10/7/18

The original report of Sano's accident.

Here is the original report of Sano's accident in the Dominican, along with a translation:

Accidentes de tránsito
| 07 OCT 2018, 1:14 PM
|
FRANKLIN CORDERO
Miguel Sanó involucrado en accidente en que salió herido un policía



SAN PEDRO DE MACORÍS. El pelotero Miguel Sanó se vio envuelto en un accidente de tránsito, en el que resultó herido un agente de la policía la madrugada de este domingo.

Sanó fue detenido, pero ya fue puesto en libertad por solicitud de sus abogados con la promesa que este lunes se presentará de nuevo en la Dirección Regional Sureste de la Policía con asiento en San Pedro a las nueve de la mañana.

Según fuentes policiales, el deportista y sus abogados expresaron su disposición de hacer un arreglo y costear los gastos médicos y de recuperación, ya que el raso Ángel Guillandeax Gil fue herido en unas de sus piernas, mientras estaba de servicio y se encuentra ingresado en el hospital del Seguro Social Oliver de esta provincia.

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Traffic accidents
| 07 OCT 2018, 1:14 PM
|
FRANKLIN CORDERO
Miguel Sano involved in an accident in which a policeman was Wounded

SAN PEDRO DE Macoris . The baseball player Miguel Sano  was involved in a traffic accident, where a police officer was injured early this sunday.

Sano was arrested, but he was released at the request of his lawyers with the promise that this Monday will be presented again at the Southeast Regional Police office with seat in San Pedro at nine in the Morning.

According to police sources, the athlete and his lawyers expressed their willingness to make an arrangement and pay for medical and recovery expenses, as Angel Guillandeax Gil was injured in one of his legs, while on duty and is admitted At the Oliver Social Security hospital in this province.

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Despite the usual Sano haters in the Twin Cities media (and the wannabe media) who for a second season in a row want to pronounce him guilty before proven so,  it was a "traffic accident" and Sano was with his wife when it happened.   I would suggest a bit of decrease in the hype, before the courts make their judgement.



9/5/18

The Twins have 8 Arizona Fall League players this season

The Twins have named the following 8 players to the Arizona Fall League:

IF Travis Blackenhorn
OF Jaylin Davis
RHP Hector Lujan
RHP Griffin Jax
1B/OF Luke Raley 
LHP Alex Robinson
1B/LF Brent Rooker
LHP Devin Smeltzer

8/27/18

Twins Major and Minor League Activity and Transactions: 8/21-8/27 (25 Transactions)

Here is the latest activity from the Twins and their affiliates:
  • 3B Victor Tademo assigned to A Cedar Rapids Kernels from Rookie GCL Twins.(8/26)
  • Single A Cedar Rapids Kernels placed 3B Andrew Bechtold on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to August 25, 2018.(8/26)
  • RHP Prelander Berroa assigned to Advanced Rookie Elizabethton Twins from Rookie GCL Twins. (8/26)
  • RHP Edwar Colina assigned to high A Fort Myers Miracle from A Cedar Rapids Kernels.(8/25)
  • RHP Carlos Suniaga assigned to A Cedar Rapids Kernels from Advanced Rookie Elizabethton Twins.(8/25)
  • LHP Zach Neff assigned to A Cedar Rapids Kernels from Advanced Rookie Elizabethton Twins.(8/25)
  • A Cedar Rapids Kernels placed RHP Jordan Balazovic on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to August 24, 2018.(8/25)
  • RHP Erik Cha assigned to Advanced Rookie Elizabethton Twins from Rookie GCL Twins. (8/25)
  •  RHP Dylan Stowell assigned to Advanced Rookie Elizabethton Twins from Rookie GCL Twins.(8/25)
  • The Twins placed C Bobby Wilson on the 10-day disabled list. Right ankle sprain. (8/24)
  • The Twins recalled C Willians Astudillo from AAA Rochester Red Wings. (8/24)
  • IF Alex Perez assigned to AAA Rochester Red Wings from AA Chattanooga Lookouts. (8/24)
  • SS Joe Cronin assigned to AA Chattanooga Lookouts from high A Fort Myers Miracle.(8/24)
  • High A Fort Myers Miracle placed LHP Bryan Sammons on the 7-day disabled list.(8/24)
  • High A Fort Myers Miracle placed LHP Alex Robinson on the 7-day disabled list with a left shoulder impingement.(8/24) 
  • LHP Andrew Vasquez assigned to AAA Rochester Red Wings from AA Chattanooga Lookouts. (8/23)
  • AA Chattanooga Lookouts activated LHP Casey Crosby from the 7-day disabled list. (8/23)
  • Advanced Rookie Elizabethton Twins activated LHP Matt Jones from the 7-day disabled list. (8/23)
  • The Twins released AAA IF Taylor Motter (8/22)
  • The Twins signed free agent RHP Austin Adams to a minor league contract. (8/21)
  • RHP Austin Adams assigned to Chattanooga Lookouts (8/21)
  • The Twins sent RHP Michael Pineda on a rehab assignment to AAA Rochester Red Wings. (8/21)
  • OF Zander Wiel assigned to AAA Rochester Red Wings from AA Chattanooga Lookouts.(8/21)
  • 1B Andy Wilkins assigned to AA Chattanooga Lookouts from AAA Rochester Red Wings. (8/21)
  • RHP Clark Beeker assigned to AA Chattanooga Lookouts from high A Fort Myers Miracle. (8/21)

8/22/18

The Twins have signed a new former top prospect pitcher

The Twins have signed RHP Austin Adams, lately of Sugar Land Skeeters of the Independent Atlantic league.  The 32 year old Adams was in the Cleveland organization from his draft days (5th round, 2009) until 2016, making it as high as number 4 in the fangraphs Indian's prospect list for 2012.  Unfortunately he blew his shoulder that season and required surgery.  He returned with a high 90s fastball, a move to the pen from the rotation and a bad relationship with command. 

I suspect that Derek Falvey's knowledge of Adams might make him something more than AA depth, which is his current assignment.  

8/20/18

Twins Major and Minor League Activity and Transactions: 8/20

Here is the latest activity and transaction of the Minnesota Twins, including that of their Minor League affiliates:

  • The Twins optioned RHP Tyler Duffey to Rochester Red Wings. (8/20)
  • The Twins recalled LHP Stephen Gonsalves from Rochester Red Wings. (8/20)
  • The Twins optioned RF Johnny Field to Rochester Red Wings. (8/19)
  • The Twins recalled RHP Alan Busenitz from Rochester Red Wings.(8/19)
  • The Twins activated RF Robbie Grossman from the 10-day disabled list.(8/19)
  • The Twins placed RHP Ervin Santana on the 10-day disabled list(8/19) 
  • RHP Johan Quezada assigned to single A Cedar Rapids Kernels from Advanced Rookie Elizabethton Twins. (8/18)
  • Single A Cedar Rapids Kernels placed RHP Calvin Faucher on the 7-day disabled list. (8/17)
  • Twins sent RF Robbie Grossman on a rehab assignment to AAA Rochester Red Wings. (8/16)
  • Twins sent A+ LF Shane Carrier on a rehab assignment to Rookie GCL Twins. (8/16)
  • LHP Lewis Thorpe assigned to AAA Rochester Red Wings from AA Chattanooga Lookouts (8/15) 
  • AAA Rochester Red Wings placed RF Edgar Corcino on the 7-day disabled list. Right hand fracture. (/8/15)
  • AAA Rochester Red Wings activated CF Byron Buxton from the 7-day disabled list (8/14)
  • Single A Cedar Rapids Kernels activated C David Banuelos from the 7-day disabled list (8/14)

8/18/18

Keeping an eye on the minor leaguers the Twins received in the recent trades

In addition to Logan Forsythe (Dozier) and Tyler Austin (Lynn), the Minnesota Twins received several minor leaguers  in the recent trades.  Here is how well they have been doing so far.

Pitchers:

Chase De Long, 24, RHP, AAA, 3 G, 15 IP, 8 BB, 14 K, 8 ER, 4.80 ERA, 1.467 WHIP, 8.4 K/9, 1.8 K/BB (Duke)
Devin Smeltzer, 22, LHP, AA, 4 G, 4-1/3 IP, 2 BB, 5 K, 3 ER, 6.23 ERA, 1.846 WHIO, 10.4 K/9, 2.5 K/BB (Dozier)
Jorge Alcala, 23, RHP, AA, 2 G, 6-2/3 IP, 4 BB, 7 K, 5 ER, 6.75 ERA, 1.350 WHIP, 9.5 K/9, 1.8 K/BB (Pressly)
Jhoan Duran, 20, RHP, A, 3 G, 18-1/3 IP, 4 BB, 22 K, 7 ER, 3.44 ERA, 0.764 WHIP, 10.8 K/9, 5.5 K/BB (Escobar)
Dakota Chalmers 21, RHP, A, DL  (Rodney)
Luis Rijo, 19, RHP, Adv Rookie, 2 G, 10.1 IP, 3 BB, 6 K, 0 ER, 0.00 ERA, 5.2 K/9, 2 K/BB (Lynn)

Hitters:

Luke Raley, 23, OF/1B, AA, .292/.414/.521, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 8 BB, 14 K, 58 PA (Dozier)
Ryan Costello, 22, IF, A+, .280/.379/.420, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 8 BB, 12 K, 58 PA (Duke)
Ernie De La Trinidad, 22, OF, A+, .354/.439/.438, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 8 BB, 8 K, 60 PA (Escobar)
Gabriel Maciel, 19, OF, A, .279/.343/.443, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 4 BB, 10 K, 67 PA (Escobar)
Gilberto Celestino, 19, OF, Adv Rookie, .290/.333/.355,  7 SB, 3 BB, 8 K, 66 PA (Pressly)  

Very small sample size but some impressive performances so far.  Some of the group might have an effect on the 2019 Twins.  Will revisit once the minor league season is over.

8/13/18

Twins Major and Minor League Activity and Transactions: 8/13

Here is the latest activity and transaction of the Minnesota Twins, including that of their Minor League affiliates:
  • The Twins promoted RHP Kohl Stewart from AAA Rochester Red Wings. (8/12)
  • 1B/DH Logan Morrison was placed on the 10-day DL and will undergo a season ending hip surgery (8/11)
  • LHP Anthony Marzi assigned to Chattanooga Lookouts from Fort Myers Miracle.(8/11)
  • RHP Ryan Eades assigned to Rochester Red Wings from Chattanooga Lookouts. (8/11)
  • LHP Kevin Marnon assigned to Fort Myers Miracle from Cedar Rapids Kernels. (8/11)
  • The Twins sent RHP Michael Pineda on a rehab assignment to Fort Myers Miracle (8/11)
  • The Twins placed LHP Adalberto Mejia on the 10-day disabled list. Left wrist strain. (8/10)
  • The Twins recalled RHP Tyler Duffey from Rochester Red Wings.(8/10)
  • The Twins recalled 1B Tyler Austin from Rochester Red Wings.(8/10)
  • AAA Rochester Red Wings activated LF LaMonte Wade from the 7-day disabled list. (8/10)
  • AAA Rochester Red Wings activated RHP D.J. Baxendale from the 7-day disabled list. (8/10)
  • The Twins traded RHP Fernando Rodney to Oakland Athletics for RHP Dakota Chalmers (8/9)
  • LHP J.T. Perez assigned to Advanced Rookie Elizabethton Twins from Rookie GCL Twins. (8/8)
  •  The Twins placed RHP Matt Belisle on the 10-day disabled list with right knee chondromalacia. (8/7)
  • The Twins activated RHP Matt Magill from the paternity list. (8/7)
  • The Twins have released RHP Todd Van Steensel (8/7)
  • AA Chattanooga Lookouts sent LHP Casey Crosby on a rehab assignment to Rookie GCL Twins. (8/7)
  • LF Jean Carlos Arias assigned to Advanced Rookie Elizabethton Twins from A Cedar Rapids Kernels. (8/7)
  • The Twins placed RF Robbie Grossman on the 10-day disabled list. Right hamstring strain. (8/6)
  • The Twins recalled RF Johnny Field from AAA Rochester Red Wings.(8/6)
  • The Twins sent RHP Michael Pineda on a rehab assignment to Rookie GCL Twins.(8/6)
  • 2B Jose Miranda assigned to A+ Fort Myers Miracle from A Cedar Rapids Kernels. (8/6)
  • The Twins released SS Brandon Lopez (8/6)
  • LHP Anthony Marzi assigned to A+ Fort Myers Miracle from AA Chattanooga Lookouts. (8/6)
  • 2B Michael Helman assigned to A Cedar Rapids Kernels from Advanced Rookie Elizabethton Twins. (8/6)
  • A+ Fort Myers Miracle placed RHP Tom Hackimer on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to July 31, 2018. Right shoulder strain (8/2)

8/10/18

Dakota Chalmers is a lottery ticket for the Twins

The Minnesota Twins have traded closer Fernando Rodney to the Oakland Athletics for 21 year old RHP Dakota Chalmers.  Chalmers who underwent Tommy John surgery early this Spring and will miss the rest of the season was assigned to single A Cedar Rapids Kernals.

Looking at this numbers and progression in his professional career, it would appear that the 97th overall pick in the 2015 draft, who signed way over slot to prevent going to college, has been regressing on an annual basis; this is also reflected in his BA position in the Athletics' prospect list, falling from 10th in 2015, to 16th in 2016 and 2017, and 30th in 2018.  Chalmers pitched only 121-1/3 innings, mostly as a starter in 4 seasons from Rookie ball to short season A to single A with a 4.08 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP, hardly the numbers of a potential top of the rotation pitcher. 

However, Chalmers has that potential if one looks at his raw stuff:  Three above average pitches.  A Fastball that sits in the mid 90s and occasionally hits 97-98, a hammer curve with late break, and a change up that flashes plus, and is his best pitch.  The problem is that his delivery is horrible inconsistent resulting in lack of command and control of his pitches.  His career 1.48 WHIP in 121-1/3 innings, is driven by the 91 walks he allowed.  He held his opponents to a .198 batting average, allowing fewer hits than walks, and struck out 137 (10.2 K/9).

Last season he took a leave of absence from baseball for personal reasons in May, after just 10 games.  There is hope that whatever he was dealing with is done now and he can focus 100% on baseball.  That fact, his Tommy John surgery and his mechanical issues pose major questions about Chalmers's likelihood of success in the majors.  However, a potential fix in his mechanics, supplemented with dedication in his craft might turn him to the next Jose Berrios instead of the next Shooter Hunt.

I believe that the Twins traded someone that they did not need (a 41-year old closer) and who was about to leave for nothing as a free agent this off-season, for a lottery ticket.  Time only will show how charming the return from Chalmers will be for the Twins, but it looks good from this point of view.

8/9/18

1000 words: There has to be something wrong with Twins' reliever Addison Reed



This much drop in velocity usually indicates an elbow or shoulder issue, and will explain his ineffectiveness this season.

8/8/18

Twins Trade Activity and Rumors: 8/8

The non-waiver deadline passed .  Since waiver trades can also happen in August I will add to this on a as-needed basis, when news appear.   Hypothetical trades and "good fits" are not in the list, only reports of actual interest by a particular team for a particular player.

Rumors:

1B Joe Mauer and Logan Morrison have cleared waivers according to Mike Berardino (8/6)

John Morosi thinks that  Kyle Gibson might be a target of Brewers, in addition to infielders (7/25) and Ken Rosenthal indicates that the Twins have had talks with several teams about him but the price is high (7/27)

The Yankees spoke to the Twins about Ervin Santana and other pitchers, per Jon Heyman (7/26)


Activity: 



 The Twins placed RHP Matt Belisle on the 10-day disabled list with right knee chondromalacia. (8/7)

The Twins activated RHP Matt Magill from the paternity list. (8/7)

The Twins have released RHP Todd Van Steensel (8/7)

The Twins placed RF Robbie Grossman on the 10-day disabled list. Right hamstring strain. (8/6)

The Twins recalled RF Johnny Field from AAA Rochester Red Wings.(8/6)

The Twins sent RHP Michael Pineda on a rehab assignment to Rookie GCL Twins.(8/6)

The Twins placed RHP Matt Magill on the paternity list. (8/4)

The Twins sent RHP Aaron Slegers on a rehab assignment to AAA Rochester (8/4)

The Twins have acquired off waivers: RHP Oliver Drake from the Blue Jays and OF Johnny Field from the Rays.  They optioned Field to AAA Rochester (8/3)

8/6/18

Twins Trade Activity and Rumors: 8/6

The non-waiver deadline passed .  Since waiver trades can also happen in August I will add to this on a as-needed basis, when news appear.   Hypothetical trades and "good fits" are not in the list, only reports of actual interest by a particular team for a particular player.

Rumors:


John Morosi thinks that  Kyle Gibson might be a target of Brewers, in addition to infielders (7/25) and Ken Rosenthal indicates that the Twins have had talks with several teams about him but the price is high (7/27)

The Yankees spoke to the Twins about Ervin Santana and other pitchers, per Jon Heyman (7/26)


Activity: 

The Twins placed RF Robbie Grossman on the 10-day disabled list. Right hamstring strain. (8/6)

The Twins recalled RF Johnny Field from AAA Rochester Red Wings.(8/6)

The Twins sent RHP Michael Pineda on a rehab assignment to Rookie GCL Twins.(8/6)


The Twins placed RHP Matt Magill on the paternity list. (8/4)

The Twins sent RHP Aaron Slegers on a rehab assignment to AAA Rochester (8/4)

The Twins have acquired off waivers: RHP Oliver Drake from the Blue Jays and OF Johnny Field from the Rays.  They optioned Field to AAA Rochester (8/3)

The Twins have traded 2B Brian Dozier to the Dodgers for IF Logan Forsythe, LHP Devin Smeltzer, and OF Luke Raley. (7/31)

The Twins have recalled RHP Trevor May from AAA Rochester (7/31)

The Twins activated RHP Addison Reed from the 10 day DL. (7/30)

The Twins traded RHP Lance Lynn to the Yankees for 1B  Tyler Austin and RHP Louis Rijo (7/30)


The Twins traded LHP Zack Duke to the Mariners for RHP Chase De Jong and 1B/3B Ryan Costello.  (7/30)


The Twins have traded RHP Ryan Pressly to the Astros for RHP Jorge Alcala and CF Gilberto Celestino  (7/27)

The Twins have traded IF Eduardo Escobar to the Diamondbacks for RHP Jhoan Duran and OFs Ernie De La Trinidad and Gabriel Maciel (7/27)

The Twins have recalled 3B Miguel Sano from AAA Rochester (7/27)

The Twins have recalled LHP Gabriel Moya from AAA Rochester (7/28)

UT Taylor Motter has cleared waivers and will be reporting to AAA Rochester (7/27)


7/31/18

Twins Trade Activity and Rumors: 7/31

The non-waiver deadline passed a few hours ago.  I am listing the activities of the Minnesota Twins during that time. Since waiver trades can also happen in August I will add to this on a as-needed basis, when news appear.   Hypothetical trades and "good fits" are not in the list, only reports of actual interest by a particular team for a particular player.

Rumors:


John Morosi thinks that  Kyle Gibson might be a target of Brewers, in addition to infielders (7/25) and Ken Rosenthal indicates that the Twins have had talks with several teams about him but the price is high (7/27)

The Yankees spoke to the Twins about Ervin Santana and other pitchers, per Jon Heyman (7/26)



Activity:

The Twins have traded 2B Brian Dozier to the Dodgers for IF Logan Forsythe, LHP Devin Smeltzer, and OF Luke Raley. (7/31)

The Twins have recalled RHP Trevor May from AAA Rochester (7/31)

The Twins activated RHP Addison Reed from the 10 day DL. (7/30)

The Twins traded RHP Lance Lynn to the Yankees for 1B  Tyler Austin and RHP Louis Rijo (7/30)


The Twins traded LHP Zack Duke to the Mariners for RHP Chase De Jong and 1B/3B Ryan Costello.  (7/30)


The Twins have traded RHP Ryan Pressly to the Astros for RHP Jorge Alcala and CF Gilberto Celestino  (7/27)

The Twins have traded IF Eduardo Escobar to the Diamondbacks for RHP Jhoan Duran and OFs Ernie De La Trinidad and Gabriel Maciel (7/27)

The Twins have recalled 3B Miguel Sano from AAA Rochester (7/27)

The Twins have recalled LHP Gabriel Moya from AAA Rochester (7/28)

UT Taylor Motter has cleared waivers and will be reporting to AAA Rochester (7/27)


7/30/18

Twins Trade Activity and Rumors: 7/30

Since we are getting close to the deadline, I am keeping track with the various Twins trade rumors and activity to date.  I will add to this on a daily basis, when news appear.   Hypothetical trades and "good fits" are not in the list, only reports of actual interest by a particular team for a particular player.  Another thing not listed will be negations by Twins' officials that they are not shopping anyone.

Rumors:

The Twins are talking to other teams about upcoming free agents Brian Dozier, Lance Lynn, and Zach Duke, per major league sources. (7/29)

Add the Indians and Giants to the list of the teams interested in Brian Dozier, says Mike Berardino (7/28) . The Brewers are also interested in Dozier per Ken Rosenthal.  and "multiple reports" (7/19).

John Morosi thinks that  Kyle Gibson might be a target of Brewers, in addition to infielders (7/25) and Ken Rosenthal indicates that the Twins have had talks with several teams about him but the price is high (7/27)

The Yankees spoke to the Twins about Ervin Santana and other pitchers, per Jon Heyman (7/26)

The Red Sox, Phillies, and Braves have been scouting the Twins' series at Royals, presumably for players in both teams (7/20)

Activity:

The Twins traded LHP Zack Duke to the Mariners for RHP Chase De Jong and 1B/3B Ryan Costello.  (7/30)


The Twins have traded RHP Ryan Pressly to the Astros for RHP Jorge Alcala and CF Gilberto Celestino  (7/27)

The Twins have traded IF Eduardo Escobar to the Diamondbacks for RHP Jhoan Duran and OFs Ernie De La Trinidad and Gabriel Maciel (7/27)

The Twins have recalled 3B Miguel Sano from AAA Rochester (7/27)

The Twins have recalled LHP Gabriel Moya from AAA Rochester (7/28)

UT Taylor Motter has cleared waivers and will be reporting to AAA Rochester (7/27)


7/28/18

Twins Trade Activity and Rumors: 7/28

Since we are getting close to the deadline, I am keeping track with the various Twins trade rumors and activity to date.  I will add to this on a daily basis, when news appear.   Hypothetical trades and "good fits" are not in the list, only reports of actual interest by a particular team for a particular player.  Another thing not listed will be negations by Twins' officials that they are not shopping anyone.

Rumors:


Add the Indians and Giants to the list of the teams interested in Brian Dozier, says Mike Berardino (7/28) . The Brewers are also interested in Dozier per Ken Rosenthal.  and "multiple reports" (7/19).

John Morosi thinks that  Kyle Gibson might be a target of Brewers, in addition to infielders (7/25) and Ken Rosenthal indicates that the Twins have had talks with several teams about him but the price is high (7/27)

The Yankees spoke to the Twins about Ervin Santana and other pitchers, per Jon Heyman (7/26)

The Red Sox, Phillies, and Braves have been scouting the Twins' series at Royals, presumably for players in both teams (7/20)

Activity:

The Twins have traded RHP Ryan Pressly to the Astros for RHP Jorge Alcala and CF Gilberto Celestino  (7/27)

The Twins have traded IF Eduardo Escobar to the Diamondbacks for RHP Jhoan Duran and OFs Ernie De La Trinidad and Gabriel Maciel (7/27)

The Twins have recalled 3B Miguel Sano from AAA Rochester (7/27)

The Twins have recalled LHP Gabriel Moya from AAA Rochester (7/28)

UT Taylor Motter has cleared waivers and will be reporting to AAA Rochester (7/27)

The Twins activated RHP Ervin Santana from the 60-day DL and designated UT Taylor Motter for assignment (7/24)

The Twins optioned RHP Allan Busenitz to AAA Rochester, and recalled LHP Adalberto Mejia (7/22)

7/27/18

Twins Trade Activity and Rumors: 7/27

Since we are getting close to the deadline, I am keeping track with the various Twins trade rumors and activity to date.  I will add to this on a daily basis, when news appear.   Hypothetical trades and "good fits" are not in the list, only reports of actual interest by a particular team for a particular player.  Another thing not listed will be negations by Twins' officials that they are not shopping anyone.

Rumors:

Ken Rosenthal indicates that every contender has expressed interest for Ryan Pressly (7/27)

The Yankees spoke to the Twins about Ervin Santana and other pitchers, per Jon Heyman (7/26)

John Morosi thinks that  Kyle Gibson might be a target of Brewers, in addition to infielders (7/25)

According to Jon Heyman, the Phillies are interested in Eduardo Escobar (7/25)

The Brewers are interested in Brian Dozier per Ken Rosenthal.  and "multiple reports" (7/19).  Also per Ken Rosenthal, a team, likely the Brewers made an offer for both Dozier and Eduardo Escobar (7/22)

The Red Sox, Phillies, and Braves have been scouting the Twins' series at Royals, presumably for players in both teams (7/20)

Activity:

The Twins activated RHP Ervin Santana from the 60-day DL and designated UT Taylor Motter for assignment (7/24)

The Twins optioned RHP Allan Busenitz to AAA Rochester, and recalled LHP Adalberto Mejia (7/22)

Twins LHP Lewis Thorpe has signed with the Brisbane Bandits of the Australian Baseball League for this off-season (7/22)

The Twins have activated Logan Morrison and optioned Willians Astrudillo to AAA Rochester (7/21)

The Twins have acquired OF Jeremy Hazelbaker from the Rays for cash and assigned him to AAA Rochester. (7/19)

Not a trade, but Twins' relievers Ryan Pressly and Trevor Hildenberger were engaged over the All-Star break  (7/19)

7/25/18

Twins Trade Activity and Rumors: 7/25

Since we are getting close to the deadline, I am keeping track with the various Twins trade rumors and activity to date.  I will add to this on a daily basis, when news appear.   Hypothetical trades and "good fits" are not in the list, only reports of actual interest by a particular team for a particular player.  Another thing not listed will be negations by Twins' officials that they are not shopping anyone.

Rumors:

According to Jon Heyman, the Phillies are interested in Eduardo Escobar (7/25)

Per Jeff Passan, teams are planning on scouting Ervin Santana's upcoming first start of the season (7/23)

The Brewers are interested in Brian Dozier per Ken Rosenthal.  and "multiple reports" (7/19).  Also per Ken Rosenthal, a team, likely the Brewers made an offer for both Dozier and Eduardo Escobar (7/22)

The Red Sox, Phillies, and Braves have been scouting the Twins' series at Royals, presumably for players in both teams (7/20)

Activity:

The Twins activated RHP Ervin Santana from the 60-day DL and designated UT Taylor Motter for assignment (7/24)

The Twins optioned RHP Allan Busenitz to AAA Rochester, and recalled LHP Adalberto Mejia (7/22)

Twins LHP Lewis Thorpe has signed with the Brisbane Bandits of the Australian Baseball League for this off-season (7/22)

The Twins have activated Logan Morrison and optioned Willians Astrudillo to AAA Rochester (7/21)

The Twins have acquired OF Jeremy Hazelbaker from the Rays for cash and assigned him to AAA Rochester. (7/19)

Not a trade, but Twins' relievers Ryan Pressly and Trevor Hildenberger were engaged over the All-Star break  (7/19)

7/23/18

Twins Trade Activity and Rumors: 7/23

Since we are getting close to the deadline, I am keeping track with the various Twins trade rumors and activity to date.  I will add to this on a daily basis, when news appear.   Hypothetical trades and "good fits" are not in the list, only reports of actual interest by a particular team for a particular player.  Another thing not listed will be negations by Twins' officials that they are not shopping anyone.

Rumors:

Per Jeff Passan, teams are planning on scouting Ervin Santana's upcoming first start of the season (7/23)

The Brewers are interested in Brian Dozier per Ken Rosenthal.  and "multiple reports" (7/19).  Also per Ken Rosenthal, a team, likely the Brewers made an offer for both Dozier and Eduardo Escobar (7/22)

The Red Sox, Phillies, and Braves have been scouting the Twins' series at Royals, presumably for players in both teams (7/20)

Activity:

The Twins optioned RHP Allan Busenitz to AAA Rochester, and recalled LHP Adalberto Mejia (7/22)

Twins LHP Lewis Thorpe has signed with the Brisbane Bandits of the Australian Baseball League for this off-season (7/22)

The Twins have announced that Ervin Santana will start the coming Wednesday.  A spot on both the 40-man and 25-man is needed. (7/22)

The Twins have activated Logan Morrison and optioned Willians Astrudillo to AAA Rochester (7/21)

The Twins have acquired OF Jeremy Hazelbaker from the Rays for cash and assigned him to AAA Rochester. (7/19)

Not a trade, but Twins' relievers Ryan Pressly and Trevor Hildenberger were engaged over the All-Star break  (7/19)

7/22/18

Twins Trade Activity and Rumors: 7/22

Since we are getting close to the deadline, I am keeping track with the various Twins trade rumors and activity to date.  I will add to this on a daily basis, when news appear.   Hypothetical trades and "good fits" are not in the list, only reports of actual interest by a particular team for a particular player.  Another thing not listed will be negations by Twins' officials that they are not shopping anyone.

Rumors:

The Red Sox, Phillies, and Braves have been scouting the Twins' series at Royals, presumably for players in both teams (7/20)

The Brewers are interested in Brian Dozier per Ken Rosenthal.  and "multiple reports" (7/19)

Activity:

The Twins optioned RHP Allan Busenitz to AAA Rochester, and recalled LHP Adalberto Mejia (7/22)

Twins LHP Lewis Thorpe has signed with the Brisbane Bandits of the Australian Baseball League for this off-season (7/22)

The Twins have announced that Ervin Santana will start the coming Wednesday.  A spot on both the 40-man and 25-man is needed. (7/22)

The Twins have activated Logan Morrison and optioned Willians Astrudillo to AAA Rochester (7/21)

The Twins have acquired OF Jeremy Hazelbaker from the Rays for cash and assigned him to AAA Rochester. (7/19)

Not a trade, but Twins' relievers Ryan Pressly and Trevor Hildenberger were engaged over the All-Star break  (7/19)

7/21/18

Twins Trade Activity and Rumors: 7/21

Since we are getting close to the deadline, I am keeping track with the various Twins trade rumors and activity to date.  I will add to this on a daily basis, when news appear.   Hypothetical trades and "good fits" are not in the list, only reports of actual interest by a particular team for a particular player.  Another thing not listed will be negations by Twins' officials that they are not shopping anyone.

Rumors:

The Red Sox, Phillies, and Braves have been scouting the Twins' series at Royals, presumably for players in both teams (7/20)

The Brewers are interested in Brian Dozier per Ken Rosenthal.  and "multiple reports" (7/19)



Activity:

The Twins have acquired OF Jeremy Hazelbaker from the Rays for cash and assigned him to AAA Rochester. (7/19)

Not a trade, but Twins' relievers Ryan Pressly and Trevor Hildenberger were engaged over the All-Star break  (7/19)

7/16/18

2018 Twins mid-season preliminary prospect list

Now that the 2018 draft signing deadline has passed and a substantial amount of international free agents signed for the Twins, it is time to update my 2018 mid-season prospect list.  As usual my  mid-season lists are preliminary, unlike the off-season lists, and they have minimal commentary and analysis.  Also, unlike other lists, players who made it to the majors have graduated from mine,  also players older than 25 are not included.     As a reminder, here is my off-season 2018 list:

The off-season top 60 list (2017 off-season in parenthesis) and ETA included.

1. Royce Lewis (--), SS/OF, 2020
2. Wander Javier (1), SS, 2020
3. Brusdar Graterol (13), RHP, 2020
4. Brent Rooker (--), 1B/LF, 2018
5. Fernardo Romero (4), RHP, 2018  - graduated
6. Rainis Silva (32), C, 2020 - traded
7. Blayne Enlow (--), RHP, 2020
8. Zack Littell  (--), RHP, 2018 - graduated
9. Stephen Gonsalves (6), LHP, 2018
10. Lewin Diaz (3), 1B, 2020
11. Akil Baddoo (24), OF, 2020
12. Tyler Jay (2), LHP, 2018
13. Alex Kirilloff (8) OF, 2020
14. Luis Arraez (11), IF, 2019
15. Michael Montero (--), RHP, 2021
16. Nick Gordon (5), IF, 2018
17. Tyler Wells (54), RHP, 2020
18. Jose Miranda (--), IF, 2021
19. Jean Carlos Arias (36), CF, 2020
20. Jovani Moran (--), LHP, 2020
21. Lewis Thorpe (30), LHP, 2019
22. LaMonte Wade (22), OF, 2018
23 Yunior Severino (--), IF, 2022
24. Chris Paul (--), UT, 2019
25. Landon Leach (--), RHP, 2021
26. Andrew Bechtold (--), 3B, 2020
27. Travis Blankenhorn (15), 3B/1B/OF, 2020
28. Charlie Barnes (--), LHP, 2020
29. Tyler Watson (--), RHP, 2020
30. David Banuelos (--), C, 2020
31. Ben Rortvedt (16), C, 2021
32. Kohl Stewart (17), RHP, 2018
33. Alberoni Nunez (--), OF, 2021
34. Derek Molina (--), RHP, 2021
35. Bryan Sammons (--) LHP, 2020
36. Bailey Ober (--), RHP, 2020
37. Pedro Garcia (45), RHP, 2021
38. Lachlan Wells (29), LHP, 2020
39. Wander Valdez, (--) 3B, 2021
40. Aaron Whitefield (59), OF, 2020
41. Ricky De La Torre (--) SS, 2021
42. Jake Reed (25) RHP, 2018
43. Jacob Pearson (--), OF, 2022
44. Yeltsin Encarnacion (--) IF, 2022
45. Ryley Widell (--) LHP, 2022
46. Andrew Vasquez (52), LHP, 2019
47. Tom Hackimer (--), RHP, 2019
48. Kerby Camacho (--), C, 2021 - released
49. Hector Lujan (--), RHP, 2020
50. Colton Burns (--), OF, 2021
51. Cody Stashak -(55), RHP, 2019
52. Jaylin Davis, (39), OF 2019
53. Alex Robles, (--), OF, 2022
54. Ruben Santana, (--), IF, 2022
55. Carlos Suniaga, (--), RHP, 2022
56. Sandy Lugo, (--), RHP, 2020
57. Nelson Molina, (47), IF, 2020
58. Ben Rodriguez (--), C/1B, 2022
59. Carson Crites (--), 2B, 2022 - released
60. Jesus Toledo (--), LHP, 2022

Here is my mid-season 2018 list (2018 off-season ranking in parenthesis, followed by ETA) :

1. Brusdar Graterol (3), RHP, 2019
2. Royce Lewis (1), SS/OF, 2020

Same age, played at the same level.  Could have gone either way.  Graterol has ace stuff and his performance at the same team as a pitcher was a bit more impressive than Lewis's as a hitter thus this switch.  17 errors at SS in half a season for Lewis, also a concern. Might not remain the same this off-season.  These two are very close.

3. Wander Javier (2), SS, 2020

Taking a mulligan for surgery in non-throwing, non-hitting shoulder.  Still a true 5 tool player.

4. Brent Rooker (4), 1B/LF, 2018

Heir apparent to Joe Mauer, even as early as this September

5. Trevor Larnach (--), OF, 2020
6. Alex Kirilloff (13) OF, 2020

 Huge jump because he delivered with the stick - fielding still an issue.  Larnach similar player, but better defensively and more of a pure hitter, thus the ranking

7. Luis Arraez (14), IF, 2019

 Could be the heir apparent to Brian Dozier starting in 2019.  Purest hitter in the organization, glove will play fine in the least challenging position in the diamond.

8. Misael Urbina (--) OF, 2023

True five tool talent, he can fly through these rankings if he responds as a pro.  Still 16.

9. Nick Gordon (16), IF, 2018

 Ranking before his injury.  Second half disappearances every season signal endurance/conditioning concern. 150 lb frame does not help

10. DaShawn Keirsey (--) OF, 2022

5 tool player looks a lot like Joe Benson from here.

11. Tyler Wells (17), RHP, 2020

 The most consistent Twins' pitcher for the last two seasons; surprised he has not gained much momentum.

12. Blayne Enlow (7), RHP, 2021
13. Yunior Severino (23), IF, 2022
14. Akil Baddoo (11), OF, 2020
15. Ryan Jeffers (--), C, 2020

If he stays at catcher can be a tremendous asset for the Twins.  60+ power and 50+ contact already.

16. Michael Montero (15), RHP, 2021
17. Stephen Gonsalves (9), LHP, 2018

Disappointing season, esp. since his weakness (quality and command and control of the fastball) became even worse this season.  Still helium in the national lists; sell high candidate.

18. LaMonte Wade (22), OF, 2018
19. Tyler Jay (12), LHP, 2018
20. Jovani Moran (20), LHP, 2019
21. Lewin Diaz (10), 1B, 2020
22. Travis Blankenhorn (27), 3B/1B/OF, 2020

 Tremendous start, not so hot when the temps rose...

23. Lewis Thorpe (21), LHP, 2019

 Might need another season to shake the spider webs.  Pre-injury FB was at 95-97 at close to 70; now down to 92-93 and about 50-55

24. Yeltsin Encarnacion (44) IF, 2022
25. Victor Herredia (--) C/1B, 2023
26. Charlie Barnes (28), LHP, 2020
27. Andrew Vasquez (46), LHP, 2019
28. Jean Carlos Arias (19), CF, 2020
29. Zander Wiel (--), 1B/OF, 2018

Should receive consideration for minor league player of the year honors for the Twins

30. Jimmy Kerrigan (--), OF, 2018
31. Jeferson Morales (--), C, 2023
32. Taylor Grzelakowski (--) C, 2020
33. Jim Caceres (--) SS, 2023
34. Ben Rortvedt (31), C, 2021

Still not much of progress as a hitter, small for a catcher, arm exposed at Fort Myers.

35. Cole Sands (--), RHP, 2021
36. Jordan Balazovic (--), RHP, 2021
37. Landon Leach (25), RHP, 2021
38. Bryan Sammons (35) LHP, 2020
39. Ricky De La Torre (41) SS, 2021
40. Ruben Santana, (54), IF, 2022
41. Charles Mack (--) SS, 2023
42. Andrew Bechtold (26), 3B, 2021

Along with David Banuelos and Jose Miranda, the biggest drops as far as position players go

43. Wander Valdez, (39) 3B, 2021
44. Nomar Urdanetta (--) SS, 2023
45. David Banuelos (30), C, 2021
46. Jacob Pearson (43), OF, 2022
47. Jose Miranda (18), IF, 2021
48. Cody Stashak (51), RHP, 2019
49. Josh Winder (--), RHP, 2021
50. Jake Reed (42) RHP, 2018
51. Alberoni Nunez (33), OF, 2021
52. Pedro Garcia (37), RHP, 2021
53. Mark Contreras (--), OF, 2020
54. Jaylin Davis, (52), OF 2019
55. Lachlan Wells (38), LHP, 2020
56. Carlos Suniaga, (55), RHP, 2022
57. Chris Williams (--) 1B, 2021
58. Griffin Jax (--) RHP, 2020

First time he has been included in my lists; full time pro now with no Air Force responsibilities.  Still lots of work to do.

59. Bailey Ober (36), RHP, 2020
60. Trevor Casanova (--) C, 2021
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Dropped:

Chris Paul (24), UT, 2019
Tyler Watson (29), RHP, 2020
Kohl Stewart (32), RHP, 2018
Derek Molina (34), RHP, 2021
Aaron Whitefield (40), OF, 2020
Ryley Widell (45) LHP, 2022
Tom Hackimer (47), RHP, 2019
Hector Lujan (49), RHP, 2020
Colton Burns (50), OF, 2021
Alex Robles, (53), OF, 2022
Sandy Lugo, (56), RHP, 2020
Nelson Molina, (57), IF, 2020
Ben Rodriguez (58), C/1B, 2022
Jesus Toledo (60), LHP, 2022