Notebook: Smeltzer Named Probable Starter for Grapefruit League Opener
Image courtesy of Brad Rempel-USA TODAY SportsWE HAVE OUR FIRST PROBABLE PITCHER
Smeltzer will be looking to compete for a spot in the rotation or bullpen. Somewhat of an afterthought with the signing of Shoemaker, and before that many penciling Randy Dobnak or even Lewis Thorpe in the starting rotation, Smeltzer could find himself in St. Paul to start the year.
Topping out in the high 80’s, Smeltzer will likely find a hard time contributing at the big league level. He does have elite spin rates and vertical movement on his change up which could be serviceable out of the bullpen as a change of pace type. I just don’t see that happening on a team competing for a World Series.
Twins to roll with a “closer-less” bullpen
This shouldn’t be breaking news as Baldelli mentions he’s never named a closer. Especially this year, the Twins have the necessary depth in Taylor Rogers, Alex Colomé, Tyler Duffey, and Hansel Robles to not worry less about what inning to call-in for help. Instead, they can put each player in a position to succeed by pitching to their strengths. This will be outlined in more detail on the last installment of the AL Central Rundown that’s been grading out each position for each team in the division over the last week.
Kirilloff, named #1 prospect by Twins Daily, “ready for the Majors”
Not any big news here, but on a slow news day this article on MLB.com is another resource for what should be the most followed position battle in Spring Training.
Former Twins pitcher Tommy Milone signs Minor League with Blue Jays
Milone, who pitched for the Orioles and Braves last season, will be a non-roster invite to Spring Training. He started 9 games in 2020 and had an ERA of 6.69 of 39 innings.
Dan Hayes has beef with John Fogerty
Okay, maybe I mislead you with the headline but this poses a good question to discuss in the comments. What is YOUR favorite ballpark tune?
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