Minnesota Twins

Stadium: Target Field | Manager: Ron Gardenhire
Team RankingAVGRHRERA
Twins.2547151284.57
AL Central Division3rd2nd3rd5th
American League 5th5th9th13th
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O. Arcia
J. Schafer
E. Nunez
A. Hicks
J. Schafer
D. Santana
T. Hunter
O. Arcia
E. Nunez
T. Plouffe
E. Escobar
E. Nunez
D. Santana
E. Escobar
E. Nunez
Rotation
1. P. Hughes
2. E. Santana
3. K. Gibson
4. R. Nolasco
5. T. Milone
6. T. May
7. A. Meyer
B. Dozier
E. Escobar
E. Nunez
J. Mauer
K. Vargas
DH
K. Vargas
J. Mauer
DL
None
K. Suzuki
J. Pinto
  Bullpen
G. Perkins (CL)
C. Fien
T. Stauffer
R. Pressly
B. Duensing
C. Thielbar
M. Tonkin
J. Graham
Last Updated: 01/21/2015
 
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Last Five Games
9/28 vs. DET
D. SantanaSS
B. Dozier2B
J. Mauer1B
K. VargasDH
J. PintoC
O. ArciaRF
E. Escobar3B
C. HerrmannLF
A. HicksCF
 
9/27 vs. DET
D. SantanaSS
B. Dozier2B
J. Mauer1B
K. VargasDH
J. PintoC
O. ArciaRF
E. Escobar3B
C. HerrmannLF
A. HicksCF
 
9/26 vs. DET
D. SantanaSS
B. Dozier2B
J. Mauer1B
K. VargasDH
O. ArciaRF
K. SuzukiC
C. HerrmannLF
A. HicksCF
E. Escobar3B
 
9/25 vs. DET
D. SantanaSS
B. Dozier2B
J. Mauer1B
K. VargasDH
O. ArciaRF
K. SuzukiC
C. HerrmannLF
A. HicksCF
E. Escobar3B
 
9/24 vs. ARI
D. SantanaCF
B. Dozier2B
T. Plouffe3B
K. Vargas1B
K. SuzukiC
O. ArciaRF
J. PintoDH
A. HicksLF
E. EscobarSS

Most Frequent Lineup
 AvgHRRBI
B. Dozier2B.2422371
J. Mauer1B.277455
T. Plouffe3B.2581480
C. ColabelloRF.229639
J. KubelLF.224113
J. PintoDH.219718
K. SuzukiC.288361
A. HicksCF.215118
P. FlorimonSS.09201
 
Notes
  • 128 different lineups used this season.
  • Most frequent lineup used in 6 games.

Other Frequent Lineups
6 Game(s)
D. SantanaCF
B. Dozier2B
J. Mauer1B
K. VargasDH
O. ArciaRF
T. Plouffe3B
K. SuzukiC
E. EscobarSS
J. SchaferLF
3 Game(s)
B. Dozier2B
K. SuzukiC
C. Parmelee1B
K. MoralesDH
J. WillinghamLF
O. ArciaRF
T. Plouffe3B
E. EscobarSS
S. FuldCF
3 Game(s)
D. SantanaSS
B. Dozier2B
J. Mauer1B
J. WillinghamLF
K. MoralesDH
O. ArciaRF
K. SuzukiC
E. Escobar3B
S. FuldCF
2 Game(s)
D. SantanaCF
B. Dozier2B
J. Mauer1B
K. VargasDH
T. Plouffe3B
K. SuzukiC
O. ArciaRF
E. EscobarSS
J. SchaferLF
2 Game(s)
D. SantanaSS
B. Dozier2B
J. Mauer1B
K. VargasDH
T. Plouffe3B
K. SuzukiC
O. ArciaRF
A. HicksCF
J. SchaferLF

 
 

Tim Stauffer, #46
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
6264.13.50067
 
News
Twins pitcher Tim Stauffer said it doesn't matter whether he's a starter or reliever, according to MLB.com.

Stauffer said he doesn't mind pitching in either role, though admits there are big differences. Mostly, he just wants to help out the team. "At this point in my career, I'm open to whatever the team needs," he said. 

Stauffer added that his pitch mix as a starter has helped him excel in a relief role. Last seaon, Stauffer posted a 3.50 ERA over 64 1/3 innings. He started three games, but mostly pitched out of the bullpen. 

Ricky Nolasco, #47
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERABBK
612159.05.3838115
 
News
Twins starting pitcher Phil Hughes came away impressed after watching fellow starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco throw a bullpen session Monday. Hughes was particularly impressed with the movement Nolasco got on his sinker, per the Pioneer Press.

"He was throwing some two-seamers that were just falling off," Hughes said. "It was one of the best sinkers I've seen. That was encouraging to see. I think he's really going to have a bounce-back year. If he gets back on track, and obviously having Ervin (Santana), we'll be in good shape."

Nolasco, who has been throwing bullpens for weeks, said he already feels a difference in his elbow following an injury-marred first half in 2014.

"It's been good these last couple weeks, just kind of toning things up a little bit, being able to let things go a tad bit more (with) a little more extension," Nolasco said. "I think that will help to know I'm not re-straining anything.

"I feel a lot better. I could get all the way out there and not have to think twice about it. It's a good feeling for now."

Caleb Thielbar, #56
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
2147.23.40035
 
Michael Tonkin, #59
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
0019.04.74016
 
Ervin Santana, #30
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERABBK
1410196.03.9563179
 
Kyle Gibson, #44
Year-to-date Stats
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1312179.14.4757107
 
Trevor May, #65
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERABBK
3645.27.882244
 
News
Twins starting pitcher Trevor May has looked to improve flexibility coming into his competition for a rotation spot this spring by turning to yoga to help repeat his delivery, the Star Tribune reports.

"I’ve been doing yoga for 30 or 40 minutes every morning, and I’m much fresher than ever before," May said. "Every scouting report I’ve ever seen on myself says, 'Has trouble repeating his delivery.' Well, yoga is literally repeating moves, keeping your body under your control. I do the warrior pose, which is [the same as] striding and throwing a baseball. It has to help."

May initially struggled in his major-league debut last season, but he hopes the perseverance he showed and his improvements near the end of the season help set him apart in the battle for a rotation spot this spring.

"Obviously I don’t know exactly what the people who are making decisions are thinking, but showing I can be successful after having my face beat up for two months, showing I can work through it, it’s a trait you have to have," May said. "I take pride in the fact that I didn’t give up. I didn’t let it get me down."

Kurt Suzuki, #8
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
131.288373610
 
Position Breakdown
C - 119, DH - 5
News
Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki said he would be fine after taking a pitch off his kneecap area Saturday, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Ryan Pressly slipped while attempting to deliver a changeup during a live batting practice session Saturday, and the ball crossed up the catcher.

"It was my fault," Pressly said. "I just slipped on the mound and yanked a changeup down. The ball caught (Suzuki) in the meaty part right between the shinguard and the padding. There's a little spot where he's vulnerable."

Manager Paul Molitor said Suzuki wasn't added to the team's post-workout injury report.

Torii Hunter, #48
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
142.2867117834
 
Position Breakdown
OF - 137, DH - 19
Ryan Pressly, #57
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
2028.12.86014
 
News
Relief pitcher Ryan Pressly was able to crack the Twins' roster in 2013 only to spend most of last season in the minors, thanks to three minor-league options he had left. 

This spring training, Pressly is looking to do enough to prove he deserves a spot on the Twins roster once camp is over. 

"We'll see how everything kind of plays out," Pressly said. "It's going to be interesting. You've got guys like [Michael] Tonkin and Lester [Oliveros] who are going to come out of the gates swinging. I just have to control what I can control. So, it's about who shows up and who has a good spring, and I'm hoping I have a good spring like I did in 2013."

With Triple-A Rochester, Pressly posted a 2.98 ERA with 63 strikeouts in 60 1/3 innings. When he was called up to the Twins in July, he posted a 2.86 ERA in 25 games. 

Alex Meyer
No Stats Available
News
Twins starting pitcher prospect Alex Meyer will take a brief leave of absence to attend his grandfather's funeral, according to MLB.com on Wednesday. Meyer, who remains hopeful of winning a rotation spot with the Twins now that he's more comfortable using his changeup, is expected to miss two workouts while he's away from the club.

Meyer will compete with Tommy Milone, Mike Pelfrey and Trevor May for the fifth spot in the rotation this spring. If he fails to win a spot in the rotation, he could break camp in the bullpen.

Jordan Schafer, #1
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
104.2382611530
 
Position Breakdown
OF - 71, DH - 1
Tommy Milone, #49
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERABBK
64118.04.193775
 
News
Twins starting pitcher Tommy Milone, who will be competing for the final spot in the team's rotation, said he was able to prepare for spring training without any issues after having a benign tumor removed from the back of his neck in early December, per MLB.com.

"I'm ready to go," Milone said. "I'm prepared this year more than the last couple years. I don't know if it was just getting a late start on working out or throwing this year because of the neck issue. So I felt like I needed to turn it on double-time once I got healthy."

Milone, who is competing against Mike Pelfrey, Alex Meyer, Trevor May and Tim Stauffer, is considered the favorite for the last spot in the rotation. However, he is taking nothing for granted.

"I don't ever come into spring training thinking I have a spot in the rotation," Milone said. "So I'm just going to treat it the same way. And obviously I don't and it's not a lock. There are a few guys going for it. So you just have to compete."

Trevor Plouffe, #24
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
136.2586914802
 
Position Breakdown
3B - 127, DH - 8
News
Twins infielder Trevor Plouffe missed the team's workout on Saturday with an illness. 

Plouffe showed up for the morning meetings, and then the team sent him home. 

Brian Dozier, #2
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
156.242112237121
 
Position Breakdown
2B - 156
Casey Fien, #50
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
5663.13.98151
 
Danny Santana, #39
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
101.3197074020
 
Position Breakdown
SS - 34, OF - 69, DH - 3
Eduardo Nunez, #9
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
72.250264249
 
Position Breakdown
2B - 2, SS - 20, 3B - 20, OF - 18, DH - 7
Oswaldo Arcia, #31
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
103.2314620571
 
Position Breakdown
OF - 100, DH - 2
Joe Mauer, #7
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
120.277604553
 
Position Breakdown
1B - 100, DH - 19
News
Twins first baseman Joe Mauer was happy to have a "normal" offseason after dealing with concussion-like symptoms the previous year, MLB.com reports.

"I had a very productive offseason," Mauer said Saturday. "The last couple years I had a lot of things to deal with, especially last year with the concussion. I didn't really get a good base heading into the year. I feel great this year and I hope it stays that way."

Mauer believes that his vigorous stretching exercises this offseason will help keep him healthy in 2015.

"You have to pay attention to your body. I'm getting older," Mauer said. "I'm finding out what works and doesn't work. Trying to make adjustments."

Manager Paul Molitor indicated that he's noticed a difference in Mauer this spring.

"I think it means a lot for him," Molitor said. "I think coming back last year after what had happened the previous season, you always have those questions. He's got friends that have gone through it with Corey Koskie and Justin [Morneau]. We all know how validated our concern is over concussion issues. I'm sure there was a little hesitancy there. Like I said when I had a chance to visit with him this winter, he's excited to be back and not have to be concerned about those type of things."

Mauer endured a down offensive performance last season, hitting .277/.361/.371 with just four home runs in 455 at-bats.

Glen Perkins, #15
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
4361.23.653466
 
News
Twins manager Paul Molitor said Thursday he is going to do his best to limit closer Glen Perkins to one-inning appearances, per the Pioneer Press.

“I’m not big on trying to expand his role past the ninth inning in the short term,” Molitor said. “Part of the success we hope to have in the bullpen, we’ll be able to have guys that can bridge us, however long our starter goes.

“As the season goes, obviously every once in a while there might be little opportunities, but no, short term, I don’t see that happening. (Perkins) will be starting the inning primarily. Obviously if a lead starts to shrink, sometimes they have to come in for the middle of the ninth. We get that, but I’m going to be pretty standard with that.”

Eduardo Escobar, #5
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
133.275526371
 
Position Breakdown
2B - 9, SS - 98, 3B - 25, OF - 3, DH - 1
J.R. Graham
No Stats Available
Aaron Hicks, #32
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
69.215221184
 
Position Breakdown
OF - 65, DH - 2
Kennys Vargas, #19
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
53.274269380
 
Position Breakdown
1B - 13, DH - 40
Phil Hughes, #45
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERABBK
1610209.23.5216186
 
Josmil Pinto, #43
Year-to-date Stats
GAVGRHRRBISB
57.219257180
 
Position Breakdown
C - 26, DH - 21
News
Twins catcher Josmil Pinto struggled defensive last season. He was unable to throw out a base steals in all 20 attempts in 2014. Pinto, who is an early favorite to secure a backup spot behind Kurt Suzuki this season, told reporters he played Venezuela this offseason to get more reps and improve his skills defensively, according to MLB.com.

"That's the first reason I went to Venezuela," Pinto said. "I wanted to catch a couple games and improve my defense. It was the first year I played a complete season. So it was good.

"Improving my defense is the most important part to me making the team," Pinto said. "And I want to make the team."

Brian Duensing, #52
Year-to-date Stats
WLIPERASVK
3354.13.31033