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The Grueling Truth - Where Legends Speak / 30 Teams in 30 Days: Minnesota Twins Preview

30 Teams in 30 Days: Minnesota Twins Preview

Minnesota Twins Preview!
Publish Date: 03/19/2018
Fact checked by: Mike Goodpaster

 

The 30/30 Club

Club 16: Minnesota Twins

If there was going to be a team in 2017 who made a surprising run to the postseason, no one predicted it would have been the Minnesota Twins.  That’s exactly what happened though, as the Twins saw young stars Byron Buxton and Jose Berrios make huge strides and lead the Twins to a surprising trip to the postseason.  They didn’t rest on their laurels in 2018, as the Twins have signed a number of players to make a charge at the Cleveland Indians and challenge for the AL Central title.

Past reports:

Baltimore Chicago AL Houston Atlanta Chicago NL Arizona
Boston Cleveland Los Angeles Miami Cincinnati Colorado
New York AL Detroit Oakland New York NL Milwaukee Los Angeles
Tampa Bay Kansas City Seattle Philadelphia Pittsburgh San Diego
Toronto Minnesota Texas Washington St. Louis San Francisco

 

2017 Record: 85-77, lost to the New York Yankees in the AL Wild Card game

Acquisitions: SP Michael Pineda (free agent)*, CL Fernando Rodney (free agent), RP Zach Duke (free agent), RP Addison Reed (free agent), SP Jake Odorizzi (trade – TB), SS Erick Aybar (minors – ST invite), 1B Logan Morrison (free agent), SP Lance Lynn (free agent)

Departures: P Hector Santiago (free agent), RP Glen Perkins (free agent), SP Bartolo Colon (free agent), RP Matt Belisle (free agent), RP Dillon Gee (free agent), C Chris Gimenez (free agent)

Projected Lineup:

2B Brian Dozier

1B Joe Mauer

3B Miguel Sano

DH Logan Morrison

LF Eddie Rosario

CF Byron Buxton

RF Max Kepler

SS Jorge Polanco

C Jason Castro

Projected Rotation:

SP Jose Berrios

SP Jake Odorizzi

SP Lance Lynn

SP Kyle Gibson

SP Phil Hughes

SP Ervin Santana* (out until at least May 1 due to injury)

Position Battles:

Right now, both Kyle Gibson and Phil Hughes are slotted for the rotation due to Ervin Santana’s finger injury, so upon his return the Twins will have to decide between Gibson and Hughes for the fifth spot in the rotation.

Outlook:

The Minnesota Twins had no expectations of the playoffs in 2017, but as the season wore on Paul Molitor’s team stayed within reach and pulled it out at the end of the season, making their first postseason appearance since 2010.  Unfortunately for the Twins however, the team is still looking for their first postseason win since 2004.  The Twins may very well have won the off-season, getting some quality players on the cheap, including DH Logan Morrison and SP Lance Lynn.  The Twins waited until the market came down late in free agency and added some very quality players to attempt to make a run at the Indians for the AL Central.  At the very least the Twins should be considered one of the favorites for one of the two wild card spots, along with the Red Sox/Yankees loser and the Angels.  When Ervin Santana is healthy (which should be around May 1st), their 1 through 4 starters should be among the best in the league.  With the addition of Logan Morrison, the Twins offense appears to be balanced, and it doesn’t hurt adding a guy who hit 38 home runs last season.  The Twins probably won’t win the AL Central, but a playoff spot is certainly in reach because of how weak the AL Central is after the Indians and themselves.

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