Here's an early assessment of the Twins after their first 7 days of spring games:
Getting It Done
Brian Buscher - even his outs are rockets
Joe Mauer - seeing the ball well already
Delmon Young - hitting the ball hard, but taking some pitches before he does
Boof Bonser - of course, the first 3 innings never were his problem...
So Far, So Good
Dennys Reyes - throwing strikes and getting lots of grounders
LIvan Hernandez - might have a chance against aggressive lineups
Jesse Crain - just good to see him pitching again
Need To Pick It Up
Carlos Gomez - every game he shows off one of his tools, he also makes a mistake. So raw.
Michael Cuddyer - these 3 are kinda the heart of the order, aren't they?
Garrett Jones - long shot, but a HR off Joba is a good start
Randy Keisler - looked good against the Yanks today
Kevin Slowey - has to locate the fastball down and away to lefties
Brendan Harris - nothing at the plate, and not much in the field either
Carmen Cali - useless unless he can come in and throw strikes
Jose Morales - is he going to get thrown out every time he gets on base?
Need to See More
and, of course,
If I had to pick the winners of the contested spots right now, they'd be:
2B - Alexi Casilla
CF - Denard Span, but Pridie is close
5th starter - Nick Blackburn
12th pitcher - Julio DePaula, although Randy Keisler could be close behind
Bench - Brian Buscher, and Pridie has to get some consideration here as well
On to week 2...