Twins announce first round of Spring Training roster cuts

Eight players were reassigned to minor league camps on Wednesday, and more moves are expected over the next few weeks.

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Opening Day is under a month away, which means now is the time for teams to start getting their rosters in order before it's too late.

Thankfully there's still plenty of time to work things out, and the Minnesota Twins roster is almost entirely locked in. There are a few open spots that could still change hands, but at most the team probably has two potential spots up for grabs.

Only 26 players will make the Opening Day roster, but the Twins have way more than that with them down in Fort Myers. Rosters cuts are going to increase over the next few weeks, with Minnesota announcing its first round of reassignments this week.

Twins announce first round of Spring Training roster cuts

On Wednesday the Twins announced the team's first round of Spring Training roster cuts. None of these guys are being outright cut, rather the team is reassigning a total of eight players to minor league camps.

  • LHP Jovani Moran
  • RHP Randy Dobnak
  • RHP Ronny Henriquez
  • RHP Ryan Jensen
  • C Alex Isola
  • C Pat Winkel
  • 1B Aaron Sabato
  • OF DaShawn Keirsey

There aren't any surprises here, as all eight players were non-roster invites to Spring Training. It's also unlikely that we see any of these guys on the MLB roster this year, although there could be a case for Randy Dobnak and Ryan Jensen if things get really hairy in the bullpen.

If all goes well and everyone stays healthy, these guys will have the biggest impact in St. Paul this year. One notable name here is DaShawn Keirsey, a player the Twins fans were concerned about after the team left him unprotected from the Rule 5 Draft.

Keirsey wasn't stolen by another team, and he ended up getting some decent time at camp although it didn't move him any further ahead in his development than where he already was. He's one of the fastest players in the Twins farm system and could be someone to watch for an outfield spot in a few years, but it turns out that all of the hullabaloo about him not getting added to the 40-man roster back in December deadline was a bigger deal at the time.

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