Miguel Sano, Byron Buxton and Alex Meyer invited to spring training
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The Twins announced Thursday that several top prospects will be invited to spring training in Fort Myers.
Official: #MNTwins Spring Training invitees to include top prospects Miguel Sano, Byron Buxton, Alex Meyer and more.— Minnesota Twins (@Twins) January 9, 2014
That's not entirely surprising. I would not expect Buxton to open the year with the club, as the 20-year-old still could use some minor league seasoning. Sano, provided his elbow is healthy, should have a legitimate chance to be the opening day third baseman, but several things would have to break properly for that to happen.
Meyer is more of a wild card, as he has top of the rotation upside. With four names already penciled into the starting staff -- Ricky Nolasco, Phil Hughes, Mike Pelfrey and Kevin Correia -- health likely will play a big role in shaping the opening day rotation.
This may not be the final number, but Twins baseball communications director Dustin Morse tweeted that 63 players have been invited to camp.
As of today, the @Twins will have 63 players in Major League camp.— Dustin Morse (@Twins_morsecode) January 9, 2014
According to a team press release, 23 players who are not on the major league roster have received invites. Among those players are seven pitchers: Sean Gilmartin, Matt Hoffman, Aaron Thompson, Deolis Guerra, Meyer, Lester Oliveros and Yohan Pino. Four catchers also got invites: Kyle Knudson, Matt Koch, Dan Rohlfing and Stuart Turner. The six non-roster infielders: Jason Bartlett, James Beresford, Doug Bernier, Deibinson Romero, Sano and Brandon Warning. Finally, the six non-roster outfielders receiving invites: Buxton, Jason Kubel, Darin Mastroianni, Jermaine Mitchell, Chris Rahl and Wilkin Ramirez.
Tom Kelly, Tony Oliva, Rod Carew and Eddie Guardado will also join the coaching staff in spring training, according to the release.