Minnesota Twins: First Cuts of Spring Training
Minnesota Twins Prospects Jake Reed, J.T. Chargois Among First Cuts of Spring Training
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The Minnesota Twins dispatched the Baltimore Orioles yesterday 14-5, and after the game they dispatched 5 players to their minor league complex. Pitcher Jake Reed, infielders Engelb Vielma and Heiker Meneses, outfielder Rey Rodriguez, and catcher Alex Swim were all reassigned.
Vielma and Meneses acquitted themselves well in their brief stints at camp. Vielma had 4 singles and a triple in 11 plate appearances and Meneses had 3 singles in 7 PAs. Vielma also recently received his award for being the top defensive player in the Minnesota Twins’ system.
This morning, another round of cuts were handed out, and one minor surprise, J.T. Chargois, was among them. With his strong outings, heÂ looked to have earned a little longer look.
During yesterday’s game, Chargois threw 24 pitches, including 15 of them clocked at 96 or 97 mph. Chargois allowed 0 earned runs, 3 walks, 1 hit and struck out 3 in his 4 inning of work this spring. He could be one of the first in line if a big league relievers falters or hits the disabled list.
Optioned or reassigned today were:
Outfielder: Adam Brett Walker II
In his first taste of game action since returning from Tommy John surgery, Mason Melotakis allowed 2 earned runs, 6 walks/hits and struck out 1 in 2.2 innings this spring. It may be awhile before he gets back in rhythm.
Walker II had 1 hit in 8 plate appearances.
Most of the players cut last night and this morning were only invited to spring training to get a taste of major league competition.
Next: Can the upward trend continue for Minnesota Twins Trevor May?
Three weeks from today, the Twins will hit Baltimore for a 3 game series to open the 2016 regular season. After these cuts, the battles for the final spots on that 25 man roster for Opening Day will intensify, starting today as Tommy Milone pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals.