Twins Takes: Seven Hot Predictions For 2015
Josmil Pinto leads the Twins in home runs
Last season, Brian Dozier led the Twins with 23 home runs. The number is not only incredibly low, it was posted by a second basemen, and many of those long balls came before the All-Star break. Look for a more traditional power hitter to take charge in 2015, and my money is on Pinto.
I don’t believe Oswaldo Arcia will stay healthy enough to hit 25 or more home runs, Trevor Plouffe will cede time to utility players at some point, and Kennys Vargas is a candidate to face some regression. Compound those things with the fact that Kurt Suzuki will likely not hit to the extent he did last season, offering more opportunity for Pinto, and we have a recipe for logistics.
Give me Pinto for over 25 home runs in 2015, and I think he will be joined by plenty of company. Torii Hunter, Dozier, Plouffe, Vargas, Arcia, and Sano (depending on when he debuts), should all push the envelope towards 20 longballs a piece.