The Twins invited 66 players to spring training this season. On Thursday they made their first round of spring training roster cuts by cutting 9 players and optioning them to the minor leagues. Pitchers Deolis Guerra, Lester Oliveros, Scott Diamond, and Tyler Robertson along with outfielder Darin Mastroianni were sent to Triple-A camp. Outfielder Oswaldo Arcia was optioned to Single-A camp. Pitcher Aaron Thompson, infielder Steve Pearce and catcher Danny Rams were also reassigned to minor league camps. The Twins now have 57 players in camp: 27 pitchers (10 non-roster), 8 catchers (5 non-roster), 13 infielders (6 non-roster) and 9 outfielders (3 non-roster). Oliveros was the most likely of the group to make it on the 25-man roster but other relievers have out-performed him this spring so he will start the season in Triple-A. It was surprising for most that Diamond and Oliveros didn’t last longer in spring training camp. This now narrows the bullpen options for the Twins but still follows my 25-man roster projection that you can see here.

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