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Meet the Minnesota Twins 2015 non-roster invitees

There are a lot of talented players on this list. Are any of them good enough to make the club?

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Back in December the Twins announced their list of 2015 non-roster invitees for spring training. We touched on those names at the time, but with the benefit of a little more history under our belts and what is now a full and confirmed list, the start of spring training is a good time to go over those names once again.

Pitchers and catchers hold their first official workout of the spring this year. Phil Hughes, Ricky Nolasco, Ervin Santana, and Glen Perkins are all throwing their first bullpens of the year; a baker's dozen of other pitchers are also throwing today. It's for real, people. Baseball has arrived.

I'll run through each of the positions below, and then list a player who I believe could be a surprise roster add

Right-handed pitchers (5)

Name Pos Age 2014 High Level
Jose Berrios Starter 20 AAA
Blaine Boyer Bullpen 33 MLB
Tyler Duffey Swing 24 AAA
Mark Hamburger Bullpen 28 AAA
Adrian Salcedo Bullpen 24 AA

Dark horse candidate: Because of the depth in both the rotation and the bullpen, this is a hard one to choose. If I had to select one it would be Blaine Boyer, who was brought in over the winter as a free agent on a minor league deal after a nice year with the Padres.

No chance: It's almost not fair in this case, because I could list all of these guys for their own reasons. But simply because of where he's at in his career, I'd choose Mark Hamburger. And he's not an awful pitcher by any stretch.

Left-handed pitchers (2)

Name Pos Age 2014 High Level
Ryan O'Rourke Bullpen 26 AAA
Taylor Rogers Swing 24 AAA

Dark horse candidate: Ryan O'Rourke. He's buried on the lefty depth chart behind Glen Perkins, Brian Duensing, Caleb Thielbar, Aaron Thompson, and Logan Darnell. And maybe Tommy Milone if he doesn't win that last spot in the rotation. Dark horse, indeed.

No chance: Taylor Rogers. I give him a lesser chance only because the Twins have been grooming him as a starter, and that's a steep enough hill to climb as it is.

Catchers (5)

Name Pos Age 2014 High Level
Eric Fryer C 29 MLB
Mitch Garver C 24 A
Tyler Grimes C 24 A+
Dan Rohlfing C 26 AAA
Stuart Turner C 23 A+

Dark horse candidate: Eric Fryer. Maybe he's not much of a dark horse, because he's the obvious option on this list, but he would need to be added to the 40-man roster again and somebody else would need to be taken off. In that sense it's still a long shot for Fryer to hitch a ride north.

No chance: Mitch Garver. Yes, his numbers looked great last year, but he's also the furthest away from the big leagues in both terms of level and development. But hopefully we get to see him two or three times before he goes.

Infielders (5)

Name Pos Age 2014 High Level
James Beresford 2B/SS/3B 26 AAA
Doug Bernier SS/3B/2B 34 MLB
Argenis Diaz SS/3B/2B 28 AAA
Jose Martinez 2B/SS/3B 29 AAA
Heiker Meneses SS/2B/3B 23 AA

Dark horse candidate: Doug Bernier. He's the only guy on the list with Major League experience besides Diaz (which are probably 22 games Pittsburgh wishes they had back), and none of the other players qualify as "young guys who could use a look." The best opportunity here would be if the Twins chose to start Danny Santana in center field and wanted another backup infielder on the roster.

No chance: Everyone else, but mostly Heiker Meneses. He's a small third baseman who can't hit. He'll be a useful player on the farm, but there's too much depth for him to fight through to earn a role on the Major League team.

Outfielders (4)

Name Pos Age 2014 High Level
Byron Buxton CF 21 AA
Eric Farris CF 28 AAA
Danny Ortiz LF/RF 25 AA
Shane Robinson OF 30 MLB

Dark horse candidate: Shane Robinson. He's a good, versatile defender who could serve as a competent stop-gap between Opening Day and whenever Buxton or Eddie Rosario are ready.

No chance: Byron Buxton. 2014 was a mess. Give him a little time.

And that's everyone. Is there anyone on this list you think has a real shot at breaking camp with the Twins?