As the Minnesota Twins are now just three days away from kicking off Spring Training down in Fort Myers, things are being set up around the Lee County Sports Complex. With Hammond Stadium and the clubhouse recently redone, we were given a look inside by Twins President Dave St. Peter. The most exciting part was him showing off the future of the Twins.
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With Torii Hunter resigned to a one-year, $10.5 million deal this offseason, he is expected to come in a be an integral part of the club. While his defense leaves something to be desired, his offensive ability is going to be an asset to the Twins. Perhaps his biggest role however will be in working with both Aaron Hicks and Byron Buxton in hopes of preparing them for the big stage.
Thus far in his career, Hicks has fallen short of expectations. He appears poised to make 2015 a breakout season, and having Hunter in his corner is something that can only be beneficial. For Buxton, 2014 was a wasted season with injuries. The Twins will be hoping that Hunter can help Buxton work through staying healthy for a full season, and preparing him to compete at the major league level.
With the positioning of their lockers all next to each other, you can bet that the younger two players will be picking Torii’s brain plenty. The veteran Hunter will have a ton of information to share with the Twins youth, and they would be best positioned to listen.
We’re just days away people, and the excitement is building.