The Minnesota Twins’ Spring Training is now in full swing, with the team beginning to set it’s roster and giving more innings to key players. With that in mind, it’s time to bring back the Sunday Wrap-Up with the first edition of 2021.
Like we did last year, we’ll go over the week that was in Twins baseball, talking about who’s started hot, who hasn’t, and predictions for what will come next for the last two weeks of Spring Training.
Minnesota Twins Minor-League Signings start off Spring Training Right
When a player signs a minor-league deal, the expectation is that they’ll compete for a roster spot and use Spring Training to try and land a spot on the roster. This Spring Training for the Twins has been no different as Tzu-Wei Lin, J.T. Riddle, Keon Broxton, Rob Refsnyder, Drew Maggi, Tomas Telis, and Andrew Romine all joined the squad with those hopes.
Some of those players have started off extremely well this spring. Broxton has been incredible this spring, leading the team in batting average, on-base percentage, second in runs, second in runs batted in, and fifth in slugging percentage. For a player with just 39 career homers, Broxton’s first homer of Spring Training was a fun one:
Broxton has played in more games than almost everyone on the team and has seen more at-bats, a clear sign that the team is giving him every shot to take Jake Cave’s fourth outfielder spot. Tzu-Wei Lin, Luke Farrell, and Drew Maggi are all also performing well.
Lin has excellent numbers as well (.400/.538/1.138), working hard to join Luis Arraez as another depth infielder. Luke Farrell has pitched in 3 games and struck-out 5, Drew Maggi has hit .250 and been solid.
Unfortunately, it hasn’t worked as well for other players. Rob Refsnyder, J.T. Riddle, Tomas Telis, and Andrew Romine have all been very disappointing and would require a massive improvement to make the roster.
Overall, the depth of this roster will change with the performance of these players over the last few weeks. They will continue to fight with prospects like Nick Gordon and Travis Blankenhorn for the rest of the spring.
Around the Twins: Minnesota Twins Prospects and Performances so Far
- The Minnesota Twins are currently 6-6-1, sitting right in the middle of the Grapefruit league. While this doesn’t seem like much, the Twins have finished around .500 in each of the seasons from the past few years. If that’s any indication, the Twins are in for a good year.
- While Aaron Sabato hasn’t played well this Spring Training, it’s still nice to see him in a uniform. It’s good to see the future of the franchise so early.
- Matt Canterino looked GREAT in his one inning, which is probably why he’s sticking around longer than Jhoan Duran, Jordan Balazovic, and Bailey Ober. While there are still concerns about his arm long-term, he looks EXCELLENT right now. Check out the interview he did with us last year.