Minnesota Twins news, rumors and injuries
Sun, 29 May 2016 17:35:52 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Mauer has six homers on the year, and four have come in the last six games. The power surge is unlikely to continue, but a solid average should keep him owned in AL-only leagues and deeper formats.
Sun, 29 May 2016 17:31:18 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Sano continues to strike out at an alarming rate, but his power potential offsets his terrible average. Keep starting him in season-long leagues and consider using him in daily formats during his current power surge.
Sun, 29 May 2016 11:19:41 -0700
Minnesota Twins C Kurt Suzuki (head) is not in the starting lineup against Seattle Mariners SP Taijuan Walker Sunday, May 29. C Juan Centeno will start at catcher and is batting eighth in the lineup. Suzuki said he is feeling better but remains out.
Fantasy Tip: Centeno has gone hitless in each of his last four games and should be avoided in all leagues for now.
Sun, 29 May 2016 06:08:38 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Sano has powered up in May with seven home runs and 15 RBI. He remains a solid fantasy option because of his immense power potential and should be started with confidence in all setups. Just remember, Sano is going to be an anchor for your batting average and currently sits with a .234 mark.
Sun, 29 May 2016 06:02:09 -0700
Minnesota Twins C Kurt Suzuki (head) left the game in the third inning Saturday, May 28, because of concussion-like symptoms. The team said Suzuki passed the concussion protocol and is considered day-to-day.
Fantasy Tip: Suzuki is a non-factor outside of cavernous mixed, two-catcher and AL-only leagues, and he is even a poor option in those formats given his .200/.257/.284 slash line this season. Juan Centeno projects to handle backstop duty in the meantime, but he is nothing more than a desperation own and start in all fantasy formats.
Sun, 29 May 2016 05:53:57 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Plouffe is a low-end option at the hot corner in deeper formats, but he's been limited to just 31 games this season because of injuries and owns an underwhelming .248/.270/.376 slash line. Stay tuned for updates, but in the majority of mixed leagues, Plouffe doesn't move the needle enough to be rostered.
Sat, 28 May 2016 15:58:37 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Plouffe still hasn't gotten the full diagnosis on what's up with the knee, with the exception of missing games. Stay tuned for more details and bench Plouffe accordingly. Nunez is worth activating in DFS leagues Saturday night, as he has four homers in May and a nice .310 average against AL pitching.
Sat, 28 May 2016 00:34:36 -0700
Minnesota Twins SP Pat Dean shut down the Seattle Mariners on Friday, May 27, working seven innings and allowing just two runs on four hits. He walked none and struck out eight to earn his first major-league win.
Fantasy Tip: In his two starts, Dean has allowed four runs in 13 innings while fanning 13. It's an encouraging start for the Boston College product, but the finesse lefty wasn't a strikeout pitcher in the minors so expect big-league hitters to start squaring him up once they get more looks. Still, those in AL-only leagues can take a shot to see if this Dean keeps grading on a curve... or, well, at least throwing them.
Sat, 28 May 2016 00:21:01 -0700
Minnesota Twins 3B Trevor Plouffe (knee) left the team's game against the Seattle Mariners in the fourth inning on Friday, May 27, with what was called a mild MCL sprain in his right knee. Manager Paul Molitor indicated Plouffe would undergo an MRI to determine the extent of the injury.
Fantasy Tip: Plouffe has struggled of late, 3-for-27 in his last seven games, so perhaps a couple days off to rest his mildly sprained knee would be a blessing in disguise. We know Plouffe has good power, but right now he's only worth owning in AL-only leagues and maybe as a stash candidate in deep mixed setups.
Fri, 27 May 2016 16:05:08 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Despite a lack of power, Nunez has done nothing but produce for the Twins this year with a .314/.347/.482 slash line with four home runs, 19 RBI and eight stolen bases as a utility player. As long as he keeps hitting, the Twins will find a spot for him, and it is likely to come at the expense of Escobar. He's great depth in deep mixed and AL-only leagues. Against King Felix, he's a contrarian play in daily games hitting leadoff.
Thu, 26 May 2016 10:01:42 -0700
Minnesota Twins 2B Brian Dozier and OF Miguel Sano both broke out of power slumps with home runs Wednesday, May 25. Dozier struck out twice and lined out in his other at-bats, but manager Paul Molitor liked that Dozier wasn't trying to pull everything. Sano struck out his first time up and entered the game with a league-high 66 strikeouts. Molitor sees Sano getting through his funk at the plate.
Fantasy Tip: Dozier's low batting average on balls in play (.217) suggests more hits and home runs are in his future. After all, he did club 28 long balls a season ago. If the Dozier owner in your league is frustrated, take a gander at buying low. With Sano, you get what you see; tons of elite power potential as a 30-homer candidate but also a lot of swings and misses. He'll kill your average but aid you in power.
Thu, 26 May 2016 07:16:46 -0700
Fantasy Tip: It's probably a matter of days before Buxton returns to the majors. Start picking him up in deeper leagues in anticipation.
Wed, 25 May 2016 17:57:03 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Sano is batting just .221 with an MLB-leading 67 strikeouts through 45 games and had collected just two hits in his previous 24 at-bats before homering in the fifth inning Wednesday. DFS players should wait for him to string together several solid performances at the plate before relying on him again
Wed, 25 May 2016 17:54:25 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Minnesota's starting rotation has recorded just six wins to date and Duffey has one-third of those wins, making him the only starter on the team with multiple victories. This feat is even more amazing considering that he began the season in the minors. That being said, Duffey is only worth rostering in AL-only and cavernous mixed fantasy leagues.
Wed, 25 May 2016 17:45:50 -0700
Minnesota Twins RP Glen Perkins (shoulder) was transferred from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list Wednesday, May 25, in order to create room for RP Buddy Boshers on the 40-man roster.
Fantasy Tip: As a result of the move, Perkins will be ineligible to return from the disabled list before June 10. He will return to the closer's role for Minnesota once he is activated and deserves to be stashed in all seasonal leagues. In the interim, Kevin Jepsen will continue to see save opportunities. Boshers is a 28-year-old lefty who possesses little fantasy value in any format.
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