Bench Battle – Minnesota Twins

In this article, I will go over the players most likely to fill out the spots of the Minnesota Twins bench in 2019. Here are the hitters who are a lock to make the roster:

Jason Castro

Mitch Garver

C.J. Cron

Jorge Polanco

Miguel Sano

Jonathan Schoop

Byron Buxton

Max Kepler

Eddie Rosario

Nelson Cruz

Marwin Gonzalez

So if all of these guys make the roster, that leaves two spots assuming the Twins use a four man bench. With that being said, here are the candidates:

      1. Willians Astudillo
      2. Jake Cave
      3. Ehire Adrianza
      4. Tyler Austin
      5. Ronald Torreyes

Willians Astudillo – Of all of these candidates, Astudillo might be the favorite to making the roster. He had a great stint with the Twins late last season. In 97 plate appearances, he hit .355, three home runs, eight total extra base hits, 21 RBIs, and had a .516 slugging percentage. He also has position flexibility. He has caught in his career and played a majority of infield positions.

Jake Cave – Basically, all the Twins would need after that is a fourth outfielder. And who, on the roster, better than Jake Cave? Cave hit pretty well in limited playing time last year. In 309 plate appearances, he hit .269, with 13 home runs, a total of 32 extra base hits, and had a slugging percentage of .481.  He played all three outfield positions for the Twins in 2018. Cave and Astudillo seem the most likely to get the final two roster spots.

Ehire Adrianza – If Adrianza makes the roster, after the Gonzalez signing, I would be surprised. In the past two seasons, Adrianza has had 552 plate appearances with the Twins. In that span he hit .258, eight home runs, a total of 43 extra base hits, 63 RBIs, and a .379 slugging percentage. However, the upside with Adrianza is that he plays multiple infield positions and corner outfield spots. The bad thing for him is that he has no options left. He’s either on the 25-man roster, on waivers, or traded.

Tyler Austin – Austin probably has an even worse chance of making the roster than Adrianza. Austin offers power and that’s about it. He only plays first base and strikes out a lot. He has been solid at first base with only one error in 542 career chances. However, when he isn’t hitting home runs he is not doing much offensively. Of his 85 hits in his career, 24 of them have been home runs in a total of 367 at-bats. He has struck out 148 times in those 367 at-bats. Austin is just 27 years old so he could have some development left. Austin also has no options left.

Ronald Torreyes – The likelihood of Torreyes making the roster has to be the least of everyone on this list. Not only does Torreyes have options left but he signed a multi-year contract with the Twins. However, he could very likely find a spot on next year’s bench or in the Majors this season if injuries occur. He has hit .281, with four home runs, 56 RBIs, and a .370 slugging percentage in his career.

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