Minnesota Twins news, rumors and injuries
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 14:32:01 -0700
Minnesota Twins SS Danny Santana, 2B Brian Dozier and 1B Joe Mauer will bat first through third in the order, respectively, according to manager Paul Molitor. Molitor noted the rest of the lineup will change based on matchups.
Fantasy Tip: FantasyScore players will want to note the Twins scored the sixth most runs in baseball last season, and their lineup might be underrated. Against weak pitchers, stacking a few Twins is a sound strategy, especially with Santana ($4,500, 9.0% of cap), Dozier ($5,700, 11.4% of cap) and Mauer ($4,000, 8.0% of cap) carrying mid-range prices.
Sun, 29 Mar 2015 14:09:11 -0700
Minnesota Twins C Josmil Pinto (concussion) may be headed to the disabled list due to a concussion and issues with his right knee and quad. The team can make his DL stint retroactive, meaning he could come off the DL as soon as April 11.
Fantasy Tip: Pinto is hitting .353 in just 17 at-bats, which suggests he could have a decent role as a backup to Kurt Suzuki once he gets healthy. He's worth a deep flier in AL leagues.
Sun, 29 Mar 2015 11:17:43 -0700
Updating a previous report, a Minnesota Twins official said the club has limited interest in free-agent RP Rafael Soriano (Nationals). The official added that they "might" watch him if he decides to throw for teams.
Fantasy Tip: If the Twins sign him, he could be a secondary closing option to the injury-prone Glen Perkins, which would give him some fantasy value in AL-only and deep mixed leagues.
Sun, 29 Mar 2015 04:34:56 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Pelfrey's fantasy value took a hit following his demotion, as he would have had some value even as a fifth starter. He could be a stash candidate depending on if a trade takes place or one of the regular starters gets injured, however, so keep an eye on him in deep AL leagues.
Sat, 28 Mar 2015 06:47:12 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Hicks hit .206 (7-for-40) this spring and has a .201 batting average through 467 at-bats in his career. The once promising outfielder has now lost the center field job three times. He is a stash candidate in deep AL-only leagues, but can be dropped in all mixed formats.
Sat, 28 Mar 2015 06:40:11 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Milone's ($3,900, 7.8% of cap) K/9 dropped to 5.7 last season and his career 3.98 ERA doesn't help in mixed leagues. He is just another arm to stream in favorable matchups, and it is likely best to take a wait-and-see approach with him in FantasyScore contests, too.
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 14:25:29 -0700
Fantasy Tip: If Soriano landed with the Twins, he'd likely be a secondary closing option to Glen Perkins, who has dealt with injury this spring. Soriano doesn't have much fantasy value at all unless he's closing, though.
Tue, 24 Mar 2015 15:06:53 -0700
Minnesota Twins 3B Miguel Sano (elbow) has progressed well from his 2014 Tommy John surgery, according to director of minor league operations Brad Steil. "You can see that he's a little bit rusty," Steil said, "but maybe a little farther ahead than maybe you would expect after being out for so long."
Fantasy Tip: Sano projects as a high-end power hitter, however he is expected to spend a significant amount of time in the minors this season. He is a late-round stash candidate in deep mixed and AL-only leagues, but in the majority of formats, Sano is just a name to watch. He is worth adding in all formats if he forces a recall with a huge start in the minors, and it is possible given his potential.
Tue, 24 Mar 2015 14:56:56 -0700
Minnesota Twins OF Byron Buxton appears rusty and not where he was two years ago in terms of his swing, according to director of minor league operations Brad Steil. Buxton agrees, "I still haven't gotten my swing down pat yet, but I feel good at the plate. I feel good about my at-bats. It's helping me along the way. My swing is coming."
Fantasy Tip: At this point, Buxton's fantasy value largely depends on league format. In the majority of leagues, he is a player to watch and worth a speculative add if he out produces his surroundings after appears close to being recalled. He is a stash candidate in AL-only formats and cavernous mixed leagues, but don't be surprised if he only sees a September cup of coffee in the majors in 2015. Still, Buxton is one of the most coveted prospects in the minor leagues.
Tue, 24 Mar 2015 06:03:18 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Dozier's ($5,700; 11.4% of your cap) power potential makes him a darling in daily games. He's one of the top second basemen available on FantasyScore.
Sun, 22 Mar 2015 14:50:04 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Kurt Suzuki is projected to start as the No. 1 catcher, but Pinto could gain more playing time if his bat heats up. This is a minor setback, but it bears watching as the season starts. Pinto may be worth a late-round flier, especially if you have Suzuki and would like his backup.
Thu, 19 Mar 2015 13:53:45 -0700
Minnesota Twins OFs Aaron Hicks, Jordan Schafer, Eddie Rosario and Shane Robinson are essentially all battling for the starting center field job in spring training, according to manager Paul Molitor. Molitor said the competition remains wide open, but Hicks is believed to be the favorite for the job and has hit .300/.400/.500 with two triples and two RBI in eight games. Rosario has also turned heads, but he's not on the current active roster and hasn't played above Class AA. Molitor thinks Hicks needs to win the job to make the roster, too, because the team wants him to play every day to further his development.
Fantasy Tip: With Hicks being the favorite for the job, he has to carry the most fantasy value, albeit limited. Hicks could also end up in a platoon in center, which makes his path to consistent at-bats shaky. None of these options should be drafted in standard leagues, and even Hicks is only worth a low investment in AL-only formats.
Thu, 19 Mar 2015 10:39:02 -0700
Minnesota Twins RP Glen Perkins (oblique) threw a scoreless inning and allowed a hit in a minor league game Thursday, March 19. He threw nine of his 14 pitches for strikes and was between 90 and 93 mph on the radar gun. Perkins is expected to pitch again Saturday, March 21, and Tuesday, March 24.
Fantasy Tip: Perkins seems to be recovered from his oblique ailment, and if he doesn't have any setbacks, he should be ready to pitch on opening day. Consider Perkins a midrange closing option for your fantasy squad, and he may come at a discount because he's dealt with an injury in camp.
Tue, 17 Mar 2015 11:32:09 -0700
Minnesota Twins RP Glen Perkins (oblique) had a successful bullpen session with no setbacks Tuesday, March 17, and he'll pitch in a minor league game Thursday, March 19. Perkins has been dealing with a mild right oblique strain. He could make his spring debut this weekend if all goes well Thursday. Perkins is expected to be ready for the start of the season if he doesn't have any setbacks.
Fantasy Tip: Because he's a reliever, Perkins doesn't need many innings or outings in spring training to be regular season-ready. Right now, he may be going at a nice value in fantasy drafts as a midrange closing option. Take advantage if you can.
Tue, 17 Mar 2015 09:56:54 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Oblique injuries are tricky, so don't be surprised if he isn't ready for opening day. The injury may make Perkins a value pick on draft day, so keep that in mind when you're searching for midrange closers in the middle rounds of your draft.
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