12 players were told to pack it in yesterday morning, ending their stay with the Big League team in Spring Training. In all, 12 players were cut: Jose Morales, Jose Mijares, Oswaldo Sosa, Armando Gambino, Zach Day, Deolis Guerra, Brian Duensing, Jeff Christy, Allan de San Miguel, Alejandro Machado, Felix Molina, and Darnell McDonald. Wow, I don’t know if I’ve ever seen such an extensive list of Twins that I’ve never heard of before. Morales spent a game with the club last season but got hurt running the bases and is seen as a 3rd-string catcher.

Mijares has great potential but got in a serious car accident in the off season and is still recovering from his injuries, so he hasn’t even been at camp.

 

Sosa is also a reliever on the 40-man roster, so it’s a surprise that he wasn’t given a chance to stick around and hopefully learn some more from the vets.

 

I’ve never heard of Gambino, Christy, or Molina. Christy and de San Miguel are catchers, so it’s likely that they were just there so Joe Mauer and Mike Redmond didn’t have to do all the work.

 

Machado had a legitimate chance to make the team last year as a utility infielder/second baseman but suffered a season-ending injury and hasn’t played a game with the team yet. With the additions of 2B Brendan Harris, SS Adam Everett, and the strong Spring being put together by infielder Alexi Casilla, the team figures it will be stacked with up-the-middle players.

 

Guerra, a piece in the Johan Santana trade with the most upside, turns 19 on April 17th so it is definitely not a shock to see him get sent to the minors. The Twins are notorious for giving their prospects time to develop properly, so Guerra will probably see most of his season at High A Fort Myers.

 

Duensing had a lingering hope to be the team’s 5th starter this season, but adding Livan Hernandez and unfaltering players like Glen Perkins, Kevin Slowey, Kevin Mulvey, and Phil Humber pretty much ruined his chances. He should still have a solid season in AAA and could be a candidate for injury replacement, albeit in the most extreme of situations.

 

Day was signed earlier in the offseason, before the Santana trade and Hernandez signing, so the team brought him in just to see if he could impress the coaches in Florida. Apparently he didn’t do much impressing and will likely spend his time at AAA Rochester.

 

McDonald got 10 at-bats for the team last year as an outfielder, but only got 1 hit. Of course, that’s when Rondell White was still on the team. McDonald is 29 and has played in just 21 Major League games, so what little future he may still have became a lot smaller.

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