Minnesota Twins Invite 14 Non-Roster Players to Spring Training

Malcolm HamiltonContributor IJanuary 11, 2010

ST. LOUIS, MO - JULY 6:  Starting pitcher Mike Maroth #46 of the St. Louis Cardinals throws against the San Francisco Giants on July 6, 2007 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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The Twins took another step towards formulating their opening day roster by inviting 14 non-roster players to spring training.

Among those chosen were four pitchers, three catchers, three infielders, and four outfielders.

- Jose Lugo, Pitcher

- Mike Maroth, Pitcher

- Anthony Slama, Pitcher

- Kyle Waldrop, Pitcher

- Jair Fernandez, Catcher

- Danny Lehmann, Catcher

- Danny Rams, Catcher

- Chris Parmelee, First Base

- Brock Peterson, First Base

- Steve Singleton, Infielder

- Brian Dinkleman, Outfielder

- Juan Portes, Outfielder

- Ben Revere, Outfielder

- Rene Tosoni, Outfielder

Remember Me?

Maroth certainly has the most experience of the players on this list, with a veteran career including stops at Detroit and St. Louis. However, he hasn't pitched at the major league level since 2007, and there are serious questions as to whether he can still compete in the big leagues. Maroth will try to make the Twins' squad as a long reliever and potential spot starter but is definitely a long shot.

Prospect Watch

Revere is Minnesota's most prized prospect but will need to dominate spring training in order to have a chance of sniffing the opening day roster. His invite was more symbolic than anything, giving him a taste of the big league experience so he is ready when his time comes.

Biggest 2010 Impact

Slama performed very well in 2009, acting as the closer for New Britain and Rochester on his way to 29 saves and a 2.67 ERA. Slama is already 26 years old and has proven everything he can at the minor league level. The Twins' bullpen situation is still very much up in the air, and Slama will get his chance to lock down a spot, if not on opening day, then at some point during the season.

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