Sep 9, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Minnesota Twins right fielderOswaldo Arcia
(31) hits a two-run home run in the fourth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
This positional grouping appears to be a virtual lock as well. With the Twins signing Torii Hunter this offseason, Oswaldo Arcia will make the transition over to left field. In the middle of them, Aaron Hicks will get what likely appears to be his last shot at an outfield job for the Twins. Backing them up in a defensive replacement capability will be 2014 waiver claim, Jordan Schafer.
Minnesota will have some defensive struggles on the corners with two guys, in Arcia and Hunter, that don’t cover a lot of ground. If there is a season that will demand Aaron Hicks be locked in at all times, it will be 2015. The bulk of the Twins starting outfield will be focused around guys that hit and have strong arms, more than those of defensive prowess.
At some point in 2015, I would expect Byron Buxton to make the leap to the major leagues. Depending on how the season goes for the Twins, that may not be until September. Regardless, I don’t see any way he factors into the Opening Day 25 man roster.
Now onto what has been the downfall of the Twins in recent years, pitching…