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Twins' Phil Hughes Sets MLB Record for Strikeout-to-Walk Ratio in a Season
via Bleacher Report - MN Twins September 25, 2014 at 04:29 PM

Having finished his season with Wednesday's outing against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Phil Hughes of the Minnesota Twins now owns the MLB record for the best strikeout-to-walk ratio in one season, per the Star Tribune's LaVelle E. Neal III. Hughes, the only pitcher in major league history to record 200 or more innings and 16 or fewer walks in the same season, finishes his bounce-back 2014 camp

3 Non-Contending MLB Teams in Prime Position to Spoil Pennant Races
via Bleacher Report - MN Twins August 24, 2014 at 11:29 AM

The final month of the 2014 MLB season is right around the corner, and with roughly 17 teams still in a legitimate position to contend for a playoff spot, it promises to be an exciting month of baseball. For now, though, let's turn our attention to the teams that are not in the playoff hunt. They may not be gearing up for an October run, but the non-contenders can still shake things up for the tea

Twins' Brian Dozier Records Franchise's First 20-20 Season by a Second Baseman
via Bleacher Report - MN Twins August 21, 2014 at 07:23 PM

After swiping second base in the first inning of Wednesday's loss to the Cleveland Indians, Brian Dozier of the Minnesota Twins became the first second baseman in franchise history to reach 20 home runs and 20 steals in a season, per MLB Stat of the Day. Prior to the 2014 campaign, Dozier had not eclipsed 20 in either category in a single year but came relatively close in 2013, when he recorded 18

Byron Buxton Injury: Updates on Twins Prospect's Shoulder and Recovery
via Bleacher Report - MN Twins August 13, 2014 at 08:35 PM

Making his debut with Double-A New Britain Wednesday, Minnesota Twins top prospect Byron Buxton suffered a scary collision in the outfield and had to be taken off the field in an ambulance.  The Hartford Courant's Don Amore relayed the frightening details of the 20-year-old's injury and aftermath: Photographer Scott Blanchette provided a snapshot of moments before the collision: Deadsp

Jason Adam to Twins: Latest Trade Details, Scouting Report and Reaction
via Bleacher Report - MN Twins August 11, 2014 at 07:59 PM

The Minnesota Twins acquired promising pitching prospect Jason Adam Monday in exchange for 35-year-old Josh Willingham in a deal with the Kansas City Royals. The Royals' Twitter account broke the news: It is a win-win trade for both parties. Kansas City gets an expiring contract and a bat to help contend after a flurry of consecutive wins, while—more importantly—Minnesota gets some se

Former Art School Student with 100-MPH Fastball Signs with Minnesota Twins
via Bleacher Report - MN Twins July 30, 2014 at 04:11 PM

“He’s like Ivan Drago…‘Whatever he hits, he destroys.’” Such were the words of Elliot Strankman, the Minnesota Twins scout who discovered a dormant giant in the unlikeliest of places.  Strankman’s Drago remark, as told to Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan, centered on Brandon Poulson, a 6’7”, 240-pound student he discovered playing bas

Joe Mauer Injury: Updates on Twins Star's Oblique and Return
via Bleacher Report - MN Twins July 02, 2014 at 11:05 AM

In terms of injuries to star players at the major league and minor league levels, the Minnesota Twins have been hit as hard as any team in baseball.        Joe Mauer is the latest victim of the injury bug, leaving Tuesday's game against Kansas City with a strained right oblique after hitting an RBI double. The 2009 American League MVP has been placed on the 15-day disabled list

Minnesota Twins Trade Rumors: Latest Updates, News and Reaction
via Bleacher Report - MN Twins July 01, 2014 at 11:05 AM

While things haven't exactly gone as anyone associated with the Minnesota Twins would have liked in 2014, things aren't all doom and gloom. The club has a farm system full of impressive young talent, including the currently injured Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano, and some young players on the major league roster—second baseman Brian Dozier, starting pitchers Kyle Gibson and Phil Hughes and cat

Jim Kaat's Reputation as a Fielder Doesn't Fit Like a Gold Glove
via Bleacher Report - MN Twins June 25, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Fourth in an 11-part series examining the vagaries of awards voting. Jim Kaat’s nickname of “Kitty” Kaat may have arisen out of cutesy convenience, but it came to embody the classy southpaw’s style of play. Always a fanatically conditioned athlete, Kaat pounced like a cat on any ball bunted or hit in the vicinity of the mound. Thirty-seven years old and a veteran of 17 Majo

Kendrys Morales' Surprise Signing Shows Twins Are Serious About Playoff Push
via Bleacher Report - MN Twins June 07, 2014 at 05:29 PM

After months of waiting, Kendrys Morales has landed on a team for the remainder of the 2014 season. In what can be described as a major surprise, the Minnesota Twins were the team to ink the former Angels and Mariners slugger in a move that doubles as an edict toward a muddled American League postseason picture.The deal, first reported by Jon Heyman of CBS, came just days after the first-year-play

Michael Cederoth: Prospect Profile for Minnesota Twins' 3rd-Round Pick
via Bleacher Report - MN Twins June 06, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Player: Michael Cederoth Drafted by: Minnesota Twins Position: RHP DOB: 11/25/1992 (Age: 21) Height/Weight: 6’6”, 215 pounds Bats/Throws: R/R School: San Diego State Previously Drafted: 41st round, 2011 (Diamondbacks)    Background As a 6’6” right-hander with a fastball that reaches triple digits, it’s hard to comprehend how Michael Cederoth could strug

Nick Burdi: Prospect Profile for Minnesota Twins' 2nd-Round Pick
via Bleacher Report - MN Twins June 05, 2014 at 10:11 PM

Player: Nick Burdi Drafted by: Minnesota Twins Position: RHP DOB: 1/19/1993 (Age: 21) Height/Weight: 6'3", 220 pounds  Bats/Throws: R/R School: Louisville Previously Drafted: 2011, 24th round by Minnesota Twins   Background Owner of the best fastball in the 2014 draft class, Nick Burdi could also end up holding the distinction of being the first pl

Nick Gordon: Prospect Profile for Minnesota Twins' 1st-Round Pick
via Bleacher Report - MN Twins June 05, 2014 at 08:11 PM

Player: Nick Gordon Drafted by: Minnesota Twins Position: SS DOB: 10/24/1995 (Age: 18) Height/Weight: 6’2”, 170 pounds Bats/Throws: L/R School: Olympia (Fla.) High School College Commitment: Florida State   Background The son of former major leaguer Tom “Flash” Gordon and brother to Dee Gordon of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Nick is widely considered the best shortsto

Team Needs 2014: Minnesota Twins
via Bleacher Report - MN Twins June 02, 2014 at 12:17 PM

The Minnesota Twins are a halfway decent team in 2014. After three straight 90-loss seasons, that will do nicely for progress. But who knows? Maybe halfway decent isn’t Minnesota’s ceiling in 2014. Perhaps the Twins can be better than that. Perhaps they can even be good enough to make some noise in an AL Central division that’s widely viewed as the playground of the Detroit Tiger

Team Needs 2014: Minnesota Twins
via Bleacher Report - MN Twins May 30, 2014 at 05:59 PM

The Minnesota Twins are a halfway decent team in 2014. After three straight 90-loss seasons, that'll do nicely for progress. But who knows? Maybe halfway decent isn't Minnesota's ceiling in 2014. Perhaps the Twins can be better than that. Perhaps they can even be good enough to make some noise in an AL Central division that's widely viewed as the playground of the Detroit Tigers. Perhaps indeed. B

Introducing MLB's Newest out-of-Nowhere Success Story
via Bleacher Report - MN Twins April 29, 2014 at 08:26 PM

Every season features players who take nontraditional, roundabout paths to unexpected success in the major leagues. Last year it was the Atlanta Braves’ Evan Gattis. This year, it’s Chris Colabello of the Minnesota Twins. Through the first month of the season, the 30-year-old Colabello is batting .308/.351/.505 with nine doubles, three home runs and 27 RBI. Colabello went undrafted out

Minnesota Twins Draw Franchise-Record 8 Walks in 1 Inning
via Bleacher Report - MN Twins April 18, 2014 at 08:26 PM

The Toronto Blue Jays' bullpen completely fell apart at Target Field on Thursday, allowing the Minnesota Twins to draw a franchise-record eight walks in one inning, according to Twins employee Dustin Morse. The Blue Jays entered the eighth inning of a rather nondescript game with a 5-3 lead and stud reliever Steve Delabar on the mound. Delabar, a 2013 All-Star, walked catcher Josmil Pinto and outf

Minnesota Twins: It's Time for the Josmil Pinto Era
via Bleacher Report - MN Twins April 14, 2014 at 08:26 PM

For the first time in what seems like an eternity, Minnesota Twins' fans have been witnessing non-Joe Mauer starting catchers behind the dish this season. The Twins decided that Mauer, who has been the Twins’ starting catcher since June of 2004, would transition to first base—full time—in 2014. The team’s offseason signing of Kurt Suzuki to a one-year, $2.75 million deal on

Complete Minnesota Twins 2014 Season Preview
via Bleacher Report - MN Twins March 27, 2014 at 08:26 PM

Expectations aren't high for the Minnesota Twins at the MLB level in 2014, with the team coming off three straight seasons with at least 96 losses. Despite the lack of recent success, though, there are reasons to pay attention to what the Twinkies are building. While the Twins wait for the arrival of highly touted prospects like Byron Buxton, Alex Meyer, Miguel Sano and others, they began the proc

Twins Prank Mike Pelfrey with Fake Wichita State March Madness Speech
via Bleacher Report - MN Twins March 25, 2014 at 08:26 PM

Mike Pelfrey's legendary speech to Wichita State may not give you goosebumps, but it will make you laugh out loud.  MLB Fan Cave caught just one of the myriad ways that MLB players decide to prank their teammates. This time, Twins closer Glen Perkins and manager Ron Gardenhire collaborate to pull a fast one on one of their starting pitchers.  Pelfrey walks into the skipper's office, wher