The Twins' pitchers and catchers report Tuesday, Feb. 12, for the start of spring training in Fort Myers, Fla.:

Despite wretched performances the past two seasons, the air is filled with optimism -- not balls soaring over fences after being served up by Twins pitchers. That will come later if the pitching staff doesn't improve significantly from last season, and the season before.

I talked Monday, with Twins President Dave St. Peter.

BS: Are you excited about the season?

DSP: I'm always excited about the season. There's nothing quite like the anticipation for spring training and Opening Day. I've been in this business now 24 years, and you always get that same sense of excitement and anticipation, and 2013 is no different.

BS: What excites you the most?

DSP: I think a lot of it is just attitude. There's a pretty healthy sense of focus relative to putting this organization back on the winning track and re-establishing that winning tradition. The last two years have been ugly. They've certainly been disappointing for fans and disappointing for everybody inside our organization. To me, the thing I'm most excited about is getting these guys back on the field because I think there's a unified commitment to take a step in the right direction this year. There's no doubt in my mind the core of our ballclub is motivated in terms of (Joe) Mauer, (Justin) Morneau and (Josh) Willingham. If we can pitch reasonably well, I like our chances to surprise a lot of people. I think the other part of it is our farm system is, again, widely regarded as one of the better (systems) in the game. It's exciting to get to spring training and see the likes of (Aaron) Hicks and (Kyle) Gibson and (Oswaldo) Arcia, and those guys compete for spots on our big-league club. That's fun. That's the future, and it's going to be exciting to see those guys.