Major League Baseball’s regular season is less than a month away, with a start-date of either July 23 or 24. That means, Minnesota Twins players are descending upon the Twins Cities for Spring Training 2.0 (or whatever odd name you want to call). Call it the “Splish Splash Baseball Summer Bash” for all I care.
On Sunday, teams were required to submit their 40-man rosters and 20-man “taxi squad” to the league. Most teams around the MLB released their rosters to the public last night. The Twins on the other hand, allowed excitement to grow within their fanbase for close to 20 hours, before finally releasing sending it out around 10:30 a.m., today.
— Minnesota Twins (@Twins) June 29, 2020
If you haven’t read my piece predicting the 20-man “taxi squad”, we learned that it would be a collective of players practicing and training around their home market during the season. This is in the case that any player on the 40-man or 26-man game day roster should fall ill to COVID-19, or injuries occur. The hope is this continues to minimize travel and gives some developing players a chance to continue to grow with no current minor league seasons scheduled.
TWINS SITTING PRETTY
This roster and “taxi squad” lines up extremely well for the Twins. As I have mentioned previously, this team was originally built for the usual marathon of an MLB season and not a 60-game sprint… but if you take a step back, you realize it may not matter. With the depth of arms in the starting rotation and bullpen, one of the best lineups in the league and a stock of young players ready to bust through to the MLB… this Twins team could be a juggernaut in a shortened, health-risky season.
There are a few big takeaways from the roster release. First off, the Twins are carrying a roster of 57 out of a maximum 60 players allowed. Fernando Romero (visa issue) and Michael Pineda (suspension) are both on the restricted list.
Secondly, the big three prospects of Royce Lewis, Alex Kirilloff, and Trevor Larnach all made the “taxi squad”. The front office must believe they are MLB-ready, or damn close to it. Could we see the young stars make their debut……?
Taxi Squad.— Pensacola Blue Wahoos (@BlueWahoosBBall) June 29, 2020
Coming to a ballpark near you. pic.twitter.com/KhMKqc2JQu
In a shortened 60-game season, it’s nice to know the Minnesota Twins have the farm system and MLB-caliber players who can jump onto the 26-man roster at a moments notice.
Jack Kewitsch | Minnesota Sports Fan