round pick in 2014 might not make it to the big leagues. Fortunately, Gordon appears to have reached his potential this season. He played in 138 games around the diamond for the Twins and had a triple slash of .272/.316/.427 (.743). Gordon’s future with the Twins seems all but secured until his free agency year in 2028. The team will likely look to him to be their super utility player. 10. Lewin Diaz The Twins parted ways with Lewin Diaz in July of 2019 when they acquired Sergio Romo from the Miami Marlins. Diaz has remained in the Marlins system since that time and played in 58 big-league games this season. Diaz has not seen too much success at the Major League level since first being called up in 2020. Although he played his most career games this season, Diaz had a .169 batting average in 174 plate appearances with five home runs and 11 RBI. He is a plus-plus defensive first baseman. Diaz has yet to find success in the Majors, but it's possible he can turn his career around at age 26 with the Marlins in 2023. 11. JT Chargois JT Chargois made his MLB debut with the Twins in 2016 and pitched in 25 games with 23 innings of work that season. However, the low amount of innings kept him qualifying as a rookie in 2017 and on the Twins' top prospect list. Chargois was claimed off waivers to the Dodgers in 2018 and made a career as a journeyman reliever including spending time in Japan. This season he spent with the Tampa Bay Rays and had his best year yet. Chargois pitched in only 21 games but posted a 2.42 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, and walked only five batters in 22.1 innings of work with the Rays. Knowing how the Rays are with improving random relievers, Chargois may continue thriving in Florida as long as he remains with the Rays. 13. LaMonte Wade Jr. The Twins traded LaMonte Wade Jr. to the San Francisco Giants for reliever Shaun Anderson. The deal was certainly was a flop in 2021. Wade Jr.’s 2022 didn’t pan out as well as the previous season. He played in only 77 games and posted a triple slash of .207/.305/.359 (.665). Wade Jr. seems to remain in the Giants' plans as a backup outfielder and first baseman which may soon include the likes of Aaron Judge. He’ll certainly hope to improve in 2023 as he enters his final season in his 20s. 24. Jose Miranda Jose Miranda turned into the biggest rookie asset to the Twins' offense in 2022. He played in 125 games and split time between first and third base. Even with a slow start in his first 19 games, Miranda still slugged 15 home runs and led the Twins in RBI with 66. Miranda has lived up to expectations of being one of the Twins' top prospects in recent years but exceeded the expectations of someone ranked 24th in the system in 2017. There is still room for growth for Miranda as he looks to continue splitting time at the corners for the Twins in 2023. 25. Akil Baddoo The Twins left Baddoo off their 40-man roster after the 2020 season. He was lost in the December 2020 Rule 5 Draft to the Detroit Tigers. After a strong rookie campaign with Detroit in 2021, Akil Baddoo came victim to the sophomore slump. Baddoo played in just 73 games for the Tigers in 2022. His numbers completely plummeted, dropping to a triple slash of .204/.289/.269 (.558) in 225 plate appearances. The athletic outfielder is still very young and has much time ahead of his career having just turned 24 in August. 28. Luis Arraez Luis Arraez used to be an overlooked prospect in the Twins farm system. Now he is an American League Batting Champion. With one batting title now on his resume, many expect more from Arraez. The only question surrounding Arraez for 2023 is where he will play in the field? His versatility at different positions is not the same caliber as Nick Gordon, but he is proven capable at multiple positions. 30. Griffin Jax The most improved pitcher on the Twins 2022 staff, Captain Jax made a complete turnaround in the Twins bullpen this season. Pitching in 65 games for the Twins, Jax posted a 3.36 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, and 3.17 FIP in 72 1/3 innings pitched. He will certainly be a key asset to the Twins' bullpen plans for 2023, likely continuing his role of high-leverage opportunities to start the season. Played in 2022 but were mainly hurt 3. Alex Kirilloff His wrist injury continued to plague Alex Kirilloff in 2022. It kept him at St. Paul for some time in May and June. Having played in only 45 major-league games this year, Hopefully, Kirilloff's July surgery will have him ready for everyday play in 2023. The health of Kirilloff’s wrist will be the biggest concern in 2023, but as long as he remains strong, he can expect his first season with over 100 games in the big leagues. 15. Mitch Garver Garver was traded to the Texas Rangers before the season for Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Ronny Henriquez. The former Silver Slugger had season-ending surgery in July to repair a torn flexor tendon in his right forearm. Prior to being sidelined with the torn tendon, Garver played in 54 games with the Rangers having caught in only 14 of those games. 23. Huascar Ynoa (Braves) Only making two starts with the Atlanta Braves, the former Elizabethton Twins pitcher that was traded for Twin-for-a-day, Jaime Garcia, had his 2022 season end with Tommy John surgery. Having the surgery done on September 7, Ynoa will not be returning to the Braves pitching rotation until 2024 in hopes of resurging his career from a successful 2021. Played in 2022, mostly in the Minors, Japan, or Indy Ball 2. Stephen Gonsalves This former top Twins pitching prospect had a short-lived 2022 season in the minors pitching in only eight games Triple AAA for the Iowa Cubs. His season ended early with Tommy John surgery. Gonsalves last pitched in the big leagues with the Red Sox for three games in 2021. 4. Fernando Romero Fernando Romero was once a high-hope pitching prospect for the Twins rotation. His 2022 was spent between Japan's Central League and Eastern League. Romero pitched in 28 games between the leagues with a 4.49 ERA. 5. Tyler Jay The Twins' top pick from 2015 had taken a leave of absence from baseball in 2020 and 2021. This year he found himself in Indy Ball playing in the Frontier League. He worked in 22 games and posted a 2.05 ERA with the Joilet Slammers. 7. Travis Blankenhorn Travis Blankenhorn got a cup of coffee with the New York Mets this season, playing in one game in July. Other than that, the majority of his season was spent at Triple AAA Syracuse where he played in 91 games. 12. Ben Rortvedt Flipped with Josh Donaldson to the New York Yankees in March, Ben Rortvedt battled injuries that kept him off the Major League active roster all season. When he was healthy, he spent his time between three of the Yankees Minor League affiliates playing in 48 games across the minors. 14. Daniel Palka Daniel Palka hasn’t played in the Major Leagues since 2019. He spent 2020 in Korea and has been working his way back to the big leagues in 2021 and 2022. This season Palka was with the Mets organization and played 109 games with Syracuse. 17. Wander Javier Wander Javier remains the only player from the Twins top 30 prospect list in 2017 that is in their farm system and has yet to make his major-league debut. Javier spent the majority of the year at High-A Cedar Rapids and finished the season playing seven games with the St. Paul Saints. He will become a minor-league free agent. Will the Twins bring him back? 18. Lewis Thorpe This former farmhand’s story isn’t pretty in 2022. Lewis Thorpe made one start with the St. Paul Saints in April and found himself let go by the organization he joined in 2012. After being cut, Thorpe spent the remainder of the season with the Kansas City Monarchs (American Association). He made 16 starts and posted a 4.96 ERA for the season. 19. Trevor Hildenberger One of the better minor-league stories of the season belongs to Trevor Hildenberger. Although he did pitch six games across the Giants system, he played a larger role toward the season’s end helping in the unionization of Minor League Baseball players. Hildenberger has been an active advocate in the unionization of Minor League Baseball for years and over the course of August, he spoke with many other minor league players to help advocate for them to vote yes for an election to make the unionization official. 20. Jake Reed Another former prospect who spent some time in the Majors this season with three teams, the Mets, Dodgers, and Orioles. In his 18 games in the big leagues, Reed posted an ERA north of 7.00. He pitched in 20 games between the Dodgers and Orioles minor league affiliates this season. He recorded his first MLB Save with the Dodgers this year. Out of Baseball by 2022 The list of players here did not play professionally at all in 2022 and have listed their last season playing professionally. 6. Kohl Stewart (Hasn’t pitched since 2021) 8. Adalberto Mejia (Hasn’t pitched since 2021) 9. Felix Jorge (Hasn’t pitched since 2018) 16. Nick Burdi (Hasn’t pitched since 2020), spent 2022 on the IL. 21. Mason Melotakis (Hasn’t pitched since 2021) 22. Zack Granite (Hasn’t played since 2021) 26. Lachlan Wells (Hasn’t pitched since 2019) 27. Randy Rosario (Hasn’t pitched since 2021) 29. Engelb Vielma (Hasn’t played since 2019) Here are the totals for where the Twins top 30 prospects of 2017 ended up with their careers in 2022. Totals: 8 players on Active MLB rosters 3 players who could be on Active Rosters but are hurt 10 players who are in the Minors, Japan, or Independent Ball 9 players completely out of baseball in 2022 The majority of these players are still in professional baseball, but only around a third of them (11 total) played roles on Major League rosters this season. Some of these players still have great chances of long careers (Arraez and Gordon). Others, not so much, but how do the current career payouts of these 30 players so far look to Twins fans? Leave your thoughts below.
  21. Box Score SP: Simeon Woods Richardson 5 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K (91 pitches, 61 strikes (67 strike %)) Home Runs: None Bottom 3 WPA: Gio Urshela -0.188, Nick Gordon -0.123, Simeon Woods Richardson -0.118 Win Probability Chart (via FanGraphs) Better Late Than Never for Woods Richardson's Debut Sunday brought about the Major League debut for Simeon Woods Richardson, a long-awaited one for Twins fans over the dismal month of September. Woods Richardson’s first inning of work in the majors was a mountain to climb as he walked the leadoff hitter who later came into score on a fielding error by Jose Miranda at first. Then a single by Miguel Cabrera advanced the runner to third and he scored on a wild pitch to Jonathan Schoop. Fortunately, that was the end of troubles for Woods Richardson in the first as he retired Schoop on a double play. From the second inning on, Woods Richardson’s only trouble that followed as a solo home run he gave up to Tigers catcher Eric Haase in the third to put the Tigers up 3-0. He did also have base runners reach in the second and fourth that did not end up getting beyond first. Woods Richardson’s final inning was his best retiring the minimum in the fifth. Woods Richardson allowed five base runners (three hits, two walks), two earned runs, and three strikeouts for his MLB debut. His top velocity on a pitch for the day was a strike at 92.6 MPH to start off Haase’s second at-bat of the game when he hit a home run. Correa Hits But That’s it As common as ever this season the Twins bats didn’t show up beyond one-hitter in the lineup. Today it was Carlos Correa who went 2-for-3 with an RBI walk. The Twins' two runs were mounted on walks and a sacrifice fly from Nick Gordon in the fifth but couldn’t mount a bases-loaded opportunity to more runs. Luis Arraez did not play on Sunday against a lefty in Joey Wentz in addition to the hamstring issues he has been facing of late. Aaron Judge was 0-for-2 with a walk through six innings on Sunday afternoon. Strange Injuries Toward the End Today the Twins used a reliever who never threw a pitch in the game. Trevor Megill was called in to pitch the seventh but was removed after throwing a warmup pitch that ended up spiking in the dirt and having the seams land into Ryan Jeffers neck. Jeffers was okay and remained in the game but whatever Rocco Baldelli and the trainer saw from that spiked pitch. It was concerning enough to them to remove Megill from the game. Looked like an oblique or side injury. What’s Next? Twins go to Chicago’s Southside to end the season with a three-game series against the White Sox. Bailey Ober will be on the mound for the Twins Monday night against Johnny Cueto. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. CT. Postgame Interview Bullpen Usage Sheet
  22. The Twins finished the last weekend series of the season in Detroit Sunday hoping to walk away with a series victory against the cellar team of the division. They sent out their top pitching prospect Simeon Woods Richardson to make his debut against Tiger lefty and fellow rookie Joey Wentz. Could the Twins get a win for SWR’s debut or hit like they usually have all season? Image courtesy of Rick Osentoski, USA Today Sports Box Score SP: Simeon Woods Richardson 5 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K (91 pitches, 61 strikes (67 strike %)) Home Runs: None Bottom 3 WPA: Gio Urshela -0.188, Nick Gordon -0.123, Simeon Woods Richardson -0.118 Win Probability Chart (via FanGraphs) Better Late Than Never for Woods Richardson's Debut Sunday brought about the Major League debut for Simeon Woods Richardson, a long-awaited one for Twins fans over the dismal month of September. Woods Richardson’s first inning of work in the majors was a mountain to climb as he walked the leadoff hitter who later came into score on a fielding error by Jose Miranda at first. Then a single by Miguel Cabrera advanced the runner to third and he scored on a wild pitch to Jonathan Schoop. Fortunately, that was the end of troubles for Woods Richardson in the first as he retired Schoop on a double play. From the second inning on, Woods Richardson’s only trouble that followed as a solo home run he gave up to Tigers catcher Eric Haase in the third to put the Tigers up 3-0. He did also have base runners reach in the second and fourth that did not end up getting beyond first. Woods Richardson’s final inning was his best retiring the minimum in the fifth. Woods Richardson allowed five base runners (three hits, two walks), two earned runs, and three strikeouts for his MLB debut. His top velocity on a pitch for the day was a strike at 92.6 MPH to start off Haase’s second at-bat of the game when he hit a home run. Correa Hits But That’s it As common as ever this season the Twins bats didn’t show up beyond one-hitter in the lineup. Today it was Carlos Correa who went 2-for-3 with an RBI walk. The Twins' two runs were mounted on walks and a sacrifice fly from Nick Gordon in the fifth but couldn’t mount a bases-loaded opportunity to more runs. Luis Arraez did not play on Sunday against a lefty in Joey Wentz in addition to the hamstring issues he has been facing of late. Aaron Judge was 0-for-2 with a walk through six innings on Sunday afternoon. Strange Injuries Toward the End Today the Twins used a reliever who never threw a pitch in the game. Trevor Megill was called in to pitch the seventh but was removed after throwing a warmup pitch that ended up spiking in the dirt and having the seams land into Ryan Jeffers neck. Jeffers was okay and remained in the game but whatever Rocco Baldelli and the trainer saw from that spiked pitch. It was concerning enough to them to remove Megill from the game. Looked like an oblique or side injury. What’s Next? Twins go to Chicago’s Southside to end the season with a three-game series against the White Sox. Bailey Ober will be on the mound for the Twins Monday night against Johnny Cueto. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. CT. Postgame Interview Bullpen Usage Sheet View full article
  23. The Saints were the only Twins affiliate playing Monday night as they began the first of their final three games of the season. Simeon Woods Richardson was on the mound making his final start of the season while Ryan Jeffers continued his rehab assignment. Image courtesy of Rob Thompson, St. Paul Saints TRANSACTIONS None SAINTS SENTINEL St. Paul 10, Omaha 6 Box score Woods Richardson Dominates Simeon Woods Richardson made his final start with the Saints Monday night, and he went all out with one of his best performances of the season. Woods Richardson dominated the Royals Triple-A hitters as he threw six innings of one-hit shutout baseball allowing only three walks and striking out seven on 91 pitches and 56 strikes. Having seven starts with the Saints for the season, Woods Richardson’s final numbers in Triple-A for the season include a 2.21 ERA, 38 strikeouts, and 10 walks in 36 2/3 innings of work. In total, Woods-Richardson posted a 2.76 ERA and has thrown 107 1/3 innings of work in 21 starts and one relief appearance for the 2022 Minor League season at both Double-A and Triple-A. Rehab Updates Only one of the three Twins hitters on the Saints roster for rehab assignments was in the lineup Monday night, and that was Ryan Jeffers. Jeffers played well. He went 3-4 and hit a two-run home run in his first at-bat to put the Saints up 2-0 in the first inning. Jeffers's double in the bottom of the seventh put the Saints up 6-0. Jeffers’s only mistake in the game was a fielding error in the top of the seventh which allowed Storm Chasers designated hitter Jackson Reetz to reach first base. With a healthy game for Jeffers Monday night, it is very likely he could be returning to the Twins lineup as early as Tuesday night. Trevor Larnach and Jorge Polanco were both off Monday night. Saints Bats Keep Up with Woods Richardson Jeffers was not the only hitter at the plate delivering for the Saints Monday night. Elliot Soto also went 2-for-3 with two doubles and drove in the Saints' fifth run of the game. Runs three and four came courtesy of an Andrew Bechtold two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth. Bechtold had just hit a homer in the Saints game on Friday night against Indianapolis, making it his second home run in just three games. Just when it looked as if the Saints were done scoring in the seventh, they put up five more runs on the Storm Chasers with Jeffers double and a grand slam from Cole Sturgeon to give the Saints a 10-0 lead. TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY Pitcher of the Day – Simeon Woods Richardson 6 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 7 K (91 pitches, 56 strikes (61.5 strike %)) Hitter of the Day – Ryan Jeffers - 3-for-4, 2-Run HR, 2B, 2 R, 3 RBI. PROSPECT SUMMARY Here’s a look at how the current Twins Daily Top 20 performed: #6 - Simeon Woods Richardson (St. Paul) - 6 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 7 K What’s next? The Saints play the second of their final three games on the season tomorrow against the Omaha Storm Chasers. First pitch is at 7:07 p.m. CT with Jordan Balazovic on the mound for the Saints against Angel Zerpa of the Storm Chasers. View full article
  24. TRANSACTIONS None SAINTS SENTINEL St. Paul 10, Omaha 6 Box score Woods Richardson Dominates Simeon Woods Richardson made his final start with the Saints Monday night, and he went all out with one of his best performances of the season. Woods Richardson dominated the Royals Triple-A hitters as he threw six innings of one-hit shutout baseball allowing only three walks and striking out seven on 91 pitches and 56 strikes. Having seven starts with the Saints for the season, Woods Richardson’s final numbers in Triple-A for the season include a 2.21 ERA, 38 strikeouts, and 10 walks in 36 2/3 innings of work. In total, Woods-Richardson posted a 2.76 ERA and has thrown 107 1/3 innings of work in 21 starts and one relief appearance for the 2022 Minor League season at both Double-A and Triple-A. Rehab Updates Only one of the three Twins hitters on the Saints roster for rehab assignments was in the lineup Monday night, and that was Ryan Jeffers. Jeffers played well. He went 3-4 and hit a two-run home run in his first at-bat to put the Saints up 2-0 in the first inning. Jeffers's double in the bottom of the seventh put the Saints up 6-0. Jeffers’s only mistake in the game was a fielding error in the top of the seventh which allowed Storm Chasers designated hitter Jackson Reetz to reach first base. With a healthy game for Jeffers Monday night, it is very likely he could be returning to the Twins lineup as early as Tuesday night. Trevor Larnach and Jorge Polanco were both off Monday night. Saints Bats Keep Up with Woods Richardson Jeffers was not the only hitter at the plate delivering for the Saints Monday night. Elliot Soto also went 2-for-3 with two doubles and drove in the Saints' fifth run of the game. Runs three and four came courtesy of an Andrew Bechtold two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth. Bechtold had just hit a homer in the Saints game on Friday night against Indianapolis, making it his second home run in just three games. Just when it looked as if the Saints were done scoring in the seventh, they put up five more runs on the Storm Chasers with Jeffers double and a grand slam from Cole Sturgeon to give the Saints a 10-0 lead. TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY Pitcher of the Day – Simeon Woods Richardson 6 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 7 K (91 pitches, 56 strikes (61.5 strike %)) Hitter of the Day – Ryan Jeffers - 3-for-4, 2-Run HR, 2B, 2 R, 3 RBI. PROSPECT SUMMARY Here’s a look at how the current Twins Daily Top 20 performed: #6 - Simeon Woods Richardson (St. Paul) - 6 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 7 K What’s next? The Saints play the second of their final three games on the season tomorrow against the Omaha Storm Chasers. First pitch is at 7:07 p.m. CT with Jordan Balazovic on the mound for the Saints against Angel Zerpa of the Storm Chasers.
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