Sep 24, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Phil Hughes (45) pitches in the eighth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports
To start with the first and only lock, Phil Hughes is your opening day starter and ace. Last season, Hughes was extremely impressive, and finished seventh in the AL Cy Young race. With a 3.52 ERA and an 8.0 K/9 ratio along with a new major league record in BB/K ratio, Hughes made an immediate impact for the Twins. The level of productivity brought from Hughes should be expected to continue. Having previously only pitched for the Yankees, Hughes was haunted by a poor stadium that terrorized his home pitching statistics. He has always been a good pitcher, and the move to Target Field was a huge boost for him. Expect the success to continue in 2015.