With roster spots up for grabs, camp battles are always an intriguing part of Spring Training, and for the Twins this year, it’s all about how the rotation will look come Opening Day.
The same question has hovered over the Indians’ preseason for three years now: Will Michael Brantley be ready in time for Opening Day? Injuries have hindered the All-Star left fielder’s preparation in the past and are once again casting doubt over his potential availability for Spring Training.
Twins GM Thad Levine confirmed that the club is looking for starting pitching help as Minnesota kicks off Spring Training.
Don’t let the shaggy beard, the van and the quirky personality fool you. Daniel Norris wants to be known as a pitcher, and a good one at that, one that can help the Tigers weather what is expected to be a tough season.
Mike Minor is gone. So is Scott Alexander. And Joakim Soria. As the Royals’ pitchers and catchers report Tuesday for Spring Training, an intriguing camp battle looms in the back of the bullpen.
Focus certainly will fall upon the plethora of young, talented hurlers.
The Indians are not only set behind the plate with Yan Gomes and Roberto Perez, but they have a top catching talent in Francisco Mejia knocking on the big league’s door. Even with that being an area of perceived strength, depth for the catcher position is important for a long season.
Spring Training will officially begin this week for the Indians. That means Francisco Lindor’s infectious smile will bring energy to the morning workouts. Corey Kluber will return to the mound, stoic and robotic as he navigates through throwing sesssions. Jose Ramirez will strut between the batting cage and practice fields.
After an unusual offseason that saw several top free agents go unsigned leading up to Spring Training, the Twins remain interested in bolstering their starting rotation.
The first Spring Training of the Ron Gardenhire era as Tigers manager is about to begin. So, too, is the first Spring Training of the Tigers rebuild.
The Royals have proven they can build a championship team and are eager to prove they can do it again.