5 Players Who Won’t Make Minnesota Twins’ 2014 Opening Day Roster
5 Players Who Won't Make Minnesota Twins' 2014 Opening Day Roster
When MLB Opening Day 2014 rolls around it will mark the first time since 2005 that Justin Morneau isn't on the roster for the Minnesota Twins. Change can be a very exciting thing and it looks to be just that for the Twins as they head into the Spring Training season and beyond. Joe Mauer is at first base now instead of Morneau and the catcher's spot belongs to a veteran and a rookie both for now.
Those are not the only changes on the 2014 Twins roster however. There are a ton innings now resting in the arms of their starting pitchers that were not there one year ago. The additions of Ricky Nolasco and Phil Hughes might or might not add 15 win seasons for each but it will definitely take some stress off of a decent to good bullpen.
Like with any team in the spring, many talented players will be left off of their roster when game one arrives. Unlike many other teams, some of the guys left off of this season's roster can probably be expected to shine on next season's roster. The list of Twins who will not make the roster this year reads like a who's who of potential MLB talent including the game's top overall prospect.
There is some competition this season but the best of the best future stars will really be competing next season. Of those who could win a spot this season, the biggest spot up for grabs is the last in the starting rotation. Even at that, much of the future success of this franchise will wait until at least next season to arrive on the scene for MLB and Twins fans.
5 - Stuart Turner
The theme is going to be much the same for all of the guys you see here. Turner has potential but it won't likely be enough for him to make the roster this regular season.
4 - Sean Gilmartin
Gilmartin is the pitcher that the Twins got back in the Ryan Doumit trade with the Atlanta Braves. Whether he ends up being a strong bullpen option or a mid to rear rotation man, the Twins have someone they can hang a few innings on in the future. But it isn't his time yet.
3 - Alex Meyer
It is actually somewhat undecided at this point whether or not Meyer will see MLB time early this year. I suspect they will allow him the guarantee of stretched out starts at the minor league level to begin with however. Don't think it will be long though because he is headed to the Twins soon.
2 - Miguel Sano
Sano is going to be a part of the Twins very near future. His home run bat is likely to be the next big thing going for the Twins in the next couple of years. He isn't quite ready yet though so the Twins do not want to rush him.
1 - Byron Buxton
Buxton receives regular comparisons to Mike Trout and does fairly well when compared to where Trout was at a comparable time in his career. He still has some minor league time left however before he blows up the American League.