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Souhan blog: More on curses

  • Blog Post by: Jim Souhan
  • March 17, 2014 - 1:09 PM

Speaking with some Twins employees today, they noted that I could have expanded my list of Twins curses in today's column.

In 1996, the same spring that Kirby Puckett woke up with impaired vision that would lead to the end of his career, Rick Aguilera had come back to the Twins in an attempt to be a starting pitcher. He picked up a suitcase late in camp and was unable to start the season with the club.

Remember, while the late-'90s Twins were pretty consistently lousy, that '96 team had a chance to win. If Aguilera had been able to lead the rotation and Puckett had been healthy, that would have been a pretty good team. Chuck Knoblauch and Paul Molitor hit .341 each. Rich Becker and Scott Stahoviak had their best seasons. Marty Cordova was a force in the middle of the lineup. Aguilera could have given the Twins a competitive rotation.

Also, top prospect Miguel Sano, maybe the most intriguing player in this year's camp in February, suddenly needed Tommy John surgery.

You can't make it up. Nor would you want to.

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Coupla sights and sounds from the minor-league side:

Kennys Vargas, the prospect who reminds everyone of David Ortiz, hit a mammoth home run on Sunday from the right side. When I was there today, he hit a line drive double to right-center from the left side. He's got a chance to become a real prospect.

Byron Buxton has a sore left arm after diving for a ball on Sunday and was given the day off.

Former first-round Alex Wimmers, who has struggled mightily, looks much better now. He has a good changeup and needs to increase velocity on his fastball to make the changeup a better weapon.

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