2015 Twins: The Aces Of The Staff

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Aug 8, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Ervin Santana (30) throws a pitch against the Washington Nationals in the second inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

1. Ervin Santana

In his career, Ervin Santana has never won more than 17 games, that came back in 2010 with the Los Angeles Angels. Last season for the Atlanta Braves, and his first venture into the National League, the hurler won 14 games. Now back to the AL Central, Ervin Santana sets his sights even higher.

Having settled for one year deals the past two season, Santana finally cashed in on two solid seasons. After pitching with the Royals in the AL Central during the 2013 season, he comes back with an understanding of the talent he will be facing. Expect him to bolster a Twins staff that will need to lean on him for leadership.

Known as an innings guy, expect Santana to make a splash in his first season with the Twins. Not only should he surpass the 200 inning plateau, but he should contend for a career high in wins. Look for him to rival Phil Hughes for the team lead, and end the season right around 18 wins.

Minnesota has put themselves in a much better position in 2015 than they found themselves in at any point in the 2014 season. Quality starting pitching is apparent, and the lineup should again produce plenty of run support.

Expect the Twins to turn some heads in the American League, and it to come on the backs of their pitching staff.

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