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    glunn reacted to Craig Arko in Twins Batting Champs   
    I just really love the picture. So much greatness. 
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    glunn reacted to ICTwin25 in Twins Batting Champs   
    If Luis can stay healthy then I expect him to compete for several batting titles. He's one of my favorite players to watch, especially when hitting. He seems like a great teammate too
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    glunn reacted to MMMordabito in Twins Batting Champs   
    Hopefully, Luis can stay in a Twins uniform as long as those other guys did.  
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    glunn reacted to Brock Beauchamp in Twins Batting Champs   
    Our social team just posted this and I just realized something about Twins batting champs.
    Tony Oliva - Hall of Fame
    Rod Carew - Hall of Fame
    Kirby Puckett - Hall of Fame
    Joe Mauer - Should be voted into the Hall of Fame when eligible
    Luis Arraez - Not in Hall of Fame because he's, you know, 25 years old
    Just an interesting observation. When the Twins field a batting champ, that player has a really good career.

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    glunn reacted to Cody Christie in Review the Debuts: Twins Rookie Position Players   
    The Minnesota Twins had 13 players make their MLB debuts in 2022, one shy of the club record. Here’s a look back at the position players who debuted.
    Image courtesy of David Richard-USA TODAY Sports Minnesota’s injury woes forced the team to utilize more rookies than the club had planned. Some rookies were impressive in their debuts, while others will need more time to showcase their future value. Frankly, some of these guys debuted because there were so many injuries, not necessarily because they were ready or part of future planning. Overall, there are some bright futures for the names described below. 

    Jose Miranda
    2022 Stats (125 G): .268/.325/.426 (.751), 116 OPS+, 25 2B, 15 HR
    Miranda was one of Minnesota’s highest-rated prospects entering the season because of a massive 2021 campaign. His big-league career started slowly when he posted a .512 OPS through his first 22 games. Things finally clicked for him at the beginning of June. He has an .807 OPS over his last 99 games, which is well above the league average this season. Miranda’s debut makes it easy to project him being a middle-of-the-order bat for multiple seasons. 
    MLB Debut (May 2): 0-for-4
    Royce Lewis
    2022 Stats (12 G): .300/.317/.550 (.867), 144 OPS+, 4 2B, 2 HR
    Everything was going great. Lewis returned from his torn ACL that cost him the 2021 season. He posted a .940 OPS at Triple-A after not appearing in a competitive game since the 2019 Arizona Fall League. After a pitch hit Carlos Correa, it looked like Lewis might get an extended look at the big-league level. Instead, Correa returned, and the Twins started using Lewis around the diamond including in the outfield. In his first game back to the big leagues, he smashed into the wall and tore his ACL for a second time. It was a tragic end to a tremendous debut.
    MLB Debut (May 6): 1-for-4

    Mark Contreras
    2022 Stats (28 G): .121/.148/.293 (.441), 23 OPS+, 1 2B, 3 HR
    Contreras was never considered one of the team’s top-rated prospects, but the Twins needed outfield depth this season. He has struggled offensively in limited big-league action, including a 20-to-1 strikeout to walk ratio. Next season, he will be 28 years old, and the outfielder may have limited upside left to provide to the club beyond depth. There is a chance the team designated him for assignment as part of the season’s annual 40-man roster clean-up. 
    MLB Debut (May 11): 0-for-2, RBI, R
    Jermaine Palacios
    2022 Stats (30 G): .143/.184/.229 (.413), 19 OPS+, 0 2B, 2 HR
    Palacios’ calling card is his strong defense, which is why the Twins brought him back to the organization on a minor-league contract in 2021 and again in 2022. He was needed at the big-league level when Correa went on the COVID restricted list and Lewis headed to the IL. Palacios had an .803 OPS at Triple-A in 102 games, so his bat isn’t as bad as his big-league performance might indicate. If Correa opts out, the Twins may need Palacios as infield depth for the 2023 season. 
    MLB Debut (May 31): 0-for-3, BB, R, K

    Caleb Hamilton
    2022 Stats (22 G): .056/.227/.222 (.449), 31 OPS+, 1 HR
    Hamilton has hung around on the Twins roster much of the second half, but he has been given limited playing time. He seemed to put things together at Triple-A to start the 2022 campaign. In 62 games, he hit .233/.367/.442 (.808) with ten doubles and 11 home runs. Hamilton also seemed to be controlling the strike zone better with a 67-to-43 strikeout to walk ratio. It’s hard to know if that performance was legitimate with how little playing time he has received for the Twins. Will the Twins trust Hamilton in a backup role next season, or will the club look for a veteran?
    MLB Debut (July 17): 0-for-1

    Matt Wallner
    2022 Stats (18 G): .228/.323/.386 (.709), 105 OPS+, 3 2B, 2 HR
    Wallner was the easy choice for the TD Minor League Hitter of the Year, and he has shown some of his power potential since being called up. Unfortunately, the club waited a confusing amount of time to call him up as the team’s division lead slipped away. Wallner may have surpassed Minnesota’s other young outfielders with his performance this season, especially if he can stay healthy in the future. He can join Miranda in the middle of the Twins line-up over the majority of the next decade. 
    MLB Debut (September 17): 1-for-3, HR, R, RBI, K
    Which rookie performance stands out to you? Leave a COMMENT and start the discussion. 

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    glunn reacted to stringer bell in Cleaning Up the Twins’ 40-Man Roster Will Take Some Work   
    I think the Twins will try to pull the plug on Garlick. I believe he will be arbitration eligible and they will non-tender him. Why cut him loose? He is a specialist in an era of short benches and he suffered three separate disabling injuries. He’ll be 31 before spring training starts and it doesn’t figure that he’ll be healthier or more productive than he was this year. 
    That is not to say that the Twins might not offer him a minor league contract with an opportunity to win a spot this spring. He also still has an option IIRC. 
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    glunn reacted to DJL44 in Cleaning Up the Twins’ 40-Man Roster Will Take Some Work   
    What do they need to add to the roster this offseason? A shortstop, a catcher, a starting pitcher and a couple relievers.
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    glunn reacted to gman in Cleaning Up the Twins’ 40-Man Roster Will Take Some Work   
    The Twins need a start of year shortstop( assuming Correa gone and Lewis still rehabbing) along with a solid backup catcher( preferably left-handed/w good defense). They also will need all the controllable pitchers they can keep their hands on(expected injuries).  Spare replacement level or less outfielders and middle infielders not so much, but a good backup outfielder won't hurt either. 
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    glunn reacted to Mike Sixel in Cleaning Up the Twins’ 40-Man Roster Will Take Some Work   
    I can't see them DFAing Pagan, alas.
    I also see no reason to protect Urbina. What club will keep in the majors all year?
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    glunn reacted to Cody Christie in Cleaning Up the Twins’ 40-Man Roster Will Take Some Work   
    Injuries have forced the Twins to dig deep into the organization to fill spots on the active roster. Before this winter’s Rule 5 Draft, Minnesota has some housecleaning to do on the 40-man roster.
    Image courtesy of Aaron Josefczyk-USA TODAY Sports Minnesota has 18 players on the injured list, with 11 players on the 60-day IL. Because of these injuries, the team currently has 50 players on the 40-man roster. Before the team makes any moves this winter, the 40-man roster must be cleaned up. Here are the moves the Twins will need to explore before the offseason begins. 

    Heading to Free Agency: Carlos Correa (player option), Gary Sanchez, Sandy Leon, Billy Hamilton, Michael Fulmer, Miguel Sano (club option), Chris Archer (club option), Dylan Bundy (club option) 
    Correa’s opt-out will be something fans eagerly watch, but all signs point to him opting out and looking for a significant free agent contract. Minnesota will need catching depth with Sanchez and Leon out of the picture, so the team may look to re-sign one of their veterans. Fulmer is an intriguing option if the club wants to add him to the bullpen mix for 2023. Based on their performances this season, it seems unlikely for the team to bring back Sano, Archer, or Bundy. 
    40-Man Roster: Down to 42 with these subtractions

    Designate for Assignment: Jake Cave, Jermaine Palacios, Mark Contreras, Emilio Pagan (arbitration-eligible), Kyle Garlick, Danny Coulombe, Jhon Romero, Devin Smeltzer, Trevor Megill 
    There are some tough decisions in this group and some players many fans don’t want to see again. Cave was optioned off the 40-man roster earlier this season and stayed in the organization, so the Twins may try something similar this winter. Minnesota can attempt to trade Pagan for a low-level prospect, or the team might DFA him without receiving anything in return. Megill is also a tough call to make for the roster. Megill looked good at different points during the 2022 season, and certainly has some really good "stuff," but has struggled recently.
    40-Man Roster: Down to 33 with these subtractions

    Prospects to Add: Simeon Woods Richardson, Matt Canterino, Edouard Julien, Misael Urbina
    Woods Richardson was added on Sunday before his MLB debut and is part of the team’s long-term pitching plans. Canterino will miss most of the 2023 season as he recovers from Tommy John surgery. However, he has one of the highest upsides of any prospect in the organization. Julien posted a .931 OPS at Double-A this season and has experience playing multiple defensive positions. According to MLB Pipeline, Urbina is a top-10 prospect in the Twins organization. He struggled in 2021 with a .585 OPS in Fort Myers, and his 2022 season started late because of visa issues. This year, he hit .247/.323/.407 (.730) with 26 extra-base hits in 60 games. Do the Twins still view him as highly as when he signed back in 2018?
    40-Man Roster: Up to 37 with these additions
    The Twins will have room to add a player in the Rule 5 Draft by making these moves. This roster flexibility also allows the team to add other players via free agency when the World Series ends. Will Minnesota keep any of the players mentioned above on the 40-man roster? Has Urbina done enough to earn a 40-man spot? Leave a COMMENT and start the discussion.

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    glunn reacted to Hosken Bombo Disco in Front Page: Holiday Gift Ideas for Baseball Fans   
    What if your rude teen son is more like Marty Cordova? 
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    glunn reacted to 70charger in Front Page: Holiday Gift Ideas for Baseball Fans   
    I would drive the crap out of that car.
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    glunn reacted to RandBalls Stu in Front Page: Holiday Gift Ideas for Baseball Fans   
    If I write a dumber joke I'll be impressed with myself. 
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    glunn reacted to ashbury in Front Page: Holiday Gift Ideas for Baseball Fans   
    I think the gauntlet has been thrown down. Only Chief can top that one.

    Chief, where are you, in our hour of need?
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    glunn reacted to RandBalls Stu in Front Page: Holiday Gift Ideas for Baseball Fans   
    You have a baseball fan in your life, and the holidays are barreling down on you like Jason Kubel getting sent home by Scott Ullger even though the catcher is holding the ball and checking his phone. You want to give them a thoughtful gift that appeals to their interests, but they don’t need another ballcap or autographed rookie card. Twins Daily is here to help.Houston Astros Home Security
    You and your family deserve to feel safe in your own home. Let baseball’s Houston Astros get to work. State-of-the-art surveillance technology and bleeding-edge customer service are the hallmarks of HAHS. The best part: There are no costly set-up fees because they’ve already installed it in your home. No need to thank them. They’ve been watching you shame-eat Pringles while watching Property Brothers for a while now and have some thoughts on your diet and viewing habits.
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    Need a little extra energy to get you through that next workout? The protein-rich, nutrient-packed Minnesota Twins Power Bar is the preferred exercise supplement of the home run record-setting AL Central champs!
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    It’s the exact same bar, but if you eat it in the city of New York the effects are reversed. You’ll wake up stressed and resigned to your fate. Science and math can’t explain it!
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    Ranchers can’t get enough of this cattle-counting tool from the Los Angeles Dodgers great. Just hold the device aloft anywhere on your property, and the calm, confident voice of the record-setting pitcher will give you an accurate (within 20 head) estimate.
    Shirtless Brian Dozier Action Figure
    The former Twins star and current member of the defending World Series champion Washington Nationals is immortalized forever in this pocket-sized, poseable action figure. Features actual Brian Dozier Good Hair and a slick, rock-hard torso that can’t be contained by shirts, tank tops, or jackets. Pair it with your Nick Punto Tearaway Jersey Action Figure for a gritty, sensual tag team!
    Tom Kelly Comes Over and Talks to Your Rude Teen Son Like He’s Todd Walker
    Parents, you’ve had it up to here with the backsass and aimlessness of your rude teen son. You’ve tried everything, but nothing seems to work. Well, for a nominal fee, former Twins manager Tom Kelly will come to your house and talk to your rude teen son like he did to Todd Walker. Kelly will be unimpressed, sarcastic, and dismissive of whatever your rude teen son does. The tables are turned, Jeremy. And if you want to leave via free agency, Tom will happily drop you off at the closest USMC recruiting station.
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    glunn reacted to Nashvilletwin in Minor League Report (9/28): Saints Win in a Season Send-Off   
    Thank you for the outstanding coverage of our minor league teams throughout the season. I enjoyed reading your summaries every morning. Well done and much appreciated. 
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    glunn reacted to Matt Braun in Minor League Report (9/28): Saints Win in a Season Send-Off   
    Another minor league season sent to the history books.
    Image courtesy of Rob Thompson, St. Paul Saints  
    Saints Sentinel 
    St. Paul 3, Omaha 1
    Box Score
    Randy Dobnak: 4 2/3 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 7 K
    HR: None
    Multi-hit games: Nash Knight (2-for-4, 2B, R, RBI)
    The Saints won their final game of the season on Wednesday.
    It had been an inconsistent and bumpy year—one similar to the season their parent franchise underwent—but the team gathered their ability and sent the fans home happy with a triumphant ending. 
    Randy Dobnak manned the mound; the righty sinkerball specialist—so used to harvesting command at will—found success through unpredictable chaos; he walked three but allowed a single hit against seven strikeouts. Dobnak missed a quality start by an out. The man known for his tremendous mustache may no longer reside on the 40-man roster, but he has an entire off-season to iron out deficiencies, and he could contribute positively to a future Twins team.
    St. Paul’s offense remained as dormant as their enemy; Saints batters continuously walked back to the dugout, befuddled at Alec Marsh’s stuff for inning after inning until the 5th frame. There—Nash Knight ripped a double down the right-field line, scoring Andrew Bechtold.
    The game remained quiet until Knight—yet again a thorn in Omaha’s side—dashed home on a wild pitch, adding a run to the lead. The inning did not end there, however; St. Paul nabbed a third and final run when Cole Sturgeon singled in Frank Nigro.
    Mario Sanchez worked 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief of Dobnak, striking out three while allowing a pair of hits and walks. 
    The Saints end the year 74-75, tied for 4th in the IL West division; a slight step down from their 67-63 record in 2021, although in a different divisional context. 
    Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Randy Dobnak
    Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Nash Knight
    Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed:
    #9 - Matt Wallner (Minnesota) - 2-3, 2B, 3 RBI, BB, K

    Thank you for always being so supportive of the minor league report, as well as your participation in some great discussions in the comments. As you know, there will be a lot of minor league coverage here throughout the offseason. Next week, Twins Spotlight will return for its third Off(season). Let us know what more you would like to see. 

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    glunn reacted to Jham in Jordan Balazovic Ends Season on a High Note   
    Never give up on a prospect until you try them in the bull pen. Focus on max effort and top 2 pitches. 
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    glunn reacted to Cody Christie in Jordan Balazovic Ends Season on a High Note   
    Not much went right for Jordan Balazovic during the 2022 season. Thankfully, he finished the season strongly with an eye toward 2023. 
    Image courtesy of Rob Thompson, St. Paul Saints Baseball development is not a linear path. Prospects can look great one month and then spiral downward later in the same year. Organizations with the greatest success level can minimize slumps and help their prospects improve before reaching their ultimate goal. 

    The Twins drafted Jordan Balazovic in the fifth round of the 2016 MLB Draft. He was a high school pitcher from Ontario, Canada, which isn’t exactly a hotbed of MLB talent. Minnesota liked his frame and projectability, and those scouting reports looked true as he began his professional career. 

    Since he was 17 years old, Minnesota kept Balazovic in the GCL for two seasons to start acclimating to the professional ranks. He posted a 3.61 ERA with a 1.35 WHIP, but he was adding to his frame and making adjustments to help him as he moved up the organizational ladder. His first full season came in 2018 at Cedar Rapids, where he posted an 11.4 K/9 with a 1.17 WHIP and a 3.94 ERA. At the time, he was nearly three years younger than the average age of the competition in the Midwest League. 

    The 2019 season put Balazovic on the prospect map as he continued to be young for his level. In 18 appearances (93 2/3 innings), he posted a 2.69 ERA with a 0.98 WHIP and a 129-to-25 strikeout to walk ratio. He represented the Twins at the 2019 Futures Game, and it looked like the Twins had developed a top-of-the-rotation starter. Baseball America and MLB.com placed him in their top-100 lists entering the 2020 season.

    Coming out of the lost COVID season, Minnesota sent Balazovic to Double-A, and he made 20 starts in the Wind Surge rotation. He continued to strike out more than a batter per inning (9.5 K/9), but he also started giving up more hits (9.1 H/9) and walks (3.5 BB/9). By the season’s end, he had a 3.62 ERA with a 1.40 WHIP as over 81% of his at-bats came against older batters. The 2022 season was setting up to be a critical turning point in Balazovic’s development. 

    Balazovic entered the 2022 season as a borderline top-100 prospect, with Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus including him on their list. At Twins Daily, he was the fourth overall prospect in the Twins organization and the highest-rated pitcher. He had success in the upper minors and was projected to make his big-league debut, but that plan didn’t work out. 

    During spring training, Balazovic suffered a back injury that forced him to begin the 2022 season on the injured list. His first appearance came in May for Fort Myers as he worked his way back. By May 7th, he was in the Saints rotation, but there were struggles to start the year. Through his first nine starts, he posted a 9.24 ERA as batters accumulated a 1.141 OPS with eight home runs against him. His next eight starts slightly improved as his ERA dropped to 8.88, but he continued to surrender too many home runs. It looked like a lost season for Balazovic, but something clicked near the season’s end. 

    During September, Balazovic had his best month of the season. He posted a 3.43 ERA in five starts with 30 strikeouts and ten walks in 21 innings. Batters still hit four home runs, but two of those home runs came in the same game. For the month, batters hit .247/.330/.469 (.799) as he filled the strike zone with a 62% strike rate. It had to be a satisfying end to a season that didn’t go as planned for Balazovic. 

    Entering 2023, Balazovic won’t make any top-100 lists, and he will drop on Twins prospect rankings. However, he has something to build off of for 2023. Sometimes struggles are part of the development process, and Minnesota hopes Balazovic can learn from a rough 2022 season. 

    What are your thoughts on Balazovic’s 2022 season? What is his ceiling? Leave a COMMENT and start the discussion. 

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    glunn reacted to Rosterman in A good read about our team   
    Coming off of a non-season because of COVID, a partial season in which TV suddenly became unavailable on some straming services, and a lockout...whatever the Twins did for advertising the team fell on deaf ears in 2022. Did they advertise outside of their own broadcasts? 
    I felt there was little team outreach, little in the way of social media reaches. No amrketing whatsoever. 
    Averaged 22,000 a game. Has to be disappointing when you were in first place for up to four months, during prime summer months.
    Gotta rethink the realtionship with WCCO radio and sister stations. WCCO was always a great booster in the past. Bally is not the outlet for your broadcast games, sorry.
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    glunn reacted to tony&rodney in A good read about our team   
    The Pohlads and crew are here to stay apparently and we can only hope they are capable of learning.  I'm not interested in blaming them or reading any futile comparisons to past front offices because I just want the Twins to have a fun competitive team that is able to play good baseball.
    The 2022 Twins were competitive enough in a weak AL Central but the fans voted with their feet. I follow the Twins religiously (I'm watching the game right now) and it has been a poor product on the field all year for baseball fans. Fundamentals, or little things are frequently not part of their game for whatever reason. The Plan is not a worthy watch as well. It really doesn't matter what the reason is though because the casual fan will never keep up with those of us who listen or watch 150+ Twins games and the attendance directly speaks to the quality of the common person's viewing experience. It is ridiculous to discuss Minneapolis as an issue too. Jeez, public relations? I say this as someone who is not from Minneapolis Put a product on the field that garners interest from the nominal fan and attendance will go up. Hopefully, Jim Pohlad and the front office go on a little retreat in early November and decide to have some honest internal discussions that result in a better experience and product for everyone.
    As I get ready to to submit this Urshela is picked off second base, the third running miscue of the game.
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    glunn reacted to Richie the Rally Goat in A good read about our team   
    Yeah, fan blaming/shaming is not a good look.
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    glunn reacted to gunnarthor in A good read about our team   
    Ownership and the FO are completely lost. Blaming low attendance on the fans rather than the product is a real dick move by St. Peter, who should just go away at this point. We have a bad team and a boring team. But let's blame the fans. Sure makes me want to support this team more.
    And the FO is a waste. Falvey has utterly failed and a good team would have moved on from him already but we're going to stick it out for a few more years. Gads.
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    glunn reacted to ashbury in A good read about our team   
    I was with you until you failed to recommend moving them to western Nevada.
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