The Twins announce non-roster Spring Training invitees and there are some surprises

Today the Twins have announced that the following players not on their 40-man roster will be invited to the MLB Spring Training camp:

RHP Raul Fernandez
IF Tommy Field
LHP Stephen Gonsalves
IF Bengie Gonzalez
IF Niko Goodrum
IF Nick Gordon
IF Matt Hague
IF Ben Paulsen
RHP Jake Reed
IF Leonardo Reginatto
C Eddy Rodriguez
C Dan Rohlfing
RHP Drew Rucinski
OF J.B. Shuck
RHP Aaron Slegers
RHP Alex Wimmers

This puts the total number of invitees to 56.  Last season there were 23 non-roster invitees, so I do expect some additions.   However, there are a few surprises:  DJ Baxendale,  Nick Burdi, and Tyler Jay could all help the Twins' bullpen and Levi Michael could potentially fight for a utility spot.  The addition of Nick Gordon who is not close to being MLB-ready is also puzzling.   I expect that a few more catchers and at least one more OF will be added who potentially are not yet in the organization


Marv said...

Niko and Benji both had far better OPS numbers than Levi (all in AA). Levi had an OBP of .293. I don't think he is seriously considered as a potential MLB player anymore. His .293 OBP was really disappointing.
I, too, wonder about the pitchers.

Marv said...

Having a lot of trouble with the editor, apparently...

thrylos98 said...

Already +2 with Vogelsong and Tepesch