This past week, I was in Fort Myers, Florida, and I went to two Twins spring training games. Even though the Twins lost both games, I had an awesome (and hot!) time there. Here are my thoughts on how the team looks and which players stood out for me.
- Pitcher Terry Doyle, acquired over the winter from the White Sox, looks AWFUL!! He pitched OK his first few spring training starts, but on March 15, he allowed 8 runs and only got 2 outs! So far this spring, Doyle is 0-1 with a 16.88 ERA. If he makes the Twins Opening Day roster, the team could be in serious trouble!
- Pitcher Nick Blackburn looks very good this spring. Blackburn, who threw 4 scoreless innings on March 16, has pitched 7 innings this spring and hasn’t allowed a run.
- Center fielder Denard Span and catcher Joe Mauer, who both missed significant time last season because of injuries, appear (so far) to be fully healthy. Span got 1 hit each day I saw him, and Mauer got 1 hit and 2 RBI the only day I saw him. Span is hitting .417 this spring and Mauer .304.
- Infielder Brian Dozier (I got his autograph!), the Twins Minor League Player of the Year last season, looks like he could be a good player in the near future. He got 1 hit over the 2 games I saw him in and is hitting .278 in 11 games this spring.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get to see first baseman Justin Morneau or outfielder Josh Willingham play. I wanted to see Morneau and how he is after his season-ending concussion last year, and I wanted to see Willingham just because he was a key addition to the team this offseason. Still, I had an extraordinary spring training experience!
Written by: Sam Graves