The Twins opened their exhibition season Friday night with a 3-1 loss to Tampa Bay. I won't put any weight on the results of a February game, but I will note that Michael Tonkin, who ought to be a borderline case to remain on the major league roster, struggled in his outing.
It was nice to hear Corey Provus on the play-by-play again. I can't say the same for Dan Gladden; his failure to command the details was in midseason form. Specifically, he called catching prospect Mitch Garver "Garvey" until Provus gently corrected him.
Someday I may find that kind of thing from Gladden endearing. I hope not.
Ben Badler of Baseball America isn't in Arizona or Florida for spring training. He's in the Dominican watching a prospect showcase. And apparently the Twins are linked to a prominent prospect in Jelfrey Marte.
The Twins, of course, have the No. 1 overall pick in the coming June draft. It would obviously be helpful to supplement that prime position with one or more prominent international signings. As noted here earlier, the farm system is now a bit short in truly high-level prospects.
Byung Ho Park had two hits Friday night. Both came off 93-mph fastballs. The Korean slugger struggled against velocity last year, so that is noteworthy, but not conclusive. Nothing in February should be considered conclusive.