The Twins announced their second round of spring training roster cuts this morning, sending eight position players to minor league camp. The cuts include Nick Gordon, Mitch Garver, Daniel Palka, Zach Granite, Engelb Vielma, Niko Goodrum, Dan Rohfling, and Leonardo Reginatto. None of these come as much of a surprise.
Nick Gordon, shortstop, is one of the Twins top prospects and probably the biggest name among the cuts. He had only two hits in eleven at bats this spring. He’s still only 21 years old, so we’ll be seeing more of him in the future. The biggest question is if he can stick at shortstop, or ends up developing into a second baseman.
Mitch Garver, catcher, is another big prospect, and actually on the 40-man roster. He had a chance of making the team as the backup catcher, but Chris Gimenez and John Ryan Murphy seem like better fits at this point. Garver will most likely benefit from serving as the primary catcher in triple-A Rochester, and there’s still a good chance he could be called up to the big league club sometime this year.
Zach Granite, outfielder, was the Twins Minor League Player of the Year in 2016, and did okay in camp, going 6-for-28. He showed some good defense, too. He was optioned to triple-A Rochester.
Daniel Palka, outfielder, is a power guy who did okay in camp. While he only collected three hits in his 18 at bats, one of them was a home run, and he walked a startling eight times. In case you were wondering, that’s twice as much as many other Twins batter so far this spring. He was optioned to triple-A Rochester.
Engelb Vielma, shortstop, had a chance to make the team since he’s on the 40-man roster and (shocker) the Twins don’t have a shortstop, but the chance was pretty small. He went 2-for-12 this spring, which isn’t great, but Engelb (silent b, by the way) is known more for his slick fielding anyway. He was optioned to triple-A Rochester.
Niko Goodrum, super utility guy, actually had a pretty successful big league camp, going 6-for-16 with a home run. However, in the grand scheme of things, Goodrum is not really considered a bonafide, big-league prospect. He’s not on the 40-man roster and was reassigned to minor league camp.
Dan Rohfling, catcher, is in his second tour of duty with the Twins and did “eh” so far this spring. That’s okay, though, since Rohfling, at 28 years old, is really more of a farm hand than a prospect. He’s not on the 40-man roster and was reassigned to minor league camp.
Leonardo Reginatto, shortstop/infielder, went 9-for-17, which is .529—pretty darn good. At 26 years old and not on the 40-man roster, however, he’s not really considered a prospect. Hence, he was reassigned to minor league camp.