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2013 Twins Spring Training Battle Dashboard 2.0, pre first cuts edition

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Originally published at The Tenth Inning Stretch (with the full size images; for some reason hard to reproduce here)

It is already two weeks into Spring Training games for the Twins, so it is time for the second version of the dashboards. You can find all 2013 Spring Training dashboards here, for reference.

Again, you can find explanations of the measures and the colors of the dashboards to quantify Spring Training performance of the combatants in both the position player and pitching battles in these two links.

The dashboard includes last night's game.

Here is the position player dashboard (click on images for full size) :

Few Observations:

  • Aaron Hicks and Eddie Rosario have been given many accolades, but for me the surprise of Spring Training for the Twins so far has been Danny Rohlfing, the Twins' 23 year old AA catcher who for all practical purposes has been regarded as organizational depth. However, with his performance in front of the Twins' brass, added to his excellent defense at catcher and versatility (can play 1B and OF as well), he has to be into the conversation regarding Twins' Catcher prospects
  • Aaron Hicks has taken the lead for the Center Field starter position
  • The other 2 OF positions (RF and bench) are wide open, with Darin Mastroianni returning today from a hamstring injury-caused week's hiatus and Wilkin Ramirez performing consistently well and steadily leading Chris Parmelee who really has not found himself and is also ailing. I would not be surprised if Parmelee started the season in AAA.
  • The infield battle and the bench battles are wide open. None of the infielders fighting for the 2 positions has been ahead of the pack at this time.

Here is the pitcher dashboard:

Few Observations:

  • He is starting today again, but Cole DeVries has been pretty consistent and effective as a starter so far, and I think that he is on his way to earn either a starter or the long reliever position, depending on other pitcher's health
  • Speaking of health, despite what it has been reported, I will be surprised if Anthony Swarzak, Rafael Perez and Scott Diamond start the season in Minnesota on April fools'
  • PJ Walters' performance has been pretty steady as well, but unlike DeVries, he has been used as a reliever and been facing lesser competition. He still has possibilities for a pen or even a starting role, based on health
  • Kyle Gibson has had ups and one horrible game. The jury is still out.
  • Alex Burnett and Tyler Robertson have been as disappointing on the pitching side as Chris Parmelee on the position player side. I would not be surprised if they started the season in AAA.
  • Ryan Pressly, the Twins' Rule 5 pick has been the most consistent reliever; other than a horrid game, Tim Wood has been great; Mike Tonkin has been surprising good and Josh Roenicke had ups and downs, but he has been trending up. Could these four pitchers win the four bullpen spots? Time will tell, but it will be a huge surprise if Tonkin does, since the highest level of play he saw has been a half season at Fort Myers with the Miracle.

The next version will be after the cuts. Speaking of the cuts, I think that: Bryan Augenstein, BJ Hermsen, Trevor May and Alex Meyer from the pitchers and Kyle Knudson and maybe James Beresford might be it for position players. The World Baseball Classic has decimated the numbers of the Twins position players available,make it hard to field 2 teams in split squad games, so I do not foresee many position player cuts before other Twins return from the WBC.
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  1. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
    I thought I read somewhere that players couldn't be optioned until 3/11. Augenstein heading down makes sense. Not sure they have the guys to send a catcher down yet. Maybe just the injured pitchers getting reassigned to save on per diem.
  2. Thrylos's Avatar
    3/11 is Monday Time flies. I think that I would probably count 1 C per 5 Ps or so, so if they send down 5, will probably send down a C. May and Meyer have allegedly been practicing with the minor league teams. I will be able to tell in 2 weeks when I am there.
  3. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
    I was under the impression there would be cuts tomorrow, but they sure could wait an extra day. I would have Joe Benson on the chopping block too.
  4. J-Dog Dungan's Avatar
    If you were tracking guys like Morneau, Willingham and Mauer, how would they be doing?
  5. Seth Stohs's Avatar
    1.) As long as Chris Parmelee is healthy, he will be the team's starting RF when the season opens.

    2.) They'll send down a bunch of the 40 man roster guys that won't be making the team. That would be Hermsen, May, Pinto, Arcia, Santana, Thielbar, Tonkin,

    3.) As for non-roster guys that will be sent to minor league camp, I think it's more about guys that have no shot and aren't at a position of need. Also, starting pitchers that need to start getting stretched out. Remember that unlike 40 man roster players, these guys can still play in Twins spring games after their demotion. I would say guys like Augenstein, E Vasquez... could also officially send down the injured guys like Oliveros and Blackburn. They could do the same with Harden and Perez, although they likely won't send them to minor league camp.

    4.) As for Benson, he is a possibility, but I think they need to make more decisions on him, so I expect he'll stick around long enough to have something positive happen.
  6. Thrylos's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by J-Dog Dungan
    If you were tracking guys like Morneau, Willingham and Mauer, how would they be doing?
    They would be doing fine Plouffe too.
    Carroll would be doing ok, Doumit not so much
  7. Thrylos's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs
    1.) As long as Chris Parmelee is healthy, he will be the team's starting RF when the season opens.
    I hope he really turns it around, because other than that September cup of coffee in 2011, he has not done much at the MLB-level to deserve a position on the 25-man roster, and much more a starting job. He still has to show that he is not the next Shane Spencer...
    (at least to me.)

    I'd love to see what Arcia can do and I suspect the same with the MLB staff, so, if he get cut, he would probably be one of the last cuts. He was pretty bad today, so I don't know how healthy he is, but I would love it if he wins the RF job.

    Again, I have nothing against Parmelee, but he just has not shown that he belongs. Add the fact that his defense is suited more to the DH position (his OF play is worse than Kubel's who was a DH) and ....
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