Twins Spring Training FAQ, important dates – MLB.com
The last time the Twins were in Fort Myers, Fla., the world turned upside down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but a loaded Minnesota roster still emerged from a year of tumult and uncertainty with a second straight division title.
With a three-peat in their sights, a reinforced Twins team will once again take to camp with the hope that these additions will finally be the group that pushes them over the top — or, at the very least, earns them a playoff victory for the first time since 2004.
Those new faces include Andrelton Simmons, who should provide the club’s best shortstop defense in quite some time, along with pitching additions J.A. Happ, Matt Shoemaker, Hansel Robles and Alex Colomé. They’ll fortify a group that includes several exciting prospects ready to impact the Majors and the return of veteran designated hitter Nelson Cruz, who was thrilled to make it back to the Twins after a protracted wait during the offseason.
Here’s what fans should look out for as workouts for pitchers and catchers get underway in Twins camp:
What are the key roster/position battles to watch?
Most of the action should be on the pitching staff, where free-agent acquisition Shoemaker will look to find his health and lay claim to the fifth rotation spot, while Randy Dobnak also competes as a starting option. There’s