Minnesota Twins roster battles: who is winning?

The Twins entered the Spring with a few questions about the roster, most notably the bench, bullpen and fifth starter.

Starting with the bullpen, there appears to be four locks to make the team and they are Taylor Rogers, Blake Parker, Trevor May and Trevor Hildenberger. There will likely be three more spots available and the main contenders are Fernando Romero, Matt Magill, Adalberto Mejia, Addison Reed, Tim Collins and Ryne Harper.

  • Fernando Romero: 9 IP, 1.00 ERA, 0.89 WHIP
  • Matt Magill: 5.2 IP, 9.53 ERA, 1.76 WHIP
  • Adalberto Mejia: 7.0 IP, 5.14 ERA, 1.86 WHIP
  • Addison Reed: 5.1 IP, 16.88 ERA, 2.06 WHIP
  • Tim Collins: 5.2 IP, 6.35 ERA, 1.59 WHIP
  • Ryne Harper: 7.0 IP, 0.00 ERA, 0.86 WHIP
  • My prediction
  • Matt Magill, Addison Reed and Adalberto Mejia make the roster. Fernando Romero, Ryne Harper and Tim Collins all sent to the bullpen.
  • Opening day bullpen
    1. Taylor Rogers
      Blake Parker
      Trevor May
      Trevor Hildenberger
      Matt Magill
      Addison Reed
      Adalberto Mejia

  • Next up is the bench. With the lineup set to open with Kepler, Polanco, Cruz, Rosario, Gonzalez, Cron, Schoop, Buxton and Castro there are four bench spots available. Here are the players competing for those four spots.
    • Willians Astudillo: .237 AVG, .671 OPS
      Ronald Torreyes: .289 AVG, .772 OPS
      Tyler Austin: .405 AVG, 1.027 OPS
      Jake Cave: .270 AVG, .747 OPS
      Adam Rosales: .333 AVG, 1.208 OPS
      Mitch Garver: .138 AVG, .607 OPS
      Ehire Adrianza: .393 AVG, 1.200 OPS
      Lucas Duda: .286 AVG, .787 OPS
      Michael Reed: .333 OPS, .917 OPS
  • My prediction
  • Mitch Garver, Ehire Adrianza, Willians Astudillo and Jake Cave make the final team. Torreyes and Duda sent to the minors while Austin, Rosales and Reed are waived.
  • I debated the bench for like 10 minutes but in the end I think you have to go with talent/need rather than the players out of options.

  • The fifth starter debate appears to be over with Martin Perez looking like he will definitely get that spot. The final rotation should definitely look like this unless an a injury occurs
    1. Jose Berrios: 5.73 ERA, 1.27 WHIP
      Kyle Gibson: 0.00 ERA, 1.60 WHIP
      Jake Odorizzi: 13.50 ERA, 2.70 ERA
      Michael Pineda: 5.23 ERA, 1.06 WHIP
      Martin Perez: 4.85 ERA, 1.31 WHIP

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