Minnesota Twins: A Look Back at the First-Half of the Season
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The Twins are winning and that’s been the top storyline of the season. After four long years of losing, it’s been exciting to watch the Twins be competitive once again. But, it’s also been exciting to see four of the Twins top 10 prospects make their big league debuts.
It all started with Eddie Rosario, the Twins number nine overall prospect at the start of the season. Rosario made his big league debut on May 6, and hit a solo home run on the first big league pitch he saw. Since that swing, Rosario has become an everyday player for the Twins and is hitting .284 while providing stellar defense in the outfield.
The Twins top prospect, Byron Buxton made his big league debut on June 14. He may not have hit a home run, but he did score the game-winning run in his big league debut. Buxton struggled at the plate in 11 games, hitting .189 with 10 strikeouts. His struggles at the plate didn’t stop him from providing great defense in center field. Buxton is currently on the disabled list with a thumb injury and is expected back sometime in August. His first big league stint didn’t go as planned, but the future is bright for the young center fielder.
Alex Meyer, made his big league debut on June 26. He pitched 1.2 innings out of the bullpen and gave up four earned runs and two home runs. Is next outing of the bullpen was slightly better, but far from great, giving up one run and issuing two walks in one inning pitched. Meyer is back in Triple-A and working on his command and consistency issues.
Miguel Sano, the power-hitting third baseman and designated hitter made his big league debut on July 2. Through 11 big league games Sano is hitting .378 with two home runs, four doubles and eight RBIs. He could be locked in as the Twins cleanup hitter for the foreseeable future.
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