|Pedro Florimon is|
the front-runner for
the shortstop job.
And the first, if expected, steps were taken to sort out the infield.
Ron Gardenhire said Pedro Florimon will work strictly at shortstop, and Brian Dozier -- who started at short in half the Twins' games last season and didn't play an inning for Minnesota at another position -- will be at second base. Jamey Carroll and Eduardo Escobar will work at both spots and at third base, although Trevor Plouffe will be the starter at third.
As I say, expected. Florimon and Dozier are the two guys the Twins want to see come out of camp with the shortstop and second base jobs. What can get in the way: Neither hit much in the majors last season, although Dozier has hit in the minors; and Dozier hasn't played a lot at second base.
I saw a tweeted report that Tom Kelly was complementary about Dozier's footwork in early infield drills. Kelly's not noted for empty praise, so that's a good sign. A small sign, but a good one.