1:08 PM EST, Thu February 21, 2019
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Twins’ 2019 PECOTA Projections don’t believe in breakout players

Twins’ 2019 PECOTA Projections don’t believe in breakout players

Another projection system projects the Twins for a mediocre season, but it isn’t all bad news With spring training beginning and warm temperatures right around the round the corner somewhere off in the distant future, you can almost smell it in the air … projection season! And, I suppose, baseball season is quickly approaching as well, which is why it seems like an appropriate time to take a look at the latest projections that came from everyone’s favorite six-letter algorithm, PECOTA. Here’s a look at what Nate Silver’s system projected for the Minnesota Twins, as well as some...
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The Twins have many more potential extension candidates

The Twins have many more potential extension candidates

After signing Polanco and Kepler, the Twins say they are done with extensions for now — but what if they aren’t? Late last week, the Minnesota Twins inked club-friendly extensions with Jorge Polanco and Tawny’s boyfriend Max Kepler. Polanco signed for five years, $25.75 million with club options for 2024 and 2025, while Kepler signed for five years and $35 million and a club option for 2024. LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune says that all is quiet for now with any additional extensions that the Twins may make this spring (Twitter link), but with definitive payroll on the books...
Feb 20, 2019
Twins-day links: Time to worry about pitching already?

Twins-day links: Time to worry about pitching already?

Injuries, inexperience, and evolution leave the Twins with a boom-or-bust pitching staff Despite the fact we keep saying that Michael Pineda is far from a sure thing, the team apparently doesn’t believe that he is a “wild card.” It would be huge if he could find the form he had with the Yankees before his injury. That kind of pitcher could make a huge difference for the Twins season. Meanwhile, Tom Froemming is worried about another component of the pitching staff — the bullpen. He believes the Twins have to do something about the bullpen, mainly because the absolute lack of...
Feb 20, 2019
A brief history of Latin American-born players in Twins baseball

A brief history of Latin American-born players in Twins baseball

Latino players have been a huge part of the past, present, and future of the Twins About a month ago, I heard or read somewhere that the Seattle Mariners have had a player born in Japan play for them in every season going back to 1998. That 20-year stretch is both impressive and interesting. It got me thinking about the Twins. One thing I’ve noticed as I’ve watched the Twins for the past however many seasons is that the number of Latin-born players has seemed to be increasing. But what I didn’t realize was just how far back and how great the Latin American influence has been in the...
Feb 20, 2019
Minnesota Twins 2019 ZiPS projections: aggressively average

Minnesota Twins 2019 ZiPS projections: aggressively average

The Computers have no time for your optimism Dan Szymborski released his annual statistical projections (on Fangraphs) for the Twins roster earlier this week. Called ZiPS (SZymborski Projection System), these are generated by a computer program and are widely considered to be among the best projections in baseball. Let’s take a look at what the almighty Computers think of the Twins roster. Batters ZiPS predicts the Twins roster to be aggressively average as far as position players go this year. Almost the entirety of the projected roster (for batters) fall between .7 and 2.2 WAR, with...
Feb 19, 2019
Thank God he’s not in our division: Manny Machado signs record deal with Padres

Thank God he’s not in our division: Manny Machado signs record deal with Padres

The White Sox totally blew it, and I couldn’t be happier. Moments ago, Jeff Passan broke some huge baseball news. BREAKING: Free agent star Manny Machado has agreed to a deal with the San Diego Padres, league sources tell ESPN.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) February 19, 2019 That’s right, Manny Machado finally signed!!! He set a record, earning a ten year contract worth $300 million, although that number will likely soon be eclipsed by Bryce Harper. Mark Feinsand was first on that tidbit. BREAKING: Manny Machado has agreed to terms on a deal with the Padres. According to a...
Feb 19, 2019
Twinkie Town Prospect Vote 2019: Round 18

Twinkie Town Prospect Vote 2019: Round 18

Twelve more spots to go!!! Catching prospect Ben Rortvedt makes our list at slot seventeen. The Twins have a pair of closely rated future catching prospects in Rortvedt and Jeffers. It will be interesting to see what order we put them in next offseason. 2019 Twinkie Town Prospect Voting Results Royce Lewis 52% (Kirilloff 44%, Graterol 4%) Alex Kirilloff 90% (Graterol 4%, Gordon 4%, Larnach 2%) Brusdar Graterol 56% (Gordon 19%, Larnach 12%, Thorpe 8%, Gonsalves 5%) Trevor Larnach 42% (Thorpe 25%, Gordon 21%, Gonsalves 12%) Lewis Thorpe 31% (Gordon 30%, Rooker 14%, Javier 13%, Gonsalves...
Feb 19, 2019
Minnesota Twins Offseason What-if: Bryce Harper

Minnesota Twins Offseason What-if: Bryce Harper

What would the Twins roster look like if they were able to Sign Bryce Harper? With Spring Training kicking into full motion, I thought it would be fun to take an a-historical look back on this year’s offseason. It was a fairly historic offseason in 2018-2019, as Bryce Harper and Manny Machado hit free agency with... nothing much to show for it so far. As of this writing the two superstars are still unsigned. But what if the Twins had been the team to pull the trigger and sign that hefty check? This will be part one of a three part short-series, focusing on the what-ifs if the Twins had...
Feb 19, 2019
Twins Spring Training 2019: Five stories to watch

Twins Spring Training 2019: Five stories to watch

Let’s take a look at what will be the most interesting potential developments for the Twins over the next few weeks How do Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano look? The two young stars the absolute key the this season for Minnesota. If Buxton and Sano get off to a hot start, the team will likely be competitive in the AL Central, and be looking at building a real contender for next season. Public comments by Falvine suggest that further development on the player side will lead to the team going “all-in” next offseason. Left unsaid, if Buxton and both falter again, the team will likely be...
Feb 18, 2019
The Twins need to sign Dallas Keuchel

The Twins need to sign Dallas Keuchel

No more excuses — this signing has to get done Dallas Keuchel is the best remaining pitcher on the free agent market, and it isn’t close. Coincidentally, the Twins, who have a chance to compete in the A.L. Central, are still a bit pitching-starved. After superstars Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, the former Cy Young Award recipient and Houston Astros ace is the next-best player on the market. And for their part, the Twins are still sitting far below their expected payroll. Sure, the projected starting rotation is passable, and certainly better than most Twins rotations in recent memory....
Feb 18, 2019
Minnie and Paulcast, Episode 5: Central Intelligence

Minnie and Paulcast, Episode 5: Central Intelligence

Hayden previews the AL Central with help from other AL Central SB Nation contributors on the most recent Minnie and Paulcast. Welcome back to the Minnie and Paulcast! This week, I was joined by Chris Davies from Let’s Go Tribe, Jay Markle from Bless You Boys, Max Rieper from Royals Review, and Brett Ballantini from South Side Sox. Yeah, I know, that’s a lot of people. I figured I couldn’t do an AL Central preview without getting perspective on other teams. Highlights: What can we expect from each team in the division in 2019? What’s going on with free agency? Is the AL Central...
Feb 18, 2019
Monday Morning Minnesota: Stop Sign(ing)

Monday Morning Minnesota: Stop Sign(ing)

Also your yearly Miguel Sano’s bod update. Hello! I’m here to supply you with some words to read to distract you from the start of another monotonous week in your dreary and pointless human existence. :) Was told there are no active negotiations between the Twins and other members of their young core as of now. Could change in the coming weeks, as this is the time of year for such deals.— LaVelle E. Neal III (@LaVelleNeal) February 15, 2019 Can’t have none of those! Despite reports that the Twins were aiming for extensions with Jose Berrios and Eddie Rosario, it appears now...
Feb 17, 2019
Fightin’ Words: The Startling Similarity Between MLB & UFC

Fightin’ Words: The Startling Similarity Between MLB & UFC

A look at post-Moneyball baseball through the lens of the Ultimate Fighting Championship The word analogy is defined as: “A comparison of two otherwise unlike things based on resemblance of a particular aspect”. I can’t think of a better way to describe this somewhat odd post. For a short time growing up, I was a rabid fan of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. This was in the early days of the sport, when it truly was “anything goes” and the entire enterprise was based on a clash of fighting styles. The first official UFC match ever? Sumo wrestler vs. kick-boxer... During those...
Feb 16, 2019
Twins are moving Fernando Romero to the bullpen

Twins are moving Fernando Romero to the bullpen

The team feels that the once very promising starting pitcher has a better MLB future in relief. Fernando Romero was once considered among the Twins’ top pitching prospects as little as a year ago, and was also considered a starting pitcher at the time. He made his MLB debut on May 2nd, 2018, as a starting pitcher for the Twins. He lasted 5.2 innings, and gave up zero runs on four hits and three walks. It was an impressive start for a pitching-starved team. In total, Romero made eleven starts for the Twins in 2018, posting a 4.69 ERA with 45 strikeouts and a 1.42 WHIP over 55.2 innings....
Feb 16, 2019
Willians Astudillo cut his hair

Willians Astudillo cut his hair

Everybody calm down, because the magic didn’t even come from the hair in the first place. Saturday was a big day for Twins Territory, as our anointed holy son arrived at spring training camp in Ft. Myers, Florida. Of course, I’m talking about one of the best catchers and overall baseball athletes of all time, Joe Mauer Willians Astudillo. Oh, and he cut his hair. Willians got a haircut a few days ago. pic.twitter.com/80eCXH5DRN— Do-Hyoung Park (@dohyoungpark) February 16, 2019 Now before you unnecessarily FREAK OUT, take a deep breath and appreciate Willians Astudillo’s kasota...