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Twins Minor League Report (8/25): Rochester Homer Party, Romero Rocks

Photo Credit: Linwood Ferguson, Captive Photons (Joe Maloney hugging Fernando Romero)As August comes to a close, the minor league season is dwindling. For many of the Twins affiliates, playoff races are starting to heat up as teams try and stay in the hunt while holding off other opponents.Minnesota might not be playing the best baseball so let's turn our attention to the future...
Via North Dakota Twins Fan
12 hours ago

Berrios optioned to Triple-A after rough start

The Twins were hopeful Jose Berrios would find more success in his second go-around, but it simply hasn't worked out that way, as he's continued to struggle. The right-hander had another rough outing in Thursday's 8-5 loss to the Tigers and was optioned to Triple-A Rochester along with fellow right-hander Tyler Duffey. Lefty Andrew Albers will be called up on Friday, while the other...
Via Twins.com
17 hours ago

Minnesota Twins: Ervin Santana; Most Valuable Player?

It’s easy to look at the starting staff of the Minnesota Twins and see nothing but a failed 2016 season. From top rookies to guys who were deadline steals, life has not been easy for the Minnesota Twins. However, one guy has proven to be a model of consistency for a team that has lacked […] Minnesota Twins: Ervin Santana; Most Valuable Player? - Puckett's Pond - Puckett's Pond...
Via Puckett's Pond
17 hours ago

Dean tasked with containing Blue Jays in opener

After throwing a scoreless inning of relief against the Tigers on Tuesday, Twins left-hander Pat Dean was pulled aside after the game by pitching coach Neil Allen. He informed the rookie he'd be starting in the opener of a three-game series against the Blue Jays that begins in Toronto on Friday, with fellow lefty Hector Santiago pushed back from his scheduled start with a bruised...
Via Twins.com
18 hours ago

Berrios struggles as Twins swept by Tigers

MINNEAPOLIS -- James McCann had a three-run homer among his four hits, Daniel Norris pitched into the seventh inning and the Detroit Tigers completed a sweep at Minnesota with an 8-5 victory on Thursday for the Twins' seventh straight defeat.The Tigers, trying to stay close in the wild-card race, are 10-2 against the Twins this year. They stretched their winning streak at Target...
Via Associated Press
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Twins' late offense can't bail out Berrios

After a lull in mid-August, Detroit's offense is starting to heat up. The Tigers stayed hot against the Twins, reaching eight runs for a fourth straight game in an 8-5 win to complete a three-game sweep at Target Field on Thursday.
Via Twins.com
18 hours ago

How 190-Pound Twins Second Baseman Brian Dozier Developed MLB Home Run Power

On Wednesday against the Detroit Tigers, Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier  hit his 30th home run of the season. Standing 5-foot-11 and weighing 190 pounds, Dozier lacks the typical build of a power hitter, and he hasn't always been one. But the way Dozier found out he had power potential will blow your mind. RELATED: Chicago White Sox Slugger Adam Eaton Hit a Grand...
Via Stack
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Twins’ Byung Ho Park to undergo season-ending wrist surgery

Minnesota Twins’ rookie first baseman Byung Ho Park is going to have his inaugural big league campaign cut short when he undergoes season-ending wrist surgery on Thursday, according to Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com. The 29-year-old from Seoul, South Korea was attempting to transition his game to the major leagues, after back-to-back seasons of at least […] The post Twins’ Byung...
Via Today's Knuckleball
1 day ago

QUIZ: Name the Minnesota Twins who’ve hit at least 30 home runs in a season

A member of the Minnesota Twins have hit 30 or more home runs in 24 different seasons, with a total of 12 different players. How many of these mighty Twins can you name? Clue: Number of Home Runs/Year Note: Does not include players from the Washington Senators.
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Twins: Playing Better Baseball Despite Poor Record

The Minnesota Twins are playing .500 baseball!! Or more correctly they were above .500 for the second half before getting swept in KC. So lets take a look at some possible reasons why the turnaround happened for the Minnesota Twins. The first thing that jumps out at me, is the young guys are fighting for […] Minnesota Twins: Playing Better Baseball Despite Poor Record - Puckett...
Via Puckett's Pond
2 days ago

Dozier homers again but Twins fall to Tigers

MINNEAPOLIS -- Cameron Maybin drove in three runs, including a go-ahead two-run single in the sixth inning, to spark the Detroit Tigers over the Minnesota Twins 8-3 on Tuesday night.Anibal Sanchez (7-12) pitched seven innings to win a start on the road for the first time since the first week of the season, and the Tigers broke the game open in the seventh with soaring home runs by...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Twins Suffer Royally Once Again as Week Slips Away

Kansas City Delivers the Funk Once Again to the Minnesota Twins The Minnesota Twins began the week at 9-9 for August, coming off their first winning month since May of 2015. Sweeping a two-game set on the road in Atlanta set up Minnesota for decent chance at a plus .500 August. Only Kansas City stood […] Minnesota Twins Suffer Royally Once Again as Week Slips Away - Puckett's Pond...
Via Puckett's Pond
2 days ago

Keep — or start — riding Ervin Santana’s hot streak

Through the first year-and-a-half of his tenure with the Minnesota Twins, starting pitcher Ervin Santana appeared to be a disaster. Even before he took the mound for the first time ever in Minnesota last year, he had to serve an 80-game suspension for PED use. Santana initially struggled upon his return and then really didn’t […] The post Keep — or start — riding Ervin Santana’s...
Via Today's Knuckleball
2 days ago

UB Baseball's Blair Lakso signs with Minnesota Twins

UB Baseball will be a pitcher shorter than expected next season. Junior Blair Lakso has signed a deal with the Minnesota Twins franchise and is likely headed to the franchise's Rookie League affiliate, the Elizabethton Twins. Lakso averaged just under a strikeout per inning with the Bulls over the last two seasons after transferring in from Erie Community College, but took a big...
Via Bull Run
3 days ago

Dozier's Not Jerking Around

Photo Credit: Brad Rempel, USA Today SportsBaseball has a long season. Players show up in early spring and play well into the fall with few days off in-between. How many players can continue to be successful over the course of 162 games? This grueling nature of the game is one of the things that attracts fans of all ages.Slumps are something players in baseball try to avoid. The...
Via North Dakota Twins Fan
3 days ago

What Byron Buxton’s Struggles Have Meant Historically

Back in June, Eno Sarris discussed with Byron Buxton some adjustments the latter had made in his attempt to succeed at the major-league level. Then, about two weeks ago now, shortly after Buxton was sent back down to the minors, August Fagerstrom discussed whether any of the aforementioned adjustments had helped or hurt Buxton’s production. We know both that (a) Buxton has attempted...
Via Fangraphs
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins suffer sweep in Kansas City despite 10 strikeouts from Santana

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Danny Duffy won his 10th straight decision, Eric Hosmer doubled in the go-ahead run and the Kansas City Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 2-1 Sunday for their eighth consecutive win. The Royals swept a four-game series from the Twins for the first time since 1999 and have their longest winning streak since an eight-game run Aug. 3-11, 2014. Duffy (11-1), unbeaten...
Via Associated Press
4 days ago  |  Discuss

The Changes Byron Buxton Has and Hasn’t Made

Byron Buxton‘s demotion to Triple-A Rochester on Sunday brings the tally to four demotions to Triple-A Rochester more than fans of the Minnesota Twins hoped to witness the top prospect endure once he made his major league debut on June 14, 2015. Buxton is headed to the minors to do one thing, and one thing only: fine-tune his swing. It’s what every demotion’s been about thus...
Via Fangraphs
17 days ago  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Miguel Sano flyball hits the roof at Tropicana Field

Playing at Tampa Bay’s Tropicana Field is always an adventure thanks to the catwalks and the roof, and on Sunday, Minnesota Twins slugger Miguel Sano showed just how much of an adventure it can be for everyone involved. Sano became the first player ever to hit the roof of the Trop with a batted ball, with this 210-foot pop-up: Sano's fly out—the first batted ball to hit...
Via The Comeback
18 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Miguel Sano hits ball off Tropicana Field roof

When Minnesota Twins slugger Miguel Sano makes solid contact with a pitch, he tends to crush the ball. Fans at Tropicana Field on Sunday witnessed that when he became the first player to hit a ball off the roof there, which he did in the first inning of the game. With runners on the corners, Sano got under a pitch and skied it over 200 feet into the air. The ball hit off the roof...
Via The Sports Daily
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Brian Dozier on Extra-Base Hits and Creating Runs

Brian Dozier isn’t concerned with the first three digits of his slash line. Nor does he worry about his spray chart, which reveals his pull-heavy approach. What the Twins second baseman cares about is creating runs. Extra-base hits are Dozier’s forte. He had 71 of them last year, and this season he has 48 with two months left on the schedule. Yesterday he went deep for the 22nd...
Via Fangraphs
20 days ago  |  Discuss
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