"Let us go forth a while, and get better air in our lungs. Let us leave our closed rooms...
The game of ball is glorious."

--Walt Whitman

Monday, February 27, 2006

Grapefruit Diet

Ah, Spring Training is upon us! Finally!

The full squad reported on Sunday (except for one minor leaguer who is apparently missing in Venezuela. Yikes!), and the race is on to turn a 40-man roster and a huddle of non-roster invitees into a contending team. I'll break down the battles for the open spots in future posts, but for now, let's just look at who's in the mix:

* - non-roster invitee

Scott BakerRob BowenMichael Cuddyer
Ricky Barrett *Kyle Geiger *Lew Ford
Boof BonserChris HeintzTorii Hunter
Jesse CrainJoe MauerJason Kubel
J.D. DurbinKyle Phillips *Jason Pridie
Willie EyreMike RedmondJosh Rabe *
Dave GassnerShawn Wooten *Tim Raines *
Ryan Glynn *  Alex Romero
Matt GuerrierInfieldersDenard Span *
Adam HarbenJason BartlettShannon Stewart
Justin JonesTony BatistaAndres Torres *
Francisco LirianoLuis CastilloJason Tyner *
Kyle LohseJuan Castro
Darrell May *Jason Hart *Designated Hitters
Jose MijaresGarrett JonesRondell White
Pete Munro *Luis Maza *Ruben Sierra *
Joe NathanJustin Morneau  
Pat NeshekNick Punto  
Glen Perkins *Luis Rodriguez  
Brad RadkeTerry Tiffee  
Dennys Reyes *Tommy Watkins *  
Juan RinconGlenn Williams *  
Johan Santana    
Carlos Silva    
Errol Simonitsch    
Gabe White *    

And the guys who are pretty much a lock for the final roster:

Jesse CrainJoe MauerMichael Cuddyer
Matt GuerrierMike RedmondLew Ford
Kyle Lohse  Torii Hunter
Joe NathanInfieldersShannon Stewart
Brad RadkeJason Bartlett  
Juan RinconTony BatistaDesignated Hitters
Johan SantanaLuis CastilloRondell White
Carlos SilvaJuan Castro  
  Justin Morneau  
  Nick Punto  

That's 21, right there. The rest of those guys will be fighting for spots as: a starting pitcher, a lefthanded reliever, a reliever, and a reserve outfielder/pinch hitter/bench rider.

Who's got the edge? More on that another day.

1 rejoinders:

frightwig sounded off...

I'll predict that Baker, May, and Sierra also make the cut. And I'll guess that management will have a preference for another veteran (White, Reyes) to fill the last bullpen slot, unless J.D. Durbin looks really awesome this month. I believe TR and Gardy have already decided they want Liriano to begin the season in the Rochester rotation.