Twins prospects get work in intrasquad contest
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Twins showcased three of their top pitching prospects in an intrasquad game on Sunday before their Hammond Stadium opener against the Rays.
Right-handers Alex Meyer, Trevor May and Jose Berrios, who are all ranked among the club's top 10 prospects according to MLB.com, each threw two innings. Meyer and May each threw two scoreless frames while Berrios, who is in camp to get ready for Team Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic, gave up two unearned runs in his second inning after a throwing error from shortstop Daniel Santana.
"Those are the arms that some people are talking about," Twins general manager Terry Ryan said. "May was much more under control. Meyer obviously has the best arm of those three. Berrios is only 18 years old so he had some jitters but we have to get him ready for the WBC. He wouldn't even be in camp if it wasn't for that. So it was encouraging."
The game, which finished with a 4-3 score after six innings, also featured several position player prospects such as Eddie Rosario, Joe Benson and Santana as well as Twins regulars such as Darin Mastroianni, Drew Butera and Brian Dozier.
"We have all kinds of people here so that's why this game took place," Ryan said. "It wasn't just for the pitchers either. We have all kinds of extra guys who need at-bats."
The Twins will have another opportunity to play some of their prospects when they play Boston in a "B" game on Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Red Sox's complex in Fort Myers.