Sep 14, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Glen Perkins (15) delivers against the Chicago White Sox in the ninth inning at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports
In looking at the multitude of options for the rotation, there is no doubt that some of those arms won’t have a place for them. Minnesota could opt to transition a Pelfrey or Milone to the bullpen in a long relief or specialty type role. Considering the back-end is already bolstered by Glen Perkins and Casey Fien, the Twins will be looking for quality middle inning guys in relief.
There is no shortage of options within the organization as 2015 rolls around. Caleb Thielbar, Brian Duensing, and other familiar names still reside. Adding Tim Stauffer and J.R. Graham give the Twins reliable choices, and trade chips like Stephen Pryor should also be able to contribute.
With only seven bullpen spots available, and over half already likely accounted for, the Twins will have a handful of guys that don’t make the cut. As with the rest of their positions in 2015, that won’t be for lack of talent. Instead of reaching for stop gaps throughout the organization, the Twins can make roster moves that bring reliable talent to the ballpark on any given night.
Looking at the organization from a top down view, it is very easy to see why 2015 should be a much different season for the Twins. Not only are they more respectable at the major league level, but the talent near the top of the farm system should also be looked upon with pride.
Minnesota will no longer be in a position where call ups are made while biting fingernails, but instead in the belief that each player is going to provide a positive value to the major league club. Although injuries and deficiencies are no doubt going to take place, Minnesota looks like they are in a strong position to handle them.
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