With the Twins finally set to take the field in spring training, players have been assigned their digits for the 2021 preseason. A handful of players have already seen their new numbers announced; here are the rest, in numerical order.
30 - Kyle Garlick: Garlick wore Nos. 41 and 23 in his two other career stops; with both those numbers occupied, he takes the digits last worn by another reserve outfielder, LaMonte Wade Jr.
32 - Matt Shoemaker: Ever since LaTroy Hawkins’ departure, 32 has bounced around from position player to pitcher and back again, but has not been worn by a Minnesota player since Oliver Drake in 2018. As Shoemaker’s previous numbers of 52 (occupied) and 34 (retired) are unavailable in Minnesota, let’s see if he can give the number some clout again.
41 - Shaun Anderson: As the 64 that Anderson wore in San Francisco is comfortably turtled up, Anderson will now be wearing 41, which recent fans may associate with Drew Butera’s four seasons but was last worn by 2019 September call-up outfielder Ian Miller.
48 - Alex Colomé: The number most associated with (and last worn by) Torii Hunter, Colomé becomes the first Twin to wear the number after it spent the last five seasons on the rack. Colomé has worn No. 48 with his last two major league teams, and he will keep that number in Minnesota.
52 - Edwar Colina: Colina debuted last season as the first Twin and fourth major leaguer to wear No. 86, but after retiring only one of seven men faced in that number, he switches to 52, vacated by the departing Zack Littell.
70 - Ben Rortvedt: No Twin has ever worn 70 in a major league game; whether Rortvedt keeps his unusual number or switches to a lower one, as Ryan Jeffers did upon his debut, is to be seen.
81 - Jordan Balazovic: Nor has any Twin worn 81, the only 80s numbers worn by Twins during the regular season or postseason being 80 (by Ryan Eades, the first MLB player to wear the number) and 86 (by Colina).
82 - Bailey Ober: Notably, the three 40-man roster adds received higher numbers from the team, suggesting they have a smaller chance of making the roster than other squad members. Whether they can overcome the odds immediately or must continue to develop in the minors is to be seen.