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Miguel Sano's making his first adjustments

There’s a hitting prospect called straight up from Double-A currently blowing away offensive expectations while providing a boost for a surprising potential playoff team. Michael Conforto‘s just 22, and the New York Mets didn’t even really want to have him up so soon, but desperation forced their hand, and now Conforto’s sitting on a 166 wRC+. He homered on Wednesday. No...
Via Fangraphs
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Twins: C.B Bucknor proves electronic strike zones need to be used

Last night, the Minnesota Twins beat the Chicago White Sox 8-6 in dramatic fashion. They jumped on Chris Sale early, as they have multiple times this year, and held a 4-0 lead after the second inning. The Twins’ starter, rookie Tyler Duffey, was dominating through four and two thirds innings, then he lost some control. Five straight batters reached base, all with two outs, and...
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Twins assign 7 players to Arizona Fall League

The Minnesota Twins on Tuesday announced seven players from their minor-league system will play for the Scottsdale Scorpions in the Arizona Fall League this year. The seven: -- Pitcher Nick  Burdi: In 40 games combined with Single-A Fort Myers and Double-A Chatanooga, Bordi has a 4.01 ERA and 1.37 WHIP with 77 strikeouts in 60 2/3 innings. -- Catcher Mitch Garver: Has a .245 batting...
Via Fox Sports North
2 days ago  |  Discuss

StaTuesday: Twins may not have 15-steal player for first time in 30 years

From Dan Gladden and Chuck Knoblauch to Torii Hunter and Ben Revere, the Minnesota Twins have, over the past few decades, always had a player that could swipe a bag or 40. While as a group, they rank right in the middle among MLB teams in steals over the last 30 years, individually they really seem like a burgling bunch. Indeed, in every season since 1985, the Twins have had a player...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Being Bold: A look back at Minnesota Twins predictions

You can’t predict baseball; but at least I tried. Before the season began, I revealed five bold predictions for the 2015 Minnesota Twins season. For the most part, they’re not coming true due to the team’s surprising success. With just one month left in the regular season, I though it would be a good time to look back on April’s predictions and see how they all played out...
Via Baseball Essential
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Sano showing power, discipline beyond his years

MINNEAPOLIS -- Torii Hunter, Minnesota's 40-year-old right fielder in his 17th full major league season, was at the plate last week with the bases loaded. Miguel Sano, the rookie slugger, was shouting more than simple encouragement from the dugout. He was giving Hunter hitting advice. "Make him come to you! Make him come to you!" Sano bellowed, cautioning Hunter against chasing a...
Via Fox Sports North
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Twins: predicting September call-ups

The Minnesota Twins currently find themselves in an unfamiliar position: contending for the playoffs in September. It is currently August 31st and the Twins are four games above .500 at 67-63 and are a game and a half out of the second Wild Card spot in the AL. In the past few years, September call-ups were used by the Twins to give young prospects a chance to get major league experience...
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Eduardo Nunez Plays Unlikely Hero Role for Minnesota Twins

The Minnesota Twins hosted the AL West-leading Houston Astros this weekend in what was arguably the biggest series of the year for Minnesota. First-year manager Paul Molitor wound up putting scarcely used utility man Eduardo Nunez‘s name on the lineup card as a starter in both the first and third games of the series after designated hitter Miguel Sano and third baseman Trevor Plouffe...
Via Baseball Essential
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Eddie Rosario, like, Good?

As you are probably aware, the Twins are fighting for a playoff spot while at the same time showing us a glimpse of their future with a whole lot of younger players up and making contributions.  One of these is Eddie Rosario, who has used a good mix of hitting, fielding, and base running to end up ranked 4th on the team in WAR.  You may now be asking yourself why I would question...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Miguel Sano robbed of HR as moon shot hits catwalk (Video)

Minnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sano was robbed of a home run when the moon shot that he crushed hit a catwalk near the roof of Tropicana Field during the third inning of Thursday night's game against Tampa Bay. The ball that Sano hit probably would have landed 100 feet past the fence in left-center field, but according to the rules, the catwalk is in play. Sano had to settle...
Via Holdout Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins closer Glen Perkins dealing with back spasms

Twins closer Glen Perkins told reporters Wednesday night that he has been dealing with back spasms, which is why he hasn't been available for the last two games. Perkins, who missed time last week due to a bulging disk in his neck, is disappointed that he hasn't been able to help his team during a critical point in the season. "It's frustrating getting a cortisone shot, coming back...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins' Graham goes on DL day after 1st major league win, Boyer activated

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Minnesota Twins have put right-hander J.R. Graham on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation one day after he earned his first major league win. Minnesota also reinstated reliever Blaine Boyer from the 15-day DL prior to Wednesday night's game against Tampa Bay. Boyer had missed 15 games due to right elbow inflammation. Graham gave up...
Via AP on Fox
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays catcher strains hamstring circling bases after homer

Tampa Bay Rays catcher Curt Casali came up gimpy while circling the bases following a home run Tuesday night, suffering a strained left hamstring. Casali appeared to take an awkward step while rounding first base after hitting the home run during the Rays’ 11-7 loss to the Minnesota Twins at Tropicana Field. He looked to be in discomfort throughout the rest of his trot and limped...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
8 days ago  |  Discuss

A Home Run That Must Be Discussed

A week and a half ago, there was a remarkable home run, which I like. I’m drawn to those kinds of things, and I almost can’t help myself but write about them. I was floored by the home run itself; it was one of the most obvious subjects ever provided to me. The only problem was then I didn’t write for a week. The moment passed. Usually, these things have to be written right...
Via Fangraphs
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Twins: the main reason Joe Mauer has been disappointing

St. Paul native and life long member of the Minnesota Twins, Joe Mauer has began to hit a dramatic demise in his career. Back at the end of the 2009 season, when he won the AL MVP after having a career high in batting average, RBIs, home runs, runs, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage, it seemed that Mauer was on his way to being a first ballot Hall of Famer. Now, after...
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Ervin Santana: Yankees Stadium ‘a joke’ following rough outing

Minnesota Twins pitcher Ervin Santana isn’t fond of Yankees Stadium after Greg Bird blasted two home runs off him in Wednesday’s game. To be fair, Santana did give Bird credit for one of the dingers, but he staunchly believes the second was due solely to the layout of the stadium. “The other one was a very good pitch, out and way, and he just hit it very good. I know,...
Via Sportsnaut
14 days ago  |  Discuss

What the Hell are the Twins gonna do at Shortstop?

The Twins hit the back stretch of the season, somewhat limping and hovering around .500 and 2.5 games back of the second Wild Card spot.  There are two ways to look at this season.  The first is that the team overachieved and could never have sustained their early season success, but a .500ish year and semi-meaningful games with an outside shot at a surprise playoff appearance...
Via Down with Goldy
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Let's talk about Miguel Sano

There are a lot of rookies getting attention this season. And with good reason — it’s been a pretty good year for rookie position players. But while Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarber, Joc Pederson, Jung-Ho Kang, Randal Grichuk are Carlos Correa getting lots of pub, it seems as though Miguel Sano has not generated the same volume of coverage nationally as have his peers. And that...
Via Fangraphs
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Are the Minnesota Twins close to finished?

On July 12, the last day of games before players broke away for the 2015 All-Star Break, the Minnesota Twins’ record sat nine games above .500 at 49-40. They were 4.5 games behind the Kansas City Royals in the AL Central and were in possession of the first Wild Card spot. According to FanGraphs, the Twins had a 30% chance of making the postseason. Now, almost exactly a month...
Via The Outside Corner
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Eduardo Escobar, like, good?

I was hoping the Twins would do something at the trade deadline, and they did.  I was hoping they'd get bullpen help, and they did.  So I suppose I'm happy with what they did.  They couldn't really have done much more without gutting the future, and considering their performance since the trade deadline it looks like an every better decision to mostly stand pat.  I was hoping...
Via Down with Goldy
August 04, 2015  |  Discuss

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