• Projected Twins Roster

    If you follow the tremendous work of 1500 ESPN's Phil Mackey, you know that every Sunday, he posts an updated 25 man roster projection. Phil is in Ft. Myers and talking to players, coaches and front office personnel, so he may have some insider information. But, I think that we can all do our own roster projections because until we get to April and the team has to announce their 25 man roster, anything can happen. I hope to post my projection updates each Friday and hope that you will leave your projections in the comments and discuss.

    The players in
    Red are players that I believe are givens to make the roster (obviously pending injury). Those in black are potentially up for grabs.


    Catchers:
    Joe Mauer, Ryan Doumit, JR Towles

    Although Towles isn't exactly an exciting prospect like he was 5 years ago, he likely is an improvement over Drew Butera. If the team insists on three catchers, I now believe Towles tops Butera.

    Infielders:
    Justin Morneau, Alexi Casilla, Danny Valencia, Jamey Carroll, Tsuyoshi Nishioka, Luke Hughes

    It certainly doesn't sound like the Twins really want to keep Nishioka around. I personally think that in terms of a pure utility infielder, Ray Chang would be the right choice. I think Luke Hughes is on the bench for power, if he is not placed on the disabled list.

    Outfielders:
    Ben Revere, Denard Span, Josh Willingham, Trevor Plouffe

    As much talk as there has been about Plouffe taking over in LF with Revere as the 4th outfielder, Plouffe will have to improve tremendously with the glove for that to happen consistently.

    Starting Pitchers:
    Carl Pavano, Francisco Liriano, Scott Baker, Nick Blackburn, Jason Marquis

    No changes, no surprises here, although Terry Doyle and Liam Hendriks have looked good in their couple of outings early in spring.

    Bullpen:
    Matt Capps, Glen Perkins, Brian Duensing, Anthony Swarzak, Jared Burton, Jeff Manship, Terry Doyle

    The first four appear set. Burton was the non-roster invite who garnered the most attention coming in to camp, and he's been good so far. Too many people have forgotten about Jeff Manship as a bullpen option, and he's been good. If Terry Doyle continues to pitch well, the Twins will certainly want to keep their Rule 5 investment. It is early, and we know guys like Kyle Waldrop, Alex Burnett, Lester Oliveros, Jeff Gray, Esmerling Vasquez, Matt Maloney and others will try to make an impression. I admit as well that I am intrigued by Brendan Wise as well. Those last three names are certainly debatable and subject to change over the next three or four weeks.

    What are your thoughts? What does your roster look like?

    This article was originally published in blog: Projected Twins Roster started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 25 Comments
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      and if those two are amongthe best relievers? They have a 40 man spot, and I'd say that there are some 40 man guys (like these two) who could be expendible if needed. No need to rush Gutierrez,Burnett,Oliveros,etc if they have things they can work on when you've got guys like this who can be removed from the 40 any time.
      If they are the best, then they come North, but that wasn't what John's post was about. It was about fear of losing them.
    1. jlovren's Avatar
      jlovren -
      Where's Gibson in his rehab? is he going to be of any use this year?
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by jlovren View Post
      Where's Gibson in his rehab? is he going to be of any use this year?
      He's doing really well. Supposedly he's scheduled for his first bullpen in early June. Terry Ryan was optimistic and said he would pitch this year... Doesn't mean with the Twins, but if he can even make a couple of starts in Ft. Myers, that would be great!
    1. jlovren's Avatar
      jlovren -
      Hopefully they take it easy on him this year and get him ready to start next year in Minneapolis. There is nothing worse than rushing a guy back from Tommy John and killing his confidence because he wasn't ready.
    1. Neinstein's Avatar
      Neinstein -
      I'd like to see Doyle and Manship on the Roster. I have a feeling Hendriks will see time in Rochester first, waiting until someone fails to provide.
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