It seems like an offseason ritual that both baseball fans are discussing starting pitcher Minnesota Twins should target. However, this feature of an offseason is different: Twins should focus on adding defensive versatility.
It was only one season ago that the twins had possibly the best offense in Major League Baseball from a talent and production standpoint. That aspect of their roster took a huge step back in the sport’s 60-game regular season.
Outside Nelson cruz and Luis Arraez, boss Rocco baldellithe offense was a unit of power threats that struggled to get to the base. The Twins finished the regular season 15th in MLB in OPS (.743), 18th in runs (269) and stroke average (.242), and 20th in hits (468). In perspective, the twin became number two in MLB in all four offensive categories in 2019.
The twins have a core that can bounce back. An offense that includes such as Arraez, Max Kepler, Jorge Polanco, Mitch tanner, Miguel Sano, and Byron buxton can be one of the deadliest devices in MLB. More, healthy Josh Donaldson, which was limited to 28 games in the debut season with the Twins in 2020 due to a calf injury, is a significant threat from the right side.
Furthermore, the twins have lost in the early stages of the MLB playoffs in each of the last two seasons. What has been the main culprit for the shortcomings after the season? Incredibly, they are offensive. They scored a total of two races in the Wild Card Series with the Houston Astros and only seven races in their American League Division Series matchup with the New York Yankees in 2019.
Example: they could use several bodies in the field.
Miller has extensive experience from all positions outside the catch and right field. In the meantime, he hits for power and has posted a total of .853 PPPs in the last two seasons.
Shaw swings a power stick and plays both cornerfield positions. He could be the twins’ immediate backup on the first and third.
Resignation Marwin gonzalez is also a viable alternative. He has started on both corner field and outfield position for the Twins the last two seasons.
Pederson starts and / or has started at first base and all three outfield positions. The left-handed hitter is a year removed from blasting 36 home runs.
Naquin has been a rotating outfielder for the Cleveland Indians, and has played both center and right. He has made just two career mistakes and is a .274 career.
Although the twins sign Cruz again, they need more depth. On the other hand, if Cruz does not sign again, they can use Sano as the specified hitter and / or give some of the veterans a day off in the field.
All the mentioned players are versatile. They are starting caliber players who can work in a different position on a crown that will be useful for the twins with individuals like Buxton, Donaldson and Sano who spend a reasonable amount of time on the injury list in recent memory.
Yes, the twins have had one of the best offensive attacks in MLB since 2017. Also true: Twin’s starting rotation has been an inconsistent bunch and long-term relief. Trevor May left Minnesota in free agency. At the same time, they have a rotation that can be a solid strength in 2021.
Kenta maeda was fantastic last season, posting a 2.70 ERA, a 0.75 WHIP and 80 strikes while holding opponents to a stroke average of .168 over 11 regular season starts. Jose berrios had a turbulent campaign, but has been Minnesota’s ace most of the last three years; he can return to being an overwhelming assassin.
Randy Dobnak had its ups and downs, but was a generally pleasant development in its first season starting every five days last season; he can only improve. Michael pineda is a hard thrower, right-handed that gives length.
They have a plausible rotation quartet that is capable of being one of the foremost rotations in the sport. Therefore, the twins do not have to pony up a multi-year, eight-digit contract per year to retain the veteran right Jake odorizzi. In the meantime, they have a respectable bullpen with them Tyler duffey, Caleb Thielbar, Jorge Alcala, and Taylor rogers appears in the late round.
The rotation should be better, the bullpen is on the right track, and the offensive depth map is full of proven goods. The Twins gave up just seven races in the Wild Card round. They did not lose because of their pitching staff: they lost because they could not get through with clutch hits.
The Twins enter 2021 with the talent to win the World Series – again. It’s a matter of execution: they’re either going to strike in the post season or not. They have the young vitality and the veteran’s pedigree to do damage to the plate in crunch time. Adding more veterans enhances this ability.
All Baldelli and general manager Thad Levine can do is add to the selection list. Be deep enough to withstand injuries, have different types of hitters from a trend point of view, and be loaded enough to the point where an everyday player is on the bench to take the place of a starting lineup if 2020 offensive matches pull into the next season.