Minnesota Twins Morning News: Spring has Sprung
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– Our prospect series has wrapped up just in time for the beginning of spring training. Twins baseball is back! Many Twins’ players were already gathered in Fort Myers before spring training officially started on Sunday. The first item on the spring schedule was the reporting of pitchers and catchers. The whole squad will be in town by this Friday.
We’ve been running on empty in terms of Twins news since December. Spring training will bring a steady supply of stories and we’ll have you covered.
– Paul Molitor isn’t approaching his second spring with the club too differently. One area he’s looking to address is baserunning: “Baserunning wasn’t fantastic. Defending baserunning wasn’t fantastic. So that’s what we’ll talk about with the pitchers. But I’d rather them get guys out than be overly consumed with those things. But there aren’t going to be major overhauls.”
– Molitor is sticking with Kurt Suzuki as the starting catcher for the time being. That was the most likely scenario but it’s odd that he’d be so forthright with the vote of confidence so early. With Suzuki’s down season in 2015, he may have benefited from having a bit of a fire lit under him.
John Ryan Murphy, for his part, arrived a week early for Spring Training. He is eager to learn from Suzuki and get a handle on the pitching staff
– The Twins’ Communication and Player Relations man, Dustin Morse, tweeted out a full listing of the players attending spring training (and the numbers they’re assigned):
– Fingers crossed that things stay this way:
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