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FORT MYERS, Fla. — It’s hard to believe that the Twins are nearing the halfway point of camp, with the big questions in the outfield competition yet to be answered — and, in ways more interesting, considering the early success of Kyle Garlick and Keon Broxton. The new-look infield is also only now getting the chance to Minnesota Twins Jerseys China become whole with the late addition of Andrelton Simmons.

That leaves plenty up in the air down the stretch of the Grapefruit League schedule — so let’s dive right into your questions.

BENCH QUESTION! Assuming Alex Kirilloff is the Opening Day LF, is Jake Cave the fourth outfielder? If so, any chance the Twins can stash Broxton in St. Paul as Buxton insurance?
— @TheBillHaywood

How long does Keon Broxton need to continue keeping this up until his chances of making the team are taken seriously?
— @themattwilke

Assuming health, I find it very tough to imagine any version of this Opening Day roster that doesn’t have Cave on it. It’s obviously a nice sign for the Twins’ depth that Broxton is having such a productive spring, but let’s also keep in mind that the sample size there is a handful of Spring Training games, and that Broxton didn’t see any real game action last season.

Cave has been solid against right-handed pitching throughout his Twins career, can play center field and has been a go-to option for this coaching staff. Regardless of whether it’s Kirilloff, Brent Rooker or even Garlick that rounds out the outfield, I think there’s a place for Cave and his beard on the 26-man.

As to the second part of your question: There’s actually a good chance of the Twins being able to hold on to Broxton without breaking camp with him because he doesn’t have an opt-out at the end of Spring Training. That feels to me like it would a safe bet for depth considering prospects would likely benefit from seeing more live game action in Minor League Spring Training.

Does Jorge Polanco need to step up his game defensively in Spring Training to guarantee he starts at 2B and take time/at-bats away from Luis Arraez?
— @SMSGolfer22

No. Barring injury, Polanco is this team’s starting second baseman.

There’s very little — whether on offense or on defense — that can happen in Spring Training that will do much to change the club’s evaluation of a longtime contributor like Polanco. He’s been in the organization since he was 16 years old. They know who he is as a defender by now — certainly not a superb defender at shortstop, but a solid second baseman, at minimum.

Arraez will consistently find his way onto the field. You don’t need to worry about that — and a slightly lessened workload won’t necessarily be the worst thing, considering his history of knee issues.

Rooker, Kirilloff, Trevor Larnach. How do they rank today vs. the Opening Day roster?
— @LeftyMark1

I’m not 100% sure what you’re asking here, but if you’re asking where they rank in terms of their likelihood of making the Opening Day roster, I’d put Kirilloff with a slight edge over Rooker, with a larger gap between those two and Larnach.

Rooker and Kirilloff already have big league experience (though it’s only one game in Kirilloff’s case) and both are on the 40-man roster, whereas Larnach is not. Larnach is also a slight step behind both of the others in his development timeline.

Twins on Alex Kirilloff’s talent
Feb 26, 2021 · 1:15
Twins on Alex Kirilloff’s talent
With Arraez only playing the infield in Spring Training games thus far, is he no longer a legitimate left-field option?
— @ReasonedFellow

I’d say he’s still an option there to the extent he was before. It’s clearly not the team’s preference, and it doesn’t seem like he was ever going to be a regular in a left-field rotation or anything like that. They played him out there in 2019 hoping that he’d pick it up on the fly, and he did that acceptably. He’ll remain a candidate to play there in a pinch if the club needs him.

Still, his focus will remain on the infield. I’d expect most of his time this season to come at second base and third base, and his usage this spring reflects that.

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Hello and welcome back to the first Friday discussion of spring training! Our favorite team is getting back into the swing of things, the weather’s warming up- what more could we ask for? Anyway, the question I bring to you Minnesota Twins Jerseys China this week is this: Which new Twin are you most excited about?

Focusing on the new acquisitions (rather than possible called-up prospects), these are the choices:

Andrelton Simmons
While Simmons hasn’t yet been able to make it to Twins camp due to travel difficulties, I suspect he’ll be the pick for many of you readers. A wizard with the glove, Simmons will bolster the Twins’ defense and provide them with a bona fide shortstop, the likes of which they haven’t featured in many years.

Alex Colome
Poached from the rival White Sox, Colome has posted excellent numbers throughout his career, including the past two. Colome will provide another elite arm that the Twins can bring out of the bullpen, joining Taylor Rogers, Tyler Duffey, and whichever new faces make the jump this year (Jorge Alcala? Cody Stashak?). Furthermore, the Twins got him at an excellent value instead of getting locked in an expensive long-term contract with a 32-year-old reliever.

Hansel Robles
Speaking of the bullpen, Robles was something of a bargain-bin pickup by the Twins, but does have great upside. While his 2020 was dreadful, he’s only a year removed from a 2019 season where he posted a 2.48 ERA in 72.2 innings (which would’ve led the Twins bullpen that year).

J.A. Happ
To shore up the rotation, the Twins turned to the big lefty journeyman Happ. Happ hasn’t been a real stud in many years now, but many teams are definitely doing worse at the 4th starter spot. If Happ can stay healthy and post a sub-4.00 ERA, the Twins rotation should be excellent.

Kyle Garlick, Keon Broxton, Shaun Anderson, Matt Shoemaker, Andrew Romine, J.T. Riddle, Ian Hamilton, Ian Gibaut, Glenn Sparkman
I just felt the need to include this bunch of low-key acquisitions. All guys who could possibly make the roster in some capacity, but none who will probably provoke much excitement, unless they’re a personal favorite of yours for one reason or another.

My pick would probably be Alex Colome. He has really been a top-tier reliever over the past few years, and he flew under the radar enough for the Twins to get him on a steal of a deal. I can just close my eyes and picture him closing out a game that eliminates his former team from AL Central contention. How sweet that would be.

Now it’s your turn! What do you think? Did I miss anybody? Who are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments!

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Since Derek Falvey and Thad Levine have taken over the Minnesota Twins revamped their overall pitching ability, that’s true. In 2021 though, part of the group gives me some pause.

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I’m actually all in on the starting rotation and it’s depth. I blogged about that group recently and think you could make an argument that Cheap Minnesota Twins Jerseys the quality and depth is better than at any other point in the history of the organization. Where I become less certain is the bullpen, and that’s not a great thing given the relative uncertainty of pitcher volatility coming off a shortened season.

As things are presently constructed, I think there’s about seven locks for Opening Day. That group consists of Taylor Rogers, Tyler Duffey, Alex Colome, Hansel Robles, Jorge Alcala, Cody Stashak, and Caleb Thielbar. In a unit that will likely carry eight or nine arms, that’s a good stable to count on. It also looks better than a few days ago with the re-emergence of Duffey’s velocity, and the health of Thielbar’s back. That said, what happens beyond there?

A season ago Stashak was sent to the minor leagues despite solid numbers, and Thielbar was pitching in independent baseball. That’s not to suggest either won’t contribute effectively in 2021, but rather highlight the general unpredictability of relievers. Where things seem to get a bit dicey is on the depth from. Beyond that original Opening Day group, the next men up are tweeners that may not have a spot in the rotation. Does Lewis Thorpe really belong in the bullpen (assuming he gets a fourth option)? Is Randy Dobnak not better served staying stretched out at Triple-A? What about Devin Smeltzer?

Organizations would prefer not to have pitching prospects be destined for relief roles, but that was very much the case for Jorge Alcala. He looked the part and has performed well since entering a Major League bullpen. Short of Edwar Colina being inserted again rather than staying on a starting track, there just isn’t that type of arm ready to contribute. Beyond that, a group of veterans will look to be the next men up waiting in St. Paul. Brandon Waddell, Derek Law, Shaun Anderson, Ian Gibault, Glenn Sparkman, and Ian Hamilton all were brought in by the Twins this offseason. Many of them have similar offerings, and none of them have incredibly high ceilings. Replacing the departed Matt Wisler would seem to be their biggest value.

In any normal season I think it’s fair to suggest that pitching depth might be the thing that separates the haves from the have nots. In 2021, I think that gap could widen even more as traditional workloads are attempted to be restored. You aren’t going to have a bullpen that eight deep in stellar arms, but when there was concern regarding just two guys, the group looked plenty thin.

Arms are still available although the Twins appear to be done making pacts. Shane Greene somehow is unsigned, and Jeremy Jeffress is involved in a saga entirely perplexing on its own. I don’t know that Minnesota needs to be running to the table with offers, but it couldn’t hurt to see which other veterans don’t make their respective clubs when camps break. It’s the contingency plans that have Minnesota well supported in the rotation and all over the field, developing a few more out of the pen would be a good idea.

At the end of the day this is an organization that produced the third overall bullpen in terms of fWAR in 2020, and that represented the second straight year of doing so. After being a bottom third group prior, it’s more than clear the developmental staff and front office are aligned with the pieces and process at their disposal. Let’s just hope that it works out in their favor once again.