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What have we learned so far in the Twins Spring Training

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First posted at The Tenth Inning Stretch

Tomorrow the Twins will play their first unofficial game, and there are already a few interesting observations in this very young Spring Training. As always, you can find all the Spring Training news and analysis on this site here.

First of all, as far as the "B" game (free to fans, BTW) tomorrow goes, the Twins have announced who is playing. All of: Scott Baker, Nick Blackburn, Liam Hendriks, Jeff Manship, Jason Bulger, Carlos Gutierrez, Tyler Robertson, Brendan Wise and Deolis Guerra will pitch an inning a piece. The line up will be: C- J.R. Towles, 1B- Aaron Bates, 2B- Pedro Florimon, 3B- Ray Chang, SS- Brian Dozier, LF- Ben Revere, CF- Joe Benson, RF- Rene Tosoni, DH Brian Dinkelman.

So what have we learned so far:
  • The clubhouse atmosphere is upbeat and easy going and players like Ben Revere have been lighting up the atmosphere and bring in positive energy
  • Joe Mauer did not miss a single workout, a single bullpen catching or a single batting practice. This is extremely encouraging.
  • Justin Morneau did not miss a single workout and hit a double and a home run off Fransisco Liriano the other day, which means that he can time and turn a fastball this early in Spring Training and this is great news
  • The Twins lost Joel Zumaya and someone from the organization will have to step up. My analysis about this is here, but several of these pitcher will be pitching tomorrow.
  • Based on the starting lineup tomorrow, unless they reverse, Florimon is viewed as the second baseman and Dozier as the SS for the Red Wings. It Looks like the Twins will give Dozier many chances to win the short
    stop of the future label. As a matter of fact, that lineup, minus Revere, might be the Rochester Red Wings starting lineup.
  • Ron Gardenhire is open with his outfield positions, especially now that Revere's arm is stronger
  • Late edit, because it just came up in Phil Mackey's notebook. According to Joe Mauer, Carlos Gutierrez, Casey Fien and Fransisco Liriano have been the most impressive pitchers he caught in camp right now.
So the Twins are playing their first game tomorrow. Baseball is here. And this is incredible news!

Updated 02-29-2012 at 05:57 PM by Thrylos



  1. J-Dog Dungan's Avatar
    With 9 pitchers scheduled to pitch tomorrow, what happens if the Twins don't feel like they got a good enough look at some of the pitchers during their inning? I know that they have many times to see each pitcher, but what happens if several of the pitchers that throw tomorrow only throw three pitches in an inning?
  2. Seth Stohs's Avatar
    They'll work more on the bullpen mounds. They'll get their work in. It's really about getting out on the mound against other hitters, airing it out a little bit. Someone like Baker may only throw FB. It's highly unlikely that there will be any 3-8 pitch innings. Next time out, starters will go two innings, and maybe even jump up to 40 pitches.
  3. Apostle43's Avatar
    You wrote, "As a matter of fact, that lineup, minus Revere, might be the Rochester Red Wings starting lineup." Very, very cool. I can't wait. It will be much easier for my kids to get Brian Dozier's autograph in Rochester than it will be for you to get it in Minnesota (grin).
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