News and Notes from the Twins Spring Training: 3/11/17

This is the latest report of the happenings in the Twins' Spring training.   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 the coming week, these reports will be live from Fort Myers and will be indicated in the title.

  • Ervin Santana labored a bit on Thursday against Team Colombia pitching 4 innings, walking one, striking out 3, allowing 4 hits including one HR and 2 ERs. Nick Tepesch, Ryan O'Rourke, and Michael Tonkin each had yet another unsteady appearance, while Brandon Kintlzer and Tyler Rogers were exceptional.  I just cannot see Tonkin and O'Rourke making the team at this point, which will potentially free two 40-man roster spots.
  • 27 year old UT Bengie Gonzalez who was signed as a minor league free agent and played his highest level at AA, has really opened some eyes this spring and put himself in the competition for a bench spot.
  • Molitor thinks that Twins prospect Nick Gordon "does not have a plus arm at SS".  Gordon came in Saturday against Boston and played second base.
  • The Twins have hired Jeremy Hefner (a former Mets' RHP) as an advanced scout.  This is his reaction.
  • This Friday visiting the Marlins, Tyler Duffey pitched 3 innings, allowing 3 hits and one ER, striking out one hitter and lowering his ERA to 6.75 this spring.  He was followed by Adalberto Mejia who spread 2 hits and 2 walks in 3 innings striking out one hitter and lowering his ERA to 1.35 this Spring.  Justin Haley followed with two innings, allowing one hit, one walk, hit a batter and struck out two, lowering his ERA to 4.05.  One of these pitchers are likely to challenge Hector Santiago (12.27 ERA and 2.45 WHIP) for a position in the Twins rotation, if the latter's play with Team Puerto Rico in the WBC puts him behind as far as readiness go.  The Marlins game was Santiago's turn in the rotation.
  • ByungHo ParkJ.R. Murphy, and Dan Rohlfing each homered against Miami off Wei-Yin Chen; Park's was his team leading 3rd HR this Spring.
  • Sad news this spring:  RHP Trevor May who seemed to hold by himself this Spring and finally earn a rotation spot has been diagnosed with a torn UCL and will be out for the season.  He suffered the injury at arguably his most impressive outing of the Spring Training, against Team USA.   The current rotation situation has Duffey, Mejia, Haley, Santiago, Tepesch, Jose Berrios and Ryan Vogelsong, competing for 2 spots.
  • Kyle Gibson had a solid outing on Saturday against the Red Sox, a game the Twins won 13-0.  He pitched 5 innings, allowed 4 hits and a walk and struck out 4.  13 of his 15 outs were ground outs. His Spring ERA is 2.19.  The Twins' bats were on fire that game with every starter but Brian Dozier (who walked and scored as the lead off hitter), had at least one hit, with Miquel Sano having a triple and a single and Jorge Polanco two doubles.

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