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  • Buxton, Meyer, Sano Among 16 Sent to Minors Today

    The Twins just announced that 16 players were told this morning they will be sent to minor league camp. Seven 40 man roster guys were optioned. So were nine non-roster invitees, including the team's top three prospects. Byron Buxton homered yesterday and was sent down this morning. So was Miguel Sano, though that obviously comes as no surprise. In a bit of a surprise, Alex Meyer was also sent down.

    The Twins optioned lefties Logan Darnell, Edgar Ibarra and Brooks Raley. Right-hander Trevor May was also optioned. Kennys Vargas, Max Kepler and Jorge Polanco were optioned as well.

    Those re-assigned to minor league camp (meaning guys not on the 40 man roster) included nine more players. Along with Meyer, Buxton and Sano, the team also sent pitchers Lester Oliveros, Yohan Pino down. Catchers Kyle Knudson, Matt Koch and Stuart Turner will soon report to minor league camp. Also, outfielder Chris Rahl.

    The Twins roster now consists of 48 players. They have 22 pitchers, five catchers, 12 infielders and nine outfielders.

    I spent time talking this morning with the three catchers who were sent down. Stuart Turner talked about his being a great opportunity for him, one he was very thankful for. Matt Koch was excited to learn from the likes of Terry Steinbach and work with some of the pitchers he did. This is Knudson's second big league spring training, so he knew it would be coming soon.

    I also talked to Max Kepler who said he has really improved his outlook and ability to handle struggles. Logan Darnell was enjoying his time in camp, learning a lot. He hopes to be in the Rochester rotation this year.
    Comments 16 Comments
    1. Sconnie's Avatar
      Sconnie -
      I thought Meyer and Buxton would have gotten a bit more time with the big league staff.
    1. TKGuy's Avatar
      TKGuy -
      Kind of surprised about Meyer, but probably want to stretch him out since he won't get many starts in big league camp
    1. JB_Iowa's Avatar
      JB_Iowa -
      It's a little disappointing because some of these guys were seemingly playing some of the better ball this spring and were fun to watch. It's understandable why they would send Kepler down (don't want to risk injury in camp now that he's on the 40 man) but he does seem to have found something more this spring -- hopefully he can transition that down to minor league camp as well.

      Buxton was struggling in ML camp, though. Nice that he got a big home run and could exit on a bit of a high note.

      Meyer is probably the most surprising to me just because he seems fairly close to the majors and isn't on the 40 man -- but they do have a lot of pitchers in camp that they are still "cycling through". (And apparently things like that rain out the other day can really throw the schedule off).

      And I suppose they need catchers for the minor league operation to run well, too. Glad they had the opportunity to work with Steinbach -- was a great addition to the coaching staff.
    1. Thrylos's Avatar
      Thrylos -
      I don't think that there were many surprises here. For me the biggest surprises in the list of cuts are Pino and Oliveros who I thought might get a change to win a spot, as well as Raley whom I thought that the Twins would want to see more of, because they gave him a 40-man roster spot (which is now in serious jeopardy)

      I think that (for me) the biggest message from these first cuts was by the one player on the 40-man without MLB experience who was not cut: Danny Santana. Having Santana around means that the Twins are not ready to hand the starting SS job to Florimon, and this is good news, because I think that both Santana and Escobar are better players overall than Florimon. And Santana is older than Arcia and just younger than Pinto and Hicks, so he is not too young to come up North...
    1. JB_Iowa's Avatar
      JB_Iowa -
      Quote Originally Posted by Thrylos View Post
      I think that (for me) the biggest message from these first cuts was by the one player on the 40-man without MLB experience who was not cut: Danny Santana. Having Santana around means that the Twins are not ready to hand the starting SS job to Florimon, and this is good news, because I think that both Santana and Escobar are better players overall than Florimon.
      Great point since Santana is on the 40 man and there is a little risk there.

      But I also wonder if this is just an acknowledgment that Florimon may not be fully back from his appendix operation. I know he has started infield drills but it isn't clear when he'll be in games.

      I just don't know if it's as big of an indicator as you may wish although Gardenhire clearly does have some liking for Santana.
    1. Jim Crikket's Avatar
      Jim Crikket -
      Santana is in the starting lineup for the Twins today. I suspect he will just get his walking papers after the game or Monday morning. Florimon is getting in full workouts now and there are enough other SSs still around to cover the position for another day or two until he's ready for games.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jim Crikket View Post
      Santana is in the starting lineup for the Twins today. I suspect he will just get his walking papers after the game or Monday morning. Florimon is getting in full workouts now and there are enough other SSs still around to cover the position for another day or two until he's ready for games.
      Exactly. Santana is insurance for Florimon. Though, with Florimon now doing more,I think that concern is lessened.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      Exactly. Santana is insurance for Florimon. Though, with Florimon now doing more,I think that concern is lessened.
      Or heightened, depending on your point of view.
    1. diehardtwinsfan's Avatar
      diehardtwinsfan -
      By the way, just a point to make, but I'm quite glad the Twins didn't add Sano to the 40 man last year for a Sept call up. This move would have cost a year's worth of service time on top of the option that would be exercised when he returns from TJS.
    1. Jim Crikket's Avatar
      Jim Crikket -
      Quote Originally Posted by diehardtwinsfan View Post
      By the way, just a point to make, but I'm quite glad the Twins didn't add Sano to the 40 man last year for a Sept call up. This move would have cost a year's worth of service time on top of the option that would be exercised when he returns from TJS.
      Maybe something to keep in mind in the event that Buxton doesn't force his way up to the Twins before September. In that case, it may be just as likely that the Twins don't call him up in September, either, just as they held off on Sano a year ago.
    1. jimbo92107's Avatar
      jimbo92107 -
      Quote Originally Posted by JB_Iowa View Post
      Meyer is probably the most surprising to me just because he seems fairly close to the majors and isn't on the 40 man -- but they do have a lot of pitchers in camp that they are still "cycling through". (And apparently things like that rain out the other day can really throw the schedule off).

      And I suppose they need catchers for the minor league operation to run well, too. Glad they had the opportunity to work with Steinbach -- was a great addition to the coaching staff.
      I get the impression that Meyer still needs to work on being more artful with his heater. If batters can tell when he's about to unload a fastball, then maybe the answer is to learn how to add/subtract from the velocity, how to vary the grip a little, vary the placement, etc. The margin of error for hitting a line drive is about the thickness and length of a pencil. When they say "pitch to contact," what they mean of course is that the bat can hit the ball, but the ball misses the pencil-sized area in the center of the sweet spot. Kind of amazing how often a good hitter can hit the ball on the pencil.

      A guy like Meyer has spent years learning how to throw a baseball with just the right mechanics to send a mid- to upper-90's heater to a very small target. Now he has to learn the next level of control, the little shades of variation that will put his heater in slightly different spots that batters have trouble squaring up on. Batters spend years learning to time a nice, consistent fastball. Even a power pitcher like Meyer has to learn to mix things up.
    1. JB_Iowa's Avatar
      JB_Iowa -
      Quote Originally Posted by jimbo92107 View Post
      I get the impression that Meyer still needs to work on being more artful with his heater.
      I'm sure it is about mixing up his pitches.

      This was a pretty good little piece from Berardino: http://blogs.twincities.com/twins/20...round-of-cuts/

      “Big leaguers hit fastballs,” Gardenhire said. “They’re going to hit it. You’ve got to use everything. You’ve got to be able to change speeds, slow it down a little bit and use that breaking ball to get them off the fastball.”

      It was more of a personal hope from me about getting to see him a little longer in big league camp. But I do recognize that they are trying to weed through a lot of pitchers and he wasn't going to break camp with them so why not send him down.
    1. clutterheart's Avatar
      clutterheart -
      Santana - He is going to get a chance this Spring. Florimon had an appendectomy less than 4 weeks ago.
      He's not ready and he won't be ready for games for a week or two at least. And we all know Florimon is not all that good. Santana has at least as good defensive tools as Florimon and he is a way better hitter today.

      I think Santana should get a shot at making the Twins out of camp and at the very least remove guys like Bernier from Rochester. Unless Santana starts failing in spring, if he starts the year at AA it would be a huge slap in the face for the guy.

      He's done all they asked him to do, work on his Walks and work on his consistency. If they block him because of Brernier it would be the wrong thing to do for his development.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      He's not ready and he won't be ready for games for a week or two at least. And we all know Florimon is not all that good. Santana has at least as good defensive tools as Florimon and he is a way better hitter today.
      Florimon is going through full workouts already, and he is expected to play in games within a week, according to Rob Antony yesterday. Still not a given that he'll be ready, but it isn't a given he won't be either.

      He may be a better hitter today, though in big league games, I don't think the difference would be too significant yet.

      Unless Santana starts failing in spring, if he starts the year at AA it would be a huge slap in the face for the guy.
      Why? Because he's making a good impression and had a few good spring games? He's too good of a prospect to do anything other than what is best for him, regardless of who is above him.
    1. clutterheart's Avatar
      clutterheart -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      Florimon is going through full workouts already, and he is expected to play in games within a week, according to Rob Antony yesterday. Still not a given that he'll be ready, but it isn't a given he won't be either.

      He may be a better hitter today, though in big league games, I don't think the difference would be too significant yet.



      Why? Because he's making a good impression and had a few good spring games? He's too good of a prospect to do anything other than what is best for him, regardless of who is above him.
      Maybe, you know more than me on these guys. But the Twins track record on developing SS prospects is spotty at best, so I don't have a lot of confidence in the decision makers.
      Regarding Florimon and his time schedule:
      But from Tom Powers article today:

      "Yes, if he (Pedro) comes back healthy," he (Gardy) said. "There's questions on how long is he going to be out. He actually took an infield (session) yesterday, didn't do anything today. He hasn't done much."
      I will be surprised if he is ready to go full out for abit.

      I think Santana is a super interesting prospect and does not get enough credit. His speed is great, his arm is great, his range is great. He has big OB% & SO issues.

      But if he has shown the team that he has worked on what they wanted him to do over winter and at Spring Training, to send him back to AA is not how you develop talent.
      Especially since the org has big MI issues.

      Its not pushing or rushing a 23 year old prospect who spent the entire previous year at AA and performed adequately. Unless he shows he did not develop, to force him to repeat is just holding him back.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      I will be surprised if he is ready to go full out for abit.
      That's the question. And as I've said, adn I'll stand behind it, if Florimon isn't ready, I think Santana gets the starting gig for a week or two until Florimon is ready.

      I think Santana is a super interesting prospect and does not get enough credit.
      I completely agree that he's a super interesting prospect. I have really liked him since I saw his first game in Beloit three years ago. Love his tools. Still wonder a lot about his defense and his plate discipline. The Twins have been up front about those two things as well.
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