Posted on March 1, 2013 by mlbdirtstaff
The Minnesota Twins have done a great job in recent trades, drafts, and in the international market, and are now stocked with one of the best farm systems in all of baseball.
Below are our top 16 prospects with 2013 opening day age, position, and comments on each player. Below the top 16 is a small list of additional notable names. Enjoy.
Filed under: On the Farm - Prospects | Tagged: 2013 Top Prospects, Aaron Hicks, Alex Meyer, Byron Buxton, Daniel Santana, Eddie Rosario, Hudson Boyd, J.T. Chargois, Joe Benson, Jorge Polanco, Jose Berrios, Kyle Gibson, Luke Bard, Mason Melotakis, Max Kepler, Miguel Sano, Minnesota Twins, Niko Goodrum, Oswaldo Arcia, Prospects, Travis Harrison, Trevor May | Leave a Comment »
Posted on February 19, 2013 by Daniel Marino
Dan Marino continues his trek through each division in the major leagues and giving you one player he thinks is the: Rookie to Watch, Breakthrough Player, The Party’s Over, Non-Roster Invitee Most Likely to Stick, and Just Not Seeing it.
Now, in part three of six, he brings you the American League Central:
Part 1: AL East Players to Watch.
Part 2: National League East. (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Avisail Garcia, Brent Morel, Brett Myers, Bubba Starling, Chicago White Sox, Chris Parmelee, Cleveland Indians, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Detroit Tigers, Endy Chavez, Hector Santiago, Jeff Clement, Jeremy Guthrie, Justin Masterson, Justin Morneau, Kansas City Royals, Kenny Faulk, Luke Hochevar, Max Scherzer, Miguel Sano, Minnesota Twins, Octavio Dotel, Rick Porcello, Ron Gardenhire, Salvador Perez, Scott Kazmir, Trayce Thompson, Trevor Bauer, Tyler Flowers | 3 Comments »
Posted on December 6, 2012 by Jonathan C. Mitchell
The Philadelphia Phillies, desperate for a center fielder, decided not to overpay in cash on a free agent like Michael Bourn and instead opted to overpay in trade to obtain Ben Revere from the Minnesota Twins who adds more young pitching to their organization. (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Alex Meyer, Ben Revere, Carlos Gomez, Cliff Lee, Jamey Carroll, Juan Pierre, Minnesota Twins, MLB Winter Meetings, Philadelphia Phillies, Prospects, Ryan Theriot, Sam Fuld, Trades, Trevor May, Vance Worley | 12 Comments »
Posted on December 4, 2012 by johnczech
On July 26, 1977, Jack Morris took the hill for the very first time at Comiskey Park against the Chicago White Sox. The 22-year-old Morris pitched four innings of relief and gave up two hits and two earned runs while striking out three in his major league debut.
Little did the people of the windy city know, that day, they were witnessing the birth of a career that would compile the most wins by a pitcher in the 1980′s, become one of the best big game pitchers in baseball history, win four World Series titles, and lead the Tigers’ staff for 14 years. (more…)
Filed under: Hall of Fame | Tagged: Detroit Tigers, Hall of Fame, Jack Morris, Minnesota Twins, PEDs, Steroids, Toronto Blue Jays | 2 Comments »
Posted on November 29, 2012 by Jonathan C. Mitchell
The Nationals, who are no stranger to dealing blue chippers for proven commodities, have landed Denard Span, filling their center field void, in exchange for Alex Meyer, one of their top prospects and potential number two starter.
The Nationals could have gone the free agent route, like they did with Jayson Werth two off-seasons ago, but after seeing B.J. Upton get a $75M contract, there was almost no way they would pursue Michael Bourn, Shane Victorino, or Angel Pagan. They instead turned their focus to Span, a player general manager Mike Rizzo inquired about in 2011, who will only be making $11.75M guaranteed over the next two seasons or $20.25M over three years if they pick up the final option year. (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Alex Meyer, Angel Pagan, B.J. Upton, Ben Revere, Denard Span, Hot Stove, Jayson Werth, Michael Bourn, Mike Rizzo, Minnesota Twins, Prospects, Shane Victorino, Trades, Washington Nationals | Leave a Comment »
Posted on October 23, 2012 by Daniel Marino
In 1983, this former major league player had seven at-bats with the Oakland A’s. He had one hit, and finished with a .143 batting average. It was his only season in the major leagues. The former player’s name is Dave Hudgens…the current New York Mets hitting coach. (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Chicago Cubs, Dave Hudgens, Gregg Ritchie, Houston Astros, James Rowson, Joe Vavra, Minnesota Twins, New York Mets, Pittsburgh Pirates, Ty Van Burkleo | Leave a Comment »
Posted on August 31, 2012 by Junius Worth
Infographic by Craig Robinson, on twitter as @Flipflopflying
All the context you need to know is that culture is highly correlated to the pulse of the baseball environment. Baseball is but a Summer poem and the beauty of the game, the LYRICAL aspect interlaces itself into the lives of fathers and sons, and daughters and America.
It goes all the way back to the beginning, baseball has been part of Amrica’s popular culture as early as the 1850′s, celebrated in art, story and song. The Beastie Boy’s have since their beginning have also had a close relationship to popular culture, been on top of it and pretty quickly put their mark on it. (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis, On the Farm - Prospects | Tagged: Anthony Rendon, Christian Yelich, Colorado Rockies, Detroit Tigers, Hit Tool, Houston Astros, Jonathan Singleton, Jurickson Profar, Kansas City Royals, Kolten Wong, Miami Marlins, Minnesota Twins, Minor leagues, Nick Castellanos, Nolan Arenado, Oscar Taveras, Oswaldo Arcia, Prospects, St. Louis Cardinals, Texas Rangers, Washington Nationals, Wil Myers | 4 Comments »
Posted on August 17, 2012 by Andrew Martin
Danny Sheaffer’s baseball career began with great promise. The right-handed hitting Clemson University catcher was taken with the 20th overall selection in the first round of the 1981 MLB Draft by the Boston Red Sox. Despite his status as a top prospect, his journey to the major leagues proved to be a long one, but he never gave up and played in the big leagues in 7 of his 18 professional seasons, a testament to his hard work and determination. (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Boston Red Sox, Clemson, Cleveland Indians, Colorado Rockies, Danny Sheaffer, Houston Astros, Interview, Joe Girardi, Minnesota Twins, Pittsburgh Pirates, Rich Gedman, St. Louis Cardinals | Leave a Comment »
Posted on May 30, 2012 by Andrew Martin
Although the Minnesota Twins often seem to find success no matter how flashy their roster or how little they spend in free agency, there is little doubt that they are currently in rebuilding mode. In particular their pitching staff is in dire need of an infusion of talent. The team hopes that some answers can be found among the prospects they are cultivating down on the farm, with B.J. Hermsen being one of the young pitchers making one of the most compelling cases for being a long term solution. (more…)
Filed under: Down and Dirty - Interviews, On the Farm - Prospects | Tagged: B.J. Hermsen, Minnesota Twins, Prospects | Leave a Comment »
Posted on April 24, 2012 by Michael Schwartze
Yes, we are already a good two weeks into the season but its not too late to highlight the rookies that could have an impact in 2012. Today I continue my series of posts as I look at Rookies who could have an impact in 2012 in the AL Central. I previously took a look at the NL West, NL Central, NL East, and the AL West. Enjoy the second to last installment in the series. (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals, Minnesota Twins | 1 Comment »