This is the latest report of the happenings in the Twins' Spring training, and the first live from Fort Myers. The previous one is here, and can find all 2017 Twins Spring Training related posts here. I will be describing events of interesting in the Twins' camp as well as happenings with former Twins. For two weeks, starting this week, these reports will be live from Fort Myers and daily and will be indicated in the title.
- First full day at Fort Myers yesterday and the Twins had the day off and that was completely off. No practices, no bullpens. Off off.
- There is a new look at the minor league park of the camp. The drainage river pebbles have been replaces with turf and there is a new fence that would allow locking of the fields off, something that was previously impossible. Also, by each bench there are now massage tables, another new thing this season.
- Attended some minor league batting practice and noticed a few of the players: OF LaMonde Wade, OF Travis Harrison and IF Louis Arraez, all added bulk this off-season. OF Edgar Corcino who was signed a couple off-seasons ago from the Frontier league looks like a monster and made some solid contact, his batting stance is a bit busy though. So did C AJ Murray.
- Cardinal 70 of C70 at bat had his annual playing pepper off-season series for each team, and today was the Twins' turn. Several Twins bloggers, including myself, answered several questions about the Twins off-season and 2017. You can read it here.
- When thinking about who will make the team one needs to consider that the following Twins' players are out of options: Ehire Adrianza, Eduardo Escobar, Robbie Grossman, Jorge Polanco, Danny Santana, and Michael Tonkin.
- The Twins hosted the Cardinals today and LHP Adalberto Mejia has a masterful start in front of an all time record attendance. He scattered 4 hits in 3-2/3 innings, struck out 8 and left a scoreless game. His fastball was ranging from 91-94 mph, and his slider and changeup were working very well, as one can tell from the swings and misses. Jake Reed, Brad Kintzler, Ryan Pressly, Craig Breslow, Tyler Rogers preserved the shutout in the bullpen. Tyler Duffey, in the minor league fields had a good couple of innings following by a disasterous one. It is time that the Twins pull the plug in the hopes that he can be a starter and let him relieve full time. He can be a dominant one.
- The offense scored 8 runs. BuyungHo Park and Matt Hague who are competing with Kennys Vargas for one 1B/DH spot each had a hit and raised their team best OPS to 1.307 and 1.495 respectfully. Will not be surprised if Hague ends up wining that spot. All this guy does is hit.