Gomez Up, Humber Down
In case you’re interested, Carlos Gomez has won the starting centerfield job for the Minnesota Twins.
Gomez hit .278 with 10 stolen bases in 16 spring training games.
Said manager Ron Gardenhire:
“Overall, it’s the excitement that he brings. I know there will be some moments where we all scratch our heads and all those things. He brings that extra little flare right now. He’s kind of the unknown. We watch him run around and he can ignite a baseball team. Right now, that’s what we are looking for — people who can ignite us and maybe get us to a level everyone says we can’t get to.”
Meanwhile, Philip Humber was one of the last cuts of camp, and will begin the season in AAA — despite a sparkling 1.29 ERA over 14 innings.
“This is the best I’ve felt in pro ball by far,” Humber said. “I feel like I’m in control of all my pitches. I feel like I’ve got life on my fastball, and I can really attack hitters with three good pitches. I’m excited. If I keep throwing the way I’m throwing, I don’t have any doubt I’ll be back here soon.”
Kevin Mulvey and Deolis Guerra were not expected to compete for Major League jobs, and were reassigned to minor league camp earlier this month.