Sep 28, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Minnesota Twins catcherJosmil Pinto
(43) hits a single in the fourth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
For many familiar with the Gardenhire era, the number in parentheses next to the title is more than welcomed. Instead of carrying a wasted third catcher as the Twins of recent have done, expect their to be only two on the roster in 2015. Your starting catcher will be 2014 All-Star Kurt Suzuki. Despite looking like a prime candidate for regression, Suzuki should be a strong contributor for the Twins this season.
Backing him up will be Josmil Pinto. Despite not being a seasoned catcher, and still leaving a bit to be desired behind the plate, Pinto is ready for the major league level. His bat offers flexibility late in games, and he is much more of a simple defensive replacement. As the only other catcher on the 40 man roster (Chris Hermann is an outfielder at this point), this seems like a lock.
Moving out from the catchers, let’s take a look at the infield…