2015 Twins: 6 Keys To Relevance

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Nov 2, 2013; Surprise, AZ, USA; Minnesota Twins second baseman Eddie Rosario against the East during the Fall Stars Game at Surprise Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Find A Diamond In The Rough

Last season, Danny Santana came out of nowhere to lead the Twins in a handful of statistical categories. Expecting regression from high performers during the 2014 season means that someone is going to need to step up. The Twins have plenty of capable players, but who does will help to define where Minnesota goes in 2015.

Looking at Kyle Gibson and J.R. Graham on the mound, or a player like Eddie Rosario in the field, Minnesota needs an unaccounted contribution. Gibson is a household name at this point, but he hasn’t yet taken the leap that he should be capable of. Minnesota selected Graham in the Rule 5 draft, and he has high upside out of the bullpen. Rosario had an impressive Arizona Fall League, and could be a better Santana in the outfield for Minnesota in 2015.

No matter who it is, the Twins simply need it to be someone. As they come together as a team, they will be relying upon the key contributors to pace the squad. Taking them to the heights of a .500 or Wild Card team will require afterthought players to step up.

In 2015, the Twins have a pretty high floor in comparison to where they have been in recent memory. Considering the level of talent to start out this season, as well as the fresh ideas brought with a new coaching staff, the Twins are in a good spot. Enjoy a 2015 team that projects to have a higher floor than what we have grown accustomed too, and one that with the right breaks, could make use of a decent ceiling as well.

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