Today the Twins optioned OF-Jason Pridie to AAA Rochester, and reassigned LHP-Sean Henn, RHP-Bobby Keppel, 1B-Brock Peterson, and OF-David Winfree to minor league camp.
Jason Pridie (10/9/83) BA: NR / SS: #31
Pridie is the “other guy” the Twins got in the deal that sent Garza, Bartlett, and Eduardo Morlan to Tampa bay for Delmon Young and Brendan Harris. He had a solid year at AAA Rochester in 2008 hitting .270/.305/.435. In his 559 at bats last year he hit 16 triples, 13 home runs and stole 25 bases. He projects to be a 4th outfielder in the major leagues and will probably be able to carve out a decent career in the major leagues doing so. In the right situation he might have a chance to be a starting OF, but in the Twins organization he probably won’t see the light of day unless a rash of injuries hits the major league team. He hit .214/.250/.286 this spring.
Sean Henn (4/23/81)
Henn pitched pretty well this spring posting a 1.59 ERA in his 6.1 innings pitched. In those innings he struck out 5 and walked 2. In 66.2 major league IP he has an ERA of 7.56, a WHIP of 2.04 and has walked more batters (52) than he has struck out (47). He signed a minor league contract with the Twins this offseason and will likely be AAA roster filler.
Bobby Keppel (6/11/82)
Like Henn, Keppel signed a minor league contract with the Twins this offseason and is also AAA roster filler. He pitched decent this spring 2.35 ERA and 1.17 WHIP in 7.2 IP. Also similar to Sean Henn his major league innings pitched have provided unremarkable results.
Brock Peterson (11/20/83) BA: NR / SS: #42
The subject of one of my 1st posts on this site, Peterson hit .292/.346/.500 this spring after spending most of last season with AA New Britain. He did get 40 at bats at AAA Rochester last year, so it would seem logical that AAA will be his home for the 2009 season.
David Winfree (8/5/85) BA: #28 / SS: #23
Winfree was Twins 13th round pick in the 2003 draft. After playing AA New Britain in 2008, he had a solid spring training hitting .367/.355/.533 in 30 at bats. Based on that performance, and the fact he has played two full seasons at AA already, it seems likely that Winfree will get some time in AAA this season. The Twins are stocked with OF options in the majors and Pridie in line for the 1st promotion so Winfree will have to bide his time for at least another season.