Making the Team: Week Four

AlexAnalyst IMarch 30, 2009

TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 28:  First baseman Brian Buscher #32 of the Minnesota Twins cannot come up with the throw at first against the New York Yankees during a Grapefruit League Spring Training Game at George M. Steinbrenner Field on February 28, 2009 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

Sometime tomorrow, the Twins will make another pretty decent sized round of cuts. They're supposed to solve all of the bullpen mysteries and give everybody the final word on who exactly will head north with the club; in the bullpen at least.

While the bullpen battles may come to an end, the position ones will not; the team is expected to wait all the way up until Saturday to decide on their backup catcher and presumably one of two (maybe three) bench players.

Philip Humber
Humber has been a pretty good pitcher, and he has the upper hand in the race mainly because he's out of options. If he isn't in Minnesota, he'll be in another organization.
Mijares coming into camp was a favorite to make the bullpen. After it was realized that he was out-of-shape, and even more so, after some bad outings, he's all but assured of being cut.
Brian Duensing


With the Twins seemingly going with 12 pitchers, Duensing's chances have immensely improved. He has an actual shot of being a second lefty.
It looks to be between Dickey and Humber for the long relief role, and Humber has the upper hand since Dickey can be sent down and Humber is out of options.
Brian Buscher
While it seemed as though Buscher was a lock, it isn't totally guaranteed at this point. Now that the team will go with 12 pitchers, Buscher might be going against Tolbert for his spot.
Tolbert's chances went from decent to a likely start at triple-A when (well, it's expected) the Twins decided to go with a 12-man pitching staff. His spot on the bench has been lost and he's going against Buscher.
Alejandro Machado


Machado won't make the team, it's that simple. If he'll even be in triple-A is questionable.


Many say that Butera holds the lead over Morales at this point because the Twins are looking for defense out of their backup catcher. It'll come down to the wire.
Jose Morales
Morales is a decent hitter, but is an average defender at best. Butera provides much more behind the plate, and that could eventually cost Morales a spot.

Removed this week were Luis Ayala (he's basically a lock), Justin Jones (cut) and Jason Pridie (cut). Tomorrow should put an end to all pitching questions, and the final bench spot and backup catcher role could come down to a decision on Saturday before the team heads north.