Posted by: taylorjs | March 9, 2010

Spring Roster Breakdown #2

The second roster breakdown takes into account action from the first 6 games of the spring and the injury to Joe Nathan.  Here goes:

1 – Scott Baker (SP)
2 – Carl Pavano (SP)
3 – Kevin Slowey (SP)
4 – Nick Blackburn (SP)
5 – Francisco Liriano (SP/RP)
6 – Jon Rauch (RP)
7 – Matt Guerrier (RP)
8 – Jesse Crain (RP)
9 – Clay Condrey (RP)
10 – Jose Mijares (RP)
11 – Pat Neshek (RP)
12 – 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)
Kyle Waldrop (P)
Loek Van Mil (P)
Jose Lugo (P)
Joe Nathan (P) ***Due to Injury***

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)
Brock Peterson (1B)
Toby Gardenhire (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)

The big changes this week were in the pitching department.  The injury to Joe Nathan opens up another spot in the bullpen, and primarily because he’s a lefty with a bit of experience, I’m slotting Glen Perkins is as the biggest beneficiary by giving him the inside track for the last spot in the ‘pen.  I’ve also locked in Matt Guerrier, Jesse Crain, Clay Condrey, and Jose Mijares because I don’t see a realistic scenario now where the Twins decide not to take any of them north.  Neshek has pitched well in his return, but he will have to show that his arm can hold up to repeated performances and that he can continue getting guys out before I lock him in.

Elsewhere, things are in a holding pattern.  There just isn’t enough information, for instance, to act on Juan Portes’ 2 homerun game and move him up, or to flop Matt Tolbert and Alexi Casilla, etc.  After another week of games it will become a little clearer who just had a good game and who is actually stepping up and performing well.

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