11-23-2013, 09:15 PM #1
Invites to Spring Training
On the Twins Transactions page, they are now showing non roster Spring Training Invites.
Thought that little change was kinda cool and something to share here.
11-23-2013, 09:37 PM #2
Here's the list of non-roster invites with stated position listed so far
SS Doug Bernier
SS Jason Bartlett
2B James Beresford
RHP Deolis Guerra
CF Jermaine Mitchell
RF Wilken Ramirez
LF Chris Rahl
RHP Lester Oliveros
C Dan Rohlfing
3B Debinson Romero
LHP Aaron Thompson
11-23-2013, 09:56 PM #3
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Those were the ones that they announced on Wednesday in their press release. Shortly after the holidays, they will announce the others (likely Sano, Rosario (?), Meyer and some others).
11-23-2013, 10:22 PM #4
Many of these are quality AAA fillers. A couple could still be labeled as prospects with some potential: Beresford, Oliveros primarily. I wonder at Rohfling being a useful utility guy. And despite someone named Sano climbing the ladder, am I the only one who has intrigue as to what a healthy Romero could do over a whole season?
Another question: why does no one consider Hermann and/or Rohfling for some time at 3B? Unless am I grossly mistaken, the athletic Hermann played some in college and Rohfling has shown himself to also be fairly athletic and versatile. Wouldn't this increase their MLB potential and versatility?
11-23-2013, 10:26 PM #5
Also, very, very intrigued by a healthy and fully rehabbed Barlett might have to offer. Perhaps no longer as a starter, but as a possible reserve.
11-23-2013, 10:33 PM #6
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11-23-2013, 10:53 PM #7
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Beresford--nice story, but his hit tool is powerless and he doesn't have game-changing speed. I'd rather have Dozier, Florimon, and Escobar man the middle infield.
Rohlfing--much like Herrmann, he's versatile, can catch, but isn't much of an offensive threat (he hit better at a higher level). From what I can see, both guys only ever see the majors because they can capably play catcher and other positions.
Robinson--also no great shakes with the glove and certainly not a better offensive threat than Plouffe and how old is he? I checked and he is only three months younger than Plouffe.
I hope Oliveros survives the Rule 5. When healthy, he's been very good in the minors.
11-24-2013, 08:34 AM #8
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11-24-2013, 09:10 AM #9
Every team has this on their roster page. Most of the free agents, as they were signed, were issued an invite to spring training. Will be interested to see what minor leagues guys are added (and they always add the catching depth in the organization).
Of course, we might lose someone in the Rule 5 (Oliveros).
11-24-2013, 10:04 AM #10
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11-25-2013, 10:17 PM #11
He is, by all accounts I have heard or read, a solid receiver and good enough athlete to have played 1B and 3B in college and even the OF, including a little CF. A LHP hitting, athletic, quality C with the ability to make contact and get on base as well as fill in occasionally at other positions could make him a valuable reserve player if he can continue to have BA and OB splits anywhere close to what he has shown thus far in his development.
Rohfling is a lesser bat, but younger, and apparently liked by the Twins. (At least as an organizational player) Isn't this at least the 2nd year he's been invited to camp?
I believe Hermann is the kind of athlete with useful versatility to cultivate.
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11-25-2013, 10:18 PM #12
On a side note, I think Oliveros is a potential sleeper
11-25-2013, 10:54 PM #13
The last couple years the Twins have invited a LOT of catchers because of all the AAAA pitchers if my memory serves correctly...
11-26-2013, 01:59 AM #14
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11-26-2013, 07:43 AM #15
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11-26-2013, 09:36 AM #16
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And I think Brock is over stating Herrmann's ceiling, I think he should be thrilled if he has a Junior Ortiz or Matt Walbeck type career.
11-27-2013, 11:26 AM #17
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I got mine! They want me early, before Xmas, and Fantasy Camp which is the first week of the new year. I'm oiling my glove.
I'm really hoping to chat with some of our new signed players, who always seem to show up early.