Twins Make First Roster Cuts
Image courtesy of Rick Osentoski, USA TodayThe Twins optioned three players. Right-handed pitcher Kohl Stewart and left-handed pitchers Lewis Thorpe and Andrew Vasquez were optioned to Rochester.
Catcher Ben Rortvedt and outfielders Alex Kirilloff, Brent Rooker and Luke Raley were all assigned to minor league camp.
There are rumors that there could be more transactions over the weekend.
The Twins spring training roster currently stands at 52 players including six catchers (3 non-roster), 14 infielders (4 non-roster), seven outfielders (no non-roster) and 25 pitchers (8 non-roster).
With the starting rotation relatively set, Stewart and Thorpe are able to go to minor league spring training camp and start getting prepared to make starts when the minor league season starts on April 4th.
Vasquez is a bit of a surprise though Taylor Rogers and Adalberto Mejia are likely givens to make the Opening Day roster and Gabriel Moya is also a contender. Lefties Tim Collins and Justin Nicolino also remain in big league camp.
The four non-roster players all were given opportunity to play while they were in camp. Rooker hit two long homers and had a triple in spring training. Raley had two doubles and a triple among his five hits. Alex Kirilloff had five hits. Rortvedt went 2-for-8 with a double.
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