2015 Twins: 6 Keys To Relevance
March 21, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Minnesota Twins infielder Miguel Sano (97) in the dugout against the New York Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
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Minnesota has a handful of players that are knocking at the door to the major leagues, they need those guys to kick it in during the 2015 season. Namely, Alex Meyer, Miguel Sano, and Byron Buxton. The Twins should see them in that order as well.
At 25 years old, the time spent on the farm should come to a quick end. If Meyer still profiles as a top of the rotation starter, he needs to show it at the major league level. Command will continue to be refined, but his strikeout potential is something the Twins could use.
There’s no doubt that Sano’s bat should immediately play at the major league level, and the Twins would do well to find room for it. With Plouffe entrenched at third, that may come through designated hitter at bats, but by the end of the summer it should be entered somewhere.
Looking at Buxton, the Twins may be asking a lot of him right out of the gate. With Arcia and Hunter on his flanks, it will be a speedy centerfielder that holds the defense together. After missing most of 2014, a quick start and promotion is something the Twins can ride towards a competitive 2015.
When considering the arrival of these prospects, it’s not so much that the Twins need to find room for them, but that each of them needs to force the organizations hand. In playing to a high level, making the front office accelerate them to help the team compete this year is an ideal scenario.