Former Lookouts Shining in Twins Camp
OF/1B Max Kepler
The 2015 Southern League MVP has handled himself well in spring training as he tries to earn a spot on the big league roster. Max Kepler has displayed solid contact ability against major league pitching, striking out just twice in 14 at bats. The power he displayed late last season during the Lookouts championship run hasn’t showed in games yet (no extra base hits), but he is batting .286 through seven contests with a stolen base and a RBI.
OF/3B Miguel Sano
As this blog post was being written, Miguel Sano took a solid start to the spring and turned it into a wonderful one, going 2-for-2 with a 2B, a RBI and another walk (his SIXTH of the spring in seven games). Over half his hits this spring have been for extra bases and he hasn’t appeared overwhelmed as he adjusts to RF, even picking up an outfield assist, throwing out Troy Tulowitzki trying to stretch a line drive hit into a double.
SP Jose Berrios
Jose Berrios has done everything he can to win the last spot in the Twins rotation so far this spring. His first outing last Saturday wasn’t perfect, walking three batters in 1 1/3 innings. The 21-year-old admittedly struggled with his nerves, yet managed to prevent any runners from scoring. Berrios then went out Thursday and cleaned up his control to the tune of three more scoreless innings with two strikeouts and just one hit, an infield single.
RP Nick Burdi, J.T. Chargois, Ryan O’Rourke and Jake Reed
Four of the key members of last season’s bullpen in Chattanooga have been lights out for the Twins in Florida. Nick Burdi, J.T. Chargois, Ryan O’Rourke and Jake Reed have combined for 11 innings of one-run ball, with just three hits allowed, five strikeouts and a .114 batting average against.
The Twins and their bevy of former Lookouts will continue to prepare for the regular season with a weekend series against the Orioles. Continue checking in at All Aboard to keep track of all the spring training action.