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0 Short Relief: Up and Running by Kate Preusser, Emma Baccellieri and Patrick Dubuque
2 Short Relief: Dealing with Capitalism, Age, and Anarchic Squirrels by Matt Ellis, Kate Preusser and Emma Baccellieri
2 Pitching Backward: Casey Fien Makes No Sense by Jeff Long
3 The Call-Up: Kyle Gibson by Jason Parks and Bret Sayre
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 234: Byron Buxton, Joe Mauer, and the Twins/Dylan Bundy, Tommy John Surgery, and PRP by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
19 BP Unfiltered: Pitcher BABIP and Age by Ben Lindbergh
21 Prospectus Preview: These Questions Three: The Bottom of the Barrel by Russell A. Carleton and Ian Miller
3 BP Unfiltered: Grapefruit League Journal: Minnesota Twins by Mike Ferrin
1 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 136: 2013 Season Preview Series: Minnesota Twins by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Pete Barrett
5 Overthinking It: Have the Twins Learned to Love the Strikeout? by Ben Lindbergh
3 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 92: Why the Twins' New Prospect Isn't Their Type/Why Didn't Russell Martin Make More Money? by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
24 Prospect Debate: Buxton or Sano for Twins Top Prospect? by BP Prospect Staff
40 Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Minnesota Twins Top 10 Prospects by Jason Parks
0 The BP Wayback Machine: Who Can Say No to Twins? by Joe Sheehan
10 Bizball: Get Off the Idea of Contraction in Major League Baseball by Maury Brown
5 BP Unfiltered: Francisco Liriano's Unconvincing Impression of a Minnesota Twin by Ben Lindbergh
4 Painting the Black: The Incredible Underdog Story Nobody Is Watching by R.J. Anderson
0 The BP Wayback Machine: Chasing Ballparks in Minnesota and Florida by Neil deMause
13 Prospectus Preview: AL Central 2012 Preseason Preview, Part Two by Steven Goldman and Ben Lindbergh
26 Baseball ProGUESTus: Lose-Lose Situation: Revisiting the Johan Santana Trade by Aaron Gleeman
61 Heartburn Hardball: Jack Morris in Motion by Jonathan Bernhardt
25 The BP Broadside: Tumbling in the Twin Cities by Steven Goldman
3 Kiss'Em Goodbye: Minnesota Twins by Jay Jaffe, Kevin Goldstein and ESPN Insider
22 Prospectus Perspective: Minnesota Miscasts by Christina Kahrl
17 Prospectus Hit and Run: Anatomy of a Collapse by Jay Jaffe
2 On the Beat: Two Twins Are Better Than One by John Perrotto
42 Pre-Season Predictions by Baseball Prospectus
16 Purpose Pitches: Mourning for Morneau? by Christina Kahrl
14 Prospectus Hit and Run: The Curious Case of Francisco Liriano by Jay Jaffe
28 GM for a Day: Minnesota Twins by Ken Funck
20 Kiss'Em Goodbye: Minnesota Twins by John Perrotto, Kevin Goldstein and ESPN Insider
6 Playoff Prospectus: Answering Questions, Dusting Brooms by Jay Jaffe
2 Playoff Prospectus: Home Sweet Dome No More by Brandon Warne
19 Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Preview: Twins vs. Yankees by Jay Jaffe
10 Prospectus Perspective: October in Minneapolis by Marc Normandin
11 On the Beat: Breaking It Open by John Perrotto
14 Prospectus Perspective: A Trip to Target Field by Jay Jaffe
13 On the Beat: Heading Toward a Showdown by John Perrotto
29 Pre-Season Predictions by Baseball Prospectus
8 Prospectus Hit and Run: AL Central Competitive Ecology by Jay Jaffe
34 Kiss'Em Goodbye: Minnesota Twins by Baseball Prospectus
20 Playoff Prospectus: Yankees versus Twins LDS by Joe Sheehan
16 Changing Speeds: Twin City Triplets by Ken Funck
76 Prospectus Idol Entry: The 1991 World Series: An Adventure in Championship Expectancy by Matt Swartz
28 Preseason Predictions by Baseball Prospectus
20 Future Shock: Twins Top 11 Prospects by Kevin Goldstein
23 Prospectus Today: Twins Go Wild by Joe Sheehan
10 Prospectus Today: Looking for an Advantage by Joe Sheehan
0 Prospectus Hit and Run: Twins! by Jay Jaffe
0 Every Given Sunday: Beating Expectations by John Perrotto
An umpire comes online, Charlie Blackmon gets an assist, and Joe Mauer grounds out to first base.
Matt extends Jeter Week by window shopping, Kate is soothed by senescence, and Emma watches wildlife destroy the social contract.
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August 27, 2015 7:37 am
The Twins reliever bucks most conventional wisdom and has still been successful. Why?
is the quintessential Twins pitcher. To quote the 2015 BP Annual, Fien would “rather swallow glass than issue a walk,” a hallmark of the Twins’ oft-cited strike-throwing mentality. This year Fien has become an even greater caricature of himself by slicing his walk rate in half, and dropping his already low strikeout rate even further. Fien strikes out just 14 percent of opposing hitters, the sixth-lowest rate among qualifying relievers, and walks a paltry 2 percent of opposing hitters, the second-lowest rate in baseball. Casey Fien
Fien walks nobody, strikes almost nobody out, and yet somehow doesn’t give up loud contact all that often. Fien is everything that a stereotypical Twins pitcher should be, and nothing like a stereotypical reliever. Despite all of this he has been effective, posting an
+ of 117, and a ERA + of 109. Over 48 2/3 innings this season, Fien has posted a very strong 2.36 FIP , nearly a full run better than his ERA. DRA
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June 28, 2013 12:12 pm
With Mike Pelfrey injured, the Twins bolster their rotation with a former first-rounder.
The Situation: hit the shelf with a back injury, and Gibson was already on alert-five in Triple-A, eagerly awaiting his first major league opportunity. Mike Pelfrey
Background: Gibson was a highly touted collegiate arm coming out of Missouri, but a few velocity valleys and an injury concern (forearm stress fracture) pushed him down the board. He fell to the Twins with the 22nd pick and signed for $1.85M. Most thought that when and if healthy, Gibson could move through the ranks of the minors in short order and provide the major league staff with an innings-chewing arm with upside. Healthy in 2010, the tall right-hander looked the part, making 26 starts and logging 152 in his minor league debut, erasing most of the injury concerns, and looking like a safe bet to develop into an above-average starter. IP The remainder of this post cannot be viewed at this subscription level. Please click here to subscribe.
Ben and Sam discuss three things about the Twins, then talk about Dylan Bundy and the PRP approach to treating partial UCL tears. Do most young pitchers have high BABIPs?
On Wednesday, the
St. Paul Pioneer Press published a piece by Mike Berardino about how the Twins—well, more like one full-time employee of the Twins—are starting to explore sabermetrics. It's worth a read. The article won't leave you with the sense that the Twins are anywhere close to the cutting edge, relative to teams that aren't the Phillies, but at least they're not opposed to the idea of incorporating statistics into their decision making. Read the full article... The final installment of a five-part series on the pressing questions confronting each team in 2013.
In the week leading up to Opening Day, we're asking and answering three questions about each team in a five-part series ordered by descending Playoff Pct from the Playoff Odds Report. Today, we continue with a look at the group of six teams with the worst odds of winning at least a Wild Card. As a reminder, you can find links to our preview podcasts for each team here. Read the full article...
February 25, 2013 6:53 am
How does the Twins' current rebuilding effort compare to their previous one?
You’re familiar with most of the four-letter words that go by one letter: the S-Word, the F-word, the B-Word, and more. But you may not have heard of the R-word: Rebuilding.
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Ben and Sam preview the Twins' season with Michael Bates and Bill Parker, and Pete talks to Star Tribune reporter Phill Miller (at 20:26).
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January 15, 2013 10:43 am
Pour one out for Brad Radke and his spiritual descendants.
We don't typically think of particular player types as being associated with certain teams. There are some exceptions that seem to persist over time: the Rockies go after groundballers, for instance, and the Yankees tend to target lefty-swinging sluggers. But those teams' player preferences are tied to their ballparks. If the Rockies played at a lower altitude or the Yankees found they could fit in another luxury box by making their outfield fences more symmetrical, they would adapt to their new surroundings and stop pursuing the same sort of player.
Other apparent preferences are illusions or short-term trends based on temporary team composition or the whims of one front-office regime. The A’s, for a while, liked fat guys, but then they discovered defense. The Royals, under Dayton Moore, have a thing for former Braves. The Tigers, under Dave
Dombrowski and scouting director David Chadd , have a reputation for liking big pitchers who throw hard. But that’s almost an obvious affinity, sort of like saying a team favors hitters who hit the ball far. The Tigers might like pitchers who throw hard a little more than most teams, and they might be a bit more willing to overlook the shortcomings of pitchers who fit that profile. But what team doesn’t like big pitchers who throw hard? The remainder of this post cannot be viewed at this subscription level. Please click here to subscribe.
November 30, 2012 5:00 am
Ben and Sam discuss why prospect Alex Meyer isn't the Twins' usual type, then wonder why teams didn't think Russell Martin was worth more than the Pirates paid him.
Ben and Sam discuss why prospect
isn't the Twins' usual type, then wonder why teams didn't think Alex Meyer was worth more than the Pirates paid him. Russell Martin
Episode 92: "Why the Twins' New Prospect Isn't Their Type/Why Didn't Russell Martin Make More Money?" Read the full article...
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November 16, 2012 5:00 am
The BP prospect team has its say about the leading candidates for the top spot in the Minnesota system.
As Jason Parks noted in his prospect rankings primer, this year’s rankings are the product of a collaborative process. Before each system’s prospect list is finalized, members of the BP prospect team trade emails about the players involved, enriching the rankings with their own opinions and perspectives. We’ll be publishing excerpts from the best of those discussions throughout the offseason, generally the day after the prospect lists in question appear. Some exchanges have been edited for language or trimmed to stay on topic.
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