Don't know what I expected, but considering 5 or 6 was all they could protect this seems reasonable.
My first observation was that 4 of the 5 joined the Twins via trade during the 2018 season.Don't know if there was a prejudice to protect players they brought into the system.But adding Smeltzer and Alcala earlier means that a year later 6 players on the 40-man were brought in via trade.That's a heck of a success story looking back at those trades.
Although there usually are surprises, I see three players who have a real chance of being selected in the draft, Javier, Jax and Rijo.Expect that Rijo could be the one most likely to come back and haunt us.The player I will be most disappointed in losing, however, is Jax.Hopefully, we get lucky and none of them are selected...which I suspect is wishful thinking on my part.
When you take a look at the roster it appears to be the strongest roster I have seen since I began following these guys however many years ago.Great position players with reserves that can play AND exciting prospects already on the roster.
All that remains is filling out the starting rotation, adding a good lefty for the bullpen and a backup catcher.Considering that could be up to five adds, there could still be another player or two removed from the 40-man or exiting via a trade should one include a current member of the team.