TWINS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Santiago works on offspeed pitches in latest outing

Hector Santiago made his first start since March 5 -- after having two relief appearances for Team Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic -- and the Twins left-hander made a concerted effort to mix in his off-speed pitches in a 6-3 loss to the Orioles on Saturday night.
Via Twins.com
5 hours ago

Foot injury may hurt Vargas' roster chances

Kennys Vargas will get a second opinion on his left foot after taking a foul ball off it on Saturday, and his roster chances appear hurt as a result, leaving ByungHo Park as the favorite to be the Twins' Opening Day designated hitter.
Via Twins.com
8 hours ago

Twins option Berrios after return from Classic

The Twins optioned right-hander Jose Berrios to Triple-A Rochester on Saturday, as they didn't believe he had enough time to get stretched out to start after being used sparingly in the World Baseball Classic.
Via Twins.com
9 hours ago

Do the Twins Already Have a Budding Ace?

Though it started with a strikeout and a ground out, the World Baseball Classic appearance by Jose Berrios Wednesday didn’t end well. He allowed a single to the scuffling Nolan Arenado, then hit Eric Hosmer and walked Andrew McCutchen before he was replaced. In essence, the outing encapsulated the ups and downs of Jose Berrios as a pitcher: tantalizing stuff, near-fatal flaws....
Via Fangraphs
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Report: Minnesota Twins release Ryan Vogelsong

According to Mike Beradino of the Pioneer Press, the Minnesota Twins have released pitcher Ryan Vogelsong. Beradino also tweeted Twins Manager Paul Molitor “stressed how generous Vogelsong was in camp with younger players and was behind several others in the rotation battle.” He also added Vogelsong’s velocity “lagged.”Vogelsong has 12 major league seasons under his belt...
Via Sportsnaut
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins' Kepler bounces back after scary-looking hand injury

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Max Kepler singled in three at-bats Monday, two days after a scary-looking hand injury as the Minnesota Twins beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-2. The right fielder was cut on his right little finger Saturday when Boston Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval inadvertently stepped on him while Kepler was diving back to the bag. Kepler grounded out to first and lined a center...
Via Associated Press
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins Roster Preview: Pitching Rotation

It’s been stated widely just how bad the Twins’ starting pitching was in 2016. Plainly: it was horrendous, and an affront to the kind of pitching the team has had since the turn of the century. The Twins are revamping their rotation a little for the 2017 season, and hopefully they should be able to at least approach respectability. Here’s what the prospective starting pitchers...
Via isportsweb.com
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Jake Bauers goes deep again for Rays against Twins

TWINS 4, RAYS 2 Phil Hughes, healthy after two injury-plagued seasons, threw five shutout innings, giving up two hits while fanning four. Jorge Polanco and Brian Dozier both homered. Erasmo Ramirez gave up two earned runs on one hit in his two-inning start for the Rays. Mallex Smith stole two bases and was thrown out trying to steal a third. Jake Bauers hit his third homer of the spring.
Via Associated Press
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Hughes records five shutout innings, Twins beat Rays

TWINS 4, RAYS 2 Phil Hughes, healthy after two injury-plagued seasons, threw five shutout innings, giving up two hits while fanning four. Jorge Polanco and Brian Dozier both homered. Erasmo Ramirez gave up two earned runs on one hit in his two-inning start for the Rays. Mallex Smith stole two bases and was thrown out trying to steal a third.
Via Associated Press
8 days ago  |  Discuss

The Top Prospect Who Technically Isn’t

Byron Buxton was drafted second overall in 2012. Between that point and the loss of his rookie eligibility last season, he was eligible for four rounds of preseason prospect lists. Almost universally, he appeared at or near the top of those lists. Consider, for example, his place among the rankings published annually by Baseball Prospectus during that time frame: 2013: #8 2014...
Via Fangraphs
26 days ago  |  Discuss
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