New Twins acquisitions make their spring debuts

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 03: Byron Buxton
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 03: Byron Buxton /

Jake Odorizzi and Logan Morrison made their Minnesota Twins debuts on Friday. Although it’s still very early in the season, they performed well. 

Although the 2018 season is young and spring training has just begun, the Minnesota Twins core players are now starting to make their first appearances of the year in Florida. Two of those players are Logan Morrison and Jake Odorizzi, both of whom made their Twins debuts Friday and figure to be important pieces on this team in 2018.

Odorizzi thew for 2 and 2/3 innings without giving up a hit and Morrison went 1 for 3 in the Twins 2-1 victory over Toronto in Fort Myers. Brian Dozier and Miguel Sano both went 0-3 and Joe Mauer was 1-3 with an RBI for Minnesota.

The Twins are now 4-3 this spring and still have a number of very important questions that need to be answered before they get down to their 25 man roster. Has Kennys Vargas time as a Twin run out? Will Miguel Sano be suspended as a result of the sexual harassment claim currently being investigated by MLB? Can they get some stability from the back-end of their rotation and improve upon last year’s wild card birth?

As the American League playoff contenders continue to add to their already impressive lineups, it is very possible that the Twins will be forced to improve upon their 85-77 record from last season in order to make the postseason in 2018. Not an unattainable task, but given that we have watched this team lose at least 90 games in five of the past seven seasons, we know team goals set in Florida are not always met.

There is a lot of time left this spring to decide who will be playing where (or if at all in Sano’s case) and who will be rounding out the pitching rotation and bullpen, but for now it sure looks like the Twins front office has done well in bringing in the two former Rays teammates Ordorizzi and Morrison.