FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Twins continued to trim their roster toward a final 25 on Tuesday morning, before their Grapefruit League game against the Blue Jays.
Right-hander A.J. Achter was optioned to Triple-A Rochester, while five players were reassigned to Minor League camp: catcher Tyler Grimes, infielders James Beresford and Jose Martinez and outfielders Eric Farris and Danny Ortiz. That leaves Minnesota with 35 players in big league camp, including six non-roster invitees.
Achter, part of a crowded competition for bullpen spots, gave up five runs (four earned) on eight hits over 7 2/3 innings this spring. The former 46th-round Draft pick made his Major League debut last September, appearing in seven games out of the bullpen and giving up seven runs (four earned) on 14 hits over 11 innings. He impressed general manager Terry Ryan by showing improvement with all of his pitches, including adding velocity to his fastball.
"Achter's had a good spring," Ryan said. "I think he fared well here. He's behind a couple other guys, but he did a nice job. We'll probably see him through the course of this season at some point because he's one of those guys; he'll go down there and he'll get to work."
Farris played briefly with the Twins in 2011 and '12, going 1-for-9 at the plate, but spent all of last year at Rochester. None of the other players cut has appeared in the big leagues yet.
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