Final Roster Projection Update for 2011

As this year winds down, I’m going to stay focused on the year ahead rather than posting any significant retrospective of 2011 because it was not a year to wax nostalgic about from very many perspectives. For me the two highlights remain Thome’s 600th and Liriano’s strange no-hitter.

Having done some projections of each position group for the opening day roster in previous posts, it is appropriate to do another update of the whole even though there is only one change (Marquis to the starting rotation) from the last one. This will serve as the final guess from the perspective of 2011.

One reason I’m doing this again now is I think I’m going to find it interesting and maybe even fun in the first few days of the 2012 season to look back to the dark days of December 2011 and see what might have changed as a result of more moves and/or spring performances.

Still hoping for some improvements before spring training, here is the projection again assuming no new additions to the 40-man roster between now and opening day.

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 Jason Marquis
  • 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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