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Minnesota Twins top 30 prospects: 7/30/2015
via Twinkie Town July 30, 2015 at 11:03 AM

The minor league seasons only have a few weeks left. Here's how the club's top 30 prospects have performed so far this year. I fully expected one or two of these guys to be traded this week, but nothing has happened so far. Here's how our community-voted top 30 prospects are holding up through July. 1 Byron Buxton CF Minnesota (MLB) Buxton's rehab is coming along fine. He says he'l

Pirates 10, Twins 4: What the hell was that?
via Twinkie Town July 29, 2015 at 05:51 PM

The Twins jumped out to an early 3-1 lead, but then things got bad. Really bad. If I had a made a game thread poll asking "Which of these things is most likely to happen in today's game?" and gave the options: A.) Francisco Liriano gives up no walks; B.) Andrew McCutchen hits an inside the park home run; C.) Miguel Sano is TOOTBLAN'ed twice; D.) Deolis Guerra comes in to pitch against

Minnesota Twins Minor League Stars of the Week
via Twinkie Town July 29, 2015 at 11:39 AM

In this week's article, we take a look at the past week of minor league baseball in the Minnesota Twins organization and name the Minor League Stars of the Week. This week we go into the Minnesota Twins minor league organization to find the shining talent that we name the Minor League Stars of the Week.  Read on to see who we have named for this week's stars and take a moment to an

Aaron Hicks' Improvement and His Final Missing Piece
via Twinkie Town July 29, 2015 at 08:09 AM

Aaron Hicks has significantly improved as a player this year. I take a look at what's different this year and the last thing he needs to improve upon. Ever since debuting in 2013, Aaron Hicks has been an enigma. Pressed into action thanks to offseason trades of Denard Span and Ben Revere, some growing pains were to be expected, but no one could have predicted how bad Hicks looked at the pla

Pirates 8, Twins 7: Happiness dies
via Twinkie Town July 29, 2015 at 06:09 AM

The Twins had a couple chances in this game, but a struggling bullpen doomed them. It just wasn't meant to be. The Twins got to Charlie Morton in a peculiar way in the 1st inning. A 2-out (9 pitch) Joe Mauer walk was followed by a balk that moved him to 2nd. Miguel Sano hit a soft grounder to Aramis Ramirez, who made a throwing error allowing Mauer to score. The Twins got a second run off

Twins trade rumors: Exploring the shortstop market
via Twinkie Town July 28, 2015 at 03:33 PM

Terry Ryan's second area of focus is shortstop. Jesse takes a look at the market. You have to hand it to the Royals. Dayton Moore is operating an organization that clearly believes its window of opportunity isn't long for this baseball world, and he's made moves to match by acquiring top-end starter Johnny Cueto and the versatile Ben Zobrist. The Cueto deal is beneficial although costly, but

The Twins Shortstops, Or Lack Thereof
via Twinkie Town July 28, 2015 at 10:39 AM

In recent seasons, the lack of a quality shortstop has flown under the radar as the Twins have struggled to round up victories. As the tides turn towards winning, fixing the position is probably something needing to be addressed sooner rather than later. In the dead of the night, the Colorado Rockies sent their All Star shortstop, and their face of the franchise, Troy Tulowitzki to the Toron

Twins trade rumors: Reviewing Minnesota's market for bullpen help
via Twinkie Town July 28, 2015 at 08:21 AM

As fans become increasingly impatient, the market for relief pitching is deep and wide. The Angels snagged Shane Victorino and the Mets acquired Tyler Clippard yesterday, but in perhaps the biggest trade deadline move in recent history the Rockies and Blue Jays swapped shortstops and a bunch of other pieces. The Rockies gave up two top pitching prospects, a third young arm, and Jose Reyes fo

Tuesday Twins: Former Twins, future Twins, and no, Mauer will never catch again
via Twinkie Town July 28, 2015 at 08:09 AM

It's Tuesday! You know what that means—links: Glen Perkins passed Twins Hall of Fame pitcher Eddie Guardado on the Twins all-time Save list last week, and gave Eddie a really special present. My friend Dana wrote the most compelling article I've ever read for the Twins re-acquiring AJ Pierzynski, yet they still haven't done it? Lame sauce. Twins reliever 

The Twins Must Stay The Course
via Twinkie Town July 27, 2015 at 10:45 AM

With the 2015 Major League Baseball trade deadline fast approaching, the Twins must stay the course. Now more than ever, patience is a virtue. July is coming to an end, and that means that Major League Baseball is being sent into a frenzy with the non-waiver trade deadline fast approaching. For the Twins, this is extra special, because for the first time in four years, they are actually in a

Minnesota Twins trade deadline history
via Twinkie Town July 27, 2015 at 09:15 AM

Looking for a retrospective on trade deadlines past for the Minnesota Twins? You've come to the right place my friend.

Twins trade rumors: Clippard, Benoit could move soon
via Twinkie Town July 27, 2015 at 06:51 AM

Two of the better right-handed bullpen targets for the Twins could be shipped off as soon as today. These nine games since the All-Star break haven't exactly been encouraging of the Twins' chances at post-season play, but in spite of dashing out of the gate with a 3-6 record Minnesota still finds themselves leading the Blue Jays by three games for the second Wild Card spot. I know it's Monda

Yankees 7, Twins 2: Nasty sixth sinks Minnesota
via Twinkie Town July 26, 2015 at 06:03 PM

Twins drop series to Yanks. The best part of today's game thread was where we talked about video games and consoles and stuff. Because it was that kind of game. Remember when - in both the series preview and in my pre-game notes - where it was mentioned that Nathan Evoldi doesn't strike out enough guys considering the velocity he carries? He struck out the side in the first to really drive h

NYY 8, MIN 5: A-Rod Casts Darkness Over The World
via Twinkie Town July 25, 2015 at 10:27 PM

The Twins offense blooms early, then fades, along with Perkins and any love/happiness you'll ever experience. Did you know the Twins haven't won a home series against the Yanquis since 2008? Now you do. CC Sabathia has been struggling in recent years, and the Twins took advantage early. Aaron Hicks -- yeah, that guy, he's doing better now -- donged in Brain Dozier with no outs in the first.

Series Preview: New York Yankees at Minnesota Twins
via Twinkie Town July 25, 2015 at 02:21 PM

Jesse exchanged questions and answers on the Twins and Yankees with Neil Keiffe of Keiffe to the City. Sorry for the delay on this. Neil got in touch yesterday about exchanging questions and answers in advance of the Twins-Yankees series, and unfortunately my schedule mostly wiped me off the map yesterday. Below are the questions I presented to Neil as well as his answers, which I thoroughly

Latest of the Twins' search for bullpen help
via Twinkie Town July 25, 2015 at 02:03 PM

The Twins missed out on Steve Cishek. Here's what else is cooking. Yesterday afternoon the Cardinals acquired Steve Cishek for Double-A right-hander Kyle Barraclough. Barraclough is 25 and is in his first taste of Double-A since being drafted by St. Louis in the seventh round of the 2012 draft, a big step up from when the Twins selected him in the 40th round out of high school a few years ea

Hughes, Twins Steamroll Yanks, 10-1
via Twinkie Town July 24, 2015 at 10:39 PM

Miguel Sano is strong as hell. Didn't you used to be the New York Yankees? The longtime Twins nemesis, who dominated the Twins even when they weren't dominating anyone anymore, were completely overwhelmed on Friday night, as Minnesota cruised to a 10-1 victory. But enough about the game, can we talk about Miguel Sano's home run? In the bottom of the first, Sano came to the plate with a runne

Who makes up the Twins playoff rotation?
via Twinkie Town July 24, 2015 at 11:09 AM

Jesse is thinking ahead. This isn't going to be a long entry, because I wanted to just pose the idea to you. As of today, what would the Twins' playoff rotation look like? In some prep for an entry which may or may not appear this weekend, I was mulling ideas regarding Minnesota trading for one of the market's top starting pitchers: Johnny Cueto, James Shields, Cole Hamels, David Price. They

Nick Punto Visits Twins in Anaheim; Enthusiasm Injuries at 'Expected' Levels
via Twinkie Town July 24, 2015 at 09:03 AM

GET VIP PASSES, GET ACCESS TO THE NICE BATHROOMS Former Twins infielder Nick Punto is in Twins GM Terry Ryan's booth to say hello — Rhett Bollinger (@RhettBollinger) July 23, 2015 Officials at Angel Coliseum of Anaheim said enthusiasm injuries were at "expected" levels when former Minnesota infielder Nick Punto visited the stadium. "We were fortunate that Mr. Punto gave us advance notic

Twins targeting Steve Cishek?
via Twinkie Town July 23, 2015 at 07:09 PM

The Twins are focusing on upgrading the bullpen as their number one priority. Marlins right-hander Steve Cishek appears to be one of their targets. Two weeks ago we took a preliminary look at seven relievers who I thought would be good targets for the Twins in their efforts to bolster the bullpen. Names like Will Smith, Carter Capps, Tyler Clippard, and Jonathan Papelbon will stick out eithe