stringer bell Gold Caretaker Posted March 20 Share Posted March 20 I did a blog entry at the start of Spring Training with a projection on the Twins' Opening Day 26-man roster. With ten days remaining until the Twins open in KC, there isn't a lot of clarity due to injury concerns, but much has been settled. A few comments and then I'll make my best guesses. 1) Most likely Jorge Polanco and Alex Kirilloff will start the season on the Injured List. Recent news makes Kirilloff a better chance to be ready than Polanco. While Edourd Julien has impressed in camp and the WBC, Polanco's absence won't mean immediate promotion for the rookie. 2) Despite less than stellar starts recently by Mahle and Maeda, the Twins will most likely go with five veteran starters and Bailey Ober will be optioned to St. Paul. I doubt Ober makes more than five starts for the Saints, but the option can and will be used. 3) Josh Winder and Ronnie Henriquez are still on the roster, but they won't make the club because of their ailing arms. Winder hasn't pitched in a game yet and Henriquez was shut down in the first week of camp. That leaves fourteen healthy pitchers on the 40-man roster, counting Ober. The most precarious position belongs to Cole Sands, a candidate for long relief, who does have options. Non-roster invitees Danny Coulombe, Jeff Hoffman, Jose De Leon, Randy Dobnak, and Oliver Ortega (and probably others) have a case to make the Opening Day roster. There is a spot available on the 40-man roster, so one of the non-roster guys can be added. 4) Injuries to Polanco and Kirilloff guarantee a spot for Trevor Larnach, who missed some time with an injury, but has looked pretty good since returning. The second spot could be filled by non-roster guys Kyle Garlick or Willi Castro. I'm picking Castro because of his relative youth and the fact that he would have an option available if added to the 40-man roster. Pitchers (13)--Gray, Ryan, Pablo Lopez, Mahle, Maeda, Hoffman, Pagan, Moran, Alcala, Jax, Thielbar, Jorge Lopez, Duran. Catchers (2)--Vazquez, Jeffers Infielders (6)--Solano, Farmer, Gordon, Correa, Miranda, Castro Outfielders (5)--Gallo, Buxton, Kepler, Taylor, Larnach, Injured List (6)--Paddack (60-day), Lewis (60-day), Polanco (10-day), Kirilloff (10-day), Henriquez (15-day)*, Winder (15-day)* italics indicate minor league contract selected * Winder and Henriquez may be optioned to the minors if they recover sufficiently from their injuries before Opening Day. farmerguychris, danielp19653 and Ricky Vaughn 3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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