Worst Case Scenario May Be A Silver Lining For Twins In 2015

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Sep 26, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Minnesota Twins right fielder Oswaldo Arcia (31) hits a two run home run in the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports


Heading into the season, an outfield of Oswaldo Arcia, Aaron Hicks, and Torii Hunter may in fact hurt Twins pitchers. With less than ideal defenders on the corners, Minnesota will need to hope the unit as a whole provides strong defensive ability. It is in the options that wait that the Twins should find their strength however.

There is very little to say when it comes to Byron Buxton. He is the best prospect in baseball, and should immediately make an impact upon being called up to the major league level. He will take over for Hicks, and should push Hicks to left, or the fourth outfield spot depending on how his season is going. If either Hunter or Arcia finds themselves on the shelf, another Twins prospect could shine.

Despite missing time due to a suspension in 2014, Eddie Rosario is nearing his debut at Target Field. He struggled at the plate a season ago, but also never had the time to settle in. With the ability to play both corner spots, and showing he can handle a bat, Rosario would be an immediate upgrade over the likes of a struggling Hicks or Jordan Schafer for the Twins.

While Max Kepler is still more than a year off, the Twins have solid options waiting in the wings when it comes to their outfield. The defensive issues could quickly turn into a position of strength.