3/15/19

Live from Fort Myers: Twins Spring Training Notes: 3/15/2019

As always you can find all the entries in this series in reverse chronological order here.

Here are my notes from the last couple days of Twins' Spring Training games:

  • The home games yesterday and today could not be any dissimilar other than the attendance.  It sucked both days with about 1/3 of the ballpark empty and about 6,000some tickets sold only.  The abbreviated Spring Training and the pushing up of the opening day really made fans from all teams less reluctant to come down South because it effectively took a whole week away.  I hope that MLB will reconsider that next season.
  • Martin Perez and Michael Pineda yesterday and today were at different stages of readiness:  Perez was all over the place with his command, even though his fastball hit 97 at the Hammond Stadium radar, whereas Pineda had pinpoint control and a no-hitter into 4 until Ehire Adrianza's unfortunately wide throw at first allowed a Pirate hitter today.  Pineda's fastball was at 93/94 all day long.
  • I think that the Twins' bench is done:  Lucas Duda will opt out as soon as he can and Ehire Adrianza, Tyler Austin, and Willians Astrudillo will be the Twins' bench to start the season.  They all homered today btw.  Astrudillo played at LF and was more surehanded out there than several of other Twins I have seen play the position (Josh Willingham, Delmon Young, Oswaldo Arcia, etc) in the recent memory.
  • Mark my words: Preston Guilmet is not making the Twins and will be hard pressed to make the Rochester team.  Pretty horrible presence all over today.
  • SS prospect Wander Javier (who left today's game with a hamstring tightness) started both home games at shortstop and showed why he is a top prospect with both his bat and glove.  Same with Trevor Larnach who homered last night and Brent Rooker who held on his own today.  Javier after missing all season with a non-throwing shoulder surgery looks like he is finally filling up and popped up a few inches.  He looks a lot like Miguel Sano did that age (20)
  • Addison Reed had yet another horrible appearance yesterday. I would have said that he is done before I saw Blake Parker pitch pretty awfully today.  This pen is for sure concerning.

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