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Moving Forward: A Dream Stays Alive
via Twinkie Town April 01, 2015 at 08:03 AM

A story of me trying to figure out if my future still lies in teaching or if I can make this whole baseball thing work. "Five." I'm a bit cautious with my answer, not really unsure but not definitive either. I wait for confirmation, disagreement, dismissal, anything, from anyone else in the dimly lit room as the video on the screen plays once again. It's a one-hop grounder back to Cole Hame

Twins option Aaron Thompson to Triple-A, Opening Day roster still not set
via Twinkie Town March 31, 2015 at 03:27 PM

Another relief pitcher is out of the picture BUT WE STILL DON'T KNOW WHO WILL BE IN THE BULLPEN. The actual news here is that left-hander Aaron Thompson was optioned to Triple-A earlier today, but that's incredibly boring and not at all surprising. I think we've said something similar about the 23 other relief pitchers who have been cut from the team at other points this spring. #MNTwins op

Spring Training Game Thread: Yankees at Twins
via Twinkie Town March 31, 2015 at 11:57 AM

WHEN? 12:05 pm CT WHERE? FSN, MLBN (TV) WHAT? A-Rod's in town! Go Twins go!

Tuesday Twins: Glen Perkins has eyes, Twins tickets on the road, and some old White Sox friends
via Twinkie Town March 31, 2015 at 09:45 AM

Top 'o the morning to ya! Here's some steamy Twins talk: Glen Perkins has some interesting views on the role his sight plays when he is pitching: "I told [Nolasco] Santana's high leg kick throws me off. Not all pitchers are visual pitchers, and he didn't get it. He was like, 'Why would that mess you up?'" Because it is impossible to ever get enough of these: a feel-good piece&nb

Minnesota Twins 2015 Prospect Vote: Round 29
via Twinkie Town March 31, 2015 at 07:39 AM

Cast your vote for the player who will take the penultimate position on our 2015 Minnesota Twins prospect list! After finishing in second place in Round 27 by just three percentage points, Huascar Ynoa's train came in. Ynoa wins Round 28 thanks entirely to his potential and his tools, as scouting reports are all we have to go on at the moment. He'll be the youngest player on our 2015 prospec

Spring Training Game Thread: Twins at Red Sox
via Twinkie Town March 30, 2015 at 06:09 PM

WHEN? 6:05 pm CT WHERE? MLBN (TV); 96.3 fm (Radio) WHAT? The hunt for the Mayo's Cup or whatever it's called now!! This is the game thread. Go crazy folks, go crazy.

Twins Select Contract of RHP Blaine Boyer
via Twinkie Town March 30, 2015 at 04:39 PM

The redhead makes the team and muddies up the bullpen picture. One of the nice things about working for the Minnesota Twins is that my boss will post official press releases on Facebook for all to see, such as this one. The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Blaine Boyer. In seven games this spring, Boyer has posted a 1.69 ERA (10.2

Monday morning breakfast & baseball: Pryor, 40-man, Perkins, Dozier, more
via Twinkie Town March 30, 2015 at 11:15 AM

It's a new week. Let's get it started right...with the baseballs! One week from today, it's opening day for our Minnesota Twins. It's been wonderful to have baseball back in our lives for these last few weeks, but getting real games underway that matter is what it's all about. In other news, while making dinner last night I was peeling vegetables and peeled off the top of the finger nail on

The Twins' front office use of statistical analysis is still a strange thing
via Twinkie Town March 30, 2015 at 09:27 AM

Terry Ryan and Rob Antony were featured in a FanGraphs article touching on Brian Dozier's new contract. Twinkie Town fleshes out a couple of their quotes. It's been en vogue for many years to take pot shots at the Twins front office for their apparent lack of interest in baseball's evolution in analytics. They have always been one of the more vocal franchises in terms of refuting what began

Why Kyle Gibson will be the Twins pitching X-factor in 2015?
via Twinkie Town March 29, 2015 at 10:09 PM

As we get ready to start the 2015 MLB season, this week we look at why Kyle Gibson will be the Minnesota Twins pitching X-factor in 2015! Many followers of the Twins look to the young talent such as Alex Meyer or Trevor May but I will explain why I think Gibson is the key to the Twins reversing their fortunes in 2015. Looking at the Minnesota Twins performance the past few seasons, it is cl

Twins afternoon notes: Thorpe, Oliveros, Soriano, Pelfrey
via Twinkie Town March 28, 2015 at 01:09 PM

A lot is happening in Twins Territory for a Saturday. Jesse attempts to bring it all together. Y'all need a soundtrack for this one. Since the next James Bond movie, Spectre, released its first teaser last night, let's roll with what is - for my money - the best Bond theme of all time. Lewis Thorpe undergoing Tommy John surgery It's official: Twins pitching prospect Lewis Thorpe has a tor

Spring Training Game Thread: Phillies at Twins
via Twinkie Town March 28, 2015 at 11:57 AM

WHEN? 12:05 PM WHERE? FSN, MLBN (delay) (TV); 96.3 fm (radio) WHAT? It's a baseball thing! Welcome to the game thread. Ervin Santana is pitching today. Would you like a fig newton?

Twins Option Hicks & Rosario to Triple-A, Schafer and Robinson Are In Center Field
via Twinkie Town March 28, 2015 at 10:15 AM

Tommy Milone is also the 5th starter as Trevor May is sent to Triple-A and Mike Pelfrey is sent to the bullpen. The Twins have made their latest cuts, most notably sending center field candidates Aaron Hicks and Jordan Schafer to Triple-A Rochester. That means that Jordan Schafer is a lock for the Opening Day roster and non-roster invitee Shane Robinson also makes the team. Additionally, th

Could the Twins target Rafael Soriano?
via Twinkie Town March 27, 2015 at 10:39 AM

Minnesota is looking for bullpen help. Soriano is the best available on the open market. On Thursday evening, La Velle E. Neal III reported that two sources within the Twins organization had confirmed that the club was indeed on the lookout for bullpen help (Stu touched on it this morning). It could be one arm or two, but the message is clear: Minnesota wants to bolster their bullpen.

The Hosken Powell Memorial Linkdump: Bloody Marys and Bullpen Help
via Twinkie Town March 27, 2015 at 09:09 AM

Hosken Powell is still alive. LINKDUMP! The mothership has a season preview of the Twins, which is pretty much what I wrote in Baseball Prospectus, only they don't rip off Cormac McCarthy. It sure sounds like the fifth starter will be Tommy Milone or Trevor May.  Phil Miller has more. I pretty much endorse what area man John Bonnes says about Milone at Twins Daily. Also at th

Who do the Twins still have in camp?
via Twinkie Town March 26, 2015 at 10:09 AM

It's getting late in the process. Who's sticking around? Most of us have a pretty good idea of who has a chance to make the opening day roster and who doesn't, but there are still a couple of other players hanging around. Let's take a full run at listing who's still in camp for the Twins, and then we'll run through those position battles to see which players we need to keep an eye on over th

Minnesota Twins 2015 Prospect Vote: Round 28
via Twinkie Town March 26, 2015 at 09:03 AM

Just three spots remain. In spite of a strong charge from newcomer Huascar Ynoa, hard-throwing relief prospect J.T. Chargois carried enough promise to carry a simple majority and the victory. Two rounds and out? Not bad, Chargois. He should be a part of a very dangerous and talented bullpen in Chattanooga for the Lookouts. Up next? Manuel Guzman. Brandon Peterson and Tanner English are still

Thursday Twins Stuff: May the Fourth, Brian Dozier, and Byron Buxton
via Twinkie Town March 26, 2015 at 08:09 AM

Happy Thursday, Twins fans! We're almost to the weekend - only have to stick it out one more day! Let's jump right into things, shall we? The Twins announced in the best way possible that the May 4th game this year will be awesome. Make sure to get there early for your Phil Hughes bobblehead! Sports Illustrated did a nice little video/piece about our Super Prospect Byron Buxton.

The Service Time Implications of Kris Bryant
via Twinkie Town March 25, 2015 at 08:03 AM

The Chicago Cubs are likely going to keep top prospect Kris Bryant in the minor leagues to start the season to the chagrin of many, even though he's ready to mash in The Show. Us Twins fans have been gifted with an embarrassment of riches in the minor leagues. Byron Buxton has the makings of an All-Star. Miguel Sano will provide a ton of pop with his bat. Alex Meyer and Jose Berrios could b

Tuesday Twins: Fixing Aaron Hicks, Kennys Vargas feel-good stories, and other notes
via Twinkie Town March 24, 2015 at 11:39 AM

Hi guys! Early lunch today? Then you can enjoy these links at the same time: The Twins' exhibition game against the Phillies yesterday was said to be the first time two managers already inducted into the HOF as players faced each other. The competition was absolutely HEATED, as Paul and Ryne Sandburg made eye contact one time during the game. Eduardo Escobar saw some playing