OF AARON HICKS -- 2013 STATS: .192/.259/.338, 8 HR, 27 RBI in 81 games
WHY HE MIGHT MAKE THE TEAM: At 24, Hicks is relatively young and still has the potential to be a productive major league player. He showed last year that he was able to hold down the center field job defensively, even if he struggled at the plate. Of all the potential center field candidates in camp this spring, Hicks has the highest upside. WHY HE MIGHT NOT MAKE THE TEAM: The Twins feel they rushed Hicks a bit last year by putting him on the 25-man roster out of spring, but Minnesota didn't have a ton of options in center field after trading away Denard Span and Ben Revere the previous offseason. Hicks struggled during his time in the majors last year and finished the season in the minors. The Twins now have other options in center field, including Alex Presley and Darin Mastroianni, which means Hicks may start the year at Triple-A Rochester to get some more seasoning before making his return to the majors.
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LHP SCOTT DIAMOND -- 2013 STATS: 6-13, 5.43 ERA, 52 K, 36 BB in 24 starts
WHY HE MIGHT MAKE THE TEAM: Two years ago, Diamond was Minnesota's best starter in an otherwise disappointing rotation. While he didn't put up big strikeout numbers in 2012, he led the league with just 1.6 walks per nine innings. Also, being left-handed may give Diamond an advantage, as the four starters currently penciled into the rotation -- Ricky Nolasco, Phil Hughes, Kevin Correia and Mike Pelfrey -- are all right-handed. WHY HE MIGHT NOT MAKE THE TEAM: For as good as Diamond was in 2012, he took a step back in 2013. He struck out fewer batters while also issuing more walks than he did the previous year. He'll also be one of several pitchers fighting for that fifth and final rotation spot, so competition may be fierce this spring. If he doesn't have a strong camp, he might not head north with the Twins in April.
WHY HE MIGHT MAKE THE TEAM: Like Diamond, Gibson will be in the mix for the Twins' fifth starter in the rotation. A first-round pick in 2009, Gibson has been viewed as one of Minnesota's top minor league pitchers -- and he was a top 100 prospect prior to 2013. He has the ability to strike batters out but has also exhibited good control during his time in the minors. WHY HE MIGHT NOT MAKE THE TEAM: Gibson debuted with the Twins last year and struggled. He failed to pitch more than six innings in any of his 10 starts. Gibson was demoted to Triple-A Rochester late in the year and was not brought back up as a September call-up. He'll have to have a strong spring to prove he's the best pitcher for the job and more worthy than Diamond or Samuel Deduno for the fifth rotation spot.
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C/OF CHRIS HERRMANN -- 2013 STATS: .204/.286/.325, 4 HR, 18 RBI in 57 games
WHY HE MIGHT MAKE THE TEAM: Herrmann didn't play a ton in the majors last year, but he did come through with several clutch hits. As Minnesota examines its options at catcher, Herrmann is one of four -- along with Kurt Suzuki, Josmil Pinto and Eric Fryer -- who will likely be among the two catchers on the 25-man roster after spring training. His ability to also play outfield gives him that edge over the other young catchers hoping to make the big league club. WHY HE MIGHT NOT MAKE THE TEAM: The 26-year-old Herrmann has just 64 major league games under his belt, and only 29 of those have come at catcher. Herrmann could certainly benefit from some more playing time in Triple-A, which means he could be a candidate to start the year in the minors before a potential call-up during the season.
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1B/OF CHRIS PARMELEE -- 2013 STATS: .228/.309/.354, 8 HR, 24 RBI in 101 games
WHY HE MIGHT MAKE THE TEAM: One of Parmelee's biggest assets is that he can play multiple positions. While Joe Mauer will have the starting first base job locked down, Minnesota will need someone to back him up from time to time, and Parmelee could certainly do that. He could also spend time as a corner outfielder or as a bat off the bench in pinch-hit situations. WHY HE MIGHT NOT MAKE THE TEAM: The 2013 season was Parmelee's third year in the majors and his bat has yet to truly develop the way the Twins had hoped. This could be a make-or-break year for Parmelee, and this spring could go a long way in determining his future with this club. If Minnesota finds another option to back up Mauer at first base for a handful of games, Parmelee's versatility could become a moot point.