Forgotten, Neglected, Igored
Players that have been ignored, neglected, forgotten and/or given up on: Ryan Doumit, Vance Worley, Liam Hendriks, Scott Diamond, Anthony Albers, Chris Colabello, and Chris Parmelee. While there is good reason to think that several of these guys won't contribute much if at all to the Twins in 2014 or ever, I think someone of this group will help the club. Who should the Twins believe in and who should they jettison?
Here's my take: 1) Ryan Doumit is unacceptable as a primary catcher and he isn't a good enough hitter to be a regular DH. He can play a little right field (about as well as he catches) and he's not a bad hitter, but there's really not a spot for him on the Twins unless he is the primary DH.
2) Vance Worley was an overachieving young pitcher for the Phils, but he's been somewhere between poor and dreadful for the last year and a half. Many thought he was out of shape for the Twins. Worley isn't dominating, but he has experienced success, he's young and cheap. I think the Twins give him a long look and if they like what they see, he either makes the rotation or is a sixth starter/long man waiting for a chance that eventually will come.
3) Liam Hendriks is still young. He has basically been very good in the minors, but this hasn't translated for the Twins. Hendriks has shown glimmers of promise, but doesn't have an out pitch IMHO. Hendriks has an option left so I expect the Twins will keep him at Rochester again waiting for an opportunity which almost certainly will come.
4) Scott Diamond doesn't have above-average stuff. He was a fine pitcher last year when he combined outstanding command, some good fortune and a high ground ball rate to go 12-9 3.54 for a bad team. Diamond had "minor" elbow surgery, started the season on the DL and was never consistently effective. He didn't seem to have the same feel for his curve ball, his command in the strike zone wasn't as good and more balls found holes. As a lefty on a team lacking lefties in the rotation, he has a chance to win a spot, but he'll be an underdog. I think Diamond will have form closer to 2012 and could win a spot. If not, the Twins will lose him either by trading (selling low) or being claimed if he is DFAed.