Full-season minor-league affiliates begin play in the next few days — Chattanooga, Cedar Rapids and Fort Myers on Thursday, Rochester on Friday — and with that has come the announcing of preliminary rosters.
These are not final — in other words, subject to change — but here’s what has been released from each club. Please note that some teams will have more than the allotted 25 spots, with players likely to open the year on the disabled list:
Low-A Cedar Rapids Kernels
- Pitchers: Nick Brown, Edwar Colina, Randy Dobnak, Blayne Enlow, Calvin Faucher, Jared Finkel, Logan Lombana, Kevin Marnon, Jose Martinez, Ryan Mason, Jovani Moran, Bryan Sammons, Tyler Watson
- Catchers: David Banuelos, Ben Rortvedt
- Infielders: Andrew Bechtold, Jordan Gore, Royce Lewis, Jose Miranda, Ben Rodriguez
- Outfielders: Akil Baddoo, Trey Cabbage, Shane Carrier, Mark Contreras, Alex Kirilloff
Returnees from 2017: Dobnak, Lombana, Mason, Sammons, Watson, Rortvedt, Gore, Lewis, Cabbage and Carrier.
MLB Top-30 Prospects on the roster: Lewis (1), Kirilloff (6), Enlow (9), Baddoo (11), Bechtold (20), Watson (22), Rortvedt (24), Miranda (28)
- Manager – Toby Gardenhire
- Hitting coach – Brian Dinkelman
- Pitching coach – Cibney Bello/Justin Willard
- Athletic trainer – Ben Myers
- Strength and conditioning – Travis Koon
- Video coordinator – Byron Oliver
High-A Fort Myers Miracle
- Pitchers: Brady Anderson, Charlie Barnes, Clark Beeker, Adam Bray, Colton Davis, Tom Hackimer, Hector Lujan, Anthony Marzi, Sean Poppen, Alex Robinson, Cody Stashak, Andrew Vazquez, Tyler Wells
- Catchers: Taylor Grzelakowski, Caleb Hamilton, Mitchell Kranson
- Infielders: Travis Blankenhorn, Lewin Diaz, Brandon Lopez, Nelson Molina, Alex Perez
- Outfielders: Jaylin Davis, Jared Foster, Jimmy Kerrigan, Aaron Whitefield
Returnees from 2017: Davis, Lopez, Molina, Perez, Kranson, Anderson, Beeker, Hackimer, Marzi, Poppen, Robinson, Stashak and Vazquez.
MLB Top-30 Prospects on the roster: Diaz (10), Blankenhorn (14)
- Manager – Ramon Borrego
- Hitting coach – Steve Singleton
- Pitching coach – Henry Bonilla
- Athletic trainer – Steve Taylor
- Strength and conditioning – Jacob Dean
Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts
- Pitchers: Omar Bencomo, Sam Clay, Ryan Eades, Stephen Gonsalves, Ryne Harper, Tyler Jay, Zack Jones, Felix Jorge, Randy LeBlanc, Zack Littell, Williams Ramirez, Kohl Stewart, Lewis Thorpe, Todd Van Steensel
- Catchers: Brian Navarreto, Wynston Sawyer
- Infielders: Nick Gordon, Sean Miller, Chris Paul, Brent Rooker, Ryan Walker, T.J. White
- Outfielders: Edgar Corcino, Tanner English, Lamonte Wade, Zander Wiel
Returnees from 2017: Clay, Eades, Gonsalves, Jay, LeBlanc, Littell, Stewart, Thorpe, Van Steensel, Navarreto, Gordon, Walker, White, Corcino, English, Wade
MLB Top-30 Prospects on the roster: Gonsalves (3), Gordon (4), Rooker (8), Thorpe (12), Wade (13), Littell (15), Jay (16), Jorge (17), Stewart (18)
- Manager – Tommy Watkins
- Hitting coach – Javier Valentin
- Pitching coach – Ivan Arteaga
- Bench coach – Richard Salazar
- Athletic trainer – Chris Johnson
- Strength and conditioning – Phil Hartt
- Video coordinator – Curtis Baylor
Triple-A Rochester Red Wings
- Pitchers: Nick Anderson, DJ Baxendale, Alan Busenitz, Casey Crosby, John Curtiss, Tyler Duffey, Dietrich Enns, Myles Jaye, Felix Jorge, Matt Magill, Adalberto Mejia, Mason Melotakis, Jake Reed, Fernando Romero, Aaron Slegers
- Catchers: Willians Astudillo, Jordan Pacheco, Bobby Wilson
- Infielders: Jermaine Curtis, Taylor Featherston, Gregorio Petit, Leonardo Reginatto, Brock Stassi, Kennys Vargas
- Outfielders: Nick Buss, Jake Cave, Zack Granite, James Ramsey
Returnees from 2017: Baxendale, Busenitz, Curtiss, Enns, Mejia, Melotakis, Reed, Slegers, Vargas, Reginatto, Granite
MLB Top-30 Prospects on the roster: Romero (2), Curtiss (21), Cave (26), Granite (27)
- Manager – Joel Skinner
- Hitting coach – Chad Allen
- Pitching coach – Stu Cliburn
- Bullpen coach – Mike McCarthy
- Athletic trainer – Chris Johnson
- Strength and conditioning – Ryan Grose
- Video coordinator – Sam Berk
A few key prospects not listed include Wander Javier (5), Brusdar Graterol (7), Luis Arraez (23), Jacob Pearson (25), Landon Leach (29) and Yunior Severino (30), which means they’re either hurt or they’ll more likely hang around Fort Myers at Extended Spring Training until short-season ball starts, or an opening pops up at a lower affiliate that the player can fill capably in the eyes of the talent evaluators.
Some moves have already taken place, as Hackimer and Bray have been placed on the disabled list with the Miracle. Pitcher Max Cordy has been activated and Lombana was promoted from Cedar Rapids to fill those spots. RHP Moises Gomez filled Lombana’s spot at Cedar Rapids.
The Twins held a food and beverage day for the media on Monday, and unveiled the following:
- Bat & Barrel – a new dining area, formerly known as the Metropolitan Club, which is open to all ticket holders and features distinctive food and beverage experiences: Murray’s, Red Rabbit, Baja Haus, CRAVE, Hell’s Kitchen, Ike’s, Red Cow, Hot Indian Foods, Kramaczuks, Anheuser-Busch, Summit, Surly, Fulton and Tattersall Distilling.
- Drafts at 34 – Beer wall near Gate 34 (right field corner) with 22 beers on tap.
- Holy Land – Mediterranean Middle Eastern dishes adapted for the ballpark, with a cart at section 108.
- Hot Indian Foods – New offering is Tofu Vindaloo, a spicy vegan stew over coconut garlic rice available at section 120.
- Andrew Zimmer’s Canteen – New offering is rice bowl version of popular Mediterranean skewers, including chicken or braised boneless beef short rib over jasmine rice with roasted eggplant spread, herbed yogurt sauce, tomato-cucumber and crispy paprika chickpeas.