Making the Team: Week Three

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Making the Team: Week Three
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Camp is slowly coming to a close with Opening Day two weeks from this very day. The Twins have made some cuts, and the list of players fighting for roster spots in becoming smaller and smaller.

This week you'll find no Rob Delaney, Matt Macri, Trevor Plouffe, Wilson Ramos, or Danny Valencia as they've all been summoned to the minor leagues. Sean Henn and Bobby Keppel have also been removed since both players have pretty much no shot.

Added this week are Drew Butera, who is fighting with Jose Morales for the backup catcher role, and Brian Duensing, who has emerged as a lefty option with Mijares' terrible outings.

Name
Chance
Note
Pitchers    
Luis
Ayala
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Ayala is back in camp, and barring a major downfall in the next week or so, he'll find himself in Minnesota pitching out of the bullpen come April.
Philip Humber
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Humber has improved in recent outings, and his lack of options helps his cause. The Twins can send Dickey to the minors, but Humber would be gone from the organization.
Jason
Jones
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Jones hasn't pitched bad, but he has three or four pitchers ahead of him and will likely start the season somewhere other than Minnesota.
Jose
Mijares
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Mijares has been dominated in outing after outing recently, and it's a surprise he's made is this far without being cut. He'll need to work on his mechanics, weight and attitude at triple-A.
Brian Duensing

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Craig Breslow is the only current lock in the bullpen who is a lefty. With Mijares likely headed to the minors, Duensing has emerged as a true left-handed option.
R.A.
Dickey
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Dickey has pitched well, and his knuckle-ball has been good. If the team goes with 12 pitchers or if Humber falls, Dickey will probably take the spot. Otherwise he may start at triple-A.
Hitters    
Brian Buscher
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Buscher is pretty much a lock as he has hit well and seems to be the primary backup at first base and a solid bat off the bench.
Matt
Tolbert
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Tolbert has been on fire as of late, and is getting closer and closer to becoming a lock. If the Twins go with 12 pitchers he may be in some trouble.
Alejandro Machado

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Machado doesn't have much of a shot, and his time with the organization is likely nearing an end.
Jason
Pridie

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Pridie will likely be cut from major league camp very soon. He's in a tough spot with few roster spots and no room in the outfield. It'll be interesting to see if he makes it to triple-A or if he is moved.
Drew
Butera

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Butera could have never seen this chance coming back in February, but with Mauer's injury he has a very good shot to make the team.
Jose Morales
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It's unclear who holds the lead for the backup catcher spot, but experience may eventually put Morales on top.

Leave thoughts on any of the players and the roster in general in the comments below. Next week the final edition will be posted, and it'll be followed by the final Opening Day roster.

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