With the season opener three weeks away, the Twins made their first round of roster cuts this morning, sending four pitchers to minor league camp: Stephen Gonsalves, Aaron Slegers, Mason Melotakis, and Fernando Romero.
None of these are big surprises.
Stephen Gonsalves worked 3.1 innings so far in big league camp, and had yet to give up a hit, let alone a run. So why was he reassigned to the minors? Because he’s still just 22, and damn young. However, he’s considered one of the Twins’ top prospects—in fact, you all voted him number one in our community prospect vote. You’ll see him again some day. Just give it time.
Fernando Romero, another top pitching prospect for the Twins, was optioned specifically to double-A Chattanooga. Romero also looked good in major league camp, having thrown three scoreless innings, but again, he’s 22 years old.
Mason Melotakis was optioned to triple-A Rochester. He didn’t throw a single official pitch in major league camp because he’s nursing an oblique strain. He did, however, throw some bullpen pitches on a backfield, as Twins Daily has video evidence of:
Mason Melotakis throwing Live BP on back fields. pic.twitter.com/MKVs1CMUDp— Twins Daily (@twinsdaily) March 12, 2017
Since Melotakis is 25 years old and Twins pitchers have been known to fall apart from time to time, there’s a good chance you’ll see him in the majors later this year.
Aaron Slegers—who, unlike the previous two, is not on the 40-man roster—was also reassigned to minor league camp. He pitched 2.2 innings so far this spring and gave up two runs.
Update [4:02 pm CT]:
Following today’s game, the Twins also optioned pitchers Randy Rosario and Felix Jorge to minor league camp.
Randy Rosario allowed two hits, no walks, and no runs in his 3.1 innings of work this spring. Again, he’s just a youngin’—only 22 years old. He was optioned to double-A Chattanooga.
Felix Jorge, on the other hand, had a 27.00 ERA this spring, but only made two short appearances. He was also optioned to double-A Chattanooga.