Based on the Opening Day roster the Twins look mediocre, but they absolutely have a chance to build on last season’s surprising success and make a run at the AL Central title.
Even if Park turns into merely an average player the team will still have dramatically underpaid.
The trade clears out some of the team’s outfield logjam and brings in a much-needed alternative to Kurt Suzuki behind the plate.
Park’s not a seamless fit given the existing logjam of first basemen, corner outfielders, and designated hitters.
Going from Plouffe to Sano at third base would hurt defensively, but Plouffe isn’t exactly Brooks Robinson and it could also lead to an upgrade offensively.
Whichever side you lean toward from a team-wide perspective, there’s no doubt that looking at the Twins’ season from a player-by-player view leads to an abundance of half-full glasses and a few that are overflowing
When given an opportunity to play shortstop, Escobar’s been above average offensively and defensively.
Monday’s off day provides an opportunity to stop and marvel at Sano’s start with the Twins.
Kepler is on the verge of joining Miguel Sano in Minnesota thanks to a breakout season at Double-A.
The Twins’ pitching has improved somewhat from 2011–14’s abysmal record, but they’re still dead last in strikeouts.
Sano has 40-homer potential, which is saying something considering Harmon Killebrew is the only player in Twins history to hit more than 35 homers.
Six of the Twins’ seven elite prospects since 2000 suffering major injuries has been franchise-altering.
His bat has always been what makes Sano a top prospect and it looks just about ready now.
Joe Mauer’s accomplishments as a catcher through age 30 are nearly unmatched in the history of baseball. Then came the season-ending concussion in 2013.
In selecting the University of Illinois reliever, the Twins made it clear they think he can develop into a starter. An opinion shared by some, but not all, teams.
Part of the problem with pinning a team’s hopes and dreams to the successful development of prospects is that half of them don’t pan out at all.