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2 Transaction Analysis: Have Gloves, Will Travel by Bryan Grosnick
1 Rubbing Mud: The Muscle Memory of Bunting by Matthew Trueblood
2 Prospectus Feature: It Finally Clicks for Aaron Hicks by David Brown
6 Banjo Hitter: The First 162: Byron Buxton by Aaron Gleeman
20 Baseball Prospectus Announcement by Bret Sayre
2 Looking Back on Tomorrow: Minnesota Twins by Aaron Gleeman
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4 Short Relief: Tales of Cubs Fans, Extroverts, and 1987 Topps by Nathan Bishop, Jason Wojciechowski and Patrick Dubuque
2 Banjo Hitter: PECOTA's Breakout Bets: Hitters by Aaron Gleeman
10 Banjo Hitter: PECOTA and the Twins, Sitting in a Tree by Aaron Gleeman
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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
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4 Banjo Hitter: The Out-of-Nowhere All-Stars by Aaron Gleeman
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4 Prospectus Feature: Buxton's Back, and Not Busted Yet by Aaron Gleeman
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11 Prospectus Feature: So Long, Jose Berrios; See You Soon? by Aaron Gleeman
8 Transaction Analysis: Fredi, Blame, Fired by Aaron Gleeman, Wilson Karaman and Matthew Trueblood
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10 Prospectus Feature: The Fall of the Ryan Empire by Aaron Gleeman
1 Raising Aces: Debut Ante: Jose Berrios by Doug Thorburn
26 Rubbing Mud: Joe Mauer and Me by Matthew Trueblood
0 What You Need to Know: Nobody Is 0-21, Yet by Nicolas Stellini
7 Prospectus Feature: Can the Twins Sweep ROY Voting, Still Lose? by Bryan Grosnick
0 Rumor Roundup: Who Will Save The Phillies' 55ish Wins This Year? by Emma Baccellieri
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4 Winter Is Leaving by Matthew Trueblood
6 Prospectus Feature: The Way-Too-Early Baseball Awards Breakdown by Bryan Grosnick
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8 Rubbing Mud: Same Old Twins by Matthew Trueblood
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8 Rubbing Mud: The Great Big Exasperated AL Central Shrug by Matthew Trueblood
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4 Rubbing Mud: The Twins vs the Universe by Matthew Trueblood
4 Rubbing Mud: Trading Trevor Plouffe by Matthew Trueblood
February 10, 2017 6:00 am
PECOTA loves Miguel Sano, but that might be because it doesn't know any better.
You are perfectly entitled to be optimistic about
. That’s the most important thing to say. Sano was a huge prospect when he signed out of the Dominican Republic. Everyone believed he would eventually hit for enormous power, retain some thick-bodied athleticism, and generally display a natural gift for baseball that would help him overcome his considerable deficiencies. That remains a possible outcome, and indeed the fact that he’s risen all the way through the minors and played a bit more than a year’s worth of big-league games while making unbelievably hard contact has only boosted the odds of that. Miguel Sano
Read the full article... Brian Dozier is still in Minnesota, but maybe the Dodgers and the Twins were right to balk at a deal.
Last week I attended SportCon, a day-long convention on analytics in sports put on by an organization called MinneAnalytics. There were six seminar sessions throughout the day at the enclosed downtown campus of St. Thomas University in Minneapolis. I was sitting in an auditorium/lecture hall early in the afternoon, waiting for new Twins chief baseball officer Derek Falvey to walk in for a panel on how teams use analytical information in coaching and advance scouting, when Ken Rosenthal’s
Twitter feed told me what business Falvey had concluded prior to making the short trip from Target Field to the conference: The Dodgers and Twins had reached a semi-official impasse, and was (however flimsily) assured of remaining in Minnesota for a while. Brian Dozier
That "news" is sorry succor for the news-starved fans of the baseball offseason and it rippled through the room like word that the keg has run dry at a wedding reception. If the convention were at Loyola Marymount instead of St. Thomas, it’s fair to guess that the tone would have been the same. Twins fans have wanted this deal for most of the winter. Dodgers fans have approached it cautiously, hugging their prospects tightly but with a measure of anticipation, too. Neither front office will endear themselves to large swaths of their fan base by walking away from the bargaining table. The Twins are still likely to be a losing team in 2017 and the aggressive rebuild Falvey and general manager Thad Levine have hinted at seems on hold until Dozier is dealt.
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Trevor Plouffe finds a new home in Oakland and his former team adds veteran depth.
December 30, 2016 6:00 am
Can anybody in 2016 identify what the Twins are good at?
With the year winding to a close, Baseball Prospectus is revisiting some of our favorite articles of the year. This was originally published on May 17, 2016.
Twins general manager
is a Well-Respected Baseball Man™. Terry Ryan Read the full article...
November 23, 2016 6:00 am
Minnesota landed its top free agent target, pitch-framing master Jason Castro.
September 28, 2016 6:00 am
Minnesota hopes shaking up the front office with a new-school hire works as well as it did three decades ago.
Two months after firing longtime general manager
the Twins have decided on his replacement, hiring Indians assistant general manager Derek Falvey as their new front office boss. Going from the 62-year-old, old school, highly experienced Ryan to the 33-year-old, new school, inexperienced Falvey represents a massive shift for the Twins, but one that was clearly necessary following the worst season in team history and a fifth season with 90-plus losses in the past six years. It’s an organization begging for change. Terry Ryan
Minnesota’s unsuccessful attempts to interview ex-general managers Alex Anthopoulos and Ben Cherington made headlines and Falvey was rarely portrayed as the front-runner throughout a process aided by the Korn Ferry search firm. In the end he beat out, among others, Rays vice president of baseball operations (and f
ormer Baseball Prospectus staffer) Chaim Bloom, Cubs vice president of player development and amateur scouting Jason McLeod, and Royals assistant general manager . J.J. Picollo Read the full article... Give it up for 'the next Jamey Carroll.'
Twins second baseman
leads all major-league middle infielders in homers this season with 30. He also led all major-league middle infielders in homers last season with 28. And dating back to 2013—his first full year in the big leagues—Dozier leads all major-league middle infielders in homers with 99, ahead of Brian Dozier (90) and Robinson Cano (84). Dozier is baseball’s premier slugging middle infielder. How the hell did that happen? Troy Tulowitzki
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Minnesota gets creative in dumping Ricky Nolasco, as the Twins also send a former top prospect to the Angels and get back Hector Santiago. Also, the Angels send Joe Smith to the Cubs.
Boston picks up some left-handed bullpen help and Minnesota adds a hard-throwing reliever prospect/project.
Eduardo Nunez goes from backup to All-Star to traded, as the Twins send the veteran infielder to the Giants. The Twins phenom hits homers at a spectacular pace but strikes out at a record pace. That's not by accident, and it's not necessarily by mistake.
will play the 150th game of his career tonight, which is a nice round-number place to pause and examine how one of the decade’s best offensive prospects has fared so far. Miguel Sano
Read the full article... The Twins finally change course, firing longtime GM Terry Ryan and perhaps setting the club up for its first real philosophical change in decades.
In a move that’s somehow simultaneously
a long time coming and shocking, the Twins fired after two stints and 18 total years as general manager. Ryan’s teams won four division titles in five years from 2002-2006, but that success was limited to the regular season and bookended by ineptitude. Overall with Ryan as GM the Twins had a .474 winning percentage and were 149 games below .500, including a 318-421 (.430) record in his second stint. Their lone postseason series win under Ryan was 15 years ago and they haven’t won a playoff Terry Ryan game in 13 years.
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