Minnesota Twins: 2021 Spring Training Preview and Guide

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A general view of the exterior of Hammond Stadium prior to a spring training game between the Minnesota Twins and Pittsburgh Pirates. (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images)
A general view of the exterior of Hammond Stadium prior to a spring training game between the Minnesota Twins and Pittsburgh Pirates. (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images) /
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Trevor Larnach of the Minnesota Twins bats during a spring training game. (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images) /

Three Big Storylines to Follow for the Minnesota Twins

Storyline No. 1: The Left Field Competition

The Minnesota Twins let Eddie Rosario walk and join Cleveland in the offseason, with the expectation that the team would have players in line to take his place and replace his offseason output. There are a couple options for them.

Alex Kirilloff is the fan choice, and the best option for the Twins to start. There’s just one issue: service time. If the Twins wanted to keep him around an extra year, they could opt instead to have him stay in the minors for a few weeks.

Jake Cave and Brent Rooker are the other two options to play the majority of the time, so it might come down to how each performs in Spring Training. Kirilloff is the clear favorite, but don’t be surprised if Cave or Rooker is the choice.

Storyline No. 2: The Reliever Roulette

Colome, Duffey, Rogers, Thielbar, and Alcala are primed to eat up a good chunk of the later innings of a game. This still leaves a lot of other innings to be taken care of, and Spring Training is the time for that to take place.

There are several brand new relievers the Twins have added this offseason, and the team has to figure out which of those guys can have a Matt Wisler-type role in the team’s bullpen. Each of those guys are going to get their shot over the next month. Let’s see who comes out on top.

Storyline No. 3: The Young Guns are Back

Royce Lewis, Trevor Larnach, Jhoan Duran, Jordan Balazovic are four of the Twins’ Top 5 prospects, and all five haven’t been seen outside of the alternative camp since 2019. That will change in the next few days and when the games start taking place.

All four should get lots of time to show off in the sun. While none of them should make the Opening Day roster, they each should be exciting to see and should bring hope for their full time debuts sometime before 2022 comes to an end.

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