01/08/2010 4:13 PM ET
Twins announce Spring Training invites
14 Non-Roster Players To Be In Camp
The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have extended spring training invites to 14 players who are not on the Major League roster.
The spring training invite list includes four pitchers: lefthanders Jose Lugo, who was returned to the Twins as a Rule 5 pick by Seattle on April 1, 2009, and Mike Maroth, who has over five years of Major League service (Detroit and St. Louis). Righthanders Anthony Slama, the Twins 2008 Minor League Pitcher of the Year, and Kyle Waldrop, the Twins third pick in the first round (25th overall) of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft.
Three catchers have been invited to camp: Jair Fernandez, who was acquired by the Twins from Seattle in exchange for R.A. Dickey on March 29, 2008, Danny Lehmann, the Twins eighth round pick in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, and Danny Rams, the Twins second round pick in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft.
Three infielders have been invited to camp: Chris Parmelee, who was the Twins first round pick (20th overall) in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, Brock Peterson, the Twins 49th round pick in the 2002 First-Year Player Draft, and Steve Singleton, the Twins 11th round pick in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft.
Four outfielders have been invited to camp: Brian Dinkelman, who was the Twins 8th round pick in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, Juan Portes, the Twins 15th round pick in the 2004 First-Year Player Draft, Ben Revere, the Twins 2008 and 2009 Minor League Player of the year, and Rene Tosoni, who was the Most Valuable Player in the 2009 Futures Game.
In addition to 10 minor league staff members, the Major League staff will be joined by the following individuals during Spring Training: Tom Kelly, Tony Oliva and Terry Steinbach, as well as National Baseball Hall of Famers Rod Carew, Harmon Killebrew and Paul Molitor.
Twins' pitchers and catchers report to spring training in Fort Myers, Florida Sunday, February 21 with workouts beginning February 22, while the balance of the squad reports on Friday, February 26 with the first full-squad workout taking place Saturday, February 27. The Twins annual photo day will be held Monday, March 1 at 8:00 am.
The Twins, who have a 31-game Grapefruit League exhibition schedule (29 in Florida), will open their spring home season on Friday, March 5 vs. the Boston Red Sox at 1:05 pm (EST). In addition, the Twins will host the St. Louis Cardinals at Target Field for two exhibition games, April 2 at 5:10 pm (CT) and April 3 at 1:10 pm (CT). For more information on individual tickets to Twins Spring Training home games, call 33-TWINS or 1-800-33-TWINS or by visiting the Twins website at www.twinsbaseball.com.