2015 Recap: Minnesota Twins
Minnesota Twins (83-79, second in AL Central)
The Twins have had four consecutive losing seasons and lost over 90 games all four times after two straight postseason appearances. They really had given no indication of turning it around. Their success this year and being viable for a postseason spot until the last week of the season was one of the biggest surprises in a season full of them. Nothing really stands out about their team except they are young and they had eight players hit at least 10 home runs. 6’4″ designated hitter Miguel Sano looks like a true stud and he hit 18 home runs in 80 games.
SP Kyle Gibson: GS 32, IP 194.2, ERA 3.84
3B Trevor Plouffe: G 152, AB 573, HR 22
2B Brian Dozier: G 157, AB 628, HR 28
LF Eddie Rosario: G 122, AB 453, HR 13
DH Miguel Sano: G 80, AB 279, HR 18
Biggest need: Right fielder
Torii Hunter was just as apart of the identity of the Twins as anybody in the early 2000s when they made the playoffs four out of five years, including an appearance in the ALCS in 2002. Hunter had 508 plate appearances and 22 home runs in his last season in the majors. Eddie Rosario had 117 plate appearances in right field. It wasn’t enough for the Twins who were last in baseball at right field and Rosario was the starting left fielder anyway.