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Pedro Florimon is the early favorite to be the Opening Day shortstop in 2013
But seriously, are they?
After realizing Tsuyoshi Nishioka (who apologized to the organization for how bad he was) wasn't the future, the Twins have been looking for something to fill the middle infield with.
The Twins have many options to choose from to fill their vacant spots up the middle at shortstop and second base, but the players worth noting are Pedro Florimon, Brian Dozier, Jamey Carroll, and Eduardo Escobar. Alexi Casilla was claimed off waivers by Baltimore on November 2.
Since Cristian Guzman left after the 2004 season, the Twins have had a revolving door at shortstop...and second base...and third base. Since 2005, the Twins have had 34 players start a game at those three positions.
In addition to Carroll, Florimon, Dozier, and Escobar, the Twins have started Nick Punto, Jason Bartlett, Michael Cuddyer, Juan Castro, Luis Rodriguez, Terry Tiffee, Luis Rivas, Bret Boone, Glenn Williams, Luis Castillo, Tony Batista, Alexi Casilla, Jeff Cirillo, Brian Buscher, Tommy Watkins, Brendan Harris, Mike Lamb, Adam Everett, Matt Tolbert, Matt Macri, Howie Clark, Orlando Cabrerra, Joe Crede, Jose Morales, JJ Hardy, Danny Valencia, Trevor Plouffe, Luke Hughes, Tsuyoshi Nishika, Brian Dinkleman, and Sean Burroughs.
These are the 2012 stats for the four infielders. Escobar and Carroll both saw time at third base, as well as the middle infield positions.
|Name ||G ||Avg/OBP ||R ||HR ||RBI ||SB ||Fielding Ch ||PO ||A ||E ||Fld%
|Brian Dozier ||84 ||.234/.271 ||33 ||6 ||33 ||9 ||413 ||111 ||287 ||15 ||.964%
|Pedro Florimon ||43 ||.219/.272 ||16 ||1 ||10 ||3 ||201 ||69 ||125 ||7 ||.965%
|Jamey Carroll ||138 ||.268/.343 ||65 ||1 ||40 ||9 ||582 ||193 ||377 ||12 ||.979%
|Eduardo Escobar || 50* ||.214/.278 ||18 ||0 ||9 ||3 ||75 ||25 ||47 ||0 ||1.000%
*played games with the Twins and Chicago White Sox.
While the Twins don't want to have to rely on the 39-year-old Carroll, they will if they had to, as was the case last year. When you're relying on production from somebody who began their career as a Montreal Expo, there is a problem. The Twins are hoping to have Florimon at short and Dozier at second.