Spring Training foresight pays off

Spring Training foresight pays off

Spring Training foresight pays off
BOSTON -- The Twins took a shotgun approach in terms of pitching in Spring Training, as they signed several Minor League free agents and ended up with 35 pitchers in camp.

And so far that approach has paid off with five of those pitchers who were signed seeing action with Minnesota.

That group has been successful, too, as right-handers Jared Burton, Casey Fien, P.J. Walters, Samuel Deduno and Luis Perdomo have combined for a 3.15 ERA in 122 2/3 innings.

"We had a lot of pitchers in Spring Training, and unfortunately, the hard part about having that many in Spring Training is getting them all innings and seeing enough of them," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "You always talk about depth. You never know if you have it or not, and I think it's been a big surprise for everybody. A pleasant surprise to watch these guys go out and compete."