3 Twins prospects who won't make the Opening Day roster, 2 who still have a chance

The youth movement could get started early this year for the Twins.

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Austin Martin, CF/2B

Things looked pretty good for Austin Martin right up until the Twins traded for Manuel Margot. His arrival means that Martin's otherwise clear path the 26-man roster is now a little more complicated than it was a week ago.

It doesn't, however, mean that he doesn't have a shot at making the Opening Day roster.

Martin still provides a ton of value, as he can be part of a centerfield platoon with Byron Buxton and Margot while also being someone who can be plugged into at second base. That last part is of particular importance to his case for earning a roster spot as it means adding depth behind Edouard Julien who might have to spend time at first base depending on how things shake out.

Alex Kirilloff and Carlos Santana should be able to handle things at first, but Kirilloff is coming off surgery and Santana might be more of a DH option heading into the season. Julien was soft launched at first base late last season and there has been talk of him getting reps there this spring. Minnesota needs his bat in the lineup, and Martin could provide a better defensive option while Julien serves as designated hitter.

In that scenario, Martin feels like a really solid option to have at second base. Everything comes down to how well he's able to play in Fort Myers and if he can make a solid enough case for himself.

Chances of making Opening Day roster: Still a decent chance