Spring Training stats don't mean a whole lot for most, but for players in the midst of a battle to make the 25-man roster they can mean everything. The Twins currently don't have any positions really up for grabs in the regular starting lineup, but there are a few reserve roles.
Projected second baseman Alexi Cassila currently leads the team in batting average amongst players who have at least 10 at bats at .438. He is also second on the team with a .971 OPS. Another 2B is playing well in a limited role -- Michael Hollimon. Hollimon has four hits in six at bats, including a home run.
At 6-5 the pitchers have done a fine job, although pitching should always be a strength in the spring since hitters usually haven't faced live pitching all offseason. Carl Pavano is the only starter really struggling a little, allowing 1.67 batters to reach per inning, but all eyes are on the middle relief and set up roles after Joel Zumaya's injury has put him on the DL for the season.
Anthony Swarzak has seen limited action and has given up a run in 2.1 innings; Lester Oliveros has not been sharp, either. One potential fill-in for Zumaya is Alex Burnett, who has a 4.50 ERA in the early going and more walks than strikeouts. Glenn Perkins is the other set up guy for closer Matt Capps. Perkins has been the best so far, with six strikeouts in four shutout innings.
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