Twins Non-Roster Invitees

11 Jan

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Via Twitter, the Twins announced that they are inviting 19 non-roster players to big league spring training. According to the Tweet, the list will include “6 pitchers, 6 catchers, 5 infielders and 2 outfielders.”

According to the press release sent later, here are the players who will come to Major League spring training camp along with the players on the team’s 40 man roster.

Pitchers: Kyle Gibson, Carlos Gutierrez, Yorman Bazardo, Phil Dumatrait, Chuck James, Kyle Waldrop.

Catchers: Steve Holm, Rene Rivera, Jair Fernandez, Danny Rams, Chris Herrmann, Danny Lehmann.

Infielders: Chase Lambin, Brian Dozier, Justin Huber, Matt Brown, Ray Chang.

Outfielders: Jeff Bailey, Brian Dinkelman.

Shocked that wasn’t invited to spring training: Steve Singleton. It makes no sense at all. Twins need to release him and let him catch on with a team that will give a second baseman with a good glove and pop in his bat a chance. When guys like Chase Lambin and Matt Brown and Ray Chang are getting an opportunity ahead of him, it’s really disappointing. Not sure what’s going on there.

I have written about each of the players added throughout the offseason as the Twins added so many minor league free agents. Chris Herrmann is an interesting add. They really like him and keep calling him a catcher, but he’s actually a tremendous defensive outfielder. Obviously he’s 2-3 years away from big league ready, but it’s a nice honor for him. With all of the pitchers in camp, they need a lot of catchers as well.

The big picture is that Waldrop and maybe Dumatrait are the only players above that have a chance to make the team out of spring training. Gibson and Gutierrez, their 2009 and 2008 first round picks respectively, won’t make the team out of camp. They are actually prospects, so expect to see them promoted in June, when they pass that Super-2 date.

Any thoughts? Feel free to e-mail me or leave your comments here.

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7 Responses to “Twins Non-Roster Invitees”

  1. TT January 11, 2011 at 7:17 pm #

    I am sure Lambin,Chang and Brown negotiated invites when they signed. I think the real surprise is Brian Dozier. He was drafted in 2009 and hasn’t played above A- ball. Do they think he is close to ready to help at the major league level?

    I don’t think “super two” status is going to prevent Gibson or Guttierez from winning a job. I doubt Gibson is really even in the competition for a starting spot and they aren’t going to use him out of the bullpen. If Guttierez is ready, he is a top bullpen arm. They won’t worry about a eking a couple more months out of him at a lower salary three years from now.

  2. Seth January 11, 2011 at 7:36 pm #

    TT, you’re right. Gibson isn’t going to beat out Pavano, Liriano, Baker, Slowey, Blackburn, Duensing in spring most likely. But even if he pitched better than a couple of them, he would not make the roster, in part, due to the Super-2 situation. Guessing the same with Gutierrez, although Burnett was called up right away last year.

  3. writingfordigital January 11, 2011 at 10:26 pm #

    I could see Chuck James making the club as an extra lefty. I like him better than Dumatrait.

  4. Ricky January 13, 2011 at 11:02 am #

    I agree on Chuck James possibility, and wonder why Seth(?),you don’t include him as possibly making it. Is his post-surgery shoulder injury still a big issue. The guy was absolutely fabulous in Braves system before injury; including majors. Dumatrait was good for Pirates at one time but has had injuries too. Both are low risk-high reward acquisitions that Twins favor.

    • mini_tb January 13, 2011 at 12:38 pm #

      I also like Chuck James as a low risk/high reward acquisition.

      The question mark on Chuck James was always his extreme fly ball tendencies. He had a nice rookie season with the Braves, but that was it. The following season was mediocre (including a ghastly 32 HR in 161.1 IP!!!), and then he really fell apart leading up to the injury.

      He’s left handed, breathing, had nice numbers in the minors last year, and he has experienced success at the Major League level fairly recently. Those are all good things. Yes, he’s already 29, but his left arm only has 315.2 major league innings on it. There could be room for improvement or at least getting back to league average. Or maybe he finds his niche coming out of the ‘pen.

  5. Gary Burns January 20, 2011 at 12:32 am #

    Twins fans who are going to Fort Myers, check out Ray Chang. Quality player who you will recognize has big league skills the minute you see him. Has fought uphill since signing out of a tryout camp in 2006, but he is a MLB infielder without question

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