01-11-2014, 08:21 AM #1
25 Man Roster Projection
There is currently a thread for the starting lineup going and some of the conversation is about who fills out the roster. I am starting a separate thread about the entire 25-man roster. We all know that whoever goes north with the club will get some chance to play and if they make good they will get more chances, so IMHO it is far more important who makes the club than exactly who is a "starter" when the season opens.
In the starting lineup thread, there seems to be pretty good agreement on who starts. All nine spots are far from locked down, of course.
I will assume the Twins go with 12 pitchers and 13 position players. I think that will be the way they start the season. Position players first, rationale to follow:
Catcher: (2) Suzuki, Fryer
Infield: (6) Mauer, Dozier, Florimon, Plouffe, Escobar, Bartlett
Outfield/DH: (5) Willingham, Presley, Arcia, Mastroianni, Kubel
When I originally put together a 25-man roster, I penciled in Pinto as the starter at catcher. Recent rumblings tell me that Suzuki will be doing a lot of catching at least to start the season and that the Twins would like Pinto to get a little more AAA time. It also helps that he has options and that a month in Rochester will give the Twins another year of his services. Another catching/25th man candidate is Chris Herrmann. He hits like a backup catcher, but does play other positions (and may try more this spring). If the Twins bring three catchers north, I'm sure the third guy will be Herrmann. I don't think they'll start the year that way, though.
Infield: Unless the Twins make another free agent signing or trade, I think the starters and principal backup are set. I added Bartlett late because (1) he has a .795 lifetime OPS vs. left handed pitching (2) he is a veteran who can be a bench player without hurting his performance or damaging his future. (3) he might qualify as the best option to be a RH pinch hitter late in games. Bartlett could get some starts at short against lefties and with two backup infielders, Gardy might use Plouffe as a DH especially against left handers. Colabello figures here, too, but I just can't see him making the team since he really isn't a good fielder and his swing was exploited in the majors last year.
Outfield: I originally had Parmelee making the club and still hope that he finds a way, but with a second backup infielder, there isn't room for him unless he outhits Kubel or the Twins roll the dice without a backup center fielder again. I can't see Hicks making the club out of spring training, but I hope he is back by June and moves Presley/Mastro into a backup role. I included Mastroianni as the backup outfielder because he can play all three positions, has base stealing speed and hits right handed, making him a potential platoon partner for Presley.
01-11-2014, 08:25 AM #2
Pitchers: (12) Nolasco, Correia, Pelfrey, Hughes, Diamond, Worley, Swarzak, Duensing, Thielbar, Burton, Fien, Perkins.
Brief comment: I included six starters (one stashed in bullpen) and assumed Deduno starts the season on the DL.
01-11-2014, 08:31 AM #3
Starting lineup (vs. RH pitcher):
vs. LH Starter (alternate catcher):
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01-11-2014, 10:38 AM #4
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I think they might challenge 100 losses if this is this the line-up. Not that putting the prospects in will result in any more wins, but it would at least provide development for the future. Pinto needs be there until he proves he shouldn't be. Hicks should be there also, unless he once again proves he shouldn't be. Herrmann instead of Fryer. Kubel and Bartlett need to earn spots, even more so since I believe that neither is the 40 man roster. Plus I think Parmalee should get one last chance to prove himself.
The teams 40 man roster has a lot of dead weight on it, meaning the players won't bring much in trades but might get interest if they are DFA'd. They are role players and roster filler on good teams, not starters, so I say try to trade some of them or DFA them. Which shouldn't be a problem, since these players have three straight 95+ loss seasons to show for themselves.
01-11-2014, 03:35 PM #5
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01-11-2014, 04:14 PM #6
I can't imagine they will keep that many redundant infielders and not keep Parmelee who has OF and 1B flexibility.
Or, more likely, a 13th pitcher.
01-12-2014, 04:30 PM #7
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Does anyone think Diamond might be on the outside looking in with the offseason acquisitions of Sean Gilmartin and Kris Johnson?I couldn't be a player because of bad eyesight, so I decided to be an umpire instead.
01-12-2014, 06:03 PM #8
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Gilmartin isn't on the 40 man and he has little talent. However, if this team actually likes Kris Johnson, Diamond could be in trouble. The thing is Johnson is a 29 year old Scott Diamond.
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To me, he probably is in Mastro's spot and one of the infielders is replaced by another pitcher.
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I really doubt the Twins break camp with more than 12 pitchers. They don't have post-surgical arms to protect, they have 5 off-days and they bought lots of innings with their free agent acquisitions. I'm old and I remember when 9 was the standard number of pitchers, then 10, then 11 and now 12. In a sport that changes slowly, it is amazing how the role of pitchers has changed.
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I expect one or two of the out of options guys will be dealt or released at the end of spring training, my best guess for release is Diamond.
01-12-2014, 09:47 PM #19
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too true! Lol! Truthfully I am sad
01-13-2014, 09:56 AM #20
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I think that Kubel has a good chance to make the club and the other two will stay in AAA as replacements for injury or performance. IMHO, Parmelee gets the call to settle once and for all whether he belongs in MLB.