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Twins | Joe Mauer won't bat lower than third

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 14:03:18 -0800

Minnesota Twins 1B Joe Mauer will not bat lower than third in the order, according to manager Paul Molitor.

Fantasy Tip: Without catcher eligibility, Mauer's fantasy stock plummets. At best, he is a three-category contributor (runs, RBIs and batting average), but last season he hit just .277. Additionally, Mauer turns 32 this season and should begin to see his numbers decline across the board. Expect his name value to push him into overrated territory in drafts, and there is no reason to target Mauer until the later middle rounds in mixed leagues.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: MLB.com - Rhett Bollinger


Twins | Aaron Hicks in better shape

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 10:48:32 -0800

Minnesota Twins OF Aaron Hicks looks larger this spring in the shoulder area than he did last year.

Fantasy Tip: Hicks, just 25, has been a disappointment so far in Minnesota. He hit just .215 with one home run in 69 games in his second season in 2014. He'll be under the radar now, and the Twins don't have many sure things in their outfield, meaning Hicks could carve out consistent playing time if he can deliver on his skills. Consider him a worthwhile gamble on the cheap in AL-only formats.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune - Patrick Reusse


Twins | Ervin Santana working on four pitches

Tue, 24 Feb 2015 12:27:29 -0800

Minnesota Twins SP Ervin Santana has started to throw a changeup and a two-seam pitch in addition to a fastball and a slider. Santana said he started to have confidence in those pitches so he has worked them in on a more regular basis.

Fantasy Tip: Santana is trying to keep his career renaissance going as he threw 179 strikeouts last year and posted a 3.95 ERA. He may make for a decent pitching option in deeper mixed leagues, but switching from the NL to the AL and wondering if the comeback will last are two question marks.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: MLB.com - Rhett Bollinger


Twins | Byron Buxton slated for full camp

Tue, 24 Feb 2015 07:31:13 -0800

Minnesota Twins OF Byron Buxton (wrist, concussion) appears to be 100% and ready for camp when position players officially report Friday, Feb. 27.

Fantasy Tip: Buxton, one of the top prospects in all of baseball, will likely receive more seasoning in the minors after a 2014 limited by injuries. He could receive a cup of coffee this season and is worth monitoring.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune - La Velle E. Neal III


Twins | Miguel Sano appears ready to go

Tue, 24 Feb 2015 07:29:13 -0800

Minnesota Twins 3B Miguel Sano (elbow) appears to be 100% and ready for camp when position players officially report Friday, Feb. 27.

Fantasy Tip: Sano is one of the team's top prospects, but after losing a season to Tommy John surgery, he's unlikely to be a factor until the latter part of the season.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune - La Velle E. Neal III


Twins | Phil Hughes likely to start opener

Mon, 23 Feb 2015 14:15:28 -0800

Minnesota Twins SP Phil Hughes is slated to start the opener against the Detroit Tigers April 6, according to manager Paul Molitor. Hughes went 16-10 with a 3.52 ERA in 32 starts last year for Minnesota, and he set a major league record with an 11.63 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Hughes threw 73% of his pitches for strikes.

Fantasy Tip: It's safe to say Hughes will see some form of regression in his second season with the Twins. While Minnesota was a great landing spot for the righty, be careful not to overvalue him in 2015 after the solid season he had last year. If you prepare for a fall back to reality, Hughes can be serviceable on your fantasy roster rounding out your pitching staff.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: The Associated Press


Twins | Minnesota monitoring Johan Santana

Sun, 22 Feb 2015 19:18:51 -0800

Free-agent SP Johan Santana (elbow) is expected to resume his throwing program this week, and the plan is to sign in the coming weeks. The Minnesota Twins are monitoring him, although beat writer Darren Wolfson does not see him as a fit.

Fantasy Tip: Santana started his career in the Twins organization and it would be a feel-good story to see him return to health and prominence where it all began. However, he has been so banged up over the past few years that the Cinderella story seems highly unlikely.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: 1500ESPN.com - Darren Wolfson


Twins | Dustin McGowan not an option

Wed, 18 Feb 2015 09:55:41 -0800

Free-agent RP Dustin McGowan (Blue Jays) isn't expected to sign with the Minnesota Twins, according to sources.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: 1500ESPN.com - Darren Wolfson


Twins | Jordan Schafer, Aaron Hicks to battle?

Mon, 16 Feb 2015 13:51:37 -0800

Minnesota Twins OFs Jordan Schafer and Aaron Hicks will be in the running for the starting center field job in 2015, with Schafer potentially being the most major league-ready option for the club. Schafer has had the better career to date, and he played better in 2014, too. Schafer has underperformed in his career, and he's cited a lack of consistent playing time as a result. He hit .285/.345/.362 after joining the Twins last year in less than 150 plate appearances. Schafer provides quickness in the outfield and on the bases, and he's excelled at hitting righties. Hicks, on the other hand, has hit lefties much better in his young career, so the two could make an interesting combination in a platoon in center field.

Fantasy Tip: At first glance and based off their splits, Schafer and Hicks figure to enter the season in a platoon role in center if the Twins plan on keeping Danny Santana at shortstop. Because of that, neither is an attractive option in mixed leagues. Schafer may have the slight edge in AL-only formats, but you have to consider that Byron Buxton may eventually enter the picture at some point this year, which would further complicate matters.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: 1500ESPN.com - Derek Wetmore


Twins | MIN could pursue right-handed bat

Sun, 15 Feb 2015 11:43:33 -0800

The Minnesota Twins could pursue a right-handed bat towards the end of spring training, according to a club official. They are continuing to scour the free agent market and have interest in signing players to minor league deals for depth purposes.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: The Boston Globe - Nick Cafardo


Twins | Tim Stauffer to compete for rotation spot

Thu, 12 Feb 2015 12:33:33 -0800

Minnesota Twins SP Tim Stauffer will compete for the No. 5 spot in the starting rotation during spring training but likely will be used as a relief pitcher if he does not win the job.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: MLB.com - Rhett Bollinger


Twins | Tim Alderson signs

Mon, 09 Feb 2015 09:14:51 -0800

Free-agent RP Tim Alderson (Orioles) signed a minor league deal with the Minnesota Twins over the weekend.

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Twins | Glen Perkins declares himself healthy

Thu, 05 Feb 2015 14:59:31 -0800

Minnesota Twins RP Glen Perkins (forearm) said he is fully recovered from the forearm injury, which ended his season last September. He expects to be ready for spring training just like any other year.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: 1500ESPN.com - Derek Wetmore


Twins | Kennys Vargas working to improve

Wed, 04 Feb 2015 15:19:32 -0800

Minnesota Twins 1B Kennys Vargas, who hit .274/.316/.456 with nine home runs, 10 doubles and 38 RBI in 53 games last year, is looking to build on his numbers in 2015. He's expected to be the team's everyday designated hitter this year, but he wants to improve on some things offensively, mainly because he struck out 63 times and walked just 12 times in 234 plate appearances. He made it a point to work on plate patience this offseason while playing winter ball in Puerto Rico. Vargas led the winter league with 33 walks and had just 30 strikeouts. Vargas was also serious about his conditioning in the winter, and he worked to improve his agility.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: MLB.com - Rhett Bollinger


Twins | Not looking at David Aardsma

Tue, 03 Feb 2015 04:38:36 -0800

Free-agent RP David Aardsma (Cardinals) is not being looked at by the Minnesota Twins at the current time, even though the Twins are looking for some relief help.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: 1500ESPN.com - Darren Wolfson


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Minnesota Twins Player News

Achter A.J. P
Adam Jason P
Alderson Tim RP
Arcia Oswaldo OF
Aselton Kyle P
Bailey Jeff 1B
Bard Luke P
Bargas Paul P
Basak Chris INF
Bazardo Yorman P
Beresford James SS
Bernier Doug INF
Berrios Orlando P
Betsill Matthew 3B
Blackburn Nick SP
Boyd Hudson P
Boyer Blaine RP
Boyer Brad INF
Brandon Eric P
Brown Matt B. INF
Bryant Patrick P
Burrt Landon OF
Buxton Byron OF
Chang Ray SS
Chargois J.T. P
Childress Daylan RP
Christian Jason SS
Christy Jeff C
Condrey Clay RP
Darnell Logan RP
De Los Santos Estarlin SS
De Vries Cole SP
Deminsky David P
Diaz Argenis SS
Diaz Lewin OF
Dickerson Joe OF
Dinkelman Brian OF
Dozier Brian 2B
Duensing Brian RP
Duffey Tyler P
Duvall Mike RP
Escobar Eduardo SS
Estrada Horacio P
Farfan Alexander P
Farris Eric 2B
Fernandez Jair C
Fernandez Jorge C
Fien Casey RP
Florentino Yeison P
Floyd Jesse P
Fryer Eric C
Gaski Matt SS
Gault Joe P
Geiger Kyle C
Gibson Kyle SP
Gonzales Michael 1B
Gordon Nick SS
Graham J.R. SP
Gruver Steven RP
Hamburger Mark RP
Harrington Michael OF
Hart Jason INF
Hebert Robbie P
Hendrickson Ben SP
Hermsen B.J. P
Herrmann Chris C
Hicks Aaron OF
Hinojosa Jonatan INF
Hodges Trey RP
Hollimon Michael SS
Huber Justin 1B
Hughes Phil SP
Hunt Shooter P
Hunter Torii OF
Hurley Eric SP
Jacobson Brett P
Jean Miguel SS
Jewell Garrett RP
Jimerson Charlton OF
Jones Zach P
Jones Zachary P
Jorge Felix SP
Kelly Paul SS
Kepler Max OF
Killian Billy C
King Bradford C
Knudson Kyle C
Koch Matt C
Kvasnicka Mike C
Lahey Tim RP
Lawman Matt SS
Ledezma Wilfredo P
Leger Jose C
Lehmann Danny C
Martin Alfredo INF
Martinez Jose SS
Mauer Billy P
Mauer Joe 1B
May Trevor SP
McCallum Derek 2B
McCardell Mike SP
McLemore Mark S. P
Melotakis Mason P
Meneses Heiker INF
Meyer Alex SP
Michael Levi SS
Miller Jason P
Milone Tommy SP
Minier Amaurys INF
Mitchell Jermaine OF
Molina Felix INF
Moses Matt 3B
Mousser Jeff P
Mullins Ryan P
Najac Greg C
Nelson Brad OF
Nelson Cole P
Nolasco Ricky SP
Nunez Eduardo SS
Nussbeck Mark P
O'Connor Mike SP
Oliveros Lester RP
Ortiz Daniel OF
Ortiz Darfi INF
Osterbrock Dan P
Palki Jeromy P
Pattee Ben INF
Pelfrey Mike SP
Perdomo Luis RP
Perkins Glen RP
Peterson Brock 1B
Pettit Bo P
Pimentel Javier SS
Pineda Jeremias OF
Pinto Josmil C
Plouffe Trevor 3B
Polanco Jorge SS
Portes Juan OF
Poulson Brandon RP
Powell Christian P
Pressly Ryan RP
Prieto Alex 2B
Province Chris P
Pryor Stephen RP
Pugh Bruce RP
Pulido Carlos P
Quesada Michael C
Rahl Chris OF
Rainville Jay P
Ramirez Wilkin OF
Rams Danny C
Requena Jonathan INF
Richardson Sean C
Rizzotti Matt 1B
Robinson Mark OF
Robinson Shane OF
Rodriguez Jairo C
Rodriguez Reynaldo 1B
Rodriguez Reynaldo OF
Rohlfing Daniel C
Romero Josmir P
Rosario Eddie 2B
Rutgers Paul OF
Salcedo Adrian P
Samuels Matt P
Sanchez Henry 1B
Sanchez Javier C
Sano Miguel 3B
Santana Danny OF
Santana Ervin SP
Sawatski Jay P
Schafer Jordan OF
Sebastian Danny OF
Shibuya Tim SP
Sierra Eliel OF
Silva Mauricio P
Singleton Steve SS
Smith Curt 1B
Sobolewski Mark 3B
Sosa Oswaldo P
Stauffer Tim RP
Stevens Jake P
Stewart Kohl P
Summers Matt P
Suzuki Kurt C
Tapia Roni 3B
Thielbar Caleb RP
Thomas John P
Thomas Tony 2B
Thompson Aaron SP
Thorpe Lewis P
Tindall Nick C
Tintor Eli OF
Tolar Kevin RP
Tonkin Michael RP
Tootle Ben P
Torres Gabby C
Turner Stuart C
Turpen Daniel P
Vargas Kennys 1B
Vasquez Virgil SP
Velasquez Jon P
Villarreal Brayan RP
Waldrop Steven P
Walker II Adam Brett OF
Ward Zach P
Waring Brandon 3B
Watkins Tommy INF
West Kevin OF
Williams Reggie SS
Wimberly Corey OF
Wimmers Alex P
Wise Brendan P
Wood Tim RP
Woodard John 1B
Yersich Greg C
Ynoa Huascar P
Ynojoso Jonatan SS
Zarzuela Ezequiel P
Zink Charlie P

Allen Neil TO
Brunansky Tom TO
Cuellar Bobby TO
Glynn Gene TO
Guardado Eddie TO
Krivsky Wayne TO
Mientkiewicz Doug TO
Molitor Paul MAN
Perlozzo Sam TO
Radcliff Mike TO
Ryan Terry GM
Smith Bill TO
Steinbach Terry TO
Vavra Joe TO

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