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AMAZON FIND: Minnesota Twins Baseball Bracelet – Team Color Style

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As Twins fans, most of us love to have cool Twins stuff, right? Well, occasionally I’m going to post some info about some Twins gear that Amazon.com has available. Some of you will be interested in checking it out, but I think even the rest of you who have no interest in buying the item will enjoy seeing what kinds of cool things they have out there to support our team.

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The Best Minnesota Twins News From Today June 1, 2016

  • The Case For The Ace: Who Gets The Nod?

    The Twins have three options for Opening Day, but where do things stand when the dust settles?

    The snow has melted, the season has changed, and the Twins have embarked on Florida. Spring Training is now well underway, and the Twins are set to kick off their slate of games. As the team positions itself for the meaningful contests in April, it’s the March matchups that will pave the way. On the mound to set the action off for the Twins will be Phil Hughes. The question is, what does that mean going forward?

    Paul Molitor made the announcement that Hughes will be the starter for the Spring Training opener against the Boston Red Sox. While that would seemingly line up for Hughes to have the inside track to be the Twins Opening Day starter, should that end up being the case?

    A season ago, Phil Hughes experienced more regression than any other Twins pitcher. After generating Cy Young votes in 2014, Hughes totaled a 4.40 ERA and 4.70 FIP in 2015. He still walked virtually no one (just 0.9 BB/9), but he also struck out significantly less batters (5.4 K/9 after an 8.0 K/9 in 2014). The Achilles Heel to his performance was no doubt the longball however.

    In 2015, Hughes led the league in home runs surrendered (29) and in doing so, posted his worst career mark since giving up 35 as a Yankee in 2012. While no doubt the homers weren’t a good addition to Hughes’ performance, they also could have signified markedly worse numbers. Over 80% of the balls that left the yard against Hughes were of the solo variety, no doubt saving him from numbers that looked even worse.

    So, where does that leave Hughes in the year ahead? As a pitcher who generally has alternated solid performance years, 2016 would already line up to be the next strong year. Looking at his numbers though, Hughes also has some reason for optimism.

    A year ago, over 13% of the fly balls Hughes gave up left the yard, that mark doubled the 6.2% posted in 2014, and was also higher than his 10% career average. He allowed hitters to make hard contact over 31% of the time, a 4% increase from 2014, and also higher than his career average (29%). If he’s going to turn the corner back towards looking like the pitcher Minnesota initially signed, the strikeouts will again take a tick upwards, and Hughes will have more batters off balance.

    For the Twins, Hughes turning things around is no doubt a necessity. The competition for the staff ace shouldn’t be a one man race in the season ahead however. Regardless of who starts on Opening Day, both Ervin Santana and Kyle Gibson seem to figure into the team’s best pitcher in 2016 when the dust settles.

    A season ago, Santana was slapped with an 80 game suspension as Spring Training drew to a close. Despite taking him a handful of starts to settle in, Santana was virtually unhittable down the stretch. From August 30 through the end of the season (7 starts) Santana owned a 1.62 ERA and allowed opposing hitters to slash just .209/.275/.294 against him. He struck out 47 in 50.0 IP and allowed just 14 free passes. In that time frame, he also surrendered just one home run, while have two double-digit strikeout performances.

    Looking at what’s to come for Santana, the Twins no doubt are looking for a repeat of that late-season performance. Despite signing out of the National League, Santana has been an AL pitcher for virtually his whole career. His best ERA was posted in the AL Central with the Royals during the 2013 season, and his strikeout numbers remained on par with his career averages. When all is said and done, Santana should no doubt be among the Twins best.

    Then there’s Kyle Gibson. Gibson probably presents the most intrigue of the Twins three cemented starters. After taking a step forward in 2015, it’s the year ahead that he should be expected to impress even more so. Finishing with an ERA that ranked near the top of the AL (3.84), Gibson also posted career bests in starts (32), innings pitched (194.2), strikeouts (145), WHIP (1.289), H/9 (8.6), and K/9 (6.7). The former Twins first round pick saw the success he was always billed to be capable of.

    Now rounding out the trio of the capable big league starters, Gibson can continue to settle into his own upward trajectory. More than either Hughes or Santana, Gibson benefited significantly from the addition of pitching coach Neil Allen. Allen, who’s a changeup believer, had Gibson throwing the pitch a career high 19.6% of the time (up from 12.5% in 2014). The effectiveness of Gibson’s changeup was no doubt helpful in generating more swings and misses (9.8% was a career high in 2015).

    While there’s probably not much stock to put into who becomes the Twins ace, or who toes the rubber on Opening Day, the fact is that Minnesota has three starters all capable of pushing the envelope. With Tyler Duffey, Tommy Milone, and Jose Berrios contributing behind them, each member of the core group is capable of being a stopper and getting the job done. For the first time in quite a while, Paul Molitor should have a staff capable of respectable numbers as compared to the rest of the league.

  • Tuesday Twins: No hover boards in the clubhouse and y’all laugh too much too

    SPRING TRAINING HAS SPRUNG! THE LINKS:

    • LaTroy Hawkins is in camp because Terry Ryan asked him to “just come hang out [and let’s get the band back together].”
    • Speaking of the band, Torii Hunter is at camp teaching Miguel Sano how to play right field.
    • New Twins catcher John Ryan Stills Crosby Nash Murphy has impressed Paul Molitor with his transition to his new team.
    • Brian Dozier is not happy about the new rule allowing replays on the “neighborhood play” at second base.
    • Kenny Vargas, Danny Santana, and especially Oswaldo Arcia are under a lot of pressure to get their act together this spring. “It’s up to them to come in and make my life difficult when it comes time for decision-making,” Terry Ryan said.
    • Hell yeah, this picture of the FREAKING BAND BACK TOGETHER:

    The squad wearing #HeartOf29 shirts today in support of Rod Carew. Learn more >> https://t.co/gLL4Q0eI41 pic.twitter.com/CVQ5SmJePq

    — Minnesota Twins (@Twins) February 27, 2016

  • Floor to Celing: Buxton, Gordon, Kepler
    Marilyn Indahl- USA Today Sports

    Prospects can be quite the fickle crop of players. Some turn into All-Stars and others fall to the wayside before reaching their full potential. Developing baseball players from teenagers into young men is not an exact science. For every Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano, there will be a Joe Benson and an Alex Wimmers.

    When it comes to pitchers advancing through a minor league system, there can be plenty of ups and downs. A couple of weeks ago, I looked at the top three pitching prospects in the Twins organization to try and get a pulse on what their ceiling and floors were as they close in on Target Field. Each of these players has the potential to be a very important part of the Twins turnaround.

    Today, let’s look at the top position players in the organization. Many of these top prospects have been or will be featured in the Twins Daily Top Prospect list. Byron Buxton and Max Kepler could see significant playing time at the big league level this season but Nick Gordon is a couple years away from making his debut.

    How high can this trio go? Or will they follow the path of Joe Benson and Alex Wimmers?

    Byron Buxton
    Ceiling: Buxton has been considered one of the top prospects in baseball since he was drafted with the number two overall pick. His defensive skills and base running would already rank him near the top of baseball world. There have been positive offensive signs during his professional career. He has show more signs of power than what scouts thought during the drafting process and he has a professional approach at the plate. If Buxton can continue trending forward, he has the potential to be an All-Star caliber outfielder with MVP potential. Ceiling Result: All-Star Five-Tool Outfielder

    Floor: Much of Buxton’s high ranking abilities come from his speed. Running down balls in centerfield and going from first to third on a single is a skill that can’t be taught. Luckily, Buxton should be able to rely on his speed for multiple seasons especially as he continues to grow into his body. Buxton’s lack of hitting ability in his big league debut was a little disconcerting. He’s also been bitten by the injury bug more than once in his professional career. If he can’t figure out how to make consistent contact and continues to get injured, it will be impossible for him to reach his potential. Floor Result: Plus Defensive Outfielder

    Nick Gordon
    Ceiling: When the Twins drafted Gordon, they knew of his family’s baseball heritage. His father Tom, pitched for 20+ MLB seasons and his brother, Dee, has played in the last two All-Star Games. When players like Gordon grow up around baseball, there’s a lot they can absorb about the game. Gordon spent all of 2015 in the Midwest League so he will likely spend most of 2016 with Fort Myers. Many believe he will be able to stick at shortstop long-term and there’s hope that he will be able to develop more power as he reaches his early 20s. Gordon has things to work on but the potential and tools are all there. Ceiling Result: All-Star Top-of-the-Order Shortstop

    Floor: Gordon’s brother eventually had to move away from shortstop to second base and this could be the eventual landing spot for the younger Gordon. His speed tool is less than his brother so that is also something that could hold him back. At the plate, Gordon struggled in the first part of the season before combining for a .763 OPS in the second half of the year. If his power doesn’t develop, he is going to need to continue to keep up his on-base percentage and make better contact. There’s a good chance he will become a big leaguer but maybe not the star the Twins were hoping to get. Floor Result: Solid Average MLB Regular

    Max Kepler
    Ceiling: Patience finally paid off when it came to Kepler. The Twins signed him the same summer as Miguel Sano and have been waiting patiently for him to develop into his athletic frame. Kepler put everything together last season to win the MVP of the Southern League and make his big league debut. He’s played centerfield for most of his professional career so he should slide nicely into a corner outfield spot and be a plus defender at either of those positions. His power potential continues to increase and he has good base running ability as well. He has the chance to be the first real baseball star from Europe. Ceiling Result: 20/20 All-Star Outfielder

    Floor: Kepler struggled through some injuries in his early professional career so it was good to see a healthy season from him in 2015. Injury concerns can reappear so it is something to monitor in 2016 and beyond. Some question if his power will continue to develop as he has hit double digits in home runs only once in his professional career (2012). His defense and on-base ability should help him to keep a starting job at the MLB level. However, if the Twins want someone with more power to take over his corner outfield spot, he could see his playing time start to diminish. Floor Result: Fourth Outfielder

    Which player has the better shot at reaching their ceiling? Are these floor results too optimistic? Leave a COMMENT and start the discussion.

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Posts about The Twins From Other Great Blogs issue #1

06/01/2016
In a rough season, it’s natural to expect Byron Buxton to suddenly become one of the top hitters on the Twins roster. However, we have to keep it in perspective and recognize that he’s stil more…
06/01/2016
The Minnesota Twins have placed Miguel Sano on the disabled list and have recalled Max Kepler The Minnesota Twins’ wretched luck has continued with Miguel Sano joining the long list of injured. more…
06/01/2016
It wasn’t a bolt of lightning that got him, even though you’d be forgiven for supposing so. The always-prompt Rhett Bollinger reports that Miguel Sano was placed on the DL after yesterday’s more…
06/01/2016
In a game that was closer than the final score might suggest, the Twins jumped out to an early lead in the top of the 2nd on back-to-back 2-out doubles by Superstar Robbie Grossman and B more…
05/31/2016
Pick two Twins hitters, get points, win fabulous prizes(?!) I mean maybe. I might send you a million dollars if you win. You don’t know. It remains a technical possibility.
The point bre more…
05/31/2016
Mauer power? Mauer power! We would like to interrupt this terrible season with some good news!
Joe Mauer has been awarded the AL Player of the Week award for his performance at the plate la more…
05/31/2016
A recap of the Twins’ minor league affiliates’ results from May 30. AAA: Rochester Red Wings 7, Indianapolis Indians 0
SP Jason Wheeler threw a gem for the Red Wings, surrendering only five more…
05/31/2016
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MPLS/ST. Paul Magazine had five(ish) questions with Byung Ho Park. Spolier Alert: Park loves Molitor!

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05/31/2016
The Minnesota Twins have placed Danny Santana on the DL and have recalled Byron Buxton The injury bug has bitten the Minnesota Twins once again. Danny Santana suffered a left hamstring strain in yeste more…
05/30/2016
Four-game winning streak ends as Minnesota Twins fall to A’s It seems to be an unfortunate trend for the Minnesota Twins (15-35). Either the offense does well and the pitching struggles or vice more…

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Featured Twins Photo – Minnesota Twins & Wives Bag Blitz 2013

Here’s just a little diversion from all of that Minnesota Twins info you are digesting.

Here is a random picture from Flickr that is tagged with “Minnesota Twins”. If you like what you see, you should check out what other pictures the photographer has to offer.

Minnesota Twins & Wives Bag Blitz 2013

Minnesota TWINS Toys

Image by Cheerful Givers
Minnesota Twins and their wives showed their support of Cheerful Givers by taking time after winning their baseball game on June 12, 2013 to assemble toy-filled birthday bags so that less fortunate parents can recognize their child’s birthday with a gift.

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Twins Minor League Report (5/31): Jay Simply Dominates (FEATURED LINK)

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There are so many awesome Minnesota Twins web pages out in cyberspace that once in a while I need to re-post some of the pages that I stumble on.

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Twins Minor League Report (5/31): Jay Simply Dominates

Tuesday was a roster movement day in the Twins system. The move most of Twins Territory will focus on is top-prospect Byron Buxton being recalled by the big league club. Buxton had been destroying the baseball at Triple-A and a hamstring injury to Danny Santana opened a roster spot.

At Rochester, Buxton’s roster space was filled by left-handed pitcher Dan Runzler who had been on the DL. One of the team’s other top prospects, Kohl Stewart was also promoted from Fort Myers to Chattanooga. The Miracle also sent outfielder Austin Diemer to extended spring training.

Fort Myers filled their roster by adding right-handed pitcher Luke Bard from Chattanooga and right-handed pitcher Randy LeBlanc from Cedar Rapids. Left-handed reliever Cam Booser was also activated by Cedar Rapids

Would any of these new faces make an impact in their new places? You’ll have to read on to find out.

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AMAZON FIND: MLB Minnesota Twins Study Buddy Plush Toy, Medium, White

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As Twins fans, most of us love to have cool Twins stuff, right? Well, occasionally I’m going to post some info about some Twins gear that Amazon.com has available. Some of you will be interested in checking it out, but I think even the rest of you who have no interest in buying the item will enjoy seeing what kinds of cool things they have out there to support our team.

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MLB Minnesota Twins Study Buddy Plush Toy, Medium, White

  • Made of 100% Polyester
  • Officially licensed
  • 9 inches while sitting
  • PE pellets in cloth bag at bottom
  • Team colors and logo

Meet the most studious Mascots in school.  Study Buddies are stuffed animals that wear fun glasses and are decked out in your favorite team’s apparel.  Study Buddies are the best way to make homework a little more fun.

List Price: $ 12.95

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Behind the Fence: First Official Spring Training Weekend 2/26-2/27/16 (FEATURED BLOG POST)

Featured Minnesota Twins Article

There are tons of awesome Minnesota Twins web pages on the net that every now and then I feel the urge to re-post some of the things that I find.

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Behind the Fence: First Official Spring Training Weekend 2/26-2/27/16

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Rod Carew Watching On

This weekend marked the first day of full squad workouts and they did not disappoint. Friday started off with positional players playing catch on Field Four. Kennys Vargas looks like he lost quite a few pounds, and was talking it up with fans and a few old friends at the park. The two uber prospects, Miguel Sano and Byron Buxton were playing catch and long tossing side by side, Buxton’s throwing motion looks so smooth and effortless, can’t say the same for Sano. Still Sano throws better than Adam Brett Walker, who I heard from a coach has been fighting the “yips” for a couple weeks already.

After the warmup tossing, the players took batting practice. The first group consisted of Brian Dozier, “>

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