On Friday, the Twins optioned C-Wilson Ramos to AA New Britain and reassigned LHP-Mike Gosling and RHP-Kevin Mulvey to minor league camp.
Wilson Ramos (8/10/87) BA: #3 / SS: #5
Signed out of Venezuela in July of 2004, the 21 year old Ramos is the heir apparent to Joe Mauer at catcher. Last season at Hi-A Fort Myers, in 126 games, Ramos hit .288/.346/.434 while displaying developing power. He also lead the Florida State League throwing out 43 percent of basestealers. Ramos did nothing but impress in camp hitting .375/.444/.500 in 16 spring at bats. With a solid year at AA New Britain this season, Ramos could break camp in 2010 as Joe Mauer’s backup.
Mike Gosling (9/23/80)
Gosling is basically roster filler. His 1.59 spring ERA looks good, but his 1.94 WHIP tells a more accurate story. In 92.0 career innings he has a 1.85 WHIP and hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2007 with Cincinnati. It is unlikely he will throw a pitch for the Twins in 2009.
Kevin Mulvey (5/26/85) BA: #8 / SS: #8
One of the 4 players the Twins received in the Johan Santana deal, Mulvey was the Mets top pick the 2006 draft. He performed relatively well at AAA Rochester posting a 3.77 ERA and a 2.5:1 SO/BB ratio in his 27 starts. In 7.0 innings pitched this spring, Mulvey had a 3.86 ERA and 1.29 WHIP. He will likely be called up to pitch in the Twins bullpen at some point during this season. If he can handle the conversion from minor league starter to major league reliever, Mulvey very well could figure into the Twins long term plans.