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Max Kepler, 2017 Fantasy Sleeper

In an industry, 'pert 12-team mock draft that I recently participated in, I grabbed Max Kepler with the 194th overall pick, and, quite honestly, I could've likely took him in the final round, or just grabbed him off waivers if there were waivers in a mock draft, which there's not.  No one cares about the Twins.  I'd say Twins lives matter, but I'm not trying to incite riots.  One...
Via Razzball
December 05, 2016  |  Discuss

A Case Study in Pitch Recognition with Max Kepler

When a top prospect completes his ascension through the minor leagues and begins to carve out the early stages of a big-league career, a little war wages in all our heads, whether we know it or not. It’s the battle between our pre-debut perception of that player and our post-debut perception. Really, it’s just a variation of the age-old debate of scouts vs. stats. When a player...
Via Fangraphs
August 04, 2016  |  Discuss

WATCH: Twins rookie Max Kepler cranks three homers vs Indians

It’s been a rough year for the Minnesota Twins, as they have the worst record in the American League at 41-64. However, it certainly appears Twins fans have something to be excited about in 23-year-old German rookie outfielder Max Kepler. Kepler, who entered the season as Baseball America’s No. 30 overall prospect, has a terrific .256/.332/.547 slash line with 14 homers on...
Via The Comeback
August 02, 2016  |  Discuss

Should Exit Velocity Factor Into Official Scoring?

In the second inning of today’s game at Fenway Park, Minnesota’s Max Kepler hit a one-hop rocket that Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts couldn’t handle. After deliberation — he looked at multiple replays —- official scorer Chaz Scoggins ruled the play an E-6. A few minutes later, Twins beat writer Rhett Bollinger noted that StatCast had Kepler’s smash at 109 mph...
Via Fangraphs
July 24, 2016  |  Discuss

Sano, Kepler blast homers as Twins win big over Rangers

MINNEAPOLIS -- Max Kepler homered twice and set a Twins rookie record by driving in seven runs, helping Minnesota rout the Texas Rangers 17-5 on Saturday.Eduardo Nunez had four hits for the Twins, who scored at least three runs in four of the first five innings. Kepler's second home run of the day capped a six-run fifth inning and gave the Twins a 17-4 lead.Texas right-hander Chi...
Via Associated Press
July 02, 2016  |  Discuss

Kepler leads Twins to third straight win

MINNEAPOLIS -- Max Kepler made up for a costly error with a tying single in the fifth inning and the go-ahead sacrifice fly in the seventh as the Minnesota Twins handed the Philadelphia Phillies their eighth straight loss, 6-5 Wednesday night.The Phillies took a 5-2 lead in the fifth as Andres Blanco singled to right and the ball skipped under Kepler's glove, allowing two runs to...
Via Associated Press
June 23, 2016  |  Discuss

Twins Launch Kepler’s Career

With Danny Valencia headed to the disabled list, the Twins have recalled outfielder Max Kepler from Triple-A. Kepler figures to slot in as the team’s fourth outfielder, backing up Byron Buxton, Miguel Sano and Eddie Rosario. Kepler got some love from prospect evaluators last winter, with virtually every outlet ranking him in their various top-100 lists. Baseball America was the...
Via Fangraphs
April 12, 2016  |  Discuss

Projecting Twins Outfielder Max Kepler

Shortly after the Chattanooga Lookouts took home the Southern League championship on Monday, the team’s best player packed his bags for the big leagues. That player, of course, was Max Kepler, who will spend the final two weeks of the season in Minnesota following a well-deserved promotion. Kepler put up crazy good in the minors this year. The 22-year-old spent nearly the...
Via Fangraphs
September 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Twins recall Southern League MVP Max Kepler from Double-A

The Minnesota Twins will recall Southern League Most Valuable Player Max Kepler from Double-A Chattanooga, the club announced Monday night. Kepler, a 22-year-old outfielder/first baseman from Berlin, has spent six seasons in the Twins' minor-league system. This year he was named league MVP after hitting .322 with 32 doubles, 13 triples, nine home runs, 71 RB and 76 runs scored in...
Via Fox Sports North
September 22, 2015  |  Discuss

German-born Kepler puts best foot forward with Twins

MINNEAPOLIS -- Max Kepler was too tall to follow in the footsteps of his parents, both of whom were professional ballet dancers. And growing up in Germany, a country that embraces soccer, Kepler eventually gave up that sport. The Minnesota Twins are glad he did. Instead of dancing or making a living with his feet, Kepler opted to play baseball at the urging of his mother. He attended...
Via Fox Sports North
February 06, 2014  |  Discuss

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