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Spring Training Game Thread: Golden Gophers at Twins
via Twinkie Town March 04, 2015 at 06:05 PM

WHEN? 6:05 pm CT WHERE? FSN+ (TV), 96.3 FM (Radio) WHAT? The Twins first baseball game of the year! Hi guys (assuming anyone comes to this thread)! Welcome to the first game thread of the year! Tonight the Twins are taking on the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers baseball team. Most of the Twins veterans will be sitting out, so this game should be a chance to see some of the prosp

Twins considering top amateur Dominican shortstop for International Signing period
via Twinkie Town March 04, 2015 at 11:05 AM

Wander Javier could be joining the organization come July 2nd. Back on Monday, Kiley McDaniel of FanGraphs posted an interesting article about international free agents that may be signed on or after July 2nd this year. According to McDaniel, the Twins may already have a deal in place with 16-year old Dominican shortstop Wander Javier for $4 million. You may know this process best from

Twins, Brian Dozier working on extension
via Twinkie Town March 03, 2015 at 11:05 AM

According to Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press, the Twins and their star second baseman could be looking at a long-term deal. Brian Dozier is under team control through 2018, but that isn't stopping the Twins from working with him on a long-term contract. Dozier is already under contract for 2015, but with arbitration on the horizon in 2016, 2017, and 2018, both sides could be looking for

Ricky Nolasco's resurgence is critical for Twins in 2015
via Twinkie Town March 01, 2015 at 08:47 PM

Why Nolasco's return to form in 2015 may loom a larger issue than the fifth starter battle or the bullpen. As I write this article I will start by stating that I was not the largest Ricky Nolasco supporter in 2014.  I had mentioned it multiple times on our radio show and even a couple times in posting on blogs, our website, or just chatting with Twins fans.  I wasn't happy with Ric

Perkins Postpones Street Magic Aspirations to Focus on Ninth Inning
via Twinkie Town February 27, 2015 at 11:05 AM

The Twins closer's street magic dreams will remain on the back burner for now as he sets his sights on the traditional closer's role. Paul Molitor reiterated that Twins closer Glen Perkins will stick to the traditional closer's role in 2015, and will likely not be used in other "high-leverage" situations for the time being. Perhaps more importantly, he will need to shelve his street magic as

Minnesota Twins 2015 Prospect Vote: Round 22
via Twinkie Town February 26, 2015 at 11:05 AM

Off the board: Travis Harrison. On the board: Lewin Diaz. Round 21 wasn't exactly a photo finish, but each of our five candidates garnered at least 12% of your votes. As far as a balanced fields go, this one wasn't goo bad. Still: Harrison comes away as our #21 prospect for 2015, which is five spots lower than he was last year and seven spots down from his first ranking back in 2012. The mes

Saying No To Ball and Strike Penalties
via Twinkie Town February 25, 2015 at 11:05 AM

Why I feel a fine system works better than penalizing balls and strikes for the new rules. Last week, MLB announced that they were making some rule changes for the 2015 season. While there were many changes made, the main ones focused on the pace of play and time spent in between innings. The whole list of rule changes can be found here and a few days ago we linked Grant Brisbee's grades of

Tuesday Twins: it's all about spring training
via Twinkie Town February 24, 2015 at 11:05 AM

Baseball baseball baseball baseball baseball baseball baseball... Happy Tuesday you crazy cats. Here's the best of what I've gathered from around the net after yesterday's first official Twins workout of the spring. Paul Molitory as "preliminarily" named Phil Hughes as the Opening Day starter. That's not much of a surprise, and it could change, but I don't think anybody wants to ask what mi

Minnesota Twins 2015 Prospect Vote: Round 21
via Twinkie Town February 23, 2015 at 04:53 PM

And we're onto the final third of the community project! Right-hander Tyler Duffey finally made the cut! The right-hander rounds out our Top 20 prospects for 2015. He's probably at least a couple of places lower than his consensus position, but as we've noted before: this is a sign of how truly deep Minnesota's farm system is right now. We're at the state in this thing where it's mostly goin

Meet the Minnesota Twins 2015 non-roster invitees
via Twinkie Town February 23, 2015 at 11:05 AM

There are a lot of talented players on this list. Are any of them good enough to make the club? Back in December the Twins announced their list of 2015 non-roster invitees for spring training. We touched on those names at the time, but with the benefit of a little more history under our belts and what is now a full and confirmed list, the start of spring training is a good time to go over th

Mailbag: What are your biggest questions about the Twins heading into spring training?
via Twinkie Town February 22, 2015 at 06:29 PM

Jesse answers some of your questions about the state of the Twins as pitchers and catchers report. It would be a really boring spring training if there were no questions to be answered. From the day that pitchers and catchers reported, all you could do was cross your fingers that people stayed healthy and just enjoy watching a little baseball. It's far more interesting to have a few unanswer

Pitchers and catchers report!
via Twinkie Town February 22, 2015 at 11:35 AM

Welcome back, Twins baseball! Winter is over and can kiss my ass, as pitchers and catchers report! Bring on sunny skies and well-manicured grass, as pitchers and catchers report! I don't care what you say it's the first day of spring, chasing the blues only feet of snow can bring. If I shut my eyes I can hear the birds sing: pitchers and catchers report! Inspired/ripped off unashamedly fr

Hosken Powell Memorial Linkdump: Actual Things Going On
via Twinkie Town February 20, 2015 at 11:05 AM

A quick reminder that Hosken Powell is not dead. Here is what is going on: LEN3 has an update from Fort Myers.  Among the tidbits: Hammond Stadium has been upgraded in a major way; Mike Pelfrey is wearing a Bane mask; there is no hitting coordinator in the Twins system in 2015; and Plato, Minnesota, is mentioned.  (But not Mighty's Liquors, where my old college roommate was (allegedly) ch

Minnesota Twins 2015 Prospect Vote: Round 20
via Twinkie Town February 19, 2015 at 11:05 AM

How will we round out our Top 20 list? It was tight all the way to the end, but Mitch Garver topped Tyler Duffey by a margin of six votes. He slides into spot number 19, and now we're on to the final spot in our Top 20 for 2015. Twins Top 30 prospects for 2015 Byron Buxton, CF (Buxton 72%, Sano 28%) Miguel Sano, 3B (Sano 56%, Berrios 44%) Jose Berrios, RHP (Berrios 73%, Meyer 16%, Stewart

Visualizing the Five Tools, 2015 Edition
via Twinkie Town February 18, 2015 at 11:05 AM

Taking the five tools and turning them from numbers into pretty charts. This is always one of my favorite posts to do during the offseason. We are all aware of the five tools, the five main facets of the game that are used to judge the ability of a prospect: hitting for average, hitting for power, speed, fielding, and arm strength. Typically measured on a 20-80 (or 2-8) scale where 50 is av

Breakfast & Baseball: Allen Craig, spring training, minor moves, Fort Myers, more
via Twinkie Town February 17, 2015 at 11:05 AM

Welcome to a Tuesday edition of Breakfast and Baseball, where we talk about baseball things that are sort of Twins related. Today's soundtrack is from Rival Sons, with a funky track called Electric Man. Are the Twins looking for a right-handed bat? Rob Antony told me that the team was more or less done looking at big additions, although minor tweaks or additions could spring up. Things can

Minnesota Twins 2015 Prospect Vote: Round 19
via Twinkie Town February 16, 2015 at 11:05 AM

Please welcome Mr. Hu to the podium. After my quasi-nonsensical Who's on First rip-off this morning, I'm sure you've gathered: Chih-Wei Hu won Round 18. It's a deserved spot on the list, although at this point any of these guys could come off the board and we could realistically call it a fair ranking. It's tough to have such a deep farm system, amiright? Montanatwinsfan did bring up a fair

Phil Cuzzi's Next Promotions
via Twinkie Town February 13, 2015 at 11:05 AM

Despite being bad at his job, Phil Cuzzi keeps getting promoted. Twinkie Town analyzes what's next for this lousy umpire. Phil Cuzzi, best known to Twins fans as the guy who blew this call, has been promoted to second-in-command of his umpiring crew, despite being the guy who blew that call. I mean, that's a shit call.  Just a shit, shit call.  ESPN says it's one of the five worst in his

2015 MLB Draft order set: where do the Twins pick?
via Twinkie Town February 12, 2015 at 11:05 AM

James Shields is off the board. How does the draft order stack up? Bryz touched on James Shields and the Padres yesterday. It got me thinking about the MLB draft in June, in large part because Shields had draft pick compensation attached to his name. Ervin Santana had the same tag applied, which means that both the Padres and the Twins will lose a draft pick based off of their respective pit

A Surprise Team Finally Outspent The Twins On Free Agents
via Twinkie Town February 11, 2015 at 11:05 AM

Up until recently the Twins had actually outspent a surprising team when it came to free agents. I'm about as surprised as you. For the longest time, the Twins have put together rosters while being a small market team. This has often meant minute acquisitions, many that didn't pan out. Just in the past half-decade though, we've seen the Twins start to open their wallets for free agents, sig