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The Rhino and Compass:
The Twins have been much better than expected this season, yet some people still lament what has happened to the team. The Twins have a decent offense, but some of their best prospects are also offensive players, many of whom are ready to emerge on the scene very soon. We have already seen glimpses of Aaron Hicks, Oswalo Arcia and Chris Herrmann.We have seen longer looks at Chris Parmelee, and while all of these guys are promising, they don’t even begin to eclipse the talent that Miguel Sano and Byron Buxton, seen above, seem to possess.
Terry Ryan has taken some heat for the assembled roster. That said, his first task was rebuilding an enfeebled farm system, which by almost all accounts, he has done. Sure, we haven’t seen any major pitching prospects emerge, but that’s because the added pitchers all came in the lower levels of minor league ball, and the recent history of pitching prospects in the Twins system has been littered with major arm injuries.
It’s good that Ryan has gone for quantity when it comes to the Twins system and pitching prospects given the team’s recent history. I don’t trust pitchers until they have been in the Major Leagues for at least a couple of years, so I like the volume of young arms in the system. Kyle Gibson is ready to come up soon, and Liam Hendriks and Vance Worley are still possibilities to compete for regular spots in a Major League rotation. Guys like Jose Berrios, Alex Meyer, Trevor May, or a whole litany of top 20 prospects have been playing well in the lower levels. Draftees Kohl Stewart and Ryan Eades will join the organization fairly soon as well to deepen the pitching pool. The point here, unfortunately, is that pitching prospects are fickle, and they stand vulnerable to lack of development or injury. Note that Alex Wimmers is not on the list of prospects any more. It’s best to fill the prospect pool and hope one or two works out.
So long as they can avoid personal demons, position players are much more reliable, and the average fan can see those guys coming. Consider the catch from Byron Buxton, or how long Miguel Sano has been coming. They showed us Buxton on FSN today when they aired the Cedar Rapids Kernels game because watching him is the clearest vision of the future for Minnesota. The minor leagues are now properly stocked, and all we can do is wait patiently.
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Does Joe Mauer have eyes in the back of his head? The below video might show proof of it... It happened during Sunday's Nationals/Twins game and keep an eye as the ball deflects off the Nationals Park backstop and Joe somehow snags it with his glove: Your browser does not support iframes. (Courtesy of Sports Grid)
When the Minnesota Twins made Byron Buxton the No. 2 pick in the 2012 MLB Draft, they knew they were getting a supremely athletic, toolsy high school outfielder who could play some incredible defense. Buxton also had the added value of being a guy who will likely stick in center field. So far, the kid has lived up to the hype. On Monday night, Buxton made one of the better catches...
Minnesota Twins super prospect Byron Buxton made a fantastic grab last night. Playing for the Twins Class-A affiliate Cedar Rapids Kernels, Buxton robbed Kane County’s David Bote of a hit in the seventh inning. Keep an eye on the upper right corner of the video.
Buxton was taken number two overall by the Twins in last year’s draft. Twins fans are surely salivating at the thought...
The Minnesota Twins have placed center fielder Aaron Hicks on the 15-day disabled list with a strained hamstring, according to Phil Miller of The Star Tribune.
Hicks exited Sunday's game during a rain delay after injuring his hamstring while attempting to leg out an infield base hit. After attempting to test the hamstring and play through the discomfort, the Twins opted to...
Minnesota Twins minor leaguer Byron Buxton made one of the sickest catches you will see this season. Buxton, the center fielder for the low Single-A Cedar Rapids Kernels, made a diving catch on the warning track to rob Kane County’s David Boke of an extra-base hit during the top of the second inning of his [...]
Minnesota Twins center fielder Aaron Hicks exited the nightcap of yesterday's doubleheader against the Washington Nationals with a strained left hamstring, according to Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com.
Hicks left the game in the bottom of the fifth inning after a 12-minute rain delay. He suffered the injury while attempting to beat out a soft grounder to third baseman Ryan Zimmerman...
Cedar Rapids Kernels center fielder Byron Buxton, second overall selection by the Minnesota Twins in the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft, showed why with this full extension, dirt pushing...
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Byron Buxton was selected in the second round of the 2012 MLB Draft by the Minnesota Twins, and this spectacular catch is pretty much the reason why.
Facing a lineup featuring zero familiarity with his pitching arsenal, Washington Nationals ace Jordan Zimmermann slammed the door shut on Minnesota's chances of an interleague sweep on the road.
Hard. And fast.
Zimmermann blew through a Twins batting order bereft of Joe Mauer and Josh Willingham in the first game of Sunday's split doubleheader, allowing only two hits and...
You may remember the Minnesota Twins selecting high school outfielder Byron Buxton with the second-overall pick in th…
For the second time in as many seasons, the Phillies traveled to Target Field for an interleague series against the Minnesota Twins. After a head-scratching series against the Brewers, the team absolutely had to come into this series looking to take at least two out of three. The first Philly...
Justin Morneau hit the go-ahead single in the eighth inning to cap a three-hit night and carry the Minnesota Twins to a 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday.
Jamey Carroll - who had two hits and snapped a 0-for-24 slump - drew a walk to start the eighth off reliever Mike Adams (1-4) and ended up on third after a Joe Mauer single and a fielder's choice.
Manager Davey Johnson saw an immediate return on the team meeting he held with his players Saturday night “to cheer them up,” in the Washington Nationals’ (30-31) 7-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins (27-32) in the first game of a double header on Sunday.
“I’ll have [a meeting] every day if we get 14 hits and seven runs,” Johnson said.
Johnson had expressed his...
Going to be flipping between the Twins and the NBA Finals tonight, so might as well write some random stuff while doing those things.
- First off, I know we are all very excited about our little Byron Buxton and the just promoted to double-A Miguel Sano and with good reason. Buxton is hitting .350/.444/.578 with 8 triples, 7 homers, and 26 steals while playing amazing defense...