The Minnesota Twins have 22 non-roster players at spring training this season. Some are prospects getting their first taste of the majors while others are veterans hoping for another chance. Here's a look at each of the 22 invitees to Minnesota's camp.
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LHP Craig Breslow
If you are looking for one player out of the non-roster invites to make the opening 25-man roster, it might just be Breslow. The Twins are somewhat devoid of left-handed relievers -- Taylor Rogers and Buddy Boshers were the only two who saw a lot of action with Minnesota in 2016; Adalberto Mejia got into one game and Glen Perkins, who might not be ready for the start of the season, two. Breslow owns a career 3.35 ERA but has struggled some the last three seasons in stints with Boston and Miami. The 35-year-old is someone who over his career has done equally well against righties and lefties. One side note: Breslow is pitching for Israel in the World Baseball Classic, so it will be interesting to see how that helps or hurts his cause.
RHP Raul Fernandez
The Twins signed Fernandez as a minor-league free agent in 2016 and he pitched for Single-A Fort Myers and Double-A Charlotte last season. With the Lookouts, Fernandez, a reliever, pitched in 38 innings with a 3.55 ERA, 1.316 WHIP and 6.9 K/9. Fernandez turns 27 in June and is seemingly a camp body.
2B Tommy Field
Field has appeared in 126 major-league games with the Rockies, Angels and Rangers from 2011-13 and 2015. He played in 82 games for Triple-A Rochester last season, batting .226/.311/.387 with 11 home runs. Field does have a little pop (.423 lifetime slugging percentage in the minors), but he'll be 30 this season. Maybe he can beat out the recently acquired Ehire Adrianza for a utility spot, but a ticket back to Rochester seems most likely.
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C Chris Gimenez
The 34-year-old Gimenez has been a backup since 2009 for Cleveland -- on three separate occasions -- Seattle, Tampa Bay and Texas, so obviously knows what that role entails. Perhaps the Twins want a little more experience to be the No. 2 catcher. Gimenez has some pop but has been below average in caught stealing percentage over his career.
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LHP Stephen Gonsalves
Arguably Minnesota's top pitching prospect, Gonsalves has only 13 games and 74 1/3 innings of experience above Single-A. Of course, Double-A wasn't much of a problem for him in 2016, as he posted a 1.82 ERA, 1.076 WHIP and 10.8 K/9. Gonsalves is likely in camp to get him a taste of being around the big leaguers, but being a lefty certainly won't hurt his cause on seeing the majors sooner rather than later. The Twins have just one lefty in their projected rotation, Hector Santiago, with not a lot of other options. It seems just a question of when, not if, the 22-year-old former fourth-round pick joins Minnesota.
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SS Benji Gonzalez
A minor-league lifer, the 27-year-old Gonzalez has some speed (19 steals last year for Double-A Jackson). He appears to be some insurance depth at shortstop. Gonzalez, a seventh-round pick of Pittsburgh in 2008, has also been in the systems of San Diego and Seattle. He's played just 17 games above the Double-A level.
3B Niko Goodrum
Minnesota's second-round pick in 2010, Goodrum is listed as a third baseman but has also played shortstop and center field the past couple of seasons in the minors. Goordrum has spent parts of the last two seasons with Double-A Chattanooga, with a slash line of .258/.344/.419 in 445 plate appearances, with 11 home runs and 26 stolen bases.
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SS Nick Gordon
Do not expect Gordon, the fifth overall pick in the 2014 draft, to leave camp with the Twins. The 21-year-old shortstop has yet to play above Single-A. Last season with Fort Myers he batted .291 with 19 stolen bases.
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1B Matt Hague
Hague has 43 games of major-league experience with Pittsburgh and Toronto and last season played in 31 games for Hanshin in Japan's Central League. In 2015, he was the International League MVP after batting .338 with a .468 slugging percentage and 92 RBI in 136 games for Buffalo. A right-handed hitter with some pop, Hague, will be 32 in August.
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1B Ben Paulsen
At one point, Paulsen was Colorado's first baseman of the future, even playing in 116 games for the Rockies in 2015 with a slash line of .277/.326/.462 with 11 home runs. Minnesota has supposedly been looking for some veteran punch at designated hitter and Paulsen, 29, could fit the bill.
1B Byung Ho Park
Park's fall was quicker than his rise. Thought to be the answer at designated hitter, Park struggled with offspeed stuff at the major-league level and then, after being demoted, suffered a wrist injury and was eventually taken off the 40-man roster. Despite all his trouble, Park did hit 12 home runs in 62 games -- so the power is there. He just needs to harness everything else (for example, the .191 batting average and 80 strikeouts in 244 plate appearances). All is not lost here, but expect Park to get more seasoning in Rochester before Minnesota sees if he is salvageable.
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RHP Jake Reed
The fifth-round pick in 2014 has steadily climbed the ladder in Minnesota's organization. Last season, the 24-year-old reliever pitched in 41 games for Chattanooga and had a 3.90 ERA and 1.22 WHIP with 9.6 K/9. In nine games with Rochester, he had a 1.69 ERA and 0.94 WHIP. Reed is someone to keep an eye on in camp and throughout the season as a potential bullpen arm.
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SS Leonardo Reginatto
The former Rays prospect played at shortstop, third base and second base in his first year in the Twins' organization last year. Playing mainly at Double-A Chattanooga, Reginatto, who played for Brazil in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, batted .270 but with a .337 slugging percentage. He'll try to make a name for himself as a utility player, but looks to be camp fodder at best.
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C Eddy Rodriguez
Rodriguez homered in his first major-league at-bat back in 2012 for San Diego against Cincinnati's Johnny Cueto. He got just six other plate appearances that season (no hits, two walks) and hasn't appeared in the majors since. Rodriguez, 31, played in the Yankees' farm system in 2016 and hasn't thrown out at least 30 percent of attempted basestealers since 2012.
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C Dan Rohlfing
Unlike the other two non-roster catchers in camp, Rohlfing was originally a Twins product (14th round, 2007) and is under 30 years old. However, Rohlfing has never appeared in the majors, left Minnesota's organization last year for Arizona and just turned 28. Rohlfing has had better-than-average success in throwing out attempted basestealers in the minors but is still just a .244 lifetime hitter.
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RHP Drew Rucinski
The right-handed Rucinski had a cup of coffee with the Angels in both 2014 and 2015. A starting pitcher, he posted ERAs of 5.69 with Salt Lake and 5.92 with Iowa the past two seasons, but had a 3.16 ERA with Double-A Arkansas in 2014. The 28-year-old looks to be organizational depth.
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OF J.B. Shuck
Forgive us if we've mentioned this before, but the Twins seem to want some veteran punch in their lineup at designated hitter. Shuck has played 364 games in the majors with the Astros, Angels, Indians and White Sox. As a lefty, he might seem a good complement to Kennys Vargas, who, despite being a switch-hitter, has struggled against righties. Of course, in his brief career, Shuck has actually hit better against left-handers, although all eight of his career homers came off righties. Shuck is a career .251 hitter.
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RHP Aaron Slegers
At 6-foot-10, Slegers should be easy to spot in camp. Minnesota's fifth-round pick in 2013 out of Indiana, Slegers pitched all of last season for Double-A Chattanooga, posting a 3.41 ERA and 1.26 WHIP. Slegers is not a big strikeout pitcher (6.3 K/9 in Double-A) but has shown good control (2.1 BB/9) in the minors, albeit it was 1.6/9 in Single-A and 2.9/9 so far in Double-A. The 24-year-old Slegers seems like minor-league depth at this point with a chance to see the majors someday.
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OF Drew Stubbs
Once the No. 8 overall pick in the 2006 draft, Stubbs has bounced around the past two seasons after serving as a starting outfielder for Cincinnati, Cleveland and Colorado. Stubbs has played for four teams (Rockies, Rangers -- on two separate occasions, Braves and Orioles) the last two years, appearing in a combined 137 games with 234 plate appearances. Stubbs has never been a high-average hitter and he strikes out once every 3.3 plate appearances, but he has some pop in his bat (92 career homers, five years with 10+) and speed (161 steals, six years of 10+ including 40 in 2011) and can play all three outfield positions.
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RHP Nick Tepesch
Another veteran arm looking to catch on with the Twins, Tepesch appeared in 42 games (39 starts) with Texas in 2013-14, with a 4.56 ERA and 1.37 WHIP. He missed all of 2015 due to an elbow injury then was was with four organizations in 2016, pitching in Triple-A for the Rangers, Dodgers, Athletics and Royals, finishing with a combined 3.96 ERA and 1.28 WHIP (he also made one start for Los Angeles, lasting just four innings).
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RHP Ryan Vogelsong
Vogelsong had a tough season in 2016. Besides the 4.81 ERA he had in 24 games with Pittsburgh, he was hit in the face by a pitch in May and was worried he'd lose his sight (he obviously didn't, and amazingly was back pitching in two months). Vogelsong had some up-and-down years with San Francisco from 2011-15. After playing in Japan for a few years and Triple-A, he returned to the majors after a five-year absence and pitched in 145 games with 132 starts for the Giants, compiling a 3.89 ERA with a 1.33 WHIP and 7.1 K/9. This includes a 2.71 ERA in 2011 but also a 5.73 ERA just two years later. Vogelsong has an opt-out he can exercise before the start of the season.
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LHP Alex Wimmers
Minnesota's first-round pick in 2010 finally reached the majors last season, pitching in 16 games in relief. In 17 1/3 innings he allowed eight runs on 14 hits with 11 walks and 14 strikeouts. Control has bene an issue for Wimmers throughout his minor-league career (3.6 BB/9 and 4.3/9 last year at Triple-A Rochester). As noted, the Twins aren't exactly flush with left-handed relievers, so Wimmers remains on the radar.