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Twins Primer

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Yes, I play fantasy baseball. Yes, I did a bunch of research starting the minute the Super Bowl ended so I could be ready for the season. Yes, that is all true. But it is not the case that I filter all baseball news through the fantasy prism. (Well, it is mostly not the case.) Anyway, my point here is that I did do a bunch of research and now I might as well recycle that work into posts for this here blog.

So, to start with we will take a look at the Minnesota Twins. What follows is a bunch of summary from a variety of sources. Link-clicking will prove rewarding if, in fact, you care about the link upon which you click. 

A further note. I am not happy by what I learned about the Twins. While I am a lifelong Pirates fan (yes, yes, the horror, the horror since ’92), I lived in Rochester, MN for 13 years, and the Twins grew on me to the point that I still really like them, and still watch them quite a bit thanks to MLB TV. And my friends back in Minnesota are suffering as well. Especially my friend Sean, who is both a Twins and a Cubs fan, implying a level of masochism on his part which is hard to assess; he also likes the Vikings (I do too, but it is obvious I have issues.)

MINNESOTA TWINS, AL Central; 2012 record 66-96, 5th (last) place in division. They didn’t underperform or get too terribly unlucky as their Pythagorean record was 68-94. 4.33 runs/game; 5.14 runs allowed/game. .325 OBA (which is above the MLB average of .319), but their pitchers gave up an opponent’s on-base of .333, which is also above average and 28th in the Majors, trailed only by Cleveland and Colorado.

NEWS—Where to find news about the Twins, from the local beat reporting to MLB.com’s official team news page, to a few selected Twins’ bloggers.

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

MLB

Aaron Gleeman (Gleeman lives near Target Field, and he’s a very good writer. Visit his site and keep up to date on the Twins. His verbal face palms over the Twins’ front office are pure gold.)

Puckett’s Pond

Twinkie Town

Twins Daily

Twins Insider

Season Previews

Beyond the Boxcore

Sports Illustrated

Aaron Gleeman

SPRING STORYLINES

Twins Try to Stay Optimistic


ROSTER

Rotation Primer

Vance Worley

Kevin Correia

Mike Pelfry (recovering from Tommy John surgery 5/1/2012)

Liam Hendricks

Cole DeVries

Injured

Scott Diamond, 15-day 3/22, rb 4/6

Others

Brian Duensing MLB

Kyle Gibson AAA (getting LIT UP in spring training)

B. J. Hermsen AA

Pedro Hernandez MLB LHP

Nick Blackburn MLB

Samuel Deduno MLB injured in minors

Rich Harden

Bullpen Primer

CL Glen Perkins LHP

Setup Jared Burton RHP

Casey Fien RHP

Mid Josh Roenicke (no options) RHP

Alex Burnett RHP

Brian Duensing LHP

Long Ryan Pressly RHP

Projected Lineup

1 Darin Mastoianni CF

2 Jamey Carroll 2B

3 Joe Mauer C

4 Josh Willingham LF

5 Justin Morneau 1B

6 Ryan Doumitt DH

7 Chris Parmelee RF

8 Trevor Plouffe 3B

9 Pdero Florimon Jr SS

Bench

C Drew Butera

1B Jeff Clement

IF Eduardo Escobar

OF Brandon Boggs

Others

C/OF Chris Herrmann MLB

C Josmil Pinto AA

SS Brian Dozier MLB

SS/2B Daniel Santana A+

OF Oswaldo Arcia AA

OF Joe Benson AAA (knee surgery 8/29/2012)

OF Aaron Hicks AA

C Kyle Knudson A+

C Danny Lehmann AAA

C/OF Eric Fryer MLB

C/OF Daniel Rohlfing AA

1B/3B Chris Colabello AA

2B/OF Brian Dinkelman AAA

3B Mark Sobolewski AAA

SS/2B James Beresford AA

IF Ray Olmedo MLB

OF Wilking Ramirez AAA

OF Clete Thomas MLB

Infield Primer

Outfield Primer

Minor Leagues & Prospects

Minor League Affiliates

Prospects—Baseball Propectus

Prospects—FanGraphs

Aaron Gleeman’s list.

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Written by jjvedamuthu

March 30, 2013 at 11:23

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