• Twins Cut Four More, Roster Set

    On Sunday morning, Brian Dozier, JR Towles, Brian Dinkelman and Casey Fien were all re-assigned to minor league camp. The moves have mean that the Twins roster is essentially set.

    Dozier came into camp hoping to make a strong impression and it would be an understatement to say he did. He displayed strong defense that appears to give the Twins coaches and front office confidence that he can be an every day shortstop. He hit well, including three spring home runs. It's safe to say that he'll head to Rochester knowing that if needed, the Twins will not hesitate to bring him up.

    JR Towles appears to have won the 3rd catcher job... on a team that will start that season with two catchers. He had a nice showing in the spring, hitting two home runs.

    Brian Dinkelman had a rough season in Rochester a year ago, but he hit .301 in his time with the Twins and again showed well for himself with the bat in spring training. His ability to play 2B and the corner outfield spots defensively likely mean that the Twins wouldn't hesitate to promote him if needed.

    Casey Fien was another of the big surprises of spring training. The former Tigers' reliever put up very good numbers and made a case to be on the opening day roster. Again, the bullpen could be a revolving door in 2012, and Fien may find himself with the team at some point.

    The moves essentially have set the final Opening Day roster for the Twins.

    C: Joe Mauer, Ryan Doumit
    INF: Justin Morneau, Chris Parmelee, Alexi Casilla, Luke Hughes, Jamey Carroll, Danny Valencia and Sean Burroughs.
    OF: Denard Span, Josh Willingham, Trevor Plouffe, Ben Revere
    SP: Carl Pavano, Francisco Liriano, Liam Hendriks, Nick Blackburn, Scott Baker (DL), Jason Marquis (BL)
    BP: Matt Capps, Glen Perkins, Brian Duensing, Anthony Swarzak, Matt Maloney, Jared Burton, Jeff Gray, Alex Burnett

    Any thoughts? I'm ready for Friday against Baltimore!! Let's get this season started!!
    This article was originally published in blog: Twins Cut Four More, Roster Set started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 25 Comments
    1. Shane Wahl's Avatar
      Shane Wahl -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      I'm Optimistic like every year at this time. Pitching is a little worrisome and I still don't understand why Willingham can't play RF. I liked the lineup with Revere starting in LF. His speed and defense is a plus. Yeah the arm thing but we will need guys who can go get it in the OF. We have pitch to contact pitchers.
      I agree totally. Not just pitch to contact pitchers, but pitchers who give up fly balls. I haven't heard much around here other than me talking to myself about Willingham's inability to move to right field being totally ridiculous. I do wonder how this is going to play out. If this really is a no-way-Jose (Gardy!) kind of thing, or if he would still be willing to be a professional baseball player and move to right field later. If this is the case in the long term, I would rather have Revere at Rochester and trade him later in the year (assuming he does well there).
    1. CDog's Avatar
      CDog -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      I still don't understand why Willingham can't play RF.
      I've seen a lot of this claim, despite never having seen anyone from the team claim this was the case. When the announcement was made that he'd be the left fielder, the reasons given were all about other players and not about Willingham.
    1. LaBombo's Avatar
      LaBombo -
      Eight relievers.

      Eight.

      Relievers.


      Quantity, wave goodbye to quality. We won't be seeing him again for awhile.

      And four bench players to back up a bunch of guys who couldn't stay healthy
      if you froze them in carbonate. What could go wrong?

      If M&M/Span are healthy enough to add ten wins over 2011, that gets the Twins to a pythag
      of 95 losses in 2012.

      On second thought, why not audition half the journeyman relievers In baseball and lose a couple
      extra games due to limited bench options? It's already pretty much a lost season.
    1. luckylager's Avatar
      luckylager -
      Yep. No use watching.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by CDog View Post
      I've seen a lot of this claim, despite never having seen anyone from the team claim this was the case. When the announcement was made that he'd be the left fielder, the reasons given were all about other players and not about Willingham.
      The only thing that makes sense was Doumit to RF based on Morneau to DH and therefore Willingham to LF. Burroughs making the team took out Towles and that means the backup catcher cant DH. Either way... Grady just benched a guy in Revere who could steal 50 bases.
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