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You don't have to look far back into Twins' draft history to find players who were drafted mainly on the basis of how well they played in the months leading up to the MLB draft.
Thursday was to begin at 6 a.m. with breakfast on the Target Field plaza. Gates were to open at 1 p.m. A flyover was, once again, scheduled as part of the pageantry that won't be happening.
David Kim, a Twins Pacific Rim scout, could be watching his first ballgame within a month.
Some Twins players headed for the Twin Cities, but Nelson Cruz and Taylor Rogers were among those going to their year-round homes to wait for the OK to ramp up their activities.
A two-month delay — at least — is in place before the baseball season starts. When it does, the Twins minor league system has a batch of potential future stars for fans to follow.
It may feel like long ago when the Twins played the last of their 20 spring training games. But there were things learned for when the team is finally able to reassemble and chase the hopes it brought to Florida.
Twins officials left Fort Myers and headed back to Minnesota on Monday. Players are also free to head home now that training camps have been closed.
Only about 20 players plan to stay in Fort Myers.
The spread of the coronavirus that causes the respiratory illness COVID-19 is shutting down American sports, and Major League Baseball on Thursday joined the parade, shutting down for at least the next month.
The Twins trimmed their spring training roster Monday by optioning seven players to minor-league camp and placing Fernando Romero on the restricted list.