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Catching up with Former Twins in Spring Training

Warne takes a peek around the Grapefruit and Cactus leagues to find out what former Twins are up to.

Future former Twin Wade LeBlanc throws a pitch against his future former team.
Future former Twin Wade LeBlanc throws a pitch against his future former team.

I think the biggest thing I enjoy about spring training is getting to see players who more or less have no shot of making the big league club. That's a pretty wide canyon to traverse, because the number 86 could be worn by a 38-year-old reclamation project, or the next big thing on his first major league invite.

But spring training is the only time you'll see a guy like former Twin (sort of?) Steve Pearce lead the world in OPS. That is, unless you're talking about the Quad-A all star game.

So let's take a look at what a few -- just a few, to avoid TL;DR -- of our former friends are up to, courtesy of some spring training leaderboards (note: this is just a fun exercise, and not meant to be taken completely serious). If this is well-received, I may continue the series through the end of spring training:

OF Matt Carson: .294/.400/.824 (3 HR)

Carson's off to a hot start with the Indians in his bid to make the team as a reserve outfielder. He's presently tied for the second-most home runs with a pretty interesting cast, including the aforementioned Pearce, Carlos Peguero, Conor Jackson, Domonic Brown, Andy LaRoche, and Miguel Cabrera. In spring training, everyone's an equal! Right? A cursory glance at a few depth charts suggests Carson has little shot of making the club.

OF Jason Pridie: .333/.385/.917 (2 HR)

Pridie is sizzling with the Orioles, who apparently are attempting to collect any vestige of Twins in an attempt to rebuild the franchise out east, I guess? Pridie also appears to have little chance of cracking the O's, but let's face it. Lew Ford happened.

OF Ben Revere: .346/.393/.385 (0 HR. Ever.)

Revere's already swiped three bags, and scored seven runs. But he's also struck out five times in only 26 at bats, so he's still swinging away. I don't anticipate that his season in Philly will look a ton different than anything he did in Minnesota, with the possible exception that he might steal a few more bags. I don't think we're looking at a riser in any of the triple-slash stats.

IF Brendan Harris: .294/.400/.529 (2 3B)

Harris is tied for the lead in triples in his quest to crack the Halos as a bench bat. He doesn't seem to have a strong chance, but honestly, Andrew Romine and Bill Hall are the guys penciled in there currently. As J.P. says in Angels in the Outfield, "Hey, it could happen."

Yeah, so not a lot happening on the offensive side of things. How about pitching?

RP Dusty Hughes: 2.25 ERA, 4 IP, 4K/0BB

Hughes is in camp with the Braves, who have one of the best bullpens in the entire game. Dusty is among a handful of hurlers whom have already appeared in four games this spring. It's certainly going to be an uphill battle, but good thing he's already 1-0, right? Spring training wins mean something! Similarly, former Twin Rob Delaney has a save already. In 0.1 innings pitched!

SP Joe Blanton: 4.50 ERA, 2.0 IP, .143 BAA

I keep forgetting Blanton was never a Twin.

SP Kevin Slowey: 0.00 ERA, 3.2 IP, 2K/0BB

So Slowey apparently signed a minor league pact with the Fish in late January, a fact that completely eluded me until this morning. By the looks of the Marlins' depth chart, it wouldn't be unreasonable to expect that Slowey could leap over Brad Hand, Alex Sanabia, and/or Wade LeBlanc as the fifth starter. As a NRI, it's not likely, but a good spring could put Slowey back on the map.

Old friends Francisco Liriano and Scott Baker have yet to appear in a spring training game. As such, it wouldn't be insane to suggest both might start the season on the disabled list.