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Young players driving success of the Minnesota Twins

Spring Training is right around the corner for the MLB, with pitchers and catchers beginning to report on February 17th. This spring will be an extremely important one for the Minnesota Twins as they look to improve upon their stellar 83 win season. They exceeded expectations greatly last season as they finished second in the AL Central Division and were only three wins away from...
Via isportsweb.com
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Miguel Sano: The Calm Before the Storm

It’s not often I’m enamored by talent anymore. That’s not to say that baseball isn’t flush with ascending and established players, but in an era derived upon furthering skills and development, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to separate the good from the great. For example, one player that parallels the above argument is Los Angeles Angels’ right fielder Kole Calhoun...
Via Baseball Essential
3 days ago  |  Discuss

30 Prospects in 30 Days: Byron Buxton — Minnesota Twins

Profile Byron Buxton was the second overall draft pick in the 2012 draft by the Minnesota Twins. The 6-2, 190 pound centerfielder is known for his blazing speed and his incredible defensive attributes. Buxton, 22, has come along a little slower than most had hoped, in large part due to injuries. Buxton has been one of the top prospects in baseball since being drafted. While he has...
Via The Fantasy Fix
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Sano excited for transition into right field

MINNEAPOLIS -- When the Minnesota Twins start spring training later this month, Miguel Sano will trot his muscular frame out to right field for an audition at his new position.It's not the ideal spot for Sano, but it's where the Twins have room for now. For the 22-year-old slugger to succeed in the transition, taking the right attitude might be just as important as the right glove...
Via Associated Press
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Miguel Sano’s Other Elite Skill

Miguel Sano didn’t exactly sneak up on the league. The massive 22-year-old Dominican slugger had been considered a top-100 overall prospect in baseball for each of the last six seasons, a top-20 overall prospect each of the last four. He’d have been a perennial No. 1 prospect for most any organization in baseball, if not for the presence of super-prospect Byron Buxton. In the...
Via Fangraphs
8 days ago  |  Discuss

No more catching for Joe Mauer, says Twins GM - and Mauer himself

Over the course of his now 12-year MLB career, Joe Mauer has spent 920 games at catcher - but he won't log any more innings there. That was the sentiment reiterated by the Twins over the weekend at the club's annual Fan Fest, at least.Mauer, 32, has three years and $69 million left on his contract, will solely be a first baseman as a result of the club's decision to shield him from...
Via Fox Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins GM confirms Joe Mauer will not catch again

Minnesota Twins general manager Terry Ryan confirmed what we already knew: Joe Mauer’s catching days are over. The one-time All Star at the position returning to the backstop would simply be too risky from a health perspective, Ryan said. “If we would ever get any OK from a physician, we would consider it,” Ryan said Saturday during the team’s fan forum, via Mike Berardino...
Via Larry Brown Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Carew overcomes heart attack, prepares for Twins spring training

MINNEAPOLIS -- Rod Carew is about four months removed from a massive heart attack that nearly killed him.The 70-year-old Hall of Fame infielder carries a battery-powered device with him to keep his heart on track. But he says without hesitation he'll be at spring training with the Minnesota Twins next month.The meticulous and slender Carew was fit enough last year to look like he...
Via Associated Press
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Torii Hunter to be inducted into the Twins Hall of Fame this summer

Just a few months after making his retirement official, Torii Hunter is headed to the Minnesota Twins Hall of Fame this summer.Hunter, who will be joined in the 2016 class by longtime Twins broadcaster John Gordon, was thrilled with the news.Hunter called it a career after the 2015 season -- his 19th in the majors and his first back with the Twins since 2007. The five-time All-Star...
Via Fox Sports
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins pitcher Perkins changing offseason routine to avoid injuries

MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Twins All-Star closer Glen Perkins has seen each of the last two seasons short-circuited in the second half by injuries to his neck and back.So Perkins went into the offseason looking to attack his preparation a little differently in hopes of helping his body endure the season's grind. Perkins says he really won't know if the adjustments work until sometime...
Via Associated Press
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Young Twins ready for primetime in loaded AL Central?

Since the signing of Justin Upton by the Detroit Tigers, the general consensus has been that the Central Division has become a two-team race, reminiscent of 2014 with the Royals and Tigers fighting for the title with the Indians and White Sox dark horses for a Wild Card. What everyone has forgotten in this is while these other teams may have been spending more and making more moves...
Via The Outside Corner
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Ex-Gopher Glen Perkins gifts baseball team PS4 after Twitter request

Glen Perkins honored a request on Twitter from a Minnesota Gophers baseball player by gifting the team a PS4 for its new clubhouse. Being a former Golden Gopher himself, the Minnesota Twins closer notified the team that it would indeed have the the new gaming system soon enough. Gophers ballplayer Ben Humpert issued a tweet to Perkins’ attention asking for a PS4. @glenperkins...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Milone, five other Twins file for arbitration

Six members of the Minnesota Twins filed for salary arbitration ahead of Tuesday's deadline. Coming up on Friday, players and clubs will exchange figures and see if a deal can be struck - and if not, they'll head to arbitration. Among the Twins that filed are the following players: relievers Kevin Jepsen and Casey Fien, infielders Eduardo Escobar, Trevor Plouffe and Eduardo Nunez...
Via Fox Sports
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Five Major Questions for the 2016 Minnesota Twins

The Minnesota Twins may well be one of the sleepers of the 2016 season. In 2015 they surprised nearly everyone (maybe even themselves) by staying in contention late in the season, relying on an injury-prone rotation and a core of very young players. The Twins have not been major players in free agency this year, […]
Via Baseball Essential
28 days ago  |  Discuss

News report uses wrong image of new Oriole Hyun-Soo Kim

Oh, Google Images…you got ’em again, you old scamp! Wednesday, the Baltimore Orioles announced they had inked Korean star Hyun-Soo Kim to a two-year, $7 million deal. Unfortunately, the Post Recorder (whatever that is) got a touch confused when they reported the signing. Ouch. Ummm…that’s not Kim. It might be a different Kim, but not the former Doosan Bears left fielder...
Via Hall of Very Good
December 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Sorry…But Byung-Ho Park is Not From Japan

Tuesday, the Minnesota Twins inked Japanese Korean star Byung-Ho Park to a four-year, $12 million contract. The next day, the Saint Paul Pioneer Press embarrassed themselves by mistakenly identifying the slugger as being Japanese. Now, I know what you’re thinking…“what’s the big deal? Asia is Asia.” Well, first off, that’s racist. Second, Seoul, South Korea (where Park...
Via Hall of Very Good
December 05, 2015  |  Discuss

This Is Grainy Footage of Miguel Sano Homering Minutes Ago

The scores of Dominican Winter League games likely don’t represent a great concern for the majority of this site’s readership. One demographic to whom they’re pretty important, however, is Dominican people. Among that demographic is giant Twins batter and also Estrellas de Oriente designated hitter Miguel Sano. Sano’s eighth inning plate appearances tonight against Toros...
Via Fangraphs
December 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Necessary Moves: Ervin Santana, Minnesota Twins

Over the next 30 days, I’ll look at 30 players—one from each team—that I believe should be traded. Some will seem obvious, just as others will seem nonsensical. Some may also seem desperate, but it’s important to understand that this list is entirely subjective. A player can be deemed movable for any of the following reasons: production (or lack thereof), current and future...
Via The Sports Post
November 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Byung Ho Park brings questions to MLB while Twins look for answers

He could be a Twin come next season, but Korean slugger Byung Ho Park could be one of many options at the corners in Minnesota if he agrees to a contract within the next month. The Minnesota Twins bought the right to a 30-day negotiating period with Ho Park by paying a $12.85 million posting fee to the Nexen Heroes of the Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) earlier this week. While...
Via The Sports Quotient
November 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Three Keys to Understanding Aaron Hicks

You’re forgiven if you don’t much care about Wednesday’s swap of Aaron Hicks for JR Murphy. Maybe you’re not a fan of the Twins or the Yankees. Maybe you’re not a fan of baseball at all, and you somehow wound up here by accident. Or maybe you are a fan of the Twins or the Yankees, but you recognize this as a trade featuring two players with less than 2 combined WAR over...
Via Fangraphs
November 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Twins reportedly win bidding for Korean slugger Byung-ho Park

The winner of the Byung-ho Park Sweepstakes has officially been revealed and the lucky bidder is the Minnesota Twins. Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reported on Monday that the Twins submitted the winning bid of $12.85 million and earned the rights to negotiate with the power-hitting South Korean first baseman. Minnesota will now have 30...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
November 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Twins reportedly win bidding for Byung-ho Park

The winner in the bidding for the services for Korean first baseman Byung-ho Park is a bit of a shocker – the Minnesota Twins, who bid $12.85 million to earn the right to negotiate a contract with Park over the next 30 days. .@Twins reportedly place winning bid to negotiate contract with Korean 1B Byung-ho Park. https://t.co/yYTXYK3lzA pic.twitter.com/Cx1Di6IZZ7 — MLB ...
Via The Outside Corner
November 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Torii Hunter’s Hall of Fame case pales in comparison to a pair of contemporaries

On Monday night, Minnesota Twins outfielder Torii Hunter announced his retirement after 17 full seasons in the majors with the Twins, Angels, and Tigers. Hunter has a reputation of being an above average hitter and excellent defender in center field, and a player who could receive some support for the Hall of Fame when he reaches the ballot in five years. (note: this article will...
Via The Outside Corner
October 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Twins P hints team will hit Indians infielder over bat flip

    The Minnesota Twins took exception to the way Jose Ramirez celebrated a home run he hit on Wednesday, and Ricky Nolasco hinted that the second baseman may be in line for a plunking. Ramirez went 2-for-4 with 4 RBIs in the Indians’ 10-1 win over the Twins in the second half of a doubleheader. He had an RBI double in the second, but it was after his 3-run home run in the...
Via Larry Brown Sports
September 30, 2015  |  Discuss
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