Roster Projection Update

It is time to update my 2012 opening day roster projection. As I did previously, I’m limiting myself to current 40-man roster members and not leaving spots open in hopes that new players will be acquired.

There is a bit more clarity now than when I did the first projection, but there are still several major holes to fill. Matt Capps has re-signed to be the closer and Josh Willingham is the new regular right fielder.

With the departure of Kevin Slowey, I’ve opted to put Liam Hendriks in the fifth starter role because I think Anthony Swarzak and Brian Duensing are more valuable in the bullpen and Hendriks projects to be a future starter who will either be in the opening day rotation or at Rochester when the season begins.

Following then is the 25-man roster.

Everyday lineup:

  • C Joe Mauer
  • 1B Justin Morneau
  • 2B Alexi Casilla
  • SS Jamey Carroll
  • 3B Danny Valencia
  • LF Ben Revere/Trevor Plouffe
  • CF Denard Span
  • RF Josh Willingham
  • DH Ryan Doumit

Bench:

  • C Drew Butera
  • INF Luke Hughes
  • INF Tsuyoshi Nishioka
  • OF Trevor Plouffe/Ben Revere

Pitchers:

  • S Carl Pavano
  • S Scott Baker
  • S Francisco Liriano
  • S Nick Blackburn
  • S Liam Hendriks
  • Long Relief Anthony Swarzak
  • Closer Matt Capps
  • LHP Brian Duensing
  • LHP Glen Perkins
  • RHP Alex Burnett
  • RHP Terry Doyle
  • RHP Jeff Manship
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