2015 Twins: Who Paces The Lineup?

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Sep 23, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter (48) hits an RBI double in the seventh inning against the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

1. Torii Hunter (2014 total: 157)

The offseason addition on offense for the Twins, Torii Hunter comes back into the fold. Last season, his 157 hits were the lowest total the outfielder has posted in three years. Although his defense has fallen off, his offensive prowess still remains one of his best assets.

A career .279 hitter, Hunter has actually bested that mark each of the past three seasons as well. Having hit at least 16 home runs each of the past three-year, the Twins can expect they have signed a nice blend of power and contact, as well as a capable mentor in Hunter.

While he may play outfield to the starting rotation’s detriment, Hunter can be expected to provide an asset in the middle of the lineup for the Twins. With a handful of players destined for regression, Hunter should prove a valuable addition for Minnesota. Expect him to record north of 160 hits, and lead the club in his first season back.

Minnesota is in a good spot with their lineup. Projecting these players as the top five hitters in 2015, leaves out Kurt Suzuki and Eduardo Escobar, both of whom recorded over 100 hits for the Twins a season ago. If the Twins can be improved on the pitching front, they should find themselves in a good spot this season.

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