Keep a close eye on these five Twins

  • Article by: La Velle E. Neal III , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 23, 2014 - 12:43 AM

Spring training could be particularly important for some players, even if they don’t make the final roster.

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lumberingFeb. 22, 14 8:47 PM

I wonder how many more times I will read that Plouffe has beefed up in order to compete? Hope it works.

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BallFourFeb. 22, 14 9:40 PM

Hearing about Plouffe's added muscle beats hearing that it's warm in Florida.

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whatever61Feb. 23, 14 8:11 AM

If the Twins don't take Pinto north with them i'm gonna crush my Gardy bobble head with a bat.

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tflinnFeb. 23, 14 8:45 AM

Article is spot on with Pinto. The guy needs to be playing regularly to improve his defense. That could mean AAA. I think his offense is ready for the Majors.

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callsaulFeb. 23, 1410:40 AM

The whole idea that Suzuki should automatically be the starting Catcher to open the season is RIDICULOUS! That position should be an open battle to be watched closely this spring. Suzuki is not that good defensively and his offense is anemic so in my opinion he should back up Pinto. That was my thought anyway before I heard Pinto showed up significantly fatter than last year.

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nshoreFeb. 23, 1412:50 PM

Managers love to second guess and mess with catchers' heads. Brian Harper did a fantastic job for the Twins for example back in the early 1990's but he was always talked about as though he was some kind of huge defensive liability and they finally let him walk as a free agent. Hopefully Pinto can rise above the madness. Fans are pretty fed up with the Twins' nonsense and that might work in Pinto's favor.

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BallFourFeb. 23, 14 6:04 PM

"Brian Harper did a fantastic job for the Twins for example back in the early 1990's but he was always talked about as though he was some kind of huge defensive liability and they finally let him walk as a free agent." BALLFOUR: Which was a good move, as his career was over at that point. Most teams knew he was done or had little left, which is why he ended up signing for less than half of what he made his last season as a Twin.

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larsoeriFeb. 24, 14 9:11 AM

Boy, sure love that our manager's goal is to hopefully be better than 96 Ls.

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