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07-24

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4

Rubbing Mud: Trading Trevor Plouffe
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Matthew Trueblood

06-01

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Rubbing Mud: OMG Twinsies
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Matthew Trueblood

05-08

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What You Need to Know: Smoked!
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Daniel Rathman

05-05

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6

The Call-Up: Eddie Rosario
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Christopher Crawford and Craig Goldstein

05-01

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6

What You Need to Know: Sold!
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Chris Mosch

04-10

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BP Unfiltered: The Best Part of the Twins Season So Far
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Zachary Levine

04-03

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27

Rubbing Mud: Four Good Young PItchers, Four Unusual Situations
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Matthew Trueblood

03-27

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Every Team's Moneyball: Minnesota Twins: Rebuilding in Plain View
by
Ken Funck

03-26

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Transaction Analysis: It's Olivera Now, Baby Blue
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R.J. Anderson

03-13

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Rubbing Mud: How the Twins Discovered Moneyball 10 Years Too Late
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Matthew Trueblood

02-17

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2015 Prospects: 2015 Organizational Rankings
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Mark Anderson, Jeff Moore and BP Prospect Staff

02-09

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2015 Prospects: Top 101 Prospects of 2015
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Nick J. Faleris, Chris Mellen and BP Prospect Staff

01-09

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2015 Prospects: Minnesota Twins Top 10 Prospects
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Chris Mellen and BP Prospect Staff

12-23

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Transaction Analysis: Gently Hughes'd
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R.J. Anderson

12-12

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Transaction Analysis: Santana and Morales, One Year Later
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Sam Miller

12-03

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Transaction Analysis: The Surprisingly High Price of Nostalgia
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Sahadev Sharma and Nick Shlain

11-05

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Transaction Analysis: Lind Blows Out of Toronto
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R.J. Anderson and Mike Gianella

10-29

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Fantasy Team Preview: Minnesota Twins
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Mike Gianella

10-01

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Transaction Analysis: Playing a Hinch
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R.J. Anderson

08-22

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Painting the Black: A Marlins Fastball, A Twins Approach
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R.J. Anderson

08-05

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Transaction Analysis: The Reasonable Overpay of Kurt Suzuki
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R.J. Anderson

07-31

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Transaction Analysis: A's hire A's
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R.J. Anderson, Bret Sayre and Ben Carsley

07-25

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Transaction Analysis: Kendrys Redux
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R.J. Anderson and Bret Sayre

07-11

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BP Announcements: Job Opening: Minnesota Twins Developer
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Baseball Prospectus

07-03

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BP Top 50
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Nick J. Faleris, Jason Parks and Ron Shah

07-01

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BP Top 50
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Nick J. Faleris, Chris Mellen and Jordan Gorosh

06-17

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BP Unfiltered: Glen Perkins Dislikes Losing Strikes
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Ben Lindbergh

06-09

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Transaction Analysis: Minnesota Signs Kendrys Morales
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R.J. Anderson and Bret Sayre

05-21

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BP Unfiltered: Very Important Player We Missed: James Jones
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Sam Miller

05-16

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Painting the Black: Bullish on Dozier
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R.J. Anderson

05-12

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Transaction Analysis: Call Milone
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R.J. Anderson

04-25

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Transaction Analysis: Ranklin' Franklin
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R.J. Anderson

04-18

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What You Need to Know: Meltdown in Minnesota
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Daniel Rathman

03-26

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Prospectus Preview: AL Central 2014 Preseason Preview
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Ben Lindbergh and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

03-17

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Transaction Analysis: Benefits and Perkins
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R.J. Anderson

02-27

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Rumor Roundup: An Infield Fix for the Yankees?
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Daniel Rathman

02-26

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: 2014 Organizational Rankings
by
Jason Parks

02-13

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Rumor Roundup: Catching Up with Catcher News
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Daniel Rathman

02-10

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 382: 2014 Season Preview Series: Minnesota Twins
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

12-26

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Transaction Analysis: Colletti's All-Closer Bullpen
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R.J. Anderson

12-16

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Transaction Analysis: Dodgers Win Your eBay Bidding
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R.J. Anderson, Bret Sayre and Mauricio Rubio

12-10

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Baseball ProGUESTus: What Happened to the Twins?
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Elliot Mann

12-02

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Transaction Analysis: Phil Hughes Finds a Friendlier Home
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Ben Lindbergh and Bret Sayre

12-02

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Transaction Analysis: Nolasco Heads North
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R.J. Anderson and Rob McQuown

11-19

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Prospect Debate: Meyer vs. Stewart
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Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff

11-18

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 331: Jason Parks on the Best Farm System in Baseball
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

11-18

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Minnesota Twins Top 10 Prospects
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Jason Parks

11-18

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Fantasy Team Preview: Minnesota Twins
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Ben Carsley

11-18

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Rumor Roundup: Veteran Help Wanted
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Daniel Rathman

11-12

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Transaction Analysis: Perez Built On
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R.J. Anderson

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July 24, 2015 6:00 am

Rubbing Mud: Trading Trevor Plouffe

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Matthew Trueblood

Is the Twins' most underrated player also their best deadline chit?

Trevor Plouffe cracked a three-run home run for the Twins on Thursday afternoon, and those three runs proved to be the only ones that crossed the plate all day. A strong outing from Ervin Santana (eight innings, four hits, no runs or walks, seven strikeouts) carried Minnesota from there, snapping as bad a four-game losing streak (one wasted comeback, then three straight blowouts) as a team can have. The Twins now stand at 51-44, three games ahead of the Blue Jays for the second wild card berth in the American League. They’re clear deadline buyers, and more than that, they’re solidifying a status that was unthinkable before the season began: favorites to reach the playoffs.

At the same time, there’s plenty of room for doubt about this team. The offense has scored enough runs to win very often this season, but that’s happened partially on the strength of good sequencing luck, and partially on the strength of unsustainable overachievement. They’re a better offense than many people realized, and they’ve made a commendable adjustment to the new way of the world: They no longer take the first pitch of plate appearances at an unusual rate, let alone the extreme rate at which they took them last season.

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June 1, 2015 6:00 am

Rubbing Mud: OMG Twinsies

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Matthew Trueblood

Are the Twins for real? Does it matter?

The Twins trailed the Blue Jays 4–1 after five and a half innings on Sunday, but after a Joe Mauer RBI single, a two-run home run from Trevor Plouffe, and a two-run double from Torii Hunter, they turned that into a 6–5 lead by the end of the seventh. From there, the shutdown relief combination of Blaine Boyer and Glen Perkins sewed up the team’s 21st win in 28 games. Not long after they finished their comeback win, the Cubs beat the Royals at Wrigley Field, vaulting the Twins (the Twins!) into first place in the AL Central at the end of May. They’re 30–19, and 19–7 at home.

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May 8, 2015 9:43 am

What You Need to Know: Smoked!

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Daniel Rathman

Grandal burns Fiers, Hosmer clubs Kluber, ARod spills Tillman, Astros pave Street, plus the best defensive play of the day.

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May 5, 2015 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Eddie Rosario

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Christopher Crawford and Craig Goldstein

The Twins pull up a hot-and-cold prospect to replace Oswaldo Arcia.

The situation: Minnesota placed Oswaldo Arcia on the 15-day disabled list with a flexor strain in his hip, opening up a spot for Rosario.

Background: Rosario’s stock has fluctuated over the years. He started as a relatively unknown fourth-round pick out of Rafael Lopez Landron High in Puerto Rico. The left-handed-hitting outfielder performed well at the lower levels and showed impressive tools, and quietly established himself as an intriguing outfield prospect. Concerns over his position and a 50-game PED suspension saw his stock sink, but he seemed to reestablish himself after a strong 2013 campaign in which he posted a .810 OPS and 10 homers. Just as quickly, it sunk once more, as he was terrible in 2014, struggling to a .246/.283/.387 line between High- and Double-A. Those struggles, in a strong Minnesota system, saw him looking in at our Top 10 Twins prospects this offseason, though he was listed as one of the three factors on the farm.

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May 1, 2015 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: Sold!

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Chris Mosch

Chris Sale doesn't get much help from his defense, neither does Jacob deGrom, Ryan Howard and Mike Moustakas handle the shift differently, and Mike Leake let's hit bat do the talking when it comes his opinion on the DH in the NL.

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...is a suspension.

Let’s say you’re a terrible baseball team. You’re the kind of team that could get swept in the Tigers in its opening series by an aggregate score of 22-1 and not have Baseball Twitter coming within a mile of defending you as small sample size victims.

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Four young pitcher whose teams made four interesting choices with them: Carlos Martinez, Alex Meyer, Tanner Roark and Danny Salazar.

This is a story about a surfer who became a pop star, and a pop star who became a clairvoyant.

Jack Johnson was born in Hawaii, the son of a professional surfer, and he might have been one himself if, at 17, he hadn’t lost a bunch of blood and teeth in a serious accident during competition. Maybe it was then that he gained supernatural powers of divination. Maybe it was some other, much later occasion. I wouldn’t dare to speculate. Somewhere along the way, though, Johnson became an unwitting portal through which the universe spoke of the future fall of men. Consider the following insipid ditty from Johnson’s third album:

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How the Twins stick to the fundamentals of drafting and player development.

Every day until Opening Day, Baseball Prospectus authors will preview two teams—one from the AL, one from the NL—identifying strategies those teams employ to gain an advantage. Today: the mainstream fundamentals of the Twins, versus the hipster indie-ball scouting of the Diamondbacks.

Week 1 previews: Giants | Royals | Dodgers | Rays | Padres | Astros | Rockies | Athletics | Mets | Yankees

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March 26, 2015 12:01 am

Transaction Analysis: It's Olivera Now, Baby Blue

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R.J. Anderson

The Dodgers get the last big name on the free agent market, Cuban infielder Hector Olivera. Meanwhile, Brian Dozer gets certainty, while Jhoulys Chacin gets freedom, of a sort.

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The Twins and the Red Sox share space at the top of one particular leaderboard, but changes in the game have made it a poor time in history to be there.

I’m not a scout, but sometimes it’s fun to pretend. When I attend baseball games in person, I often do so alone, the better to scratch feverishly at a notebook all night long. On April 15, 2013, I got to Target Field early, settled in with George Will's Men at Work, and braced myself for a long night of cold baseball. The Twins were playing the Angels, and I had a dirt-cheap seat in the highest level of the seating bowl, but directly behind home plate. I was there, mostly, to see Mike Trout in the flesh, but also to witness the big-league debut of Oswaldo Arcia and to get a feel for this young, rough Twins club.

Trout had two hits. Arcia had one, and flashed his violent, lightning-quick swing. Joe Mauer had four hits, two of them for extra bases. (This was before his power disappeared into the ether.) The Twins won easily. What caught my eye, though—what began showing up in my scorebook by the second inning, and what I’ve tracked for two years since—was one peculiar element of Minnesota’s collective plate approach: They weren’t swinging at the first pitch of any at-bat.

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Every farm system in baseball, ordered from best to worst.

1. Chicago Cubs
Farm System Ranking in 2014: 2
2015 Top Ten Prospects: Link
Top Prospect: Addison Russell (2)
Prospects on the BP 101: 7
State of the System: Despite graduating infielders Arismendy Alcantara and Javier Baez, and mildly uninspiring years from former Top 10 prospects like C.J. Edwards and Christian Villanueva, the Cubs are the proud owner of the game’s top system. With the 2014 arrival of shortstop Addison Russell via trade, the explosive emergence of third baseman Kris Bryant, and the selection of a hit-first prospect like Kyle Schwarber, the Cubs remain absolutely loaded with impact talent. The arrival and emergence of those players doesn’t even begin to touch on the continued presence of outfielders Jorge Soler and Albert Almora, as well as quality depth of high ceiling players like Gleyber Torres, Eloy Jimenez, Carson Sands, and Mark Zagunis. The Cubs’ system is loaded to the gills with talent that could help their roster continue to improve internally, or via trade.
Must-See Affiliate: Triple-A Iowa
Prospects to See There: Kris Bryant, Addison Russell, Pierce Johnson








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The Twins' Byron Buxton is, for the second year in a row, the best prospect in baseball.

Previous Rankings: 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007

Chat with Nick J. Faleris and Chris Mellen About the Top 101 (8:00 PM ET) | Read the list with full commentary in Baseball Prospectus 2015

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