The Top Prospect Who Technically Isn’t

Byron Buxton was drafted second overall in 2012. Between that point and the loss of his rookie eligibility last season, he was eligible for four rounds of preseason prospect lists. Almost universally, he appeared at or near the top of those lists. Consider, for example, his place among the rankings published annually by Baseball Prospectus during that time frame: 2013: #8 2014...
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What Three Spring Training Games Can Tell Twins Fans

It’s just three days into a packed spring training schedule, and if there’s one thing that I know about baseball fans, it’s that we’re desperate for news after a long offseason that is far less filled with intrigue and glory than the NFL. Three games may not seem like much, but by golly, it’s time to suck those three games for every last drop possible! Sunday’s Lineup...
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Minnesota Twins: Spring training key for Byung-Ho Park

Minnesota Twins designated hitter and first baseman Byung-Ho Park is taking advantage of spring training following a 2-2 performance last Friday night against the Tampa Bay Rays. Park went 1-2 with a home run against the Red Sox on Saturday giving him a hot 2-4 start at a crucial time in his career. Park is coming off a disappointing 2016 season with the Twins organization where...
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Castro's 2-run homer lifts Twins over Nationals

Jason Castro hit a two-run homer off A.J. Cole, and Byron Buxton also had a nice day to lead the Minnesota Twins to a 5-2 win over the Washington Nationals. Buxton doubled to deep left in the first. He walked, stole second and scored on Jorge Polanco's single in the second. Starting pitcher Trevor May went 1 2/3 innings and held the Nationals scoreless. Cole was charged with four...
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Minnesota Twins Knock Off the Nationals 5-2

Twins Gain First Win of Spring, New Catcher Castro Goes Deep That loud, cracking noise you heard was the Twins breaking into the win column Sunday against the Washington Nationals. After suffering through a series of long losing streaks last season, it was nice for Minnesota to nip this streak at just two losses. The […] Minnesota Twins Knock Off the Nationals 5-2 - Puckett's Pond...
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15 hours ago

Twins' Berrios finding comfort on mound

After a forgettable rookie season that saw him post an 8.02 ERA in 14 starts, right-hander Jose Berrios is staying positive and continuing to work on his mechanics this spring.
17 hours ago

May hopes to build off momentum from debut

Trevor May doesn't lack confidence or conviction in his abilities, and now he's channeling his energy toward opening the season in the Twins' rotation for the first time in his career.
18 hours ago

Castro leads Twins with two-run homer

Catcher Jason Castro, who joined the Twins on a three-year deal in the offseason, connected on his first homer of the spring to lead Minnesota to a 5-2 win over the Nationals on Sunday at Hammond Stadium.
19 hours ago

Minnesota Twins Drop First Two Games of Spring

Early Returns Have Twins Competitive, Yet Familiar Results Continue Finally! The actual playing of baseball has returned, albeit exhibition games in Florida and Arizona. The Twins opened their Grapefruit League season by dropping their home opener 3-1, before falling to fellow Ft. Myers-dweller, the Boston Red Sox, 8-7. In the opener, the Twins were held […] Minnesota Twins Drop...
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1 day ago

Park homers in Twins' loss to Boston

At Fort Myers, Florida, Hanley Ramirez and Chris Young each hit an RBI double for Boston, which came from behind to beat the Minnesota Twins 8-7. Mookie Betts went 2 for 3 and scored two runs. Byungho Park and Drew Stubbs homered for Minnesota. Phil Hughes allowed two runs and four hits in two innings. Park collected two hits in the Twins' Grapefruit League opening game on Friday...
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Gibson strong despite Twins' loss in spring training opener

At Fort Myers, Florida, Austin Pruitt struck out three in two scoreless innings and Tim Beckham had two extra-base hits for Tampa Bay in a 3-1 win over the Minnesota Twins. Beckham, the top pick in the 2008 amateur draft, had a double and a triple and scored the Rays' first run on Daniel Robertson's single off Brandon Kintzler. Minnesota right-hander Kyle Gibson, hoping to rebound...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Twins Top 10 Prospects: #5 Alex Kirilloff

Top Ten Countdown Continues with Outfielder Alex Kirilloff Last year’s first round draft pick debuts in the Minnesota Twins’ top prospect list at just 19 years of age. Kirilloff has all the tools to make quick ascensions through the Minnesota’s minor league system. The Twins reached into football country to select the home-schooled outfielder. Kirilloff […] Minnesota Twins...
Via Puckett's Pond
2 days ago

New Additions to Twins Front Office Made Impact in Free Agency

The Twins made a number of changes during the offseason, including adding a number of people to their front office. This was done as part of a rebuilding of the baseball operations side of things, and it saw the Twins finally join the ranks of Moneyball by bringing in Derek Falvey and Thad Levine to run things. Falvey and Levine weren’t the only additions. Former Twins LaTroy Hawkins...
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Phil Hughes considering turning his removed rib into jewelry

Minnesota Twins pitcher Phil Hughes needed surgery to correct thoracic outlet syndrome in 2016, and to stop the nerve issues that were happening in his throwing shoulder, a rib had to be removed.It turns out Hughes still has that rib, and he has big plans for it.“I haven’t decided what the next step is. I have a few ideas. Plating it with some sort of precious metal is one way...
Via Larry Brown Sports
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Brian Dozier’s Power Repeatable?

When the offseason began, a Brian Dozier trade looked inevitable. The Twins’ second baseman was one of the majors’ most productive players last season, offering elite power, good baserunning, solid plate discipline and steady second-base defense. That all-around skill set would cost just $15 million over the next two years. So as spring training begins, why is Dozier still preparing...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Job Posting: Minnesota Twins Advance Scouting Internship

Position: Minnesota Twins Advance Scouting Internship Location: MinneapolisDescription: Analyze and evaluate relevant performance trends and tendencies of upcoming opponents using video, scouting information, data, and advanced metrics to write, compile, and distribute advance scouting reports for the Major League Manager, Major League coaching staff, Front Office, and players prior...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Why MLB's instant replay, and not the intentional walk, should be altered

Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred has lived a pretty charmed life as commish since taking over before the 2015 season; the steroid boom that occurred during the Bud Selig regime has largely been dealt with, there was a smooth and quiet negotiation of a new collective bargaining agreement, the Cubs' curse-breaking run led to the Series' highest average ratings in 12...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Beyoncé announcing pregnancy inspires Twins' gift package

The pop culture world as we know it experienced a seismic event for the ages this week when Beyoncé announced her pregnancy on Instagram and that she and husband Jay Z are expecting twins. Social media denizens lost their collective minds at the news and now the Minnesota Twins not surprisingly are attempting to capitalize on the trending topic to end all trending topics.The Twins...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Justin Morneau, Twins have mutual interest in return

Could Justin Morneau and the Minnesota Twins end up reunited? It appears the possibility is in the cards.The Pioneer Press’ Mike Berardino reported on Sunday that there is mutual interest between the Twins and Morneau, who is a free agent.Morneau turns 36 in May and is unsigned, but could provide a left-handed bat and designated hitter for interested teams. He’s preparing for...
Via Larry Brown Sports
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins share footage of Mary Tyler Moore throwing out first pitch in 2002 (vid)

The world lost a true Hollywood legend and beloved, respected woman when Mary Tyler Moore passed away Wednesday at the age of 80. While the actress didn’t seem to get much involved with the world of sports, there was a night in 2002 where she was the star of the show at a Minnesota Twins ballgame. Tyler of course has always been looked upon fondly in Minnesota, as her character...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
January 26, 2017  |  Discuss

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