The Twins made a pair of roster moves on Monday, adding catcher Jair Camargo and infielder Yunior Severino to the 40-man roster to protect them from minor-league free agency and the upcoming Rule 5 Draft.
Camargo, 24, spent all of last season in Triple-A where he hit .259 with a .323 on-base percentage and .503 slugging percentage. The backstop had 21 home runs in 90 games for the St. Paul Saints but stayed in Triple-A all season because Ryan Jeffers and Christian Vázquez remained healthy and the Twins did not need to use more than two catchers.
Severino, also 24, split time between Double-A and Triple-A last season, hitting .272 with an .898 OPS in 120 games. The infielder hit 35 home runs between the two levels, marking a jump from the 19 he hit in 2022.
The Twins are expected to make more additions to the 40-man roster in the coming days with the deadline to protect players from the Rule 5 Draft coming on Nov. 14. The Rule 5 Draft will take place on Dec. 6 at the Winter Meetings in Nashville.
Among those additions?
Prospects Emmanuel Rodriguez and Austin Martin, the organization’s No. 3 and 20 prospects, respectively, per MLB Pipeline, are expected to be added to the roster.
Rodriguez, a 20-year-old outfielder, joined the Twins as one of the top prospects added during the 2019 international signing period. He spent last season at Class-A Advanced Cedar Rapids, hitting .240 with a .863 OPS and 16 home runs in 99 games. That came on the heels of a 2022 season that was cut short by a meniscus injury in which he posted a 1.044 OPS.
Martin, the No. 5 overall pick in the 2020 draft, is certainly closer to the majors and could potentially help the Twins next season. The second baseman/outfielder, whom the Twins acquired as part of the José Berríos trade in 2021, hit .263 with a .791 OPS in 59 games last season at Triple-A St. Paul. The beginning of his season was delayed by an elbow injury.
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