• Minnesota Twins Minor League Rosters

    The Minnesota Twins season began on Monday. The season of the Twins full-season minor league affiliates will begin on Thursday. Below are the rosters of the Rochester Red Wings, the New Britain Rock Cats, the Ft. Myers Miracle and the Beloit Snappers.

    The rosters were sent to the affiliates first, but here is a complete look at the Twins full-season affiliates.


    Rochester Red Wings

    Pitchers: Andrew Albers, Kyle Gibson, Pedro Hernandez, Shairon Martis, Mike O’Connor,Luis Perdomo, Bruce Pugh, Anthony Slama, Caleb Thielbar, Dan Turpen, Virgil Vasquez, PJ Walters. DL – Bryan Augenstein, Nick Blackburn, Kyle Davies, Samuel Deduno, Deolis Guerra, Rich Harden, Lester Oliveros, Rafael Perez, Dan Sattler, Esmerling Vasquez

    Catchers: Drew Butera, Eric Fryer, Chris Herrmann

    Infielders: Doug Bernier, Jeff Clement, Chris Colabello, Brian Dinkelman, Ray Olmedo, Mark Sobolewski. Inactive – Deibinson Romero

    Outfielders: Oswaldo Arcia, Joe Benson, Brandon Boggs, Clete Thomas

    New Britain Rock Cats

    Pitchers: AJ Achter, Logan Darnell, Pat Dean, Nelvin Fuentes, Jose Gonzalez, Edgar Ibarra, Bobby Lanigan, Blake Martin, Trevor May, Alex Meyer, Marty Popham, Mike Tonkin. DL: Matt Hauser, BJ Hermsen, Aaron Thompson, Dakota Watts, Alex Wimmers.

    Catchers: Danny Lehmann, Josmil Pinto, Dan Rohlfing

    Infielders: James Beresford, Jason Christian, Eric Farris, Harold Garcia, Nate Hanson, Reynaldo Rodriguez, Danny Santana

    Outfielders: Evan Bigley, Danny Ortiz, Antoan Richardson, Curt Smith

    Ft. Myers Miracle

    Pitchers: DJ Baxendale, Madison Boer, Cole Johnson, Zach Jones, Miguel Munoz, Ryan O’Rourke, Chad Rodgers, Adrian Salcedo, Tom Stuifbergen, Matt Summers, Jason Wheeler, Corey Williams – DL: Jhon Garcia

    Catchers: Kyle Knudson, Matt Koch

    Infielders: Michael Gonzales, Andy Leer, AJ Pettersen, Eddie Rosario, Miguel Sano, Kennys Vargas, Stephen Wickens – DL: Levi Michael

    Outfielder: Jhon Goncalves, Michael Kvasnicka, Angel Morales, Lance Ray

    Cedar Rapids Kernels

    Pitchers: Tim Atherton, Hudson Boyd, Tyler Duffey, Steven Gruver, David Hurlbut, Tyler Jones, Brett Lee, Chris Mazza, Mason Melotakis, Taylor Rogers, Manuel Soliman, Matt Tomshaw – DL: Dallas Gallant, Tim Shibuya

    Catchers: Jhonatan Arias, Tyler Grimes, Jairo Rodriguez – SUSP – Michael Quesada

    Infielders: Niko Goodrum, Travis Harrison, DJ Hicks, Drew Leachman, Candido Pimentel, Jorge Polanco – DL: Adam Bryant

    Outfielders: Byron Buxton, Romy Jimenez, Adam Walker, JD Williams – DL: Nate Roberts

    * Starting Pitchers in Red.
    This article was originally published in blog: Minnesota Twins Minor League Rosters started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 25 Comments
    1. Shane Wahl's Avatar
      Shane Wahl -
      Might want to fix "Orlando" to "Oswaldo" instead. Thanks for posting these. Again some strange decisions. Morales not in NB?? Maybe the push Williams or even Jimenez up to FM once Kepler is good? Then Morales could move up, Roberts when back can join NB, Bigley could go to AAA and they can say BYE-BYE to the nonsense filler that is Clete Thomas??????? Thomas is totally redundant with Brandon Boggs, after all. At least Boggs could be a legitimate fill-in for the Twins if things broke down there.
    1. tjsyam921's Avatar
      tjsyam921 -
      Max Kepler didn't make the Cedar Rapids roster?
    1. SarasotaBill's Avatar
      SarasotaBill -
      Bard, Chargois, and Berrios didn't make Cedar Rapids?

      Is it a "limit innings issue" or ability?
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Berrios is getting some innings and stretching out before going to Cedar Rapids. Due to the WBC, he couldnl't really stretch out and the Twins definitely want him to start.

      Bard is also going to be brought along slowly after fighting injuries throughout 2012. He'll be a starter, but will most likely start in the bullpen and work his way up to starting.

      Chargois also was hurt some last year and they'll be cautious with his very strong arm.

      Kepler has an elbow/forearm injury that they are going to be cautious with and keep him in ft. myers for a little bit.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by Shane Wahl View Post
      Might want to fix "Orlando" to "Oswaldo" instead. Thanks for posting these. Again some strange decisions. Morales not in NB?? Maybe the push Williams or even Jimenez up to FM once Kepler is good? Then Morales could move up, Roberts when back can join NB, Bigley could go to AAA and they can say BYE-BYE to the nonsense filler that is Clete Thomas??????? Thomas is totally redundant with Brandon Boggs, after all. At least Boggs could be a legitimate fill-in for the Twins if things broke down there.
      Fixed. I'm sure his younger brother would love to be in AAA.

      It's a big year for Morales, and he knows it. Nothing about his 2012 screams for him to move up to AA. Hopefully he can get off to a fast start and earn a promotion. I agree, in general, that there are just a lot of old, veteran types that will likely make Rochester better. I'm good with keeping prospects at the right level, instead of going too fast, but I think there are a few that just make no sense. Bigley and Lanigan are the two that I just don't get.
    1. Thegrin's Avatar
      Thegrin -
      I wish the Twins would be aggressive and put Rosario, Sano, Berrios & Vargas in AA NB . They can always send them back down if they can't hit. AA is better than A for learning how to field. better ballparks = less bad bounces. Berrios has been facing AA quality pitching in winter ball and WBC.
    1. cmathewson's Avatar
      cmathewson -
      Quote Originally Posted by Thegrin View Post
      I wish the Twins would be aggressive and put Rosario, Sano, Berrios & Vargas in AA NB . They can always send them back down if they can't hit. AA is better than A for learning how to field. better ballparks = less bad bounces. Berrios has been facing AA quality pitching in winter ball and WBC.
      I don't agree. It's just too risky. Look at the way Guerra and Gomez developed after being rushed. Let them earn their promotions. If they dominate a level, bring them up. Until then, let them learn the finer points of the game when the pressure is off.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by Thegrin View Post
      I wish the Twins would be aggressive and put Rosario, Sano, Berrios & Vargas in AA NB . They can always send them back down if they can't hit. AA is better than A for learning how to field. better ballparks = less bad bounces. Berrios has been facing AA quality pitching in winter ball and WBC.
      What's the rush? And learning how to field doesn't have much to do with the ballpark. I'm sure the majority of the things they're learning is from reps and coaching pre-game, not what happens during actual play (where they'll only get 5-6 opportunities a night to flash the glove).

      And Berrios should be nowhere near AA. He shouldn't even be in high A at this point. The kid has pitched all of 30 innings. Let's be reasonable here.

      The low minors aren't only about the competition. It's also about the shortened seasons, fewer games per week, and ability to take these kids aside and teach them how to play the game.
    1. Chance's Avatar
      Chance -
      2 years in a row that I am really excited to watch Cedar Rapids (Beloit). There is a lot of promise there.
    1. jay's Avatar
      jay -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      Bigley and Lanigan are the two that I just don't get.
      I don't mind AA too much for these two. The Twins have shown they don't value AAA a ton more than AA.

      Playing in AA allows Bigley to lead the OF instead of battling Boggs/Thomas for PT. Not that those two are better prospects, but the Twins probably want them playing to be options to call up as injury fillers.

      Similarly, playing in AA allows Lanigan to be a top option in the pen instead of being the 4th/5th reliever at AAA.
    1. spycake's Avatar
      spycake -
      So Rosario was listed as an outfielder on the MILB.com roster but he's probably still pegged for 2B (Seth has him listed as an infielder here).

      However, that leaves only 4 OF including Kvasnicka, so maybe the Twins don't have any catching plans for him? In hindsight, that would be a slightly odd trade if it wasn't for catching depth -- Kvasnicka has an almost impossible hill to climb if has to provide value as a corner player rather than catcher.
    1. Shane Wahl's Avatar
      Shane Wahl -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      Fixed. I'm sure his younger brother would love to be in AAA.

      It's a big year for Morales, and he knows it. Nothing about his 2012 screams for him to move up to AA. Hopefully he can get off to a fast start and earn a promotion. I agree, in general, that there are just a lot of old, veteran types that will likely make Rochester better. I'm good with keeping prospects at the right level, instead of going too fast, but I think there are a few that just make no sense. Bigley and Lanigan are the two that I just don't get.
      I know Morales doesn't deserve a promotion, but there is some history will low performance (Hicks, probably others) at Fort Myers and then a jump with the jump to New Britain. He is just kinda stagnating right there.

      I would be actually upset if I were Bigley. He deserves a chance to prove himself at AAA (even though I have nothing against Ramirez and Boggs, it might be nice to have another option).
    1. Shane Wahl's Avatar
      Shane Wahl -
      Quote Originally Posted by cmathewson View Post
      I don't agree. It's just too risky. Look at the way Guerra and Gomez developed after being rushed. Let them earn their promotions. If they dominate a level, bring them up. Until then, let them learn the finer points of the game when the pressure is off.
      And Delmon Young.

      I really don't like the idea of demoting a player, especially after promoting them too fast in the first place.
    1. cmathewson's Avatar
      cmathewson -
      Quote Originally Posted by spycake View Post
      So Rosario was listed as an outfielder on the MILB.com roster but he's probably still pegged for 2B (Seth has him listed as an infielder here).

      However, that leaves only 4 OF including Kvasnicka, so maybe the Twins don't have any catching plans for him? In hindsight, that would be a slightly odd trade if it wasn't for catching depth -- Kvasnicka has an almost impossible hill to climb if has to provide value as a corner player rather than catcher.
      Perhaps they have him pegged for a super utility role down the road. They have done this with Hermann and Rohlfing. In the era of 12 pitchers, it's nice to have a backup catcher who can fill in at other positions as well.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by cmathewson View Post
      I don't agree. It's just too risky. Look at the way Guerra and Gomez developed after being rushed. Let them earn their promotions. If they dominate a level, bring them up. Until then, let them learn the finer points of the game when the pressure is off.
      Correct! Way too much bad can happen when a player is rushed. Those are two great examples. Gomez turned out alright... 4-5 years later!
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by spycake View Post
      So Rosario was listed as an outfielder on the MILB.com roster but he's probably still pegged for 2B (Seth has him listed as an infielder here).

      However, that leaves only 4 OF including Kvasnicka, so maybe the Twins don't have any catching plans for him? In hindsight, that would be a slightly odd trade if it wasn't for catching depth -- Kvasnicka has an almost impossible hill to climb if has to provide value as a corner player rather than catcher.
      The Twins are committed to Rosario at 2B. He'll still likely get a game every week or ten days in the outfield, but they want him to be at 2B.

      Kvasnicka was a first-round pick just a couple of years ago. They gave up very little to get him. He's "one of us." He has power. There's no risk in the deal. At worst, we have to remember that all four teams need 4-5 outfielders, and having some catching depth is always good.
    1. DAM DC Twins Fans's Avatar
      DAM DC Twins Fans -
      Very disappointed Meyer and May not in Rochester--I thought when we traded Revere and Span for them, they would be part of the 2014 pitching staff--but they are not in Rochester. I think they need to be facing AAA hitters this year.
    1. Steve Penz's Avatar
      Steve Penz -
      Quote Originally Posted by DAM DC Twins Fans View Post
      Very disappointed Meyer and May not in Rochester--I thought when we traded Revere and Span for them, they would be part of the 2014 pitching staff--but they are not in Rochester. I think they need to be facing AAA hitters this year.

      See above posts about Rosario, Sano and Berrios. You will ruin them. Go easy and let them show they should be there. It has been proven that sink or swim does not work because if they sink it is very hard to resurface.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by DAM DC Twins Fans View Post
      Very disappointed Meyer and May not in Rochester--I thought when we traded Revere and Span for them, they would be part of the 2014 pitching staff--but they are not in Rochester. I think they need to be facing AAA hitters this year.
      The probably will be facing AAA hitters this year sometime. May walked a ton at AA last year, so it's wise to let him start there. He could move up quickly if he shows control.

      Meyer played A ball last year. He only got a handful of starts in High-A and yet the Twins pushed him to AA.

      Both of them could pitch with the Twins late in 2013.
    1. Brad Swanson's Avatar
      Brad Swanson -
      The level a player starts at is much less important than the level they finish at. If Meyer, May, Rosario and Sano have great seasons, they'll end at higher levels. If they don't, it will justify the decision to keep them at their current starting levels.

      It seems to me that the Twins are willing to move players up quicker, once they have proven something in high A. Prior to that, they are cautious, and I agree with that philosophy.
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