Top 10 Outfielders in Minnesota Twins History

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Apr 22, 2014; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Minnesota Twins hitting coach and former outfielder

Tom Brunansky

(23) looks on at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

player. 2. 7 1/2 Seasons (1982-1988) – WAR 17.5. RF. MN. Tom Brunansky. 8

Current hitting coach  and former Twins outfielder Tom Brunansky ranks eighth on this list. Let’s look at how ranks among the top 10.

  • Eighth in Runs Scored (450)
  • Eighth in Hits (829)
  • Fifth in Home Runs (163)
  • Seventh in Runs Batted In (469)
  • Last in Stolen Bases (36)
  • Last in Batting Average (.250)
  • Eighth in On Base Percentage (.330)
  • Seventh in Slugging Percentage (.452)

Clearly Brunansky was not much of a base stealer. Even though he ranks high in home runs, he is not ranked highly in batting average, OBP and SLG. It is surprising that he ranks seventh in SLG. .452 is not bad at all. It just was not good enough compared to the other players on the list.

Even though he does not rank higher than fifth in any statistical category, he is good enough to rank eighth on the list. Brunansky was an all-star in 1985. That is the year the game was held at the Metrodome. It was Brunansky’s only all-star appearance.

During his time with the Twins, Brunansky was consistently good. He never hit less than 20 home runs. He drove in 75 or more runs six of the seven full seasons. He was able to stay healthy and play in over 150 games six times with the Twins. He hit 163 of his 271 home runs with the Twins.  Get the picture?

Brunansky played with the Twins during the 1987 championship season. Now he serves as the hitting coach. He has been the hitting coach since the 2013 season.

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