Notebook: Twins Sellouts and Prospect Peril
Image courtesy of © Kim Klement-USA TODAY SportsRoyce Lewis Tears ACL
Much like plenty of top Twins prospects before him, Royce Lewis was hit with devastating news following concerns during his intake screening. Knee discomfort led to an MRI and ultimately it revealed he had a torn ACL. The 2021 season is over for Minnesota’s prospect before it began. Mentally the road back is a grind, but if there’s someone prepared to take it head on, there’s no doubt it’s Royce.
Spring Training Tickets Go Fast
Minnesota had already sold a number of Spring Training tickets to season ticket holders, but the remaining allotment went on sale to the public this morning at 10am CT. By 10:30 they had sold through what was left over. All tickets were sold in pod arrangements of two or four allowing for social distancing and additional safety measures. It’s not surprising that fans would be excited to get back in a ballpark after a year away, and the hope is that the trend can continue when the team returns to Target Field in April.
The Twins will host roughly 2,400 fans per game at Hammond Stadium this spring. A 25% capacity at Target Field would be right around 10,000 fans per game.
Both the Twins and Saints are looking towards the regular season attendance and the hope would be that they can have fans as soon as Opening Day. That remains to be seen however and would require further concessions from the Governor.
Odorizzi Sorting Through Suitors
It was my stance that Jake Odorizzi was potentially the best free agent starting pitcher on the market not-named-Trevor-Bauer this offseason. He’s still unsigned but that could soon be coming to an end. It sounds like the Phillies are in play as are the Los Angeles Angels. With clubs now having started full squad workouts and an intake process following a contract, I’d think someone would want him joining camp sooner rather than later.
You thought Jake Cave’s beard was the best development to come from the offseason had by the Twins outfielder. You thought wrong. Dustin Morse caught another Twins impromptu dance session during a lift, and well, Cave dropped it low here.
Bulked Up Buck?
Maybe it's the tale as old as time, but Byron Buxton bulked up this offseason. He's always been more slender and wiry, but the beat writers took notice of his frame and it appears he's added something like ten pounds of muscle. Already having been repositioned through the Twins analytics staff, Byron is looking to spend more time on the field in 2021. If that happens, he'll be in the MVP discussion.
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