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  • Three-Weeks-To-Opening-Day Roster Projections

    Last week, we looked at a projected Twins Opening Day roster. This week, we’re trying it again. I think that there are 20 “Givens” at this point, three weeks before Opening Day. Of course you can disagree, if you like. I also believe that the five remaining positions are all pretty intriguing and could have several possibilities at this point.

    There are still 57 players in Twins big league camp. If there are 20 ‘givens,’ it technically means that there are still 37 players in camp competing for the remaining five spots. Of course, we know that isn’t really true. Most likely there are two or three players competing for a possible third catcher job. There are maybe two or three players competing for the final utility spot. And there are maybe five to seven pitchers competing for the final three bullpen spots. That means there are nine to thirteen players competing for five roster spots. The remaining players are working to make a strong impression on the coaching staff and front office in case there are needs later in the season for call-ups.

    (The players in Red are players that I believe are givens to make the roster (obviously pending injury). Those in black are potentially up for grabs. Discuss my selections and be sure to post your roster projections in the Comments as well.)

    Catchers: Joe Mauer, Ryan Doumit, JR Towles

    No change. I’ll stick with Towles again this week, although I feel less comfortable with that selection. None of the #3 catcher options is doing much this spring. In fact, they aren’t playing very much, and Butera is playing as well as any of them. I’ll stay with Towles just because I think the Twins brass is ready for that change.

    Infielders: Justin Morneau, Alexi Casilla, Danny Valencia, Jamey Carroll, Luke Hughes, Tsuyoshi Nishioka,

    No change, although I did make Luke Hughes a given at this point, now that he is healthy. Nishioka is probably a given as well since there isn’t much competition for a utility role and he is hitting a little bit in camp.

    Outfielders: Ben Revere, Denard Span, Josh Willingham, Trevor Plouffe

    No change.

    Starting Pitchers: Carl Pavano, Francisco Liriano, Scott Baker, Nick Blackburn, Jason Marquis

    No changes. No surprises again. However, if Baker is more hurt, that helps the odds of Liam Hendriks making a few starts at the start of the season.

    Bullpen: Matt Capps, Glen Perkins, Brian Duensing, Anthony Swarzak, Jared Burton, Kyle Waldrop, Matt Maloney

    The first four are givens. It is looking more and more like Waldrop and Burton are close to moving into that same category, but I can’t put either of them there quite yet. Maloney has been incredible, and with Terry Doyle’s struggles, he would appear to be the favorite to win the long-reliever spot. Waldrop and Maloney are new since last week while Doyle and Jeff Manship come off the list. Manship certainly deserves a strong look as well the next two weeks. Casey Fien is pitching well in camp’s small sample size so far. I think that Alex Burnett was nearly a given in the mind of Gardy and Rick Anderson at the start of camp, but I’d be surprised if he is a given at this point. He could still change minds in the next two weeks. Although the odds are likely against Doyle making the roster at this point, that could still change over the next couple of weeks.

    What are your thoughts? Discuss what your roster looks like?

    This article was originally published in blog: Three-Weeks-To-Opening-Day Roster Projections started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 23 Comments
    1. VATwinsFan's Avatar
      VATwinsFan -
      Quote Originally Posted by lee_the_twins_fan View Post
      After today, I'm almost ready to go with:
      C - Mauer
      1B - Parmalee (until Morneau gets his swing back)*
      2B - Hollimon – he's batting over .500 and has some punch
      3B - Valencia, duh
      SS - Dozier
      LF - Revere
      CF - Span
      RF - Willingham
      DH - Doumit – until Morneau gets his swing back.

      Reserves: Benson, Plouffe, Casilla and Carroll
      If this group can hit and field the way they have this spring, it should be a very interesting summer.
      The only change I'd make is Hughes for Dozier. Hughes has desperately needed power and it seems to me Dozier could use at least a couple of months at AAA before taking over at SS.

      What will be interesting is to see how the BP turns out--Capps, Perkins, Duensing, Maloney, Manship, Waldrop and Burton?

      On a side note it is sad to say that there is no apparent reason why Nishioka should be one of the 25.
    1. Thrylos's Avatar
      Thrylos -
      Quote Originally Posted by jimbo92107 View Post
      New Rule: Every photo should have a caption, and the caption should start with the guy's name. Especially now with all the turnover, a lot of us don't know who the heck these people are!
      Tall guy is Matt Maloney. Little guy to his right with the beard who kinda looks like Span is Louis Perdomo
    1. Thrylos's Avatar
      Thrylos -
      Quote Originally Posted by VATwinsFan View Post
      What will be interesting is to see how the BP turns out--Capps, Perkins, Duensing, Maloney, Manship, Waldrop and Burton?
      Swarzak is out of options. Unless they trade him, he will be there.
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