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Monday Morning Mini Dump: Tyler Jay, Thad Levine, Veterans.

Minnesota Twins Photo Day
I wonder what is slightly to his left.
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Good morning and welcome to the M3M, the only Monday based link dump that runs out of jokes in its third week. This week’s soundtrack is something probably! Hold on, let me see what I can dig up. Alright, Vicarious Haunting by Holy Roman Empire, because the band was tragically unknown for how good they were.

  • The biggest news of late that you all might already know is that Tyler Jay, the 6th overall pick in the 2015 draft is converting to the bullpen. Sweet. The Seth Stohs article over at Twins Daily mentions that lesser known prospect Randy Rosario is also making the switch. A good bullpen arm is better than nothing, but still. Hard not to be disappointed.
  • Pioneer Press has a slew of little interviews with all the low-cost “veteran leadership” providers the Twins picked up for camp this year. Talking point: How valuable do you all really think the presence of elder statesman can be for a younger team? I’m rather undecided myself. The Twins might not win that much this year but they’ll make up for it in clubhouse culture.
  • Thad Levine was interviewed on a few days ago. I’m not sure how much of what the guy says is just baseball PC talk like post game interviews where players just say they want to give the team a chance to win or what not, but there is something I find rather unimpressive and all too familiar about the way he phrases things. Maybe I’m just a pessimist.

“ As you referenced, the long hangover since we've been more playoff-relevant, everyone in the league viewed those teams as highly athletic, over-defensive, pitch-to-contact type teams, executed the fundamentals both offensively and defensively. It's not reinventing the wheel, but it's getting back to that level of identity first and foremost. “