News: Arcia could get some days off this year against tough left-handed pitchers with Eduardo Escobar playing in left field, the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Impact: Arcia is hitting .289 (11-for-38) this spring and looks set to start in left field. However, he's continued to show a weak glove in the outfield and manager Paul Molitor recently said he still needed to earn his roster spot. However, it seems very unlikely he'll lose a starting job, but his fielding woes and news he may get some days off against lefties could reduce his playing time.
News: Perkins is expected to work in back-to-back games Tuesday and Wednesday, followed by a final spring appearance April 4, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Impact: It looks Perkins will be fine for Opening Day barring a setback of some sort. Coming off a bit of a down season in which he finished with a 3.65 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and a career-high seven blown saves, he'll look to return to his form from the previous three seasons. Perkins remains firmly planted in the closer role for the Twins, and an injury would probably be the only scenario in which he's pried from it.
News: Escobar will move to a utility role with Danny Santana named Minnesota's starting shortstop. He could also get spot starts in left field against tough left-handed pitchers, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Impact: Escobar is having a strong spring by hitting .302 with three home runs, but it wasn't enough to overcome Minnesota's plans to move Santana back to shortstop. It sounds like Escobar could get somewhat regular at-bats off the bench. There's also a chance he's traded early in the season as there have been reports other teams have asked the Twins about his availability this spring.
News: Santana has been named Minnesota's starting shortstop, MLB.com reports.
Impact: It's not a surprise as Santana had been used exclusively as a shortstop this spring. However, with Aaron Hicks sent to Triple-A this clears up any chance he'd move back to center field. With Santana at shortstop Eduardo Escobar will move to a utility role.
News: Hamburger was reassigned to minor league camp.
Impact: Hamburger made a strong impression this spring with a mid-90s fastball, but struggled at times as he had a 5.59 ERA in 9.2 innings. Still, his 10:2 K:BB ratio in 9.2 innings this spring indicates he could be a top option for the bullpen if a spot opens up in the majors.
News: Schafer appears set to win the starting center field job with Aaron Hicks sent to Triple-A, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: It's possible that Schafer could platoon with Shane Robinson. It's also possible the Twins could acquire a veteran cut by another team late in spring training as the team doesn't seem happy about the position. However, Schafer looks set for an increase in expected playing time in almost any scenario with Hick's demotion.
News: Robinson could be part of a platoon in center field with Aaron Hicks sent to Triple-A, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: It appears Robinson will make the 25-man roster as at least a reserve and possibly platoon with Schafer. However, Minnesota's center field situation remains in flux as the Twins could acquire a veteran cut by another team as a stopgap until top prospect Byron Buxton is ready to take over the job.
News: Pelfrey lost out on the Twins' fifth starter role and will open the season in the bullpen, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: The starting gig ultimately went to Tommy Milone, likely forcing Pelfrey to see spot duty as the long man out of the bullpen. Pelfrey has posted better-than-expected results this spring, but his ghastly numbers over the previous two seasons might have worked against him in the competition.
News: The Twins announced Saturday that Milone has claimed the No. 5 spot in the Twins' rotation, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: The lefty beat out Mike Pelfrey and Trevor May for the job, despite a meager 4.50 ERA over his 14 spring innings. Milone's fly-ball tendencies and aversion to walks could allow him to carve out some usefulness at spacious Target Field, but coming off a season in which he posted a career-worst 5.7 K/9 rate, his fantasy value would seem to have a low ceiling.
News: Rosario was optioned to Triple-A Rochester on Saturday, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: The 23-year-old Rosario has never played above the Double-A level, but he still managed to find himself in thick of the competition for a roster spot due to his ability to play all three outfield spots. A 10-for-43 (.233 average) showing at the plate in Grapefruit League games likely undermined his bid for a roster spot, but based on his standing on the Twins' 40-man roster, it wouldn't be a surprise if he earned a call-up to the big leagues later this season.
News: Hicks was optioned to Triple-A Rochester on Saturday, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: Considered the frontrunner to win the Twins' starting center field job, Hicks ended up losing out on the gig due to a poor camp in which he batted 7-for-40 (.206). Hicks had opened each of the last two seasons with a starting role in hand with the big club, only to struggle mightily at the plate and earn a demotion back to the minors in both years. He'll likely assume an everyday role at Rochester while Jordan Schafer and Shane Robinson serve as the top two center fielders on the Twins' Opening Day roster.
News: May was optioned to Triple-A Rochester on Saturday, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: May lost out on the No. 5 spot in the Twins' rotation to Tommy Milone, while fellow competitor Mike Pelfrey was dispatched to the bullpen. The 25-year-old May entered last season as one of the organization's top pitching prospects, but faltered in his first exposure to the majors late last season, compiling a 7.88 ERA and 1.77 WHIP across 45.2 innings. Though the assignment back to the minors likely qualifies as a disappointment, May should be considered one of the first candidates to join the Twins in the event one of their five starters succumbs to injury or ineffectiveness.