Thursday, February 28, 2013

Competition Update after Wednesday's Game

Infield Competition
Florimon and Escobar split shortstop dutie. Florimon went 0-3 and Escobat 0-2, but Florimon did turn an outfield error into three bases and scored a run as a result. Sobolewski went 0-1 as a backup at third base and Olmedo went 1-2 as the backup to Carroll at second base.

Outfield Competition
Hicks was the only center field candidate who played. He went 2-3, including a double, and drove in two runs. Boggs replaced him and went 0-2 with a walk and scored a run. Ramirez went 2-2, scored twice and drove in a run as the backup in left field. Dinkelman went 0-2 as the backup in right.

Rotation
Correa started and struggled a bit going 2.1 innings. Walters was the only other rotation guy. He pitched an inning, walking one and striking out one.

Bullpen
Duensing, Burton and Perkins pitched 3.2 innings combined. Caleb Thielbar struck out the side in the ninth. Minor league pitcher Andrew Albers aslo pitched an inning, he is preparing to pitch in the WBC.

Summary

Hicks continued to hit. He probably already has the inside track in center field and if his offense continues to hold up it will be hard for Benson or Mastroianni to displace him. Ramirez helped himself if the Twins decide to carry five outfielders. Olmedo continues to play all over the field and is in competition for a utility spot in the infield.   Thielbar moved himself up on the reliever list. He is a lefty and would be competing with Robertson for a third lefty spot in the bullpen. Walters may be considered in the bullpen and he made that more likely.


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