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Minnesota is winning despite no expectations, shaky pitching, and the league's youngest lineup.

No one expected the Twins to be good this season. Competitive? Maybe. Decent enough to create hope for the future? Definitely. But actually good? No way. Minnesota was coming off a disastrous 59-103 year. Las Vegas pegged their over/under win total at 74.5. PECOTA projected them for 78 wins, and that was the most optimistic Twins projection you could find. They started the season surprisingly well, but a very rough stretch after the All-Star break left the Twins three games below .500 and pushed their playoff odds down to a season-low 5.3 percent on July 31.

And so they became sellers, trading Jaime Garcia to the Yankees less than a week after acquiring him from the Braves, and sending All-Star closer Brandon Kintzler to the Nationals. Neither deal brought back huge value, but because Minnesota was barely clinging to the periphery of Wild Card contention there was plenty of logic in trading a pair of impending free agents for three mid-level pitching prospects. After all, no one expected the Twins to be good. Staying above .500 for the entire first half was an accomplishment in itself, and now that they’d come back down to earth the focus on 2018 and beyond could resume.

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After years of swinging at everything and frustrating everyone, Rosario may have had an epiphany.

Paul Molitor has always been a believer in Eddie Rosario’s swing. As a roving hitting instructor, Molitor worked with Rosario in the minors as far back as 2010, saying later that the left-handed hitter’s “ability to square up the ball” immediately caught his eye. Molitor replaced Ron Gardenhire as Twins manager in 2015, and during his first spring training at the helm he praised Rosario’s hitting ability on a daily basis. At the time Rosario was 23 years old and coming off a disappointing Double-A season in which he hit just .243/.286/.387 and was suspended 50 games for marijuana use, but Molitor believed.

Early that May the Twins needed outfield reinforcements and at Molitor’s urging they bypassed Aaron Hicks to call up Rosario, who was hitting just .242/.280/.379 with a 17/5 K/BB ratio in 23 games at Triple-A. For all the talk about his upside, Rosario had a sub-.700 OPS above Single-A for his career and it had been around 18 months since he was a productive hitter at any level, but as Molitor explained: “I wanted to give Eddie an opportunity to get up here. I’ve been around him enough to know that for that kid, it’s just been a matter of him learning to apply himself a little bit more consistently, and I think he’s been doing that.”

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Notes on prospects and former big leaguers who stood out in the Caribbean Series, including Indians lefty Elvis Araujo.

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January 30, 2014 6:00 am

Get to Know: Second Base Prospects

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Craig Goldstein

A look at the future contributors at the keystone, both for later this year and beyond.

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Notes on prospects playing abroad, including Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco.

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Notes on prospects playing abroad, including the Twins' Eddie Rosario and the White Sox' Carlos Sanchez.

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Notes on prospects playing abroad, including Padres outfielder Reymond Fuentes and Cardinals right-hander Carlos Martinez.

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December 10, 2013 6:07 am

Minor League Update: International Winter League Games of December 9

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Jeff Moore

Notes on prospects playing abroad, including Pirates outfielder Andrew Lambo and Nationals outfielder Michael Taylor.

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Notes on 10 prospects, including Christian Bethancourt, Gregory Polanco, Jonathan Singleton.

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Notes on the prospects who stood out abroad, and on a handful who were protected from the Rule Five Draft.

Prospect of the Day: Billy Hamilton, CF, Reds (Cangrejeros de Santurce, PRWL): 3-6, K, 3 SB. Now that’s a Billy Hamilton-esque game. The Reds speedster has struggled to get on base this winter, thus negating his speed, but he’s still a game-changer when he does. He also threw a runner out at second base from the outfield.

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Notes on eight prospects, including Braves outfielder Joey Terdoslavich and Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco.

Prospect of the Day: Joey Terdoslavich, LF, Braves (Toros del Este, DWL): 3-4, 2B, 3B, K. International league rosters are in constant flux, and Terdoslavich was a late addition to the Toros. He went 3-4 in his first game, showing the extra-base power that makes him an attractive bench option for the Braves. He won’t be playing first base (his natural position) for them any time soon, but he’s playing the outfield this winter to gain more experience at his new secondary position.

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Five Prospects Who Struggled In the 2011 Caribbean Winter Leagues

Aside from a fairly uneventful game between the Dominican Winter League and Venezuelan Winter League All-Stars, it was another slow night with only two games in Puerto Rico. So let's stick with yesterday's topic -- struggling prospects of the Caribbean Winter Leagues -- and take a look at five prospects who were terrible last winter, but eased concerns -- if there were any at all -- by putting up much better numbers during the 2012 regular season.

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