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  • Rotation becomes clear as Minnesota Twins cut two more

    The Minnesota Twins announce today that they have send pitchers Samuel Deduno and P.J. Walters to AAA, leaving 29 players on the active roster.

    A tweaked groin during his last start in the World Baseball Classic derailed Deduno’s chances of making the rotation to open the season. He had pitched extremely well in the international competition, allowing just one earned run in 13 innings while striking out 17 and walked just five. Had it not have been for the injury, Deduno would likely have been a member of the rotation.

    Walters, meanwhile, had his name in the conversation this spring by not allowing many runs. However, he walked eight batters in 13 innings and, in his most recent outing against the Blue Jays, Walters was smacked around a bit.

    These two moves clear the path for pitchers Cole Devries and Liam Hendriks to join the rotation, at least while Scott Diamond recovers from his offseason elbow injury.

    With the roster set at 29, the remaining positional race to focus on will be the last two spot in the bullpen which should come down to Tyler Robertson, Josh Roenicke and Alex Burnett.
    Comments 49 Comments
    1. twinscowboysbulls's Avatar
      twinscowboysbulls -
      In a couple weeks add Deduno and Diamond...and it's not that bad.

      Worley
      Pelfrey
      Diamond
      Deduno
      Correia

      It's only a matter of time before Gibson earns his shot as well.
    1. fairweather's Avatar
      fairweather -
      I've been really down on Pelfrey but he looked serviceable yesterday.
    1. fairweather's Avatar
      fairweather -
      Watching Pelfrey yesterday he reminded me of Jon Rauch. Now obviously 1 is a starter and 1 a reliever but that's not what I'm talking about. I'm talking about they're similar in height and the kind of "stuff" they bring to the mound. Maybe Pelfrey is Pavano 2.0 and the Twins can get 1.5 good seasons out of him. Here's hoping!
    1. Brandon's Avatar
      Brandon -
      I believe Pelfry will be fine as a starter 12-15 wins if he has his command back and he is back to throwing 90MPH. I was beginning to think he might need a few weeks more to work on that. Worely too. I wonder who will be the first to loose their rotation spot this season DeVries or Corriea? whats the over under there? I think DeVries has the chance to be serviceable.
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      Alex Meyer can't get in this rotation soon enough, I mean guys like Diamond, Worley, Pelfrey can be serviceable, but this team desperately needs a front rotation guy. (Hopefully Gibson can become that as well)
    1. LoganJones's Avatar
      LoganJones -
      The first out will the last in. He'll only get to make at most two starts before Diamond projects to be back. That is probably DeVries.
    1. nicksaviking's Avatar
      nicksaviking -
      What happens if DeVries and Hendriks are holding their own while Correia, Pelfrey and Worley struggle mightily? Does this team have the stones to pull the plug on Correia and Pelfrey if Diamond is ready and Gibson and Deduno or even Hernandez are proving themselves at Rochester? I don't think they do, I think Hendriks/DeVries get sent packing regardless of accomplishments.
    1. Halsey Hall's Avatar
      Halsey Hall -
      Pelfrey pitched well yesteday, after having a rough first inning giving up 3 hits and a run. If Morneau's arm was just a tad longer, he'd of been out of the inning. He was throwing consistantly 90 on the gun. His breaking stuff looked good and he used that alot after the first. The lowest I noted was 74mph, and mixing it up had hitters off balance.
    1. Halsey Hall's Avatar
      Halsey Hall -
      Quote Originally Posted by nicksaviking View Post
      What happens if DeVries and Hendriks are holding their own while Correia, Pelfrey and Worley struggle mightily? Does this team have the stones to pull the plug on Correia and Pelfrey if Diamond is ready and Gibson and Deduno or even Hernandez are proving themselves at Rochester? I don't think they do, I think Hendriks/DeVries get sent packing regardless of accomplishments.
      If that happens, whoever is struggling developes a blister and is shut down for a couple of weeks.

      Don't count on Gibson til fall unless all the wheels fall of in the rotation.
    1. stringer bell's Avatar
      stringer bell -
      Quote Originally Posted by DJ Smith View Post
      If that happens, whoever is struggling developes a blister and is shut down for a couple of weeks.

      Don't count on Gibson til fall unless all the wheels fall of in the rotation.
      Gibson will probably be shut down by fall. IMHO, he can pitch his way into the rotation no matter how well or poorly everyone else is doing. I expect him in Minnesota by mid May.
    1. nicksaviking's Avatar
      nicksaviking -
      Quote Originally Posted by DJ Smith View Post
      If that happens, whoever is struggling developes a blister and is shut down for a couple of weeks.

      Don't count on Gibson til fall unless all the wheels fall of in the rotation.
      I'd think the probability of this is high.
    1. DakotaTwins's Avatar
      DakotaTwins -
      Quote Originally Posted by nicksaviking View Post
      What happens if DeVries and Hendriks are holding their own while Correia, Pelfrey and Worley struggle mightily? Does this team have the stones to pull the plug on Correia and Pelfrey if Diamond is ready and Gibson and Deduno or even Hernandez are proving themselves at Rochester? I don't think they do, I think Hendriks/DeVries get sent packing regardless of accomplishments.
      If Hendriks is performing well there is NO WAY they send him to AAA. He has nothing more to prove in the minors. They need him to either step up and become a reliable (hopefully above average) MLB pitcher or show that he can't do it and make plans to move forward without him in future plans.
    1. MarcusE's Avatar
      MarcusE -
      Quote Originally Posted by nicksaviking View Post
      I'd think the probability of this is high.
      Don't the wheels have to be on before they can fall off?
    1. old nurse's Avatar
      old nurse -
      Quote Originally Posted by nicksaviking View Post
      What happens if DeVries and Hendriks are holding their own while Correia, Pelfrey and Worley struggle mightily? Does this team have the stones to pull the plug on Correia and Pelfrey if Diamond is ready and Gibson and Deduno or even Hernandez are proving themselves at Rochester? I don't think they do, I think Hendriks/DeVries get sent packing regardless of accomplishments.
      So many variables. Worley would be allowed to work through difficulties if not injured. Pelfrey it would depend on if the Twins feel if were due to injury rehab taking longer, what the brass thinks of his pitching prior. Correia is anybody's guess. They did say something once about him being flexible (would go to bullpen) so it might be part of the plan. DeVries and Hendricks holder their own would mean they were consistently providing quality starts with the other three not doing so.
    1. cwzimmerman's Avatar
      cwzimmerman -
      Quote Originally Posted by twinscowboysbulls View Post
      In a couple weeks add Deduno and Diamond...and it's not that bad.

      Worley
      Pelfrey
      Diamond
      Deduno
      Correia

      It's only a matter of time before Gibson earns his shot as well.
      I think there is a reasonable chance that it could be almost as bad. However, I think such a rotation has a better chance of being at least serviceable than what we'll be starting the season with. Adding Cole DeVries to the mix gives it a bit better chance at being serviceable. While Kyle Gibson will likely make his debut sometime this season, I'm leery of expecting too much from him this season. Next season might be an entirely different story.
    1. Badsmerf's Avatar
      Badsmerf -
      Quote Originally Posted by old nurse View Post
      So many variables. Worley would be allowed to work through difficulties if not injured. Pelfrey it would depend on if the Twins feel if were due to injury rehab taking longer, what the brass thinks of his pitching prior. Correia is anybody's guess. They did say something once about him being flexible (would go to bullpen) so it might be part of the plan. DeVries and Hendricks holder their own would mean they were consistently providing quality starts with the other three not doing so.
      The Twins are not going to pay Correia 4.5 million to work as a long man in the bullpen. The decision to get him keeps looking worse and worse.
    1. TheLeviathan's Avatar
      TheLeviathan -
      Be still my heart......contain the excitement for this group.....
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by DakotaTwins View Post
      [Hendriks] has nothing more to prove in the minors.
      I don't know why people say this. He could prove he has a third pitch; that might require time in the minors to perfect, for example.
    1. Winston Smith's Avatar
      Winston Smith -
      Always good to be starting the season hoping the rotation will be serviceable!
    1. chuchadoro's Avatar
      chuchadoro -
      Can Correia do anything that DeVries/Hendricks/Walters can't (besides take up 10X the payroll)?
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