With each day, the regular season draws near, and it means nothing other than a final roster. There are still a few spots open, and the battles are now starting to heat up as time runs out.
With Joe Mauer's inflamed SI joint, and the possibility that he could miss Opening Day (although there is a decent chance he won't), a catcher battle has now come into the picture as players look to possibly earn at least an early season spot.
An up arrow means the player is a leader for the spot or has a good chance, the blue even arrow means they're right in the middle as far as chances, and the down means as of now they'll likely be somewhere other than Minnesota.
Ayala has been away playing with team Mexico in the WBC, but his two solid outings to start the spring, combined with nobody else pulling away, should land him a spot.
Humber has pitched poorly at times, but has also had some decent outings. He has a good chance currently mainly because of his lack of options.
Jones is just about to get the up arrow; he has been solid thus far, it's just hard to tell how the Twins feel about him and how much of an opportunity he will be given to make the team.
Mijares has had a decent spring at best; a few good outings, a few bad ones. Gardenhire's recent comments diminish his chances. He seems to be overweight and has a lot of catching up to do.
The chances are very slim, but who knows, he could make the team. If nothing else he could head to Rochester and have a chance later in the season.
Dickey looks to be competing with Humber for a spot, and if the Twins go with a 12-man staff he could be the final guy.
Henn will more than likely be headed to AAA to start the '09 season, but could get a shot down the road. (Same as last week, not much has changed).
Keppel has impressed thus far, and while he will likely be in AAA come April, he has an outside chance to make the roster. (Same as Henn).
Buscher will almost certainly be the third base backup. He has hit very well, and should be a backup over at first base if needed.
Tolbert should make the team assuming the team will go with 11 pitchers. So far nobody else has really stepped up.
Machado has a better chance to make the team than most, but he has quite a bit of work to do.
Pridie's chances are very small with five outfielders on the roster. It'll be interested to see if he is potentially traded if he misses the cut.
Macri will probably start the season at AAA, but he has shown some good signs and might compete with Tolbert down the stretch.
The chances are small at best for Plouffe, but he is playing for a spot down the road, maybe as the future shortstop.
If Mauer is not ready on Opening Day, Ramos could have a chance. However, it is kinda tough to see him make a jump from single-A to the majors this quickly.
Morales has played at the major league level and might have the best chance to make the team should Mauer not be ready to go.
Valencia has stood out this spring, but the Twins likely want him to receive everyday at-bats. He could be the future at third.
As with last week's edition, some players are not on the list. A few of the key guys include Kevin Mulvey, Brian Duensing, and Anthony Swarzak. The other possible catchers in addition to Ramos and Morales are Drew Butera and Jeff Christy plus a few others.