Day 7 of Spring Training: AL Central Notes

Things are fairly quiet at the moment in the AL Central, with exception of the Minnesota Twins who are working hard on solidifying their rotation.

Here are some of my notes from the AL Central:

Chicago White Sox

  • Matt Davidson has apparently made a good early impression in the White Sox camp as he competes for the third base or designated hitter spot on the Opening Day roster.
  • New catcher, Wellington Castillo, is happy to be reunited with manager Rick Renteria.
  • Clubhouse leader, Abreu is taking on a mentor role with his fellow young Cuban countrymen by taking Yoan Moncada and Luis Robert under his wing in the clubhouse.

Cleveland Indians

  • The Indians singed veteran outfielder Rajai Davis to a minor league contract giving him a chance to compete for an Opening Day roster spot. Indians fans will of course be familiar with Rajai Davis after his heroics in the 2016 World Series.
  • Cleveland wants to give their top prospect, catcher Francisco Mejia a chance at different positions this Spring in an effort to expedite his path to the majors. At the moment the Indians have two solid catchers in Yan Gomes and Roberto Perez.

Detroit Tigers

  • The Tigers are reportedly looking for a little more pitching depth although they said nothing is imminent at this stage.
  • According to new manager, Ron Gardenhire, Shane Greene comes into camp as the Tigers closer. Gardenhire said the job is his to lose.

Kansas City Royals

  • Unlike the Tigers, the Royals have no clear cut closer. Kelvin Herrera is the favorite but he will be competing with Brandon Maurer amongst others.
  • Some good news for Royals fans will be that Nathan Karns is feeling good after a few bullpen sessions. He was out for most of last season due to surgery.

Minnesota Twins

  • The Minnesota Twins got the pitching depth they wanted when they traded the Rays for Jake Odorizzi for shortstop prospect, Jermaine Palacios. The Twins rotation is starting to look a lot more solid now after they also signed Anibal Sanchez on Friday for one year worth $2.5m.
  • Tyler Duffey is also being stretched out as the Twins expect him to compete for a rotation spot this Spring.

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