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...
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February 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins add four players to 40-man roster

The Twins have added first baseman Kennys Vargas, infielder Jorge Polanco, outfielder Max Kepler and lefthander Logan Darnell to their 40-man roster, which had to be submitted to the league today. They also outrighted righthander B.J. Hermsen off the 40-man, giving the Twins 39 players on the roster. This gives them flexibility to add a player through a trade, free agency or the...
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November 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Twins add four players to 40-man roster, protecting them from Rule 5 Draft

MINNEAPOLIS -- Upon the deadline to protect players fromMajor League Baseballs Rule 5 Draft, the Minnesota Twins added four players totheir 40-man roster on Wednesday.Outfielder Max Kepler, infielders Jorge Polanco and KennysVargas and left-handed pitcher Logan Darnell were all placed on the Twins40-man roster, protecting them from the Rule 5 draft. Additionally, Minnesotaoutrighted...
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November 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Prospect Video: Max Kepler

Kiley shares video of the one of the most interesting young players in the AFL, Twins 1B Max Kepler.
November 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Stars of Tomorrow: Cubs Minor League Recap 11/6/13 and 11/7/13

November is the cruelest month of all. Glendale 6 v Mesa 4 Kris Bryant: 2-3, R, BB, SO, SB (3) Kris Bryant singles on a ground ball to center fielder Jared Mitchell. Kris Bryant walks. Kris Bryant strikes out swinging. Kris Bryant singles on a line drive to right fielder Brandon Jacobs. Wes Darvill: 0-4, SO, CS Wes Darvill grounds out softly, shortstop Corey Seager to first baseman...
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November 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Captains fall 9-7 despite four home runs

EASTLAKE – The Lake County Captains accumulated four home runs at Classic Park on Thursday night but fell to the Cedar Rapids Kernels 9-7. Right-hander Luis DeJesus (3-9, 6.18) received the start for the Captains to counter Cedar Rapids’ righty Josue Montanez (3-2, 5.35). DeJesus has battled problems with issuing the long ball all season and Thursday was no different as he surrendered...
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July 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Captains fall 7-6 in 12 innings

EASTLAKE – The Lake County Captains dropped an extra-inning affair with a 12-inning 7-6 loss against the Cedar Rapids Kernels Wednesday night. Right-hander Dylan Baker (6-5, 3.26) took the bump for the Captains to counter Cedar Rapids’ righty Christian Powell (2-3, 5.68). Baker ran into trouble early in the second as the Kernels scored four. First baseman Max Kepler led...
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July 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Top 10 MLB Prospects Week of June 22-28

The Baseball News Source Top MLB Prospects of the Week report is a weekly rundown on the Top 10 prospects from each one week period, reported to you each Sunday.This is not meant to be a list of the top prospects in the game, rather this is a report of the prospects who had the best performances based on talent/ability level, respective league difficulty, and progression (as well...
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July 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Newman’s Own: Best Center Fielders of 2012

Seeing prospects in person is my passion. In 2012, I was fortunate enough to visit parks in five different leagues — collecting information and video on 200 legitimate prospects or more. The lists released over the next few weeks will highlight the best prospects I’ve seen in person at each position during the 2012 season. The rankings will be adjusted based on projected position...
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November 09, 2012  |  Discuss

FanGraphs Audio: Prospects with Mike Newman

Episode 252Prospect analyst Mike Newman discusses three players he saw in person this season — catcher Mike Zunino (Mariners), shortstop Brad Miller (also Mariners), and German outfielder Max Kepler (Twins) — and the larger concerns each raises with regard to prospect analysis generally.Don’t hesitate to direct pod-related correspondence to @cistulli on Twitter.You can subscribe...
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September 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Appy League Review: Twins Prospects

My first trip to the Appalachian League brought me to two parks in Elizabethton and Greeneville which could not have been more different. Elizabethton, a small town outside of Johnson City, Tennessee housed the Twins at an older parks & recreation facility. Considering the high school football opener happening a couple of miles away, about a thousand people showing up for the...
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August 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Top Ten Left Field Prospects

When we get into the outfield we see a lot more generalization than we do on the infield. For most teams, right field and left field are interchangeable. The reality is that both spots carry more specific skills than some teams want to admit, but it is hard to get out of the fact that some players are simply listed as outfielders. However, we can see some specialization...
April 10, 2012  |  Discuss

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