Keeping up with Twins players in winter leagues
- Blog Post by: La Velle E. Neal III
- October 19, 2011 - 10:52 AM
Winter ball is underway throughout the Caribbean, and Twins players and prospects are sprinkled throughout the leagues. Here's an updated list, courtesy of the Twins:
It's a good move for players like Joe Benson and Rene Tosoni, who are trying to advance their careers. The Twins would like to see more of their players work on their games during winter ball, but it's up to the player. This list will change throughout the offseason. Some players play during the first half of the season then shut it down. Others will join teams for the second half. Someone like righthander Anthony Slama, for example, is looking for a team and could head somewhere for a few innings.
Liriano isn't expected to pitch a lot. If I remember correctly, he mentioned to me last month he wanted to throw 25-30 innings. The Twins,cautious about his workload, banned Liriano from pitching in winter ball last year. He threw on the side on his own and ended up with shoulder problems early in spring training. Liriano pitched very well in winter ball before the 2010 season and went 13-10 during the regular season.
If you want to keep up with winter league action,here's a link to MLB's Caribbean Leagues website.
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