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NOTEBOOK: Hey Twins! It’s Time to Spend Some Money!

Any baseball analysis worth consuming makes note -- implicitly or explicitly -- that nuance is a huge part of the game. And while the title...

REPORT: Twins Sign Catcher Cameron Rupp to Minor-League Deal

The Minnesota Twins have been in need of depth behind the plate since Jason Castro went down for the year with a torn meniscus. They addressed that need on Monday, as they reportedly signed former Phillies catcher Cameron Rupp to a minor-league deal, according to Darren Wolfson of KSTP Sports. Update: Rupp has signed with the #MNTwins and is already in Rochester, NY (AAA). They next play tomorrow. https://t.co/hxsWa14n60 — Darren Wolfson (@DWolfsonKSTP) June 4, 2018 The current depth chart at Rochester behind the plate features Willians Astudillo and Wynston Sawyer, with Jordan Pacheco also in the mix but on the seven-day disabled list. Pacheco has not played yet this season. Rupp was squeezed out of the mix behind the plate at the end of spring training with the Philadelphia Phillies due to the presence of Jorge Alfaro and Andrew Knapp, with the team only responsible for one-quarter of his […]

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Twins Announce Minor League Assignments, New Food Items at Target Field

Full-season minor-league affiliates begin play in the next few days — Chattanooga, Cedar Rapids and Fort Myers on Thursday, Rochester on Friday — and with that has come the announcing of preliminary rosters. These are not final — in other words, subject to change — but here’s what has been released from each club. Please note that some teams will have more than the allotted 25 spots, with players likely to open the year on the disabled list: Low-A Cedar Rapids Kernels Pitchers: Nick Brown, Edwar Colina, Randy Dobnak, Blayne Enlow, Calvin Faucher, Jared Finkel, Logan Lombana, Kevin Marnon, Jose Martinez, Ryan Mason, Jovani Moran, Bryan Sammons, Tyler Watson Catchers: David Banuelos, Ben Rortvedt Infielders: Andrew Bechtold, Jordan Gore, Royce Lewis, Jose Miranda, Ben Rodriguez Outfielders: Akil Baddoo, Trey Cabbage, Shane Carrier, Mark Contreras, Alex Kirilloff Returnees from 2017: Dobnak, Lombana, Mason, Sammons, Watson, Rortvedt, Gore, Lewis, Cabbage and Carrier. […]

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MWS: Nate Rowan on the Rochester Rotation, MiLB Rule Changes and...

In this episode of Midwest Swing, Brandon catches up with Nate Rowan (@njrowan) of the Rochester Red Wings to get up to speed with...

NOTEBOOK: Bullpen Cuts Bring Twins Roster into Focus; Reds Claim Vargas;...

The Minnesota Twins announced their fourth wave of cuts on Thursday morning, and they probably could be classified as mild surprises. Right-handed relievers Alan Busenitz and Tyler Duffey, a duo that combined for over 100 innings last year, have been sent to Triple-A Rochester as the Opening Day pitching staff is starting to round into shape. Those weren’t the only cuts on Thursday, either. Just heard from a player during batting practice that OF Chris Heisey said his goodbyes and left camp this morning. So it appears there may be more cuts still to be announced today. — Phil Miller (@MillerStrib) March 22, 2018 Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press lays out quite well what the current status of the pitching staff is: Active pitchers remaining in #mntwins camp: OdorizziGibsonBerriosLynnHughesRodneyReedDukePresslyRogersHildenbergerKinleyMoya Expected to open the year with 12. — Mike Berardino (@MikeBerardino) March 22, 2018 Now on Wednesday, we projected the […]

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2/13 TWINS NOTEBOOK: Morneau Added to Broadcast Team, Heisey Signs MiLB...

On the eve of pitchers and catchers reporting to camp in Fort Myers, Fla., the Minnesota Twins announced that a familiar face would be joining the Fox Sports North broadcast team. In addition to the normal duo of Dick Bremer and Bert Blyleven with supporting analysts Roy Smalley, Jack Morris, Torii Hunter and LaTroy Hawkins, the recently-retired Justin Morneau will join the fold when the team rotates color commentators in relief of Blyleven, who continues to work a reduced schedule. Morneau will be on during the first intermission of Tuesday’s Wild telecast to discuss his new role with the company. The rest of Fox Sports North’s coverage remains unchanged, with Kevin Gorg, Marney Gellner and Audra Martin returning as sideline reporters and Tom Hanneman, Anthony LaPanta and Tim Laudner covering pre- and post-game hosting duties on Twins Live. Justin Morneau will work approximately six Twins games as an analyst for […]

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REPORTS: Twins to Purchase Contract of LHP Nik Turley for Sunday...

Minnesota Twins manager Paul Molitor announced during his postgame remarks following Friday night’s 4-0 win over the San Francisco Giants that left-hander Nik Turley was going to get the start in Sunday’s series finale. Turley, a 27-year-old lefty signed to a minor-league deal in the offseason, is not on the 40-man roster and will be making his big-league debut. LHP Nik Turley will make major league debut for Twins Sunday vs. Giants. The 50th-round pick bounced around minors, indy ball for a decade. — Phil Miller (@MillerStrib) June 10, 2017 The Twins have not officially confirmed the move, or whatever corresponding move be made to make room on the 40-man roster. READ: The Fringe Five: Baseball’s Most Compelling Fringe Prospects via Fangraphs on June 9, which includes Turley As one can assess from Miller’s tweet, the left-hander is well-traveled. He was taken in the 50th round of the 2008 MLB draft by the […]

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MWS: Josh Whetzel on His Journey Through the Minor Leagues

Rochester Red Wings (Twins Triple-A affiliate) play-by-play man Josh Whetzel (@JoshWhetzel) talks about his journey as a minor league broadcaster, what the Twins players...

Minnesota Twins Add Six Players, Subtract Three from 40-Man Roster

The Minnesota Twins added six players to their 40-man roster ahead of the 8 p.m. ET deadline to do so to protect them from selection in the upcoming Rule 5 Draft. The Rule 5 draft is the event that signals the closing of the Winter Meetings each year, which will be held from Dec. 4-8 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md. Players selected in the MLB phase of the Rule 5 draft must remain on the big-league roster for the entire following season. Recent Twins selections in the Rule 5 draft include current reliever Ryan Pressly and former Twin Scott Diamond. Before getting to the players added to the 40-man roster, it’s worth noting the subtractions the Twins made. Most notable is third baseman Trevor Plouffe, who is expected to clear waivers and become a free agent after seven seasons with the big-league club […]

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2016 Minnesota Twins Report Card: Andrew Albers

This is a series of evaluations that will be done this offseason on every player that closed the season on the 40-man roster for the Minnesota Twins, with one appearing every weekday from now until each player has been evaluated. The plan is to start with Mr. Albers and move all the way through the pitchers, then to the catchers, infielders, outfielders and finally those listed as designated hitters on the club’s official MLB.com roster. That means we’ll wrap it up with Miguel Sano sometime in the first week of December. Name: Andrew Albers 2016 Role: Late-season swingman, making six appearances (two starts) Expected 2017 Role: Triple-A rotation filler MLB Stats: 5.82 ERA (6.15 FIP) in 17 IP, 8.5 K/9, 1.94 WHIP, 47.6 percent GB rate, minus-0.2 fWAR MiLB Stats: 3.69 ERA (3.68 FIP) in 124.1 IP, 6.1 K/9, 2.2 BB/9 Contract Status: Not MLB free-agent eligible until after 2018, […]

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