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Twins Announce 60-Man Player Pool for Summer Camp

MLB teams had until 3 p.m. CT today to submit their list of 60 players who will participate in training camp, which begins Wednesday. The Twins released their roster Monday morning, read more to see the full roster.
Image courtesy of LEWIS © Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports, KIRILLOFF © David Dermer-USA TODAY Sports, LARNACH © Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
MONDAY 10:45 a.m. CT
The Twins have finally revealed the roster. Here it is:



Here is another view of the team's summer camp roster:

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SUNDAY UPDATES
4:15 p.m. CT
MLB.com's Do-Hyoung Park reports that the Twins aren't expected to reveal their roster until tomorrow. What a buzzkill.



3:45 p.m. CT
Darren Wolfson reported that reliever Danny Coulombe, who was a non-roster invitee in spring training, will be on the 60-man roster. Coulombe, a left-hander, struck out seven batters and gave up one run over four innings of work prior to spring training being suspended. He has 153 MLB games under his belt, most of which came with Oakland.

3:15 p.m. CT


3:00 p.m. CT
Ope, deadline passed. Guess we're back to no Twins baseball this year. :)

2:35 p.m. CT
The Cincinnati Reds have also now announced the players going to what they're calling Summer Camp. Sounds wholesome. An item of note is they've elected to leave three open spots on their roster, at least for now.

1:45 p.m. CT
The Tampa Bay Rays have become the first team to reveal its full 60-man roster. An interesting item to note is that they have split the to pool into 37 players who will be training at Tropicana Field and 23 who will be based in Port Charlotte, which is Tampa Bay's spring training site.

The Twins are expected to use CHS Field, which normally hosts the St. Paul Saints, as the home of their "taxi squad."

1:10 p.m. CT
Seth has confirmed down in the comments that catching prospect Ryan Jeffers will be a member of this 60-man roster. That means four of Twins Daily's current top-six prospects have made the cut. Will Jordan Balazovic and/or Jhoan Duran join Lewis, Kirilloff, Larnach and Jeffers?

It would be a surprise if Duran was left off, given that he's on the 40-man roster, but that doesn't guarantee he'll make the cut. Remember, teams can make changes to this 60-player pool.

Earlier Updates

Dan Hayes of The Athletic reported that the top prospects in the Twins system are likely to be among those headed to the Twin Cities for camp.



In addition to Royce Lewis, Alex Kirilloff and Trevor Larnach, Darren Wolfson of KSTP added Brent Rooker’s name to the list.



As seen above, Wolfson also reported that Northfield native and former Twins and St. Paul Saints pitcher Caleb Thielbar will also be among the players in camp. Expect there to be a mix of both prospects and minor league veterans among the pool of players included. It’s worth pointing on that not everyone currently on the team’s 40-man roster is guaranteed to be participating in camp.

No player outside of this pool of 60 players will be allowed to participate in training camp. There can be changes made to the 60-man roster, but once someone has been removed from a team's pool, they cannot be re-added to that same team's pool.

Further Reading
Which Twins Will Make the 60-Man Roster? | Matthew Trueblood
Projecting the Twins 30-Man Opening Day Roster | Ted Schwerzler
Explaining The 2020 MLB Roster Rules | MLB Trade Rumors
FAQ: Roster and transaction rules for 2020 | MLB.com

I also recently run through some information on the new roster rules for 2020 in the video below.



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Balazovic being off the roster is the only head scratcher for me. Jake Reed was bad last year and the FO has never seemed to think of him as more than just a guy. The rest of the younger players are likely too far off in case they are needed to play.

 

Balazovic has been in Ft. Myers the whole time. 

The Ft. Myers facility was shut down, wasn't it? Will it re-open, Seth? So players like Balazovic, Rortvedt and others can continue to get some work in this summer?

 

Are you aware of the Twins scheduling formal instructional camps later this summer and fall? Like the FIL they used to run every October/November? Or are they winging it and will think about that after they get the season started?

6 catchers - Gardy would approve.

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I knew Jack Reinheimer would make it. Wait . . . what?

Did Thielbar ever play at CHS or was he a Saint in the Midway days? 

 

 

I can sort of understand no Romero, sort of, though I an disappointed.

I think not including Balozovic is a huge head scratcher for me. Not only does he need and warrant the development time, but I could see his arm actually helping out due to injuries/illness.
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IndianaTwin
Jun 29 2020 03:26 PM

 

I was thinking this too.I knew he had visa issues in spring training.Was that why he was on the restricted list?Or did I miss something during all of this?

 

My understanding is that it's still visa issues. 

 

https://www.cbssport...ssues-continue/

 

The Ft. Myers facility was shut down, wasn't it? Will it re-open, Seth? So players like Balazovic, Rortvedt and others can continue to get some work in this summer?

 

Are you aware of the Twins scheduling formal instructional camps later this summer and fall? Like the FIL they used to run every October/November? Or are they winging it and will think about that after they get the season started?

 

So I asked Derek Falvey about that earlier this afternoon. The facilities in Ft. Myers and around baseball were shut down to people to be cleaned over a weekend. The Twins have a bunch of their minor leaguers from Venezuela staying at the academy, and then there are rehabbing players down there as well. I don't know about Rortvedt specifically. 

 

Balazovic lives off 'campus' with Enlow, Baddoo, etc. I don't think they've all been there the whole time, but I think Balazovic has been. And, I don't know that he has (or has been able to) work out at the Twins facilities anyway. 

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Did Thielbar ever play at CHS or was he a Saint in the Midway days? 

 

Definitely CHS. 

the other thing to remember on Balazovic or others... the Twins are at 59 on the 60-man roster right now. So, they could add one.

 

Second, the 60-man roster can change, so you never know.

 

Third, guys will be taking the COVID test and likely several may have it, so that could alter things as well. 

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jorgenswest
Jun 29 2020 05:29 PM

I think most teams have a need for AAAA players like Tovar, Maggi, Reinheimer, Adams and about 8 others that can fill in on the 40 if players are out with corona virus or injury and then can be removed from the 40 and thus DFA’d when players return. 

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If they add Balazovic to the 60.... that likely means he's getting traded. I hope he stays off of it this year! 

FWIW, sounds like Romero still has visa issues and is not being counted on. I offer no speculation/opinion other than to state what would seem obvious: either he has been lazy about staying on top of things, or he's not wanting to play any longer, or there is something illegal or nefarious taking place that is preventing him from obtaining a visa at this point. Just...weird and unexpected.

If they add Balazovic to the 60.... that likely means he's getting traded. I hope he stays off of it this year!


I would disagree. In regard to prospects being on the 60, each team is taking an individual approach. For instance, a team like Detroit may focus more on lower level prospects and draft choices than a contending team might consider. My understanding is the Twins are holding spots for prospects that are closer to reaching the majors and have a "reasonable" chance of contributing in 2020 or very soon. In other words, basically AA or higher.

Balazovic would qualify, IMO, and may still be added. Not sure why he hasn't been yet unless there is a health concern or there is a delay in a visa from Canada due to current restrictions. But I don't believe the Twins have any intentions of moving him any time soon.
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I will go on record and make a prediction about Kirilloff. He will be added to the active roster by mid-season at the latest. When added, he will be playing in most games and by the end of the season will, 1) be playing on a regular basis; and 2) hitting very well.

 

As for what his role will be, not a clue. He could be playing a lot of first base if Sano were to get injured or share 1B/DH with Sano should Cruz need some time off. He also could become a regular corner outfielder should Rosario or Kepler go on the IL or be in right should Kepler be needed in center if Buxton gets hurt again. In any case, I see him playing a lot and doing very well, kind of like the pre-injury Jason Kubel.

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nicksaviking
Jun 30 2020 02:05 PM

Looks like it's official, the minor league season has been cancelled. The smart teams are going to be the ones who figure out a way to continue to develop the guys not on 60 man rosters.

 

As far as I know, there's no imperative for Indy Ball leagues to grab players from various teams. The Twins could be geographically positioned well as only six of the American Association teams are playing this year, but they include the Saints and the teams in Winnipeg, Fargo and Sioux Falls, with all games being played in Fargo and Sioux Falls, the Twins two strongest in-market cities. As far as fan interest goes, it probably would behoove all four clubs to use their vacant roster spots on Twins prospects. Hopefully the Twins can find games for Balazovic and many other guys who need playing time.

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I will go on record and make a prediction about Kirilloff. He will be added to the active roster by mid-season at the latest. When added, he will be playing in most games and by the end of the season will, 1) be playing on a regular basis; and 2) hitting very well.

As for what his role will be, not a clue. He could be playing a lot of first base if Sano were to get injured or share 1B/DH with Sano should Cruz need some time off. He also could become a regular corner outfielder should Rosario or Kepler go on the IL or be in right should Kepler be needed in center if Buxton gets hurt again. In any case, I see him playing a lot and doing very well, kind of like the pre-injury Jason Kubel.


Like your post but not sure if I want to agree or disagree.

Love and believe in Kirilloff. I think he's going to be very, very good. Would love to see him make a mark. But if he does in this short season, means someone got hurt or sick, and I'm hoping we can avoid either of those.

So I am going to politely agree and disagree with your projection. :)
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Looks like it's official, the minor league season has been cancelled. The smart teams are going to be the ones who figure out a way to continue to develop the guys not on 60 man rosters.

As far as I know, there's no imperative for Indy Ball leagues to grab players from various teams. The Twins could be geographically positioned well as only six of the American Association teams are playing this year, but they include the Saints and the teams in Winnipeg, Fargo and Sioux Falls, with all playing games being played in Fargo and Sioux Falls, the Twins two strongest in market cities. As far as fan interest goes, it probably would behoove all four clubs to use their vacant roster spots on Twins prospects. Hopefully the Twins can find games for Balazovic and many other guys who need playing time.


Find myself suddenly wondering if the Saints or any other of these teams would "scrimmage" the Twins reserve roster while preparing for their seasons? Further, some of the teams in that league won't be playing. Hmmm...could they be hired as a scrimmage team, extra bodies to help around the facility and earn a paycheck at least? Just trying to think outside the box.

FWIW, I believe it is the Nashville franchise that is taking the lead with others to create their own quasi independent/milb season. If successful, I wonder at milb players from other organizations being allowed to sign on. Of course, there could be pay and injury clauses that may prevent them from doing so.