Minnesota Twins Morning News: Spring Training Day Four
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– Jeremy Nygaard notes that with the O’s signing of Dexter Fowler, the Twins’ 56th pick in this year’s draft will now become the 55th overall selection. Barring any other applicable signings around the league, the Twins will also select 15th, 73rd, 74th and 93rd.
– According to Rhett Bollinger, the Twins are adamant that Miguel Sano‘s move to the outfield is permanent. They don’t expect him to see any time at the position this year, even as a fill-in. They’ve said the only way he’ll play the hot corner this year is if there’s a long term injury.
“It was the first time the Twins indicated that Sano isn’t expected to play third base at all this year, as it had been assumed that he’d at least see some time there when Plouffe needed a day off. Eduardo Nunez is expected to be the primary backup third baseman.”
It makes sense for the Twins to not interrupt Sano’s development in the outfield by also asking to keep practising at the hot corner. If this is the path they want to take with him, it’s best for it to be a clean break—at least until he has a fuller handle on outfielder.
It is unsual for a man of Sano’s stature to play the outfield. Bollinger cited Adam Dunn, Carlos Lee and Greg Luzinski as some of the very few examples.
– Terry Ryan reiterated that Tyler Jay will be stretched out as a starter this spring
– We would not recommend the following:
– Sano and Park will both be getting a lot of playing time this spring. That means riding the bus to away games, which is unusual for the more established players. The Twins’ want Park to get used to major league velocities and for Sano to get outfield reps in.
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