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Minnesota Twins Class A outfielder Byron Buxton was named the 2013 Minor League Player of the Year by Baseball America, marking the the second time in the 33-year history of the award that a Twins prospect has been honored. Franchise catcher Joe Mauer was selected in 2003, his third professional season.
Buxton spent his first full season in the minor leagues and hit a hit a combined .334 with 19 doubles, 18 triples, 12 home runs, 77 runs batted in, 76 walks and 55 stolen bases in 74 attempts (.743 success rate). He led the minors in triples, finished second with 109 runs scored and was 12th in stolen bases.
Other finalists included Twins Double-A third baseman Miguel Sano, Triple-A outfielder George Springer (Houston Astros), Double-A right-hander Archie Bradley (Arizona Diamondbacks), Class A third baseman Joey Gallo (Texas Rangers), Double-A shortstop Javier Baez (Chicago Cubs) and Class A right-hander C.J. Edwards (Cubs).
Previous winners of the Minor League Player of the Year award include Wil Myers, Mike Trout, Mauer, Derek Jeter, Manny Ramirez and Frank Thomas.
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins catcher Joe Mauer was sent home Wednesday after experiencing a setback from his recovery from a concussion.
"He didn't have a good day today," said Twins general manager Terry Ryan. "It's a concern more than frustration because you've got to feel for the guy. He just didn't feel well today, so we sent him home. This wasn't...
MINNEAPOLIS -- The last time Mike Pelfrey won a game at Target Field, there was still snow on the ground throughout Minnesota.
Hit with yet another loss Wednesday in Oakland's 18-3 rout, the Twins right-hander fell to 5-12 on the year. On top of that, it extended his winless streak at Target Field to 12 games. The last time Pelfrey was a winner in his home park was April 16...
MINNEAPOLIS -- Scott Diamond thought he had things figured out after a demotion to Triple A in early August helped him get his confidence back.
In his first major league start since then, it was back to square one for the Twins left-hander.
Diamond was tagged with the loss Thursday as Oakland scored five runs (four earned) on six hits as Minnesota fell 8-2 to the visiting Athletics...
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins released their 2014 schedule on Tuesday, and they'll open the year on the road against the Chicago White Sox on March 31.
After three games at U.S. Cellular Field, Minnesota will play a three-game series in Cleveland before returning to Minneapolis for the home opener at Target Field on April 7 against Oakland. That first homestand also includes...
MINNEAPOLIS -- Maybe Josh Willingham should bat sixth more often.
Hitting in the No. 6 spot in the order for the first time in nearly four years, Willingham homered twice -- including the go-ahead blast in the eighth inning -- to lift Minnesota to a 4-3 victory over the visiting Oakland Athletics. And he did so lower in the order than he's ever batted in a Twins uniform.
Do you know the name Josmil Pinto? No...well, neither did I until about two weeks ago. Since joining the Twins the 24 year old catcher has done nothing but hit. In 7 games he's batting .565/1.513, with 6 R, 5 DBL, 1 HR, and 4 RBI. That equates to a 0.6 WAR, which is amazing for such a short period of time. Aside from a poor showing in 2010 and 2011, Pinto has hit well...
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Josh Willingham hit two home runs, including a two-run shot in the eighth that put the Twins in front for good, to lead Minnesota past the Oakland Athletics 4-3 Tuesday night.
Oswaldo Arcia also homered for the Twins, who snapped Oakland's three-game winning streak and prevented the A's from stretching their two-game lead over Texas in the AL West. They also spoiled a solid...
Clinging to the AL's second wild-card spot, the Tampa Bay Rays would appear to have a good chance to help their cause this weekend.
The visiting Rays go for a 10th consecutive victory over the lowly Minnesota Twins in the opener of a three-game set Friday night.
Tampa Bay (79-66) had dropped five of six and 13 of 17 before beating Boston 4-3 on Thursday. Desmond Jennings homered...
Scott Diamond finished last season as the only pitcher assured of a spot in Minnesota's rotation.
One year later, the left-hander isn't sure of much, starting with getting the ball to go where he wants it to.
A.J. Griffin allowed just two hits in seven innings, and the Oakland Athletics beat Diamond and the Twins 8-2 on Thursday afternoon to increase their division lead...
It was one of those nights where baseball became pinball and the A's were in danger of breaking the scoreboard counter.
In the end Oakland was an 18-3 victor over the Minnesota Twins on a night where every ball that could fell in and A's starter Sonny Gray spent enough time on the bench between innings to get his taxes done.
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September baseball for non-contending teams means looking at players who could help a team contend in the future. And now that all the Twins’ late-season call-ups have arrived the evaluation period can move into full swing.
The Twins saw a few swings they liked Monday when they beat the Los Angeles Angels 6-3 and ended a franchise-record 10-game home losing streak.
While Byron Buxton, the top ranked prospect in the Minnesota Twins organization (and arguably in all of professional baseball), was named the 2013 Minor League Player of the Year by Baseball America on Wednesday, the question looms as to which prospects could have been considered viable selections (in lieu of Buxton) for the honor.
By no means am I discrediting the performance that...