When we reviewed the 13 players cut by the Twins on Sunday, we noted at the end that Lester Oliveros, Miguel Sano, and Jason Wheeler would all but cut sooner rather than later. All three were optioned off today.
Wheeler and Oliveros will head to Triple-A, where the former will begin the season in the Red Wings rotation and the latter in the bullpen. Wheeler had made two appearances this spring, throwing 1.1 innings without allowing a run. Oliveros made his first appearance on Friday with a scoreless frame. Minnesota's Triple-A rotation should feature Alex Meyer, Trevor May, Tyler Duffey, Taylor Rogers, and Wheeler.
Sano, meanwhile, will start the season in Double-A Chattanooga, where he'll join Byron Buxton, Max Kepler, and Jose Berrios among others. The top two tiers of Minnesota's minor league system will be a lot of fun to watch this year. Per Mike Berardino's report, Sano seemed in good spirits after the news, saying that the news wouldn't change his plan or how he played.
After these three roster moves today, the Twins have 45 players in camp - 11 of whom are non-roster invitees:
Non-roster invitees still in camp include right-handed pitchers Blaine Boyer andMark Hamburger, catchers Eric Fryer, Tyler Grimes, and Dan Rohlfing, infielders James Beresford, Doug Bernier, and Jose Martinez, and outfielders Eric Farris, Danny Ortiz, and Shane Robinson.
More cuts will come in the next few days.