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10/5/14

Catchers at the Outfield? The 2014 Twins and respectability

If anyone thinks that playing shortstops, first basemen, catchers and DHs at the outfield did not hurt the Twins, here is a pretty astonishing set of numbers allowed to us by the new technology that tracks hit balls.   I am just showing the significant departures from league averages:

Up the Middle RHB:

Twins: PA against: 1339 Slash line: .336/.330/.498 (.826 OPS)
AL: PA against:  19461 Slash line:  .308/.303/.439 (.742 OPS)

Opposite field RHB (i.e hit at the Twins RF):
Twins: PA against: 404 Slash line: .332/.326/.532 (.858 OPS)
AL: PA against: 6191 Slash line: .279/.274/.408 (.682 OPS)

That is a huge difference (from average and not from league best too).  I hope that someone at the Twins looks at that and adjusts accordingly.  If you are a defensive stats minded person, here are plus/minuses (which is actually appropriate for the sample size; devised by Bill James and indicates runs saved from average) and UZR/150 (which is not appropriate for numerical calculation, but the direction gives a sense of what is going on.) 

Santana (CF) plus/minus: -2, UZR/150: -12.2
Mastroianni (OF) plus/minus: -3, UZR/150: -9.2
Hicks (OF)  plus/minus: -6, UZR/150: -8.2
Schafer (OF) plus/minus: -3, UZR/150: 1.2
Herrmann (OF)  plus/minus: -4, UZR/150: -21.9
Kubel (RF)  plus/minus: -7, UZR/150: -29.1
Parmelee (OF)  plus/minus: -7, UZR/150: -7.4
Colabello (RF)  plus/minus: -6, UZR/150: -73.8
Bartlett (OF)  plus/minus: -2, UZR/150: -293.1
Arcia (OF)  plus/minus: -12, UZR/150: -6.9
Willingham (LF)  plus/minus: -5, UZR/150: -6.6
and
Escobar (OF) plus/minus: -1, UZR/150: -27.2
Nunez  (OF) plus/minus: -1, UZR/150: 19.9

Adding those plus/minuses is 57.  Which means that the Twins' outfield gave up 57 more runs than an average outfield.  In 2014 the Twins scored 715 runs and gave up 777 for a 62 run differential.  If they had an average outfield, that differential projects at -5, which projects to an 80-82 record, which, albeit not competitive, is respectable.

The 2014 outfield defense was not the reason the Twins did not compete, but it was the reason the Twins were not respectable. 

I really cannot believe that anyone should use the adjective "solid" to describe any of the above players - maybe with the exception of Schafer - as outfielders.  Some of them are young enough and they can learn and improve, but "solid" they are not.   Nope.  Mr Parmelee is not a solid outfield.  . Mr Herrmann is not a solid outfield.  Mr Santana is not a solid centerfielder.  Mr Hicks is not a solid centerfielder.

Yes, starting pitching beyond Hughes and Gibson (and maybe Pino, his FIP and WHIP are close to Gibson's) was a problem, but it was not the only problem in opponent scoring.   The Twins need to address outfield defense in 2015 as a top priority.


9/29/14

The ball is on Terry Ryan's court: The aftermath of the firing of Ron Gardenhire by the Twins.

Today Terry Ryan held a press conference, in absentia Jim Pohlad & Dave St. Peter, who apparently had better things to do, to announce that Ron Gardenhire will not be returning as the Twins manager in 2015.   The news were so unusual that might be the reason that former Twins manager Tom Kelly suffered a minor stroke today (best wishes Tom.)  Ron Gardenhire's dismissal was long overdue.  It should had happened after the 2006 post-season.  And, as I indicated previously,  I felt that it was done deal at least a month ago.

There are a few strange things about this and I don't think that they are coincidental:
  • The Twins' owner and president were not around in the press conference
  • Gardenhire was and allegedly was offered a position within the organization (rumors that it is for the roving grouch instructor are not substantiated.)
  • There was no word about his coaches, however their contacts are all expired and no renewals were announced and it looks like they are all gone, pending new manager's whim.
  • When asked, Ryan said that he knows what type of manager he wants (and went to a great detail describing characteristics) but admitted that he has no list of candidates.
  • The kicker is that Terry Ryan was adamant and on the record as late as 8/22 saying that Gardenhire will be back
This does not seem like a General Manager who a. wanted to do this and was ready to do it,  b. has the support of his bosses (who did not even bother attending) and c. is facing a serious health issue.  If Gardenhire's firing was demanded and imposed by Ryan's bosses recently, several things could be explained (especially his unpreparedness for a replacement.)  However,  no matter what, Ryan looks like a liar right now.  I would not be surprised if Terry Ryan resigns shortly, before he names a manager and this will probably be better for both him and the Twins. 

9/27/14

Rick Anderson is about to get fired Sunday night...

... and it will be the tip of the iceberg of the changes.  As I indicated before, Ron Gardenhire is as good as gone, and Terry Ryan with his inability to be around every day because of health issues, will likely resign.

Here is the sphinx-like words that TR uttered about Anderson.  But what the Twins really need is a baseball man on top.  It is not a coincidence that the Twins have been anchored to the basement starting the season that Jerry Bell retired and David St. Paul, who is more aware and interested in concert acts and food and beverage selections, was promoted on the top of the organization.

Changes are needed, does Jim Pohlad have the fortitude to make them?

We will find out in 3 days.

9/15/14

Chris Tillman Has Turned Into The Ace Baltimore Needs

Guest post by Matt Jenkins
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With the 2014 MLB playoffs just around the corner, the Baltimore Orioles are pretty much a lock to represent the American League East. Not a lot of people expected them to be at the top of the division at the start of the year, but here they are with a sizable lead. They have quite a few players to thank for their outstanding season so far, but one big surprise has been Chris Tillman on the mound.

The American League Cy Young Award has pretty much been wrapped up by Felix Hernandez. However, if it was not for Hernandez having such a special season on the mound, there is a very good chance that Tillman would come away with the award. He has been able to the very solid on the mound, and he has also been very consistent. His numbers and fantasy baseball illustrate just how valuable he has been for Baltimore.

Among playoff teams, Baltimore certainly looks like a franchise that does not have the same type of top-tier talent on the mound. Most people agree that in order to win a World Series, pitching needs to be the key for any franchise. Tillman is hoping that he can carry over his regular season success to the postseason. He might not have a huge track record, but nothing seems to be holding him back at this time.

Tillman was pretty good at the beginning of the year, but he has been very solid since the beginning of June. In fact, he has not allowed more than 3 earned runs in any of his starts since June 5, and that has put Baltimore in contention every single time he takes the mound. He might only have 12 wins on the year and a slightly bloated 3.36 ERA, but Baltimore will be counting on him quite a bit during the most important part of the year. If he can take his game to another level, Baltimore has a fighting chance to go all the way.

8/14/14

666 The number of the beast, and higher than the OPS of about half of the Twins' hitters

In addition to the Iron Maiden song, .666 is the lifetime OPS of Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith.  Rumors that he sold his soul to someone to get to the Hall of Fame have not been substantiated.  Interestingly enough, in his case that .666 OPS translated to an 87 OPS+.  Right now for the Twins, Jordan Schafer is just missing the list with a .668 OPS and he has an 88 OPS+.  The more things change...

Here are the (non-pitcher) Twins' hitters whose bats are not quite as hot as Hell (I guess that might be a good assumption) :

Chris Colabello  .662
Eric Fryer .635
Eduardo Nunez  .632
Jason Kubel .607
Aaron Hicks .600
Kendrys Morales .584
Chris Herrmann .343
Pedro Florimon .310
Jason Bartlett  .250
Darin Mastroianni  .083

It is worth mentioning that only two of these guys are with the club right now (Nunez & Fryer) and a few more (Colabello, Hicks, Hermann, Florimon) are still with the organization.  If I were to pick, I'd think that only the 2 previously high ranked prospects with a history of success (Hicks & Herrmann) will see some playing time in the majors next season.



8/10/14

The Twins Trade Kevin Correia to the Dodgers and get...

...exactly the same when they traded Jim Thome (who was traded the next season for not one but 2 minor leaguers, one of whom looks like a decent reliever) within the division to the Cleveland Indians:

...exactly the same when traded Jamey Carroll within the division to the Kansas City Royals last season:

Absolutely nothing. Nada. Zilch. 

At least he is not taking a spot on the rotation blocking younger pitchers any longer, he was not trading within the division (even though on Correia's case that might had been a good thing) and this move has suggested that Rob Antony does not always say the truth.  (Hopefully Willinghman is next.)

The Twins (who are on pace for about 90 losses in 2014) will recall LHP Tommy Milone (of Sam Fuld trade fame) to take Correia's spot on the 25-man roster and the rotation.


8/8/14

Where is Twins' General Manager Terry Ryan?

The 2014 non-waiver trading deadline passed and went.  There was minimal activity, namely the trade of Sam Fuld, and the only media statements were issued by the latest Twins' titular head, Rob Antony.    And those statements around the deadline were to offer (lame) excuses on why veterans have not moved in a rebuilding team.  Recently, Antony's statements have been of more substance, discussing Kennys Vargas' food and dietary situation, among other things.   Really high priority for a team that is on the way to a fourth season in a row on the bottom of the stands.

Where is this teams' General Manager?  And who is going to answer about the Twins' inactivity at the deadline?  Terry Ryan's last statement was on July 27th (that is 12 days ago), and that was to support Twins' manager Ron Gardenhire and say what a great job he has done (to lead his team to the last place again.)

I hope that there is nothing serious health-wise about Ryan, but his absence from the public eye in trying periods for his team is akin to that of certain late Soviet leaders.

Sounds like business as usual in the Twins' land, since there seem to be about 5 people or so who really care about the Twins and the shape they are in, any more, but something is really wrong and questions need to be asked...  

8/6/14

Ron Gardenhire is out as the Twins' manager, now what?

The writing is pretty much on the wall.  From this to this, and everything in between, the biggest question in the Twins' Territory is not if this will be Ron Gardenhire's last season as the Twins' manager, it is when will he be replaced.   Enumerating reasons about Gardenhire's replacement right now will be pointless (it was not after the miserable 2006 post-season, when this place was one of the few week voices suggesting that this team will not go anywhere with Gardenhire and Ryan at its helm.   It took the four most miserable consecutive seasons in franchise history, since the move to Minnesota, to actually have some sort of a majority thinking that this might be the case.)  It did not had to take for Ron Gardenhire to accumulate 1000 losses and be one of only seven managers in baseball history to achieve this feat, for this to happen.

As far as the "when" goes, it looks like it will happen sooner than later.  It might happen as soon as this series is over or it might happen after this season.   I suspect that Gardenhire will be allowed to leave on his own terms and retire riding into the sunset like Clayton Moore, instead of being forced out.  This franchise does things this way (and it is fine.)   For the record, my bet is that Gardenhire does not finish the season and for practical reasons (like not enough bodies to sit in the dugout) they will wait until minor league play is over to do it.  It has a bit more oomph if it is done during the season and that's what I think they will do.  I have never seen so many main press sources either re-iterating how sick and tired Gardenhire is lately, or how sad and "remote" Ryan seems lately.  Something is about to happen, folks, in the land of ten thousand lakes, and it does not involve soaking cod in lye in a bathtub.

The "what" is more important:  What will happen after Gardy is gone?  Potentially, this would be another case of rearranging coaching chairs (c. 2012, when they blamed the lost season on Jerry and Stelly and did a round robin with the rest.)  If Tonto is still around when Kemo Sabe is gone (utterly love the sarcasm of the advertizing copy placement on that shot in so many levels, btw), it will be another failure.   It will also be a failure is Scotty and Vavry and Steiny and Bruno were kept.  They are part of the problem as well.  They need to go.  The jury is still out on Paul Molitor, who has instituted some improvements already, like the defensive shifts, and Bobby Cuellar, who I think has not given an opportunity to do what he can do with this staff in the shade of Anderson.

Fresh thoughts and ideas are needed in this Franchise.  And, of course, this starts in the front office.  I think that Terry Ryan will also retire after this season, and health issues will be sited.  He does have a bigger battle than the Twins' to fight at this point and wishing him the best.  If I were the Pohlads, I would offer someone like Joe Maddon a position similar to what Nolan Ryan had with the Rangers or Tony LaRussa has with the Diamondbacks and give him carte blanche to fix the team (and if he still likes to manage, let him manage as well.)

But this is another long story, better saved for later...


7/27/14

Ron Gardenhire is out as the Twins' manager, now what?

The writing is pretty much on the wall.  From this to this, and everything in between, the biggest question in the Twins' Territory is not if this will be Ron Gardenhire's last season as the Twins' manager, it is when will he be replaced.   Enumerating reasons about Gardenhire's replacement right now will be pointless (it was not after the miserable 2006 post-season, when this place was one of the few week voices suggesting that this team will not go anywhere with Gardenhire and Ryan at its helm.   It took the four most miserable consecutive seasons in franchise history, since the move to Minnesota, to actually have some sort of a majority thinking that this might be the case.)  It did not had to take for Ron Gardenhire to accumulate 1000 losses and be one of only seven managers in baseball history to achieve this feat, for this to happen.

As far as the "when" goes, it looks like it will happen sooner than later.  It might happen as soon as this series is over or it might happen after this season.   I suspect that Gardenhire will be allowed to leave on his own terms and retire riding into the sunset like Clayton Moore, instead of being forced out.  This franchise does things this way (and it is fine.)   For the record, my bet is that Gardenhire does not finish the season and for practical reasons (like not enough bodies to sit in the dugout) they will wait until minor league play is over to do it.  It has a bit more oomph if it is done during the season and that's what I think they will do.  I have never seen so many main press sources either re-iterating how sick and tired Gardenhire is lately, or how sad and "remote" Ryan seems lately.  Something is about to happen, folks, in the land of ten thousand lakes, and it does not involve soaking cod in lye in a bathtub.

The "what" is more important:  What will happen after Gardy is gone?  Potentially, this would be another case of rearranging coaching chairs (c. 2012, when they blamed the lost season on Jerry and Stelly and did a round robin with the rest.)  If Tonto is still around when Kemo Sabe is gone (utterly love the sarcasm of the advertizing copy placement on that shot in so many levels, btw), it will be another failure.   It will also be a failure is Scotty and Vavry and Steiny and Bruno were kept.  They are part of the problem as well.  They need to go.  The jury is still out on Paul Molitor, who has instituted some improvements already, like the defensive shifts, and Bobby Cuellar, who I think has not given an opportunity to do what he can do with this staff in the shade of Anderson.

Fresh thoughts and ideas are needed in this Franchise.  And, of course, this starts in the front office.  I think that Terry Ryan will also retire after this season, and health issues will be sited.  He does have a bigger battle than the Twins' to fight at this point and wishing him the best.  If I were the Pohlads, I would offer someone like Joe Maddon a position similar to what Nolan Ryan had with the Rangers or Tony LaRussa has with the Diamondbacks and give him carte blanche to fix the team (and if he still likes to manage, let him manage as well.)

But this is another long story, better saved for later...





7/25/14

Twins' weekly organizational transactions: 7/19-7/25/2014

Here are this week's Twins' organization transactions.  All these weekly transaction lists are here.  When transactions involve a Twins top 40 prospect from my most current prospect list (here), that will be indicated next to the player's name by his ranking (see Max Kepler below for example).

The transactions from 7/19 to now were:


 07/25/2014 LHP Jason Wheeler assigned to AAA Rochester Red Wings from AA New Britain Rock Cats.
07/25/2014 A+ Fort Myers Miracle placed RHP D.J. Baxendale (Twins prospect ranking: 37) on the 7-day disabled list.
07/25/2014 A Cedar Rapids Kernels placed RHP Kohl Stewart (Twins prospect ranking: 7) on the 7-day disabled list.
07/25/2014 LHP Josue Montanez assigned to A Cedar Rapids Kernels from Rk+ Elizabethton Twins.
07/25/2014 LHP Stephen Gonsalves (Twins prospect ranking: 20) assigned to A Cedar Rapids Kernels from Rk+ Elizabethton Twins.
07/24/2014 MLB Minnesota Twins designated RHP Matt Guerrier for assignment.
07/24/2014 MLB  Minnesota Twins traded 1B Kendrys Morales to Seattle Mariners for RHP Stephen Pryor.
07/24/2014 MLB Minnesota Twins recalled SS Jorge Polanco (Twins prospect ranking: 6) from Fort Myers Miracle.
07/24/2014 1B/OF Reynaldo Rodriguez assigned to AAA Rochester Red Wings from AA New Britain Rock Cats.
07/24/2014 MLB Minnesota Twins optioned RHP Stephen Pryor to AAA Rochester Red Wings.
07/24/2014 MLB Minnesota Twins recalled RHP Ryan Pressly from AAA Rochester Red Wings.
07/24/2014 A+ Fort Myers Miracle activated 2B Levi Michael (Twins prospect ranking: 38) from the 7-day disabled list.
07/24/2014 Rk GCL Twins placed LHP Reyson Zoquiel on the 7-day disabled list.
07/24/2014 Rk GCL Twins placed LHP Onas Farfan on the 7-day disabled list.
07/24/2014 Rk GCL Twins placed RHP Miguel Gonzalez on the 7-day disabled list.
07/23/2014    AA New Britain Rock Cats placed LHP Taylor Rogers on the 7-day disabled list.
07/23/2014    2B Rafael P Valera assigned to A+ Fort Myers Miracle from Rk GCL Twins.
07/23/2014    A+ Fort Myers Miracle placed CF Max Kepler (Twins prospect ranking: 12) on the 7-day disabled list.
07/22/2014    MLB Minnesota Twins recalled Yohan Pino from AAA Rochester Red Wings.
07/22/2014    MLB Minnesota Twins optioned Kris Johnson to AAA Rochester Red Wings.
07/22/2014    AAA Rochester Red Wings placed RF/C Chris Herrmann on the 7-day disabled list with Right thumb contusion.
07/22/2014    RHP Alex Wimmers assigned to AA New Britain Rock Cats from A+ Fort Myers Miracle.
07/22/2014    RHP Alex Muren assigned to A+ Fort Myers Miracle from A Cedar Rapids Kernels.
07/18/2014    MLB Minnesota Twins optioned Chris Herrmann to AAA Rochester Red Wings.

7/20/14

Twins' Ron Gardenhire is in a rare company among managers, and not because of the 1000 losses.

Today Ron Gardenhire achieved his 1000 loss as a Twins' manager.   In an interview with Mike Berardino, Gardenhire said that 1000 losses is an indicative of longevity, as is 1000 wins.   Is it so?

Here is a list of all managers who have lost 1000 games in their career, with Gardenhire being the 50th:

1 Connie Mack (HOF) 3948 - 9 AL Championships, 5 World Championships
2 Tony La Russa (HOF) 2365 - 3 AL Championships, 3 NL Championships, 3 World Championships   
3 Bucky Harris (HOF) 2219 - 3 AL Championships, 2 World Championships   
4 Gene Mauch 2037 -----    Minnesota Twins (1976–1980)   
5 Bobby Cox (HOF) 2001 5 NL Championships, 1 World Championship               
6 Joe Torre (HOF) 1997 6 AL Championships, 4 World Championships
7 John McGraw (HOF) 1948 10 NL Championships, 3 World Championships   
8 Casey Stengel (HOF) 1843 10 AL Championships, 7 World Championships   
9 Sparky Anderson (HOF)    1834 4 NL Championsips, 1 AL Championship, 3 World Championships   
10 Jim Leyland 1769 1 NL Championship, 2 AL Championships, 1 World Championship   
11 Bill McKechnie (HOF)    1723 4 NL Championships, 2 World Championships
12 Lou Piniella    1713  1 NL Championship, 1 World Championship   
13 Leo Durocher (HOF) 1709 3 NL Championships, 1 World Championship
14 Walter Alston (HOF) 1613 74 NL Championships, 4 World Championships   
15 Bruce Bochy    1573  3 NL Championships, 2 World Championships
16 Jimmy Dykes    1541 -----
17 Ralph Houk 1531 3 AL Championships, 2 World Championships   
18 Dusty Baker 1504 1 NL Championship
19 Dick Williams (HOF)     1451 3 AL Championsips, 1 NL Championship, 2 World Championships
20 Tom Lasorda (HOF) 1439 4 NL Championships, 2 World Championships
21 Wilbert Robinson (HOF) 1398    2 NL Championships
22 Chuck Tanner     1381 1 NL Championship, 1 World Championship   
23 Clark Griffith (HOF) 1367  1 AL Championship   
24 Joe McCarthy (HOF) 1333 8 AL Championsips, 1 NL Championship, 7 World Championships   
25 Bill Rigney 1321 ------ Minnesota Twins (1970–1972)   
26 Tom Kelly 1244 2 AL Championships, 2 World Championships       
27 John McNamara 1233 1 AL Championship       
28 Lou Boudreau (HOF) 1224 1 AL Championship, 1 World Championship
29 Fred Clarke (HOF) 1181  4 NL Championships, 1 World Championship
30 Frank Robinson (HOF)     1176 -----
31 Mike Hargrove  1173 2 AL Championships,    
32 Bobby Valentine 1165     1 NL Championship   
33 Ned Hanlon (HOF) 1164 5 NL Championships
34 Buck Showalter 1138 -------
35 Art Howe 1137 --------
36 Miller Huggins (HOF)    1134 6 AL Championships, 3 World Championships
37 Whitey Herzog (HOF)    1125 3 NL Championships, 1 World Championship   
38 Jim Fregosi 1094 1 NL Championship       
39 Frankie Frisch (HOF) 1078  1 NL Championship, 1 World Championship
40 Mike Scioscia 1072  1 AL Championship, 1 World Championship    
41 Davey Johnson 1071 1 NL Championship, 1 World Championship    
42 Charlie Grimm 1067 3 NL Championships
43 Earl Weaver (HOF) 1060 4 AL Championships, 1 World Championship    
44 Joe Cronin (HOF)  1055 2 AL Championships
45 Phil Garner 1054 1 NL Championship   
46 Terry Francona 1032    2 AL Championships, 2 World Championships
47 Felipe Alou 1021 -------
48 Billy Martin    1013 2 AL Championships, 1 World Championship
49 Al Lopez (HOF) 1004    2 AL Championships   
50 Ron Gardenhire  1000 ------  

So Ron Gardenhire is the 7th among 50 managers who managed long enough to lose 1000 and have never led their team to a World Series.   This dubious company includes Gene Mauch, Jimmy Dykes, Bill Rigney (along with Mauch, former Twins' managers,) Buck Showalter, Art Howe and Felipe Alou.

For his 1000th win, Ron Gardenhire received a custom humidor as an award.  Being in this select company among the 7 biggest loser managers, Gardenhire deserves another award:

7/18/14

Twins' weekly organizational transactions: 7/12-7/18/2014

Here are this week's Twins' organization transactions.  All these weekly transaction lists are here.  When transactions involve a Twins top 40 prospect from my most current prospect list (here), that will be indicated next to the player's name by his ranking (see Engelb Vielma below for example).

The transactions from 7/5 to now were:

07/18/14 MLB Minnesota Twins activated SS Danny Santana from the 15-day disabled list.
07/18/14  MLB Minnesota Twins optioned C/OF Chris Herrmann to AAA Rochester Red Wings.
07/17/2014 AA New Britain Rock Cats placed OF Lance Ray on the 7-day disabled list.
07/17/2014 AA New Britain Rock Cats activated RHP Matthew Summers from the 7-day disabled list.
07/17/2014 A+ Fort Myers Miracle sent SS Levi Michael (Twins prospect ranking: 38) on a rehab assignment to Rk GCL Twins.
07/16/2014 A Cedar Rapids Kernels activated SS Engelb Vielma (Twins prospect ranking: 21) from the 7-day disabled list.
07/16/2014 A Cedar Rapids Kernels released C Bo Altobelli.
07/14/2014 MLB Minnesota Twins sent SS Danny Santana on a rehab assignment to A+ Fort Myers Miracle.
07/13/2014 AAA Rochester Red Wings activated RHP Trevor May (Twins prospect ranking: 4) from the 7-day disabled list.
07/13/2014 AA New Britain Rock Cats placed RHP Matthew Summers on the 7-day disabled list.
07/13/2014 AA New Britain Rock Cats activated C Matt Koch (Twins prospect ranking: 28) from the temporarily inactive list.
07/12/2014 AAA Rochester Red Wings released LHP Scott Diamond. 

7/11/14

Twins' weekly organizational transactions: 7/5-7/11/2014

Here are this week's Twins' organization transactions.  All these weekly transaction lists are here.  When transactions involve a Twins top 40 prospect from my most current prospect list (here), that will be indicated next to the player's name by his ranking (see Fernando Romero below for example).

The transactions from 7/5 to now were:

 07/11/2014 AAA Pino Minnesota Twins optioned RHP Yohan Pino to AAA Rochester Red Wings.
07/11/2014 MLB Minnesota Twins recalled LHP Kris Johnson from AAA Rochester Red Wings.
07/10/2014 AA New Britain Rock Cats placed C Matt Koch  (Twins prospect ranking: 28) on the temporarily inactive list.
07/10/2014 AA New Britain Rock Cats activated 1B Kennys Vargas  (Twins prospect ranking: 5) from the temporarily inactive list.
07/10/2014 A Cedar Rapids Kernels sent LF Zack Larson (Twins prospect ranking: 29) on a rehab assignment to Rk GCL Twins.
07/10/2014 Rk GCL Twins placed RHP Wilfredy Liranzo on the 7-day disabled list.
07/09/2014 A Cedar Rapids Kernels activated 2B Logan Wade from the 7-day disabled list.
07/08/2014 MLB Minnesota Twins placed RHP Ricky Nolasco on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 7, 2014 with Right elbow strain
07/08/2014 AAA Rochester Red Wings activated C Josmil Pinto from the 7-day disabled list
07/08/2014 MLB Minnesota Twins recalled C/OF Chris Herrmann from AAA Rochester Red Wings.
07/08/2014  C Jairo Rodriguez assigned to AA New Britain Rock Cats from A+ Fort Myers Miracle.
07/08/2014 A+ Fort Myers Miracle activated SS Aderlin Mejia from the 7-day disabled list.
07/07/2014 AA New Britain Rock Cats placed 1B Kennys Vargas (Twins prospect ranking: 5) on the temporarily inactive list.
07/07/2014 RHP Jose Berrios  (Twins prospect ranking: 9) assigned to AA New Britain Rock Cats from A+ Fort Myers Miracle.
07/07/2014 LHP Mason Melotakis assigned to AA A+ Fort Myers Miracle.
07/07/2014 RHP Todd Van Steensel assigned to A+ Fort Myers Miracle from A Cedar Rapids Kernels.
07/07/2014 RHP Ethan Mildren assigned to A+ Fort Myers Miracle from A Cedar Rapids Kernels.
07/07/2014 A Cedar Rapids Kernels placed SS Engelb Vielma (Twins prospect ranking: 21) on the 7-day disabled list.
07/07/2014 OF Jeremias Pineda assigned to Rk+ Elizabethton Twins from A Cedar Rapids Kernels.
07/07/2014 RHP Chih-Wei Hu assigned to A Cedar Rapids Kernels from Rk+ Elizabethton Twins.
07/07/2014 RHP Jake Reed assigned to A Cedar Rapids Kernels from Rk+ Elizabethton Twins.
07/07/2014 LHP Matt Batts assigned to Rk+ Elizabethton Twins from Rk GCL Twins.
07/06/2014 RHP Mark Hamburger assigned to AAA Rochester Red Wings from AA New Britain Rock Cats.
07/06/2014 A+ Fort Myers Miracle activated CF Byron Buxton (Twins prospect ranking: 2) from the 7-day disabled list.
07/05/2014 OF Lance Ray assigned to AA New Britain Rock Cats from A+ Fort Myers Miracle.
07/05/2014 A Cedar Rapids Kernels activated C Mitch Garver (Twins prospect ranking: 17) from the 7-day disabled list.
07/05/2014 A Cedar Rapids Kernels placed CF Zack Granite on the 7-day disabled list with a left quad strain
07/05/2014 Rk GCL Twins activated RHP Jhon Silva from the 7-day disabled list.

7/6/14

Can the people who are running the Minnesota Twins fall any lower?

This is what has been happening at Target Field this weekend.  The Twins' staff who made that decision and the ones who are running this team should really be ashamed of what they did to an once proud franchise, just to get $100 or so.

I hope that the Twins' fans are paying attention. 


7/4/14

Twins' weekly organizational transactions: 6/28-7/4/2014

Here are this week's Twins' organization transactions.  All these weekly transaction lists are here.  When transactions involve a Twins top 40 prospect from my most current prospect list (here), that will be indicated next to the player's name by his ranking (see Fernando Romero below for example).

The transactions from 6/28 to now were:

07/03/2014 RHP John Curtiss assigned to Rk+ Elizabethton Twins.
07/02/2014 MLB Minnesota Twins recalled 1B/DH Chris Colabello from AAA Rochester Red Wings.
07/02/2014 MLB Minnesota Twins placed 1B Joe Mauer on the 15-day disabled list. Right oblique strain.
07/01/2014 AA New Britain Rock Cats placed OF Corey Wimberly on the 7-day disabled list with a hamstring injury
07/01/2014 A Cedar Rapids Kernels activated C Michael Quesada from the 7-day disabled list.
07/01/2014 Rk+ Elizabethton Twins activated C Jorge Fernandez from the 7-day disabled list.
06/30/14 MLB Minnesota Twins activated LF Eduardo Nunez from the 15-day disabled list.
06/30/14 MLB Minnesota Twins activated 3B Trevor Plouffe from the 15-day disabled list.
06/30/2014 AAA Rochester Red Wings activated RF Wilkin Ramirez from the 7-day disabled list.
06/30/2014 MLB Minnesota Twins optioned SS Pedro Florimon to AAA Rochester Red Wings.
06/30/2014 A+ Fort Myers Miracle placed SS Aderlin Mejia on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to June 29, 2014.
06/30/2014 A+ Fort Myers Miracle activated LHP Brett Lee from the 7-day disabled list.
06/30/2014 MLB Minnesota Twins optioned SS Jorge Polanco (Twins prospect ranking: 6) to A+ Fort Myers Miracle.
06/30/2014 3B Rafael P Valera assigned to Rk GCL Twins from A+ Fort Myers Miracle. 

6/30/14

Separated at birth: Twins' 3B Trevor Plouffe and...

Separated at birth:   Twins'  3B Trevor Plouffe 






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(Food Network's Star hopeful Ruben Ruiz.) 

6/27/14

Twins' weekly organizational transactions: 6/21-6/27/2014

Here are this week's Twins' organization transactions.  All these weekly transaction lists are here.  When transactions involve a Twins top 40 prospect from my most current prospect list (here), that will be indicated next to the player's name by his ranking (see Fernando Romero below for example).

The transactions from 6/21 to now were:

06/27/2014 AAA Rochester Red Wings placed C Josmil Pinto on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to June 25, 2014. left hip flexor strain
06/27/2014 MLB Minnesota Twins recalled RHP Yohan Pino from AAA Rochester Red Wings.
06/27/2014 A Cedar Rapids Kernels placed RHP Fernando Romero (Twins prospect ranking: 34) on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to June 24, 2014.
06/27/2014  RHP Nick Burdi (Twins prospect ranking: 14) assigned to A Cedar Rapids Kernels.
06/26/2014 AAA Rochester Red Wings placed RF Wilkin Ramirez on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to June 23, 2014. Illness
06/26/2014  3B Nate Hanson assigned to AAA Rochester Red Wings from AA New Britain Rock Cats.
06/26/2014 MLB Minnesota Twins optioned RHP Yohan Pino to AAA Rochester Red Wings.
06/26/2014 MLB Minnesota Twins sent LF Eduardo Nunez on a rehab assignment to AA New Britain Rock Cats.
06/26/2014 A+ Fort Myers Miracle activated LF Nate Roberts from the 7-day disabled list.
06/26/2014 IF Rafael Valera assigned to A+ Fort Myers Miracle from Rk GCL Twins.
06/26/2014 MLB Minnesota Twins recalled SS Jorge Polanco (Twins prospect ranking: 6) from A+ Fort Myers Miracle.
06/25/2014 RHP Mark Hamburger assigned to AA New Britain Rock Cats from AAA Rochester Red Wings.
06/25/2014 RHP Lester Oliveros assigned to AAA Rochester Red Wings from AA New Britain Rock Cats.
06/25/2014 MLB Minnesota Twins optioned CF Aaron Hicks to AA New Britain Rock Cats.
06/25/2014 A Cedar Rapids Kernels placed C Mitch Garver (Twins prospect ranking: 17)on the 7-day disabled list. Concussion symptoms.
06/25/2014 A Cedar Rapids Kernels activated LF J.D. Williams from the 7-day disabled list.
06/25/2014 OF Tanner English assigned to Rk+ Elizabethton Twins.
06/23/2014 OF Tyree Davis assigned to GCL Twins.
06/21/2014 RHP Mark Hamburger assigned to AAA Rochester Red Wings from AA New Britain Rock Cats.