Twins Send Six To Minor League Camp
Image courtesy of Kim Klement, USA TodayThe pitchers were told of their demotions before the game on Sunday. The hitters were told following the game.
Myles Jaye signed as a free agent with the Twins early in the offseason after making his major-league debut for the Detroit Tigers in 2017.
Jake Reed gave up a solo home run on Saturday as part of 1.2 innings of work for the Twins. It was the first run he had given up this spring.
Regarding Gordon's spring training, manager Paul Molitor said, "I think he was a lot more comfortable. We saw him swinging the bat pretty well for the most part. We saw him on both sides of the base defensively. There's still some work to be done there in terms of consistency. You have to be pleased with the way he's progressed offensively. His at-bats were really competitive when he got the opportunity to play."'
Asked if he would encourage Gordon to play both sides of the infield, Molitor said, "I would advise that they do that, if I get asked."
Regarding LaMonte Wade's showing at big league camp, Molitor was clearly impressed. "As advertised. Good strike zone knowledge. He's got a lot of good at- bats as well. He's one of the few guys you see in the game who chokes up as much as he does on the bat for bat control. I think he's here to compete. Defensively, we put him in all three spots. He's probably more comfortable in the corners, but that's OK. He's just another guy who's coming. He knows his future is in front of him."
Molitor continued. "He did a really nice job of using some of the resources we provide including the alumni players and our coaching staff and our current outfielders here."
Jake Odorizzi struggled some with command, but he threw four scoreless innings. He said that he couldn't get his split-finger command which cost him some walks early.
On the back fields, Molitor watched Lance Lynn. He said that he "didn't have the command he had last time out" but he "saved his best for Rosie." Lynn threw four innings without giving up a hit, though he did issue a couple of walks. Eddie Rosario batted each inning against Lynn, and he also played left field. (Below is a video of a Brent Rooker RBI double in which Rosario threw the ball in from the corner.)
Asked about how he felt after the throw, Molitor said Rosario told him, "He said that I overthrew the cutoff man, so I must be feeling pretty good."
The Twins spring training roster is now at 40 players, including nine non-roster players.
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