Twins Breakdown: Grading Offseason Acquisitions

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Sep 24, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Shane Robinson (43) catches a fly ball hit by Washington Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez (not pictured) during the sixth inning at Busch Stadium. St. Louis defeated Washington 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Shane Robinson (minor league/Spring Training invite)

As it stands currently, Aaron Hicks appears to be entrenched as the opening day centerfielder. Jordan Schafer is slated to be the fourth outfielder, and is the only player on the 25 man roster that profiles as capable in center field. Shane Robinson is looking to play himself into that mix.

With Hicks yet to put it together at the major league level, and Schafer being at or below replacement level on his own, there is room for Robinson. A five-year major leaguer, Robinson owns a .231/.303/.308 slash line but has been nine runs saved above average over the course of his career.

Minnesota is waiting on the emergence of Byron Buxton to take over their starting centerfield position, but depth has been an issue in recent year. Whether Robinson plays himself into the rotation out of Spring Training or not, he should see time at some point with the Twins. Organizational outfield depth is also a plus.

Grade: C

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