What the Hell are the Twins gonna do at Shortstop?

The Twins hit the back stretch of the season, somewhat limping and hovering around .500 and 2.5 games back of the second Wild Card spot.  There are two ways to look at this season.  The first is that the team overachieved and could never have sustained their early season success, but a .500ish year and semi-meaningful games with an outside shot at a surprise playoff appearance...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Time for Twins to promote Pinto

Josmil Pinto entered Spring Training as the favorite to be named the Minnesota Twins backup catcher but multiple injuries and a strong showing from Chris Herrmann forced the team to have Pinto begin the year in Triple-A. It’s time for the Twins to revisit that decision and promote Pinto to the Major League roster. Herrmann has been almost an automatic out in his occasional appearances...
Via Baseball Essential
May 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Time for Twins to Stop Making Safe Roster Moves

The season is still very young but the Minnesota Twins have had a roller coaster season so far. Between starting 1-6 and then going 8-6 in their next 14 games, there has been a difference of night and day when the Twins take the field. There is a good team that is both talented and exciting and another team that gets crushed by a large amount of both mental and physical errors....
Via Baseball Essential
April 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Herrmann wins backup catcher battle, Pinto to Triple-A

The Minnesota Twins finally settled on 25 players to open the season with following last night’s loss to the Boston Red Sox when the team decided on who the Opening Day backup catcher would be. Following tonight's game, Chris Herrmann was informed he will be on the #MNTwins Opening Day roster. He will serve as backup catcher. — Dustin Morse (@Twins_morsecode) April 3, 2015 ...
Via Baseball Essential
April 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Minnesota Twins Announce 25-Man Roster

The Minnesota Twins announced their 25-man roster on Thursday night after their game against the Boston Red Sox. They will carry 12 pitchers and 13 position players. Highlighting the final roster are newly acquired outfielder Torii Hunter, newly acquired pitcher Ervin Santana, and Minnesota Natives Glen Perkins and Joe Mauer. One of the last cuts was catcher Josmil Pinto, who was...
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April 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Twins Roster Preview - Hitter guys

With the depressing but not terribly surprising news that the Twins sent all the interesting young people back down to the minors and kept a bunch of lame-o veterans on the big league roster, I suppose it's time to turn my thoughts to baseball.  Also, there's a 75% chance I hate the college basketball national champion (actually probably more like 98%) so I'm going to ignore that...
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March 31, 2015  |  Discuss

LEADING OFF: Alex Rodriguez to play first base

A look at what's happening around spring training in Florida and Arizona on Sunday: --- WHO'S ON FIRST? Alex Rodriguez will get his first start at first base for the Yankees against Houston. The soon-to-be 40-year-old is returning from a year-long suspension and will get most of his at-bats as a designated hitter, but he should see limited time at third and perhaps first. LOOSENING...
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March 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Minnesota Twins News and Notes: Week of 3/22

Here is a summary of Minnesota Twins news from the last week:  Twins catcher Josmil Pinto suffered a concussion after being hit with three backswings during Saturday’s game against the Baltimore Orioles. “We’ll just see how he comes along, I talked to him this morning. He’s feeling OK, just not quite himself.” Manager Paul Molitor said according to the Pioneer Press...
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March 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Herrmann Has Opportunity to Win Twins Backup Catcher Battle

Chris Herrmann has found an excellent opportunity to make up ground in the battle for the Minnesota Twins backup catcher position in the early weeks of camp with favorite Josmil Pinto battling a minor quad injury. Pinto was thought to be the frontrunner for the position of Kurt Suzuki‘s backup all winter long and reported to camp in excellent shape, according to general manager...
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March 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Tyler Mason's Feb. 26 Twins mailbag

Spring training is officially underway, and the Minnesota Twins' pitchers and catchers have begun their workouts in Fort Myers, Fla. Position players will soon do the same at Hammond Stadium as the Twins look to put yet another 90-loss season in the rearview mirror. As I prepare to head down to spring training, I answered your questions about the Twins and the 2015 season. Thanks...
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February 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Twins Youth Movement Continues At Catcher

From 2005-2013 the Minnesota Twins had the best catcher in the American League, arguably in the Major Leagues. That argument would be going against a 6x All-Star, 3x Gold Glove winner, 5x Silver Slugger, and an MVP winner Joe Mauer. Then Mauer moved to first base for health reasons, in steps Kurt Suzuki. Suzuki managed to fill the void by being voted to the All-Star game with his...
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February 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Deep League Thoughts: Josmil Pinto

They say talent trumps experience. That said, they also say persistence trumps talent. They also say persistence pays off. Sorry y'all, got lost reading motivational posters it seems. But that's what happens when you are trying to get people excited about Josmil Pinto for the 2015 Fantasy Baseball season. Believe me, I know it's a bumpy road. I mean, haven't we been down it...
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January 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Twins still scrapping despite poor record

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins are in last place in the American League Central and are headed for their fourth straight 90-loss season. Yet even against the Los Angeles Angels, the team with the best record in baseball, Minnesota treated Friday's game with significance. That was evident by the way Twins skipper Ron Gardenhire managed the eighth inning, in which four different...
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September 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Daily DraftKings Picks: Thursday, Sep 4

Yesterday we had a last-minute lineup change as Brian Dozier didn’t crack Minnesota’s starting nine. This change led me to make a few other swaps: 2B: Dozier out, Jose Altuve in C: Joe Mauer out, Josmil Pinto in 3B: Nick Castellanos out, Chris Davis in Unfortunately my new lineup didn’t save properly so the one you see below is the original version including Dozier. It finished...
Via Baseball Professor
September 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins rout White Sox, 11-4

MINNEAPOLIS -- Kennys Vargas homered for the second consecutive night and Eduardo Nunez had four hits as the Minnesota Twins defeated the Chicago White Sox 11-4 on Wednesday. The Twins broke loose for five runs in the fifth inning to break a 3-all tie and set up Trevor May (1-4) for his first major league win. Vargas' RBI single and Eduardo Escobar's two-run triple did the bulk of...
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September 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins rout White Sox, 11-4

MINNEAPOLIS -- Kennys Vargas homered for the second consecutive night and Eduardo Nunez had four hits as the Minnesota Twins defeated the Chicago White Sox 11-4 on Wednesday. The Twins broke loose for five runs in the fifth inning to break a 3-all tie and set up Trevor May (1-4) for his first major league win. Vargas' RBI single and Eduardo Escobar's two-run triple did the bulk of...
Via AP on Fox
September 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins to add Pinto, 7 others to roster

BALTIMORE (AP) The Minnesota Twins intend to add eight players to their roster, including catcher Josmil Pinto and four pitchers. The moves were announced Monday before Minnesota concluded a four-game series at Camden Yards. The players were expected to join the team Tuesday, when the Twins host the Chicago White Sox. Those recalled from Rochester were left-hander Logan Darnell...
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September 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Getting STATy With It: 2014 Luckiest Pitchers, Updated

As I type this, I'm in a small, but expected depression as a disgruntled Mets fan living in Minnesota after today's non-waiver trade deadline. In the middle of thermal packaging related activities, I saw deal and deal and deal swing by. All I get from both the teams that I follow most? A Kurt Suzuki extension. Oye. All that did was disgruntle me more, as I like Josmil Pinto quite...
Via Razzball
August 02, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Fantasy Baseball: Real Offensive Value — Catchers Part 1

Source: Joe Robbins/Getty Images North America There is and always will be a tension between fantasy baseball and real baseball. Real statistical analysts often ignore run producing statistics (runs and RBI) because they are largely what we may call opportunity statistics. They are dependent on the quality of the players around a particular player and not necessarily a reflection...
Via The Fantasy Fix
June 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins make moves: Fryer, Fuld back; Hicks to DL

Two days after optioning catcher Josmil Pinto to Triple-A Rochester, the Minnesota Twins added a backup catcher to take his place. The Twins announced Friday that they've recalled catcher Eric Fryer from Rochester. He'll be the backup to Kurt Suzuki and will join Minnesota in Detroit in time for Friday's game. Additionally, outfielder Aaron Hicks was placed on the 15-day disabled...
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June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Fantasy Baseball: The Rookie Report, June 10

Photo credit: Scott U Welcome back! Name Team PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG wOBA Jose Abreu White Sox 214 31 17 47 0.255 0.308 0.592 0.380 George Springer Astros 211 28 12 35 1 0.251 0.349 0.497 0.369 Yangervis Solarte Yankees 229 25 6 28 0.299 0.368 0.458 0.363 Josmil Pinto Twins 158 19 7 16 0.222 0.323 0.407 0.325 Xander Bogaerts Red Sox 258 32 5 17 2 0.293 0.384 0...
Via The Fantasy Fix
June 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Deep Impact: Dynasty League Warm Bodies

On Razzball Radio last week, where you finally got to see my perfectly circumferenced face, that looks like almost any chubby latino catcher that you can think of (to name a couple: Ramon Castro, Josmil Pinto), I got into my win-now approach. I traded high impact prospects (Gregory Polanco and Anthony Rendon) for a more immediate influence, (Robinson Cano). I often wind up with...
Via Razzball
June 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins again strand too many runners, lose another one-run game

MINNEAPOLIS -- Frustration has started to set in for the Minnesota Twins, but not yet desperation. Following Thursday's 5-4 loss to Texas -- the second one-run loss in as many days -- Minnesota has now lost six of its last seven games and enters the weekend with a 24-27 record. The Twins once again had chances against the Rangers but left 10 runners on base. Now Minnesota heads to...
Via Fox Sports North
May 29, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Fantasy Baseball: The Rookie Report, May 28

Welcome back, ladies and gents. Name Team PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG Jose Abreu White Sox 189 29 15 42 0.260 0.312 0.595 George Springer Astros 155 20 8 25 1 0.268 0.348 0.500 Yangervis Solarte Yankees 186 21 5 25 0.292 0.368 0.447 Josmil Pinto Twins 133 19 7 14 0.243 0.353 0.459 Xander Bogaerts Red Sox 199 22 3 11 1 0.279 0.377 0.407 Rougned Odor Rangers 47 4 1...
Via The Fantasy Fix
May 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins' emerging winning culture differs from past years

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins had identical 18-19 records through 37 games of the 2013 and 2014 seasons. Yet even though the records were the same at that juncture, something just felt different about the way Minnesota achieved that mark this year. Five games later, Minnesota is now at .500 (21-21) entering a five-game West Coast road trip and has won three straight series....
Via Fox Sports North
May 19, 2014  |  Discuss
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