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2 Banjo Hitter: Eddie Rosario, Reformed Hacker by Aaron Gleeman
3 Prospectus Q&A: Twins GM Thad Levine by Aaron Gleeman
2 Players Prefer Presentation: 18 Minutes at Dodger Stadium by Meg Rowley
0 Transaction Analysis: Rizzo's Relief by Aaron Gleeman and Greg Goldstein
0 Transaction Analysis: Jaime Garcia, Flipped by Aaron Gleeman, Jarrett Seidler and Javier Barragan
0 Transaction Analysis: Altitude Frisbee by Aaron Gleeman, Zack Moser, Greg Goldstein, Jeffrey Paternostro and Mark Anderson
0 DFA Podcast: Ep. 18: Royal Buyers by Bryan Grosnick, R.J. Anderson and Shawn Brody
0 Transaction Analysis: Panda 2.0 by Patrick Dubuque, Brett Cowett, Aaron Gleeman, Martin Alonso and Mark Anderson
2 Advance Scouting Series: Jaime Garcia by Wilson Karaman
1 Transaction Analysis: Big Sexy's Last Call by Aaron Gleeman
3 Rubbing Mud: Lower is Better for Berrios by Matthew Trueblood
2 Banjo Hitter: Minnesota's Mess by Aaron Gleeman
0 Rubbing Mud: No Free Strikes by Matthew Trueblood
4 Rubbing Mud: The Rise of the Rover and the Fall of Dozier by Matthew Trueblood
22 Baseball Prospectus Announcement by Bret Sayre
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13 Prospectus Feature: The Ervin Santana Disagreement by Jonathan Judge
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7 Banjo Hitter: The First 162: Byron Buxton by Aaron Gleeman
2 Looking Back on Tomorrow: Minnesota Twins by Aaron Gleeman
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10 Banjo Hitter: PECOTA and the Twins, Sitting in a Tree by Aaron Gleeman
0 BP Job Postings: Minnesota Twins Advance Scouting Intern by BP Staff
3 Rubbing Mud: Miguel Sano Through PECOTA's Eyes by Matthew Trueblood
1 Rubbing Mud: Dozier and the Doyers by Matthew Trueblood
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5 Banjo Hitter: Twin Killing by Aaron Gleeman
2 Banjo Hitter: Where These Terrible Twins Go From Here by Aaron Gleeman
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11 Prospectus Feature: So Long, Jose Berrios; See You Soon? by Aaron Gleeman
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5 What You Need to Know: Jose Berrios: Not An Instant Ace by Daniel Rathman
After years of swinging at everything and frustrating everyone, Rosario may have had an epiphany.
has always been a believer in Paul Molitor ’s swing. As a roving hitting instructor, Molitor worked with Rosario in the minors as far back as 2010, Eddie Rosario saying later that the left-handed hitter’s “ability to square up the ball” immediately caught his eye. Molitor replaced 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. Ron Gardenhire
Early that May the Twins needed outfield reinforcements and at Molitor’s urging they bypassed
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 Aaron Hicks 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 OPS 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.” Read the full article... Thad Levine talked deadline deals, Tinder, analytics, and lots more at Baseball Prospectus Night in Minnesota.
As part of Baseball Prospectus Night at Target Field on August 5, general manager Thad Levine joined us for an interview and audience Q&A. The following is a transcript of his interview with me, which has been edited for clarity and brevity, as the entire session lasted more than an hour and was over 10,000 words when transcribed. You can listen to the unedited, hour-plus Levine audio, including the audience Q&A, Minnesota Twins on the "Gleeman and The Geek" podcast. Read the full article... Time is a flat circ ... OH MY GOD, HURRY UP ALREADY!
On July 25,
the Dodgers played the Twins, in Los Angeles. The game featured an 18-minute delay after the umpires and Twins manager got mixed up over a double-switch in the sixth inning. It wasn’t the most important game the Dodgers have played lately, or even the most interesting. But it did show us a few things. Paul Molitor
By my count,
was announced as the batter two hours, 39 minutes, and 15 seconds into the game. This is an account of what and who followed. Yasiel Puig Read the full article...
Washington adds another veteran late-inning reliever, snagging All-Star closer Brandon Kintzler from Minnesota.
Jaime Garcia is on the move for the second time in a week, going from Minnesota to New York.
Colorado picks up bullpen help in Pat Neshek, Washington calls up Andrew Stevenson, and Minnesota unloads one of the old regime's mistakes. On the 18th episode of the DFA podcast, it's time to talk about all those medium-sized deals that are part and parcel of deadline season. The Padres and Royals swap intriguing pitchers, Jaime Garcia (finally) heads to Minnesota, and the Red Sox add two third basemen: one from within and one from without.
It's Baseball Prospectus's newest podcast: DFA! Host
Bryan Grosnick (Baseball Prospectus), co-host R.J. Anderson (CBS Sports), and producer Shawn Brody (Beyond the Box Score, BP Mets) are talking about all the transactions and roster moves that make MLB go. From trades and signings to callups and disabled list stints, DFA is here to provide analysis and commentary on all things baseball. Read the full article...
Pablo Sandoval heads back to San Francisco, the Twins add much-needed rotation help in Jaime Garcia, and the Mariners swap four minor leaguers for David Phelps.
The Twins haven't seen an acquisition this middling since Edmure Tully.
Released by the Braves, 44-year-old Bartolo Colon will try to make it back to the majors with the Twins. Jose Berrios' slight adjustments have had big payoffs, as 23-year-old thrives in Minnesota's rotation.
Stop me if you’ve heard this before.
entered 2017 with his career arc somewhat in doubt. Formerly a top prospect, he’d struggled—no, he had outright failed—in his first extended look in the majors, and despite his youth and his raw stuff, even his most enthusiastic supporters were forced to admit that big changes were needed if he was going to turn himself into a valuable big-league hurler. Jose Berrios Read the full article... Minnesota's hitting and defense look ready for prime time, but the pitching remains a mess.
Monday was an off day for the Twins, and boy did they need it. As of Friday night they sat atop the American League Central, the unlikely owners of a 34-29 record following a disastrous 103-loss season. Then the second-place Indians came to town for a three-day, four-game series at Target Field and
swept the Twins out of first place, thoroughly thrashing Minnesota by a 28-8 aggregate score. In less than 48 hours the Twins went from surprising division leaders to looking like merely something that the defending American League champions had to step over on their inevitable climb back to the playoffs.
Read the full article...