Opening Day Roster Set (pretty much)

In the last few days, the Twins have made some moves that clear up the picture of what the roster will look like Opening Day Рjust six days from today! P.J. Walters, Sam Deduno, and Drew Butera have all found their way to minor league camp, while Scott Diamond and Tim Wood landed on the DL.  Aaron Hicks was named the starting center fielder this weekend, moving Darin Mastroianni to that 4th outfielder spot where he will be best utilized. As of this morning, 26 active players remain in camp, making it fairly certain what the team will look like when they face Justin Verlander and the Tigers on Monday afternoon.

Here is a look at the roster heading into 2013, and a few quick observations and thoughts:

Catchers: Joe Mauer and Ryan Doumit.

Infielders: Justin Morneau, Brian Dozier, Pedro Florimon, Trevor Plouffe, Jamey Carroll and Eduardo Escobar.

Outfielders: Josh Willingham, Aaron Hicks, Chris Parmelee, Darin Mastroianni, and Wilkin Ramirez.

Starting Pitchers: Vance Worley, Mike Pelfrey, Kevin Correia, Cole De Vries, and Liam Hendriks.

Relief Pitchers: Jared Burton, Brian Duensing, Josh Roenicke, Ryan Pressly, Casey Fien, and Alex Burnett (or possibly Tyler Robertson).

Closer: Glen Perkins.

What might be the most interesting with this roster will be who goes down to Rochester when Diamond returns from the DL in mid-April. I don’t know that any of the five starters, besides Worley, are a lock to stay in the rotation all season. It’s tough to see a scenario where Pelfrey or Correia would be so bad in their first two starts that they would be released that soon, so it will probably come down to De Vries and Hendriks.

One concern I have is the depth of major league-level players in this organization right now. Maybe this is the same everywhere in the league, but the Twins organization seems a little top-heavy to me right now – especially on the position player side. If Morneau, Mauer, Willingham, or even Plouffe get hurt, this lineup becomes pretty weak quickly. The roster in Rochester starts with names like Brandon Boggs, Jeff Clement, and Drew Butera. The pitching side isn’t quite as worrisome, because the guys we have aren’t exactly irreplaceable. If Correia gets hurt you just throw in Deduno or Kyle Gibson. If Morneau gets hurt and all of the sudden Mastroianni or Ramirez are your everyday right fielder, that’s an issue. Injuries will happen, and this team will have a tough time coping with those situations.

The Weather Channel currently shows a high of 40 degrees on Monday, partly cloudy, and 16 mph winds from the northwest. Now that does not sound like baseball weather, but who cares! I truly hope not, but it might be the closest thing to the feel of playoff baseball we get this year at Target Field. If nothing else, maybe it will limit how many innings deep Jim Leyland allows Verlander to go, and we’ll be in for a late inning victory!

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