I always joke how much of a revolving door third base has been for the Twins ever since Corey Koskie left, but once you sit back and think it’s been pretty much the same thing for the middle infield for the same amount of time.
It’s just not as evident because in the typical baseball mindset you do not expect much offensive production from the middle infield, but you expect some good to big numbers from the hot corner.
It appears that the Twins may have just found their second baseman of the future…after I declared him the shortstop of the future during the lost season of 2012. Brian Dozier has looked more comfortable at second base this spring compared to what he looked like at shortstop last season. Dozier is hitting .278 with two bombs and seven RBI this spring and is locked in as the Twins second baseman to start off with.
Before Dozier was crowned and uncrowned as the shortstop of the future, there was Tsuyoshi Nishioka. Let’s just remember where we had the high jump bar set for Nishioka and how he basically climbed under the bar and just laid there on the mat...
Pedro Florimon looks to be the everyday shortstop for Ron Gardenhire. The Twins acquired Florimon off of waivers last offseason from the Baltimore Orioles and started 42 games last year at short for the Twins when he hit .219 with 10 RBI. He’s not an offensive juggernaut, but he’s better than Nishi.
The Twins will sport two utility infielders off the bench to back up every position that is not first base: Eduardo Escobar and Jamey Carroll.
Escobar, who we touched on earlier as the emergency catcher, appears to be a 24-year-old vacuum, only committing two errors in 55 career games at four different positions at the major league level. Not only that, but his bat has been good this spring hitting .346 in 20 spring games.
Granted his career average is .217, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Escobar becomes the everyday shortstop somewhere during the season, he’s got a better glove and better bat than Florimon.
Jamey Carroll is the resident old guy on the Twins roster, unless Jim Thome appears but that’s another story. The 39-year-old Carroll split his time three ways with the Twins last year: 66 games at second, 44 games at third and 37 games at short. Carroll will find himself in the lineup most days filing in between the three infield positions. Last season, he hit .268 with a career high 40 RBI.
SECOND BASE DEPTH CHART: Brian Dozier, Eduardo Escobar, Jamey Carroll
SHORTSTOP DEPTH CHART: Pedro Florimon, Eduardo Escobar, Jamey Carroll