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  • Who ARE These Guys? (Quick and Dirty 2013 Spring Training Guide)

    In less than a week, the Twins will officially open Spring Training camp. As of now, 66 players are expected to be there: 34 pitchers, 9 catchers (a lot of catchers needed for a lot of pitchers), 13 infielders, and 10 outfielders. There are a lot of bodies (I imagine the locker room might be a tad crowded), but there are also a lot of holes from 2012 to be filled. By the end of it, there will be 25 men ready to head north and face the Tigers on April 1.

    Now, if you're as tired as I am of this miserable winter, you're really looking forward to listening to the Spring Training games once they start on February 23 (you may be especially excited if you're in the Twin Cities area because now that the radio broadcasts will be on FM you can finally get radio reception at work). So I've wrote up this handy-dandy list of all the names you'll hear.


    Originally posted at k-bro's baseball blog

    40-Man Roster:

    These are the guys most likely to land on the big league club. And those who don't will likely be next in line in case of injury or ineffectiveness. A few guys are on the 40-man simply because the front office wants to protect their future with the team -- removing them from the 40-man roster would expose them to waivers.

    Guys We Know and Love (Maybe)


    • Alex Burnett. RHP. Age 25. 2012: 67 games for the Twins.
    • Jared Burton. RHP. Age 31. 2012: 64 games for the Twins.
    • Drew Butera. C. Age 29. 2012: Red Wings and 42 games for the Twins.
    • Jamey Carroll. IF. Age 38. 2012: 138 games for the Twins.
    • Scott Diamond. LHP. Age 26. 2012: Red Wings and 27 starts for the Twins.
    • Ryan Doumit. C/DH. Age 31. 2012: 134 games for the Twins.
    • Brian Dozier. IF. Age 25. 2012: Red Wings and 84 games for the Twins.
    • Brian Duensing. LHP. Age 25. 2012: 55 games (11 starts) for the Twins.
    • Joe Mauer. C. Age 29. 2012: 147 games for the Twins.
    • Justin Morneau. 1B. Age 31. 2012: 134 games for the Twins.
    • Glen Perkins. LHP. Age 29. 2012: 70 games for the Twins.
    • Trevor Plouffe. 3B. Age 26. 2012: Red Wings and 119 games for the Twins.
    • Anthony Swarzak. RHP. Age 27. 2012: 44 games (5 starts) for the Twins. Will miss time due to cracked ribs.
    • Josh Willingham. LF. Age 33. 2012: 145 games for the Twins.



    Guys We Kind of Know As Long As We Didn't Stop Paying Attention Last Season


    • Cole DeVries. RHP. Age 27. 2012: Red Wings and 17 games (16 starts) for the Twins.
    • Eduardo Escobar. SS. Age 24. 2012: Red Wings, 36 games for the White Sox, and 14 games for the Twins. Acquired in the Liriano trade.
    • Casey Fien. RHP. Age 29. 2012: Red Wings and 35 games for the Twins.
    • Pedro Florimon. SS. Age 26. 2012: Rock Cats, Red Wings, and 43 games for the Twins.
    • Liam Hendriks. RHP. Age 23. 2012: Red Wings and 16 starts for the Twins.
    • Chris Herrmann. C. Age 25. 2012: Rock Cats and 7 games for the Twins.
    • Darin Mastroianni. OF. Age 27. 2012: Rock Cats, Red Wings, and 77 games for the Twins.
    • Chris Parmelee. 1B/RF. Age 24. 2012: Red Wings and 64 games for the Twins.
    • Tyler Robertson. LHP. Age 25. 2012: Red Wings and 40 games for the Twins.



    Guys From The Twins Minors


    • Oswaldo Arcia. OF. Age 21. 2012: Miracle and Rock Cats. #93 of MLB's top 100 prospects.
    • Joe Benson. OF. Age 24. 2012: GCL Twins, Miracle, Rock Cats, Red Wings (rehabbing injuries much of the season).
    • Kyle Gibson. RHP. Age 25. 2012: rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. #49 in MLB's top 100 prospects.
    • B.J Hermsen. RHP. Age 23. 2012: Miracle and Rock Cats.
    • Pedro Hernandez. LHP. Age 23. 2012: AA and AAA of the White Sox organization, Red Wings. Acquired in the Liriano trade.
    • Aaron Hicks. OF. Age 23. 2012: Rock Cats. #98 in MLB's top 100 prospects.
    • Josmil Pinto. C. Age 23. 2012: Miracle and Rock Cats.
    • Daniel Santana. IF. Age 22. 2012: Miracle.
    • Caleb Thielbar. LHP. Age 26. 2012: Miracle, Rock Cats, and Red Wings.
    • Michael Tonkin. LHP. Age 23. 2012: Snappers and Miracle.



    Guys We Know If We Paid Attention to Other Teams


    • Kevin Correia. RHP. Age 32. 2012: 32 games (28 starts) for the Pirates. Signed as a free agent.
    • Mike Pelfrey. RHP. Age 29. 2012: rehabbing from Tommy John surgery (with the Mets). Signed as a free agent.
    • Vance Worley. RHP. Age 25. 2012: 23 games for the Phillies. Acquired in the Revere trade from the Phillies.


    Guys We Probably Don't Know But We Want to Welcome to the Twins Organization


    • Trevor May. RHP. Age 23. 2012: AA in Phillies system. Acquired in Revere trade from the Phillies.
    • Ryan Pressly. RHP. Age 24. 2012: A+ and AA in Red Sox system. Rule 5 draft from the Red Sox.
    • Josh Roenicke. RHP. Age 30. 2012: 63 games for the Rockies. Claimed off waivers from the Rockies.
    • Tim Wood. RHP. Age 30. 2012: AAA or Pirates system. Signed as a minor-league free agent.


    Non-Roster Invitees:

    While it's more likely that 40-man guys will break camp with the big-league club, these guys have earned the right to try to impress the decision-makers. A quick paperwork effort would make any of these guys a Twin. I predict one or two of these guys will impress enough to make it -- Jared Burton did it last year.

    Guys We Know and Love (Maybe)


    • Nick Blackburn. RHP. Age 30. 2012: Red Wings and Twins. Will miss time due to wrist surgery.


    Guys We Know If We Didn't Stop Paying Attention Last Season


    • Samuel Deduno. RHP. Age 29. 2012: Red Wings and Twins.
    • Lester Oliveros. RHP. Age 24. 2012: Rock Cats, Red Wings, and Twins.
    • Luis Perdomo. RHP. Age 28. 2012: Rock Cats, Red Wings, and Twins.
    • Clete Thomas. OF. Age 29. 2012: Red Wings and Twins.
    • Esmerling Vasquez. RHP. Age 29. 2012: Red Wings and Twins.
    • P.J. Walters. RHP. Age 27. 2012: Red Wings and Twins.


    Guys From The Twins Minors


    • James Beresford. IF. Age 24. 2012: Rock Cats.
    • Chris Colabello. 1B. Age 29. 2012: Rock Cats.
    • Brian Dinkelman. OF. Age 29. 2012: Red Wings.
    • Deolis Guerra. RHP. Age 23. 2012: Rock Cats and Red Wings.
    • Kyle Knudson. C. Age 25. 2012: Snappers and Miracle.
    • Danny Lehmann. C. Age 27. 2012: Rock Cats and Red Wings.
    • Shairon Martis. RHP. Age 25. 2012: AA and AAA between Pirates and Twins systems.
    • Wilkin Ramirez. OF. Age 27. 2012: Miracle, Rock Cats, and Red Wings.
    • Dan Rohlfing. C. Age 23. 2012: Miracle and Rock Cats.
    • Deibinson Romero. 3B. Age 26. 2012: Rock Cats.
    • Anthony Slama. RHP. Age 29. 2012: Red Wings.


    Guys We Know If We Pay Attention to Other Teams


    • Rich Harden. RHP. Age 31. 2012: Injured (A's). Signed as a minor-league free agent.


    Guys We Probably Don't Know But We Want to Welcome to the Twins Organization


    • Bryan Augenstein. RHP. Age 26. 2012: AAA of Rays system. Signed as a minor-league free agent.
    • Brandon Boggs. LF. Age 30. 2012: AAA of Pirates system. Signed as a minor-league free agent.
    • Jeff Clement. 1B. Age 29. 2012: AAA and Pirates. Signed as a minor-league free agent.
    • Eric Fryer. C. Age 27. 2012: AAA and Pirates. Signed as a minor-league free agent.
    • Alex Meyer. RHP. Age 23. 2012: A and A+ of Nationals system. Acquired in the Span trade from the Nationals. #40 in MLB's top 100 prospects.
    • Ray Olmedo. 3B. Age 31. 2012: AAA of White Sox system. Signed as minor-league free agent.
    • Mark Sobolewski. 3B. Age 26. 2012: AA and AAA in Blue Jays system. Rule 5 draft from Blue Jays.


    Goners:

    Don't be looking for these guys. They're not going to be there.


    • Scott Baker. RHP. Signed with the Cubs.
    • Matt Capps. RHP. Signed a minor-league deal with the Indians.
    • Matt Carson. OF. Signed with the Indians.
    • Alexi Casilla. IF. Claimed off waivers by Orioles.
    • Carlos Gutierrez. RHP. Claimed off waivers by Cubs.
    • Jeff Manship. RHP. Signed with the Rockies.
    • Tsuyoshi Nishioka. IF. Granted unconditional release and signed with a team in Japan.
    • Carl Pavano. RHP. Unsigned free agent. Recovering from a splenectomy.
    • Ben Revere. OF. Traded to Phillies.
    • Denard Span. OF. Traded to Nationals.
    • Kyle Waldrop. RHP. Signed with the Phillies.

    This article was originally published in blog: Who Are These Guys, Anyway? Quick and Dirty 2013 Spring Training Guide started by Kirsten Brown
    Comments 11 Comments
    1. Oldgoat_MN's Avatar
      Oldgoat_MN -
      Nice outline of what we can expect to see.
      Thank you

      (does tis come in a scorecard format?)
    1. Chance's Avatar
      Chance -
      Alot of work thank you!
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Thanks for posting this comprehensive list -- very informative and well done.
    1. Neil's Avatar
      Neil -
      best Twins read of the day
    1. fairweather's Avatar
      fairweather -
      On paper this team looks terrible. How can Gardy real feel confident? I just don't think we can count on guys like Gibson, Harden and Pelfrey. Sure they could hold up but it's a gamble to say the least. Worley and Diamond both had surgery's this off season as well. On the bright side there looks to be a lot of strong candidates for the bullpen.
    1. cmathewson's Avatar
      cmathewson -
      Here's hoping for a few spring surprises. Here are my picks to break camp:

      C: Joe Mauer
      1B Justin Morneau
      2B Brian Dozier
      3B Trevor Plouffe
      SS Pedro Florimon
      LF Josh WIllinghan
      CF Aaron Hicks
      RF Chris Parmelee
      DH Ryan Doumit
      Util Jamey Carrol
      Util Eduardo Escobar
      4th OF Darin Mastroiani

      Starter 1: Vance Worley
      Starter 2: Scott Diamond
      Starter 3: Mike Pelfrey
      Starter 4: Kevin Correia
      Starter 5: Liam Hendriks
      Bullpen Long: Kyle Gibson (moves into the rotation mid-year)
      Bullpen middle: Casey Fien
      Bullpen Middle: Josh Roenicke
      Bullpen Short: Tyler Robertson
      Bullpen Short: Jared Burton
      Bullpen Closer: Glen Perkins

      Rochester shuttle: Drew Butera, Eduardo Escobar, Samuel Deduno, Cole DeVries, Pedro Hernandez, Joe Benson, Darin Mastroiani, Liam Hendriks
      DL: Anthony Swarzak (out of options)

      Pick to stick pitcher: Vance Worley
      Pick to stick hitter: Chris Parmelee
      Dark horse pitcher: Rich Harden
      Dark horse hitter: Oswaldo Arcia

      Traded before the deadline: Josh Willingham, Mike Pelfrey
      See you by August: Rich Harden, Oswaldo Arcia
      See you in September: Chris Hermann, Trevor May, Alex Myer, whoever they acquire for Willingham, Pelfrey
    1. cmathewson's Avatar
      cmathewson -
      Oops, forgot about Duensing and Burnett. Duensing instead of Roenicke. Don't know what to do about Burnett. If he has options, he's on the Rochester shuttle.
    1. Nick Nelson's Avatar
      Nick Nelson -
      Good list cmath, although you might have to sub out Diamond as it sounds like he won't be ready. I'd also bet a fair sum of money that Butera is on the OD roster.

      Burnett I believe has one option left since he didn't use any last year. Will be interesting to see how they handle him.
    1. drjim's Avatar
      drjim -
      You only listed 23 guys in the initial list. You added Burnett and Duensing, took off Roenicke. I would also add Butera.

      There is also about a 0% chance that Gibson starts in the bullpen.
    1. cmathewson's Avatar
      cmathewson -
      drjim--Ryan said they were considering that as one way to manage his innings load this year.
    1. drjim's Avatar
      drjim -
      Quote Originally Posted by cmathewson View Post
      drjim--Ryan said they were considering that as one way to manage his innings load this year.
      Do you remember when he said that? He was just on the radio today saying again that they will not put Gibson in the bullpen at any point this season, majors or minors.
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