Minnesota Twins Baseball pitchers Trevor May and Taylor Rogers, along with one of the Twins announcers, Kris Atterberry, participated in the Twins Winter Caravan on January 26 in Winona, Minnesota, at Cathedral of the Sacred Heart.
May, born and raised in Longview, Washington, was drafted to play for the twins in 2008. After suffering a back injury, May says he is ready for this upcoming season. “I’ve been starting to bring my slider back, and working on all the long-term stuff, especially writing books on goal setting,” he said. “I’m working on my rehab program to get it back to its full strength, and because of it I learn new things about myself.”
Rogers, born in Littleton, Colorado, was drafted in 2009 to the Orioles from the University of Kentucky. After being traded in 2012, he says he has enjoyed his years as a Twins baseball member. He says he also has some big personal goals for this season. “I’ve been working on my change-up in the off season and getting that ready for spring training,” he said.
As pitchers, they agree that sometimes picking the right pitch, at the right time, with the right umpire, can be a struggle. “I really like the human aspect of it all because the umpires are always different so it’s an exciting challenge to see what works best,” Rogers said. “You can’t predict anything so I think that’s what makes baseball so unique.”
“It’s twins territory” is fun and exciting to say live because the fans feed off of it, as well as the players, according to Atterberry.
“When people talk about the Twins, it really excites us,” Atterberry said.
“The more games we win, the better our stats will be, and the larger our attendance will be,” said May.
According to Rogers, the new leadership this year has been great and new guys are taking the time to get to know and figure out all the players.
“We all do the things we say every day, and we all have the things we want to do,” said Rogers. “We just have to go out there and do it.”
“Mine and Taylor’s goal is to share the line with everyone else and take it on at the best of our ability,” said May.
The Minnesota Twins first spring training game is on Friday, February 24, in Fort Meyers, Florida, at Hammond Stadium against the Tampa Bay Rays at 7:05 p.m.