11:23 PM EDT, Fri June 23, 2017
8 hours ago
Twins DFA Alex Wimmers and Mason Melotakis

Twins DFA Alex Wimmers and Mason Melotakis

Room had to be made on the 40-man roster, so I guess the Twins are going with this. New broke last night that the Twins were calling up right-handers Dillon Gee and Trevor Hildenberger today to help out their ailing pitching staff, but neither player was on the 40-man roster. We didn’t find out until today how room would be made, but now we know: both Alex Wimmers and Mason Melotakis have been DFAed. It’s a little bit of a surprise, but also not—whatever the Twins did, it would be a little bit of a shock. That’s just the state of the 40-man right now. There aren’t many Danny...
14 hours ago
That was fast: Dillon Gee joins Twins

That was fast: Dillon Gee joins Twins

The veteran pitcher signed a minor-league deal on Tuesday. The Twins capped a very long Thursday (5-hour rain delay, another truly wretched outing from a non-Santana/Berrios starter, another Chris Gimenez relief appearance) by making a couple roster moves. As noted by Myjah, the Twins sent down Nik Turley and placed Ehire Adrianza on the DL. After another day of churning through bullpen arms, they’re calling up two pitchers: reliever and 2014 draft pick Trevor Hildenberger (interviewed by Myjah here) and veteran free agent arm Dillon Gee. Gee, 30, has been around the block, and is pretty...
15 hours ago
Interview with newest Twins pitcher Trevor Hildenberger

Interview with newest Twins pitcher Trevor Hildenberger

Come learn about the newest pitcher for the Minnesota Twins! We were luckily enough to get to ask him about his funky delivery, the new front office, and more! Have you hear about Twins prospect Trevor Hildenberger? He’s a side-arm reliever who has pitched 30.2 innings this year for the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings. In that time he’s posted a 2.05 ERA, along with 25 strikeouts and only eight walks. That’s pretty darn good! So good, in fact, the Twins just called him up to the Minnesota Twins today. I was very luckily enough to get the chance to talk to Hildenberger just a day or two...
18 hours ago
Farm Report: Mitch Garver homers again for Red Wings

Farm Report: Mitch Garver homers again for Red Wings

A recap of the Twins' minor league affiliates' results from June 22nd, 2017. Triple-A: Rochester Red Wings 4, Lehigh Valley IronPigs 2 C Mitch Garver hit a two-run home run in the first inning to give the Red Wings the early lead in this one. It was his seventh dong of the year, and his second in two days. The Red Wings didn’t stop there, though, as they added two more runs in the bottom of the second inning. RF Niko Goodrum and DH John Ryan Murphy hit back-to-back doubles, followed by a single by 3B Bengie Gonzalez. Murphy then scored the second run when SS Engelb Vielma ground into a...
Jun 22, 2017
Twins option Nik Turley, place Ehire Adrianza on DL

Twins option Nik Turley, place Ehire Adrianza on DL

Fresh arms will probably be on their way to join the team tomorrow. Following today’s blowout loss to the White Sox, the Twins optioned “starting pitcher” Nik Turley back to Triple-A Rochester. It’s not a surprise. At all. Turley failed to make it out of the first inning today, giving up five earned runs, including two bombs to Jose Abreu and Todd Frazier. It was Turley’s third major league start, and he’s struggled in all three. How much? Well, here’s a fun fact: Worst ERA in Twins history (min. 3 starts):16.39 Nik Turley11.15 Jackie Collum10.25 Adam Johnson 9.89 Brad...
Jun 22, 2017
Rain delay ruined by game: White Sox 9, Twins 0

Rain delay ruined by game: White Sox 9, Twins 0

A long rain delay was ruined by a baseball game today. It started out as a perfect day for a rain delay; cloudy, a bit cool for late June, a slight breeze - perfect. It turned out to be the longest rain delay in franchise history, clocking in at 4:50. It easily surpassed the longest rain delay at the Metrodome by nearly five hours. Twins fans and White Sox fans alike mingled and wandered through the stadium, many dressed in stylish, clear-vinyl ponchos or holding open, non-Prince umbrellas aloft. Some stayed in their seats (or better ones) tweeting fun #MNTwins #raindelay selfies while...
Jun 22, 2017
Farm Report: Hector Santiago and Phil Hughes scoreless in rehab

Farm Report: Hector Santiago and Phil Hughes scoreless in rehab

A recap of the Twins' minor league affiliates' results from June 21th, 2017. Triple-A: Rochester Red Wings 3, Buffalo Bisons 1 C Mitch Garver, RF Niko Goodrum, and CF Zack Granite powered the Red Wings to this win. The bad news is that each of the three home runs were solo shots, but whatever! It was enough. Part of the reason it was enough was because of the good pitching. SP Hector Santiago, making his first rehab start in Triple-A, pitched three scoreless and hitless innings. He did walk two guys, though. And get this, RP Phil Hughes also pitched! He only did one inning, but it was also...
Jun 22, 2017
The Twins, the Caribbean, and stories about treasures

The Twins, the Caribbean, and stories about treasures

Thursday Thunder Dump: The Final Voyage The Last Thunder Dump! This is the last Thursday Thunder Dump. After looking at my news dumps as a weekly chore lately, I’ve come to the conclusion that doing these posts are now... Well, I’ll let British butter spokesperson, Johnny Rotten and the rest of the Pistols explain: First, my sincere thanks to myjah for giving me the space to do TTD’s all this time. They were a blast to do, but time has a way of eroding things and I feel like I need to move on from them. Don’t worry though, wherever birds are attacking Denard Span, I’ll be...
Jun 22, 2017
Twins 4, White Sox 2: Not Dead Yet, Getting Better

Twins 4, White Sox 2: Not Dead Yet, Getting Better

And it totally wasn’t all dependent on a Sano bomb. OK, he helped. He’s a helper. Like, I’ve heard this Miguel Sano guy is, like, way dreamy and stuff? He’s super-duper strong. My Mom says he could totally whup my Dad’s ass. But Mom thinks pretty much anybody could kick Dad’s ass. She says it all the time. “That geriatric lump begging for change at the offramp is more of a man than you,” Mom says. Dad just says “itch.” But, so, even though Miggy (I call him Miggy in my heart journal, and DON’T YOU READ IT, except, if I left it out this one time, maybe you can) did hit...
Jun 21, 2017
Farm Report: All-stars, debuts, and doubles

Farm Report: All-stars, debuts, and doubles

A recap of the Twins' minor league affiliates' results from June 20th, 2017. Triple-A: Rochester Red Wings 4, Buffalo Bisons 3 Buffalo staked Rochester three runs in the first inning, and were never able to come back. LF Mitch Garver (not a typo!) hit a double, and not to be outdone, DH Byung-Ho Park hit two. Each of them was credited with a RBI. 1B Matt Hague and C John Ryan Murphy also hit runners in. Aaron Slegars was effective, if not spectacular, giving up 3 runs on 6 hits in his 5.2 innings pitched. He was relieved by Jake Reed, who only gave up one hit in 1.1 innings, and Ryan...
Jun 21, 2017
Potential Relief Help

Potential Relief Help

The bullpen has been a problem this year, but improvements could be just a phone call away. It’s no secret that the pitching staff has been a severe weakness for the Twins. The starting rotation has been mediocre behind Ervin Santana and Jose Berrios, the reliable pitchers in the bullpen is a list that contains strictly Brandon Kintzler, Tyler Duffey, and Taylor Rogers, and it seems as if Chris Gimenez takes the mound once a week. Having only five good pitchers when you need to rely on 12 or 13 is problematic when you’re at (or near) the top of your division. While plenty of Twins...
Jun 21, 2017
Twins 9, White Sox 7: Dollar a Dong Night

Twins 9, White Sox 7: Dollar a Dong Night

Losing streak over! It was a tense and high scoring affair full of homeruns, walks and runners left on base. While starter Ervin Santana is in the middle of violently regressing to the mean, the offense happily remembered that scoring a lot of runs really really helps win ballgames. The Twins started off their day the right way in the bottom of the 1st when future perennial all-star Miguel Sano launched a two run bomb over the center-field fence. For his part, Ervin Santana worked around two singles in the first and a lead-off double in the second to pitch a scoreless first two innings....
Jun 20, 2017
New Twins jersey nicknames

New Twins jersey nicknames

My suggestions for Players Weekend jerseys According to Jeff Passan at Yahoo! Sports, the MLB is going to allow players to have a nickname on the their jersey for Players Weekend, on August 25-27. Of course, it’s the MLB, so inappropriate things like, “69 IS DIVINE” or “F%#& MANFRED” won’t be allowed. I was wondering what names the Twins will use. Some players come with preset nicknames, like Berrios with “La MaKina” (The Machine), or Duffey with “Duff-Man,” and there’s a bajillion Gardenhire “-sy”nicknames out there, but here are a few of my suggestions: Jose...
Jun 20, 2017
Series Preview: Twins look to rebound against last place White Sox

Series Preview: Twins look to rebound against last place White Sox

It’s nice facing the worst team in the division with your best pitchers after getting swept by the stupid Indians. The Twins did not have a great weekend, to say the least. In the course of three days, they lost four times to the Cleveland Indians, and now find themselves back in second place in the AL Central. Second place sucks. To get back into first, the Twins will need to win—and there’s good chance they can do that this week as the White Sox come to town for a three game series. There are several reasons for my optimism here: At 31-37, the White Sox are currently in last place...
Jun 20, 2017
Tuesday Twins: Byron Buxton is the best defensive player in baseball

Tuesday Twins: Byron Buxton is the best defensive player in baseball

Welcome one, welcome all! Here are the links: According to Baseball Reference, Byron Buxton is not only the best defensive center fielder in baseball, but the best defensive player at his position among all players in MLB. Phil Hughes is joining the Rochester Red Wings tomorrow for a rehab assignment. They will determine how many more ribs he needs to have removed or not. Hopefully. Someone over at OutsidePitchMLB.com thinks the Twins should try to trade for current Phillie pitcher Jeremy Hellickson. Thoughts? Bless You Boys did another one of their Central Division Round-ups yesterday,...