Posted by: taylorjs | February 21, 2010

Spring Roster Breakdown #1

Every Sunday from now until the start of the regular season I plan on posting a breakdown of how I think the roster is taking shape.  Players who I project will make a spot on the roster will have a number by their name.  Players who are solidly in line to make the roster will be listed in black.  Players who have a chance of being displaced or displacing someone will be listed in purple.  Finally, players who are in camp only as filler and have no chance of making the major league roster will be listed in red.

1 – Scott Baker (SP)
2 – Carl Pavano (SP)
3 – Kevin Slowey (SP)
4 – Nick Blackburn (SP)
5 – Francisco Liriano (SP/RP)
6 – Joe Nathan (RP)
7 – Jon Rauch (RP)
8 – Matt Guerrier (RP)
9 – Jesse Crain (RP)
10 – Clay Condrey (RP)
11 – Jose Mijares (RP)

12 – Pat Neshek (RP)
Glen Perkins (SP/RP)
Brian Duensing (SP/RP)
Anthony Swarzak (SP/RP)
Jeff Manship (SP/RP)
Mike Maroth (SP/RP)
Anthony Slama (RP)
Alex Burnett (P)
Rob Delaney (P)
Deolis Guerra (P)
Loek Van Mil (P)
Jose Lugo (P)
Kyle Waldrop (P)
13 – Joe Mauer (C)
14 – Jose Morales (C)
Drew Butera (C)
Wilson Ramos (C)
Jair Fernandez (C)
Danny Lehmann (C)
Daniel Rams (C)
15 – Justin Morneau (1B)
16 – Orlando Hudson (2B)
17 – J.J. Hardy (SS)
18 – Brendan Harris (3B)
19 – Nick Punto (IF)
20 – Jim Thome (1B/DH/PH)
21 – Matt Tolbert (IF)
Alexi Casilla (IF)
Danny Valencia (3B)
Luke Hughes (IF)
Trevor Plouffe (IF)
Estarlin de los Santos (IF)
Steve Singleton (IF)
Brian Dinkelman (IF)
Chris Parmelee (1B/OF)
Toby Gardenhire (IF)
Brock Peterson (IF)
22 – Delmon Young (OF)
23 – Denard Span (OF)
24 – Michaeld Cuddyer (OF)
25 – Jason Kubel (DH/OF)
Jacque Jones (OF)
Rene Tosoni (OF)
Ben Revere (OF)
Juan Portes (OF)

As you can see, I have the bullpen positions wide open, with almost everyone legitimately facing the possibility of being displaced.  I expect guys like Crain and Guerrier to lock up spots quickly — as long as they don’t have disastrous springs, they’ve done enough to earn a spot.  However, if someone from outside the group of 12 that I currently project to make the team has an outstanding spring, things could get crazy.  Let’s say Liriano is great in short outings but struggles when (and if!) they try to stretch him out, but Brian Duensing is lights out all spring — in that scenario, Liriano would probably get shifted to the bullpen, Duensing would wind up in the rotation, and someone who looks safe now would be gone.  It could be an interesting spring for the pitching staff.

I currently have Matt Tolbert earning the last roster spot on the team as the last backup infielder, but the Twins might go with Casilla instead because he’s out of options and Tolbert is not.  I can’t see a clearly defined role for Casilla on the team in 2010, but if the Twins legitimately don’t want to lose him, you could see them stash him on the roster.  I don’t think it would be the most effective use of roster space, but stranger things have happened.  Tolbert’s job could also be in jeopardy if the Twins decide to carry a fifth outfielder (could Jacque Jones possibly resurrect his career as the Twins new backup outfielder?  As you can see by the fact that I have him listed in red, I highly doubt it) or if they can’t make clear decisions on pitchers and start off the season with 13 (something that makes me shudder, but it’s by no means unheard of).

Reporting day is today for pitchers and catchers and the first games of the Spring will be played on March 4.  I can’t wait!

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Responses

  1. I think Delaney has an outside shot.

    But man, what a great ST roster. This is looking like a raelly strong club.

  2. You know, either blog more often, or get on Twitter.

  3. What can I say, I’ve been busy. And I will never. Ever. Ever. Have a Twitter account. Hopefully I’ll be back to more regular blogging soon! I have a few things in the works (but then, that’s no guarantee any of them will actually, y’know, turn into a finished product).

  4. Ah yes, the “project” list. The sum of my broken dreams.

    I don’t really know what that means.


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