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    Sid Hartman: Twins prospects emerging into stars under hitting coach James Rowson

    While the Twins made a number of changes this offseason in bringing in Rocco Baldelli as manager and Wes Johnson as pitching coach, they didn’t make any changes at hitting coach, retaining James Rowson.

    Rowson was hired before the 2017 season and interviewed for the managerial job before it went to Baldelli. The Twins offense has posted back-to-back solid seasons in Rowson’s two full seasons. In 2017 the Twins scored 815 runs, the fifth-highest total in franchise history. Last year they scored 738 runs, which ranked sixth in the AL.

    This year they have really improved in one key area, and that is power hitting. Entering Saturday, they ranked first in the AL in slugging percentage. A number of their key young players, such as Byron Buxton, Jorge Polanco, Eddie Rosario, Mitch Garver and Max Kepler, are really performing.

    Rowson said the biggest reason for that improvement is their maturity as pro players. But it goes without saying that the front office’s offseason moves to bring in veteran bats C.J. Cron, Nelson Cruz, Marwin Gonzalez and Jonathan Schoop has also paid off nicely.

    “I think there is no better teacher than experience, for the guys that were here,” he said. “The guys that were here have another year of experience under their belt. They had a chance to see some of the pitching, they have seen these guys, they’re more comfortable, they understand what’s being asked of them on a daily basis.

    “The other guys, some of the newer guys that are here, they have a really good track record. The C.J. Crons and Nelson Cruzes, Marwin Gonzalezes those guys of the world, Jonathan Schoop, they have a track record and they know what they’re doing up there.”

    http://www.startribune.com/twins-pro...son/509803682/

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    Charley Walters: Jorge Polanco could be Twins’ breakout all-star

    This is Jorge Polanco’s 10th year in the Minnesota Twins’ organization.

    He’s just 25 years old.

    “We did get that one right,” Mike Radcliff said.

    Radcliff, the Twins’ vice president of player personnel, and Latin America scout Fred Guerrero, among others, projected Polanco’s upside as a 15-year-old in the Dominican Republic. It’s early, but at his present pace, Polanco this season could become an all-star shortstop.

    “That’s the whole deal, projecting out the body and trying to determine what they’ll eventually be physically — that’s the foundation for everything else,” Radcliff said last week.

    Polanco, who already has two five-hit games this season, entered Saturday’s play leading the American League in hitting at .341. Included were seven home runs, four triples and 12 doubles.

    “We projected him to be able to play in the middle infield, and believe me, there are plenty of candidates each and every year down there that play infield, millions of them,” Radcliff said. “In our mind, he was the best guy.”

    That was in 2009, the same year the Twins were scouting another 16-year-old in the Dominican, Miguel Sano. Both were from San Pedro de Macoris.

    “We signed Jorge a lot earlier than Miguel because of Miguel’s situation — nobody could determine his actual age, and there were all kinds of paperwork issues and stuff. So that dragged on,” Radcliff said.

    https://www.twincities.com/2019/05/1...kout-all-star/

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    per Shooter:

    Credit the Twins’ analytics people in part with Martin Perez’s 5-0, 2.83 start. For Perez, based on data, it’s been a matter of sequencing his pitches — which pitches he throws and when.

    Jose Berrios last year switched agents. It’ll be interesting whether the Twins’ ace, who is just 24 years old and being paid just $620,000 this season, decides to go year-by-year with contracts rather than accept a five- or six-year deal that would guarantee millions against risk of injury. The Twins have tried several times to sign Berrios, who is a fitness fanatic, to a long-term deal.

    https://www.twincities.com/2019/05/1...kout-all-star/

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    Quote Originally Posted by bottlebass View Post
    Where ever that new place Odo trained this off season is going to be flooded with pitchers next year and they will be able to charge whatever they want and make a ton of money. He has been nothing short of amazing this season thus far.
    His first few starts weren't great, but he's been absolutely destroying it in his past several starts. And....it's worth noting that Odorizzi has never been a below average pitcher. He's always been pretty solid. Just so happens that so far this year....he's exceeding expectations.

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    The Twins are finally fun to watch again. Baldelli clearly has had a major impact on the team. But the days of piranhas and squeaking into the playoffs by trying to beat teams with a bunch of singles seem over. No more starting pitching woes where we give up at least three runs before relief comes in.

    If the Royals could do it....why not the Twins?

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    Where's all the Falvey and Levine hate now?

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    STrib: Twins' Nelson Cruz will get MRI Monday on injured left wrist

    The rally set up perfectly for the Twins: Three runs down in the seventh inning, two runners on base, and their veteran slugger due up. But Nelson Cruz knew he was in too much pain to help.

    Cruz’s left wrist has bothered him occasionally all season, and cameras have caught him wincing after a swing. But the nagging soreness turned to pain when he swung his bat an inning earlier Sunday. Cruz called time, walked to the on-deck circle until the pain subsided somewhat, and eventually grounded out. But he told manager Rocco Baldelli he was hurt, and Baldelli sent up a pinch hitter in the seventh.

    “It’s something I’ve been dealing with,” said Cruz, who has occasionally had his hand wrapped after Twins games. “Today was more painful.”

    Cruz will undergo a magnetic resonance imaging test Monday to determine the cause of the pain and the process for healing it. It’s too early, Baldelli said, to know whether the 38-year-old designated hitter can avoid a stay on the 10-day injured list.

    “These are the things you just want to be careful of,” Baldelli said. “He’s a guy [who] knows his body very very well, so [we’ll talk] about past history and the things that he’s dealt with. But I think it’s something we’ll be able to work through.”

    Should Cruz be sidelined for a couple of weeks, one option might be to cut short Miguel Sano’s rehab assignment at Class AAA Rochester, where Sano doubled twice, struck out twice and walked Sunday. Sano has had 39 plate appearances since returning from a laceration on his right foot, though only nine have come at the Class AAA level.

    http://www.startribune.com/twins-nel...ist/509828072/

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    Quote Originally Posted by GopherWeatherGuy View Post
    Where's all the Falvey and Levine hate now?
    I don't know how many times I was called a Pohlad pocket protector on twitter during the off-season because I said some of the moves they made were sneaky good and that the front office had the organization going in the right direction. Of course now those people are pretty quiet.

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    Put Cruz on the DL and call up Sano. No sense trying to rush a 40 year old back from an injury in May.

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    Things were going a tad too well for Minnesota sports. Garver probably out for a long while with a sprained or broken ankle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by howeda7 View Post
    Things were going a tad too well for Minnesota sports. Garver probably out for a long while with a sprained or broken ankle.
    I think our line up is able to absorb some injuries like this. A couple more and we may be in trouble. But honestly with the injuries Cleveland has and how sh!tty the rest of the division is we should be just fine.
    Who hates iowa?

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    Quote Originally Posted by howeda7 View Post
    Things were going a tad too well for Minnesota sports. Garver probably out for a long while with a sprained or broken ankle.
    Your (many, many) posts with some oblique reference to "Sports Gods" and Minnesota's "bad luck" are just the best and are not at all lame, boring, and repetitive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dpodoll68 View Post
    Your (many, many) posts with some oblique reference to "Sports Gods" and Minnesota's "bad luck" are just the best and are not at all lame, boring, and repetitive.
    If you can't have a little fun with the misery that is being a MN sports fan you must be a really really sad person.

    It's obvious the sports gods took a little vacation. They must be home now and after having a good laugh about a MN team doing well they put their divine interventions back in motion, thus the Garver injury.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BleedGopher View Post
    Charley Walters: Jorge Polanco could be Twins’ breakout all-star

    This is Jorge Polanco’s 10th year in the Minnesota Twins’ organization.

    He’s just 25 years old.

    “We did get that one right,” Mike Radcliff said.

    Radcliff, the Twins’ vice president of player personnel, and Latin America scout Fred Guerrero, among others, projected Polanco’s upside as a 15-year-old in the Dominican Republic. It’s early, but at his present pace, Polanco this season could become an all-star shortstop.

    “That’s the whole deal, projecting out the body and trying to determine what they’ll eventually be physically — that’s the foundation for everything else,” Radcliff said last week.

    Polanco, who already has two five-hit games this season, entered Saturday’s play leading the American League in hitting at .341. Included were seven home runs, four triples and 12 doubles.

    “We projected him to be able to play in the middle infield, and believe me, there are plenty of candidates each and every year down there that play infield, millions of them,” Radcliff said. “In our mind, he was the best guy.”

    That was in 2009, the same year the Twins were scouting another 16-year-old in the Dominican, Miguel Sano. Both were from San Pedro de Macoris.

    “We signed Jorge a lot earlier than Miguel because of Miguel’s situation — nobody could determine his actual age, and there were all kinds of paperwork issues and stuff. So that dragged on,” Radcliff said.

    https://www.twincities.com/2019/05/1...kout-all-star/

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    Oh.....and big stretch here Charley. Polanco is eleventh in the MLB in batting average, hitting .327, eight in slugging at .614, ninth in OPS at 1.010, and fifth in wins about replacement at 2.6. Yah think he could be the Twins breakout star.

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