Minnesota Twins vs AL Central at Second Base

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Jun 29, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier (2) hits a three-run home run in the fourth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart watches at right. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports
Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

How do the Minnesota Twins compare to their AL Central competition at Second Base?

With the return of All-Star second baseman Brian Dozier, the argument could be made that the Minnesota Twins’ most productive position on the roster is second base.

This also goes for the rest of the American League Central as several teams send out current or former All-Stars on a daily basis, making second base perhaps among the deepest in the division.

But the real question remains, which team has the best overall second baseman? Do defensive metrics outweigh the importance of offensive performance? Is experience more important than youth? Which team has the best outlook at the position for the future?

Minnesota Twins

Dozier’s 2015 campaign allowed him to show off his abilities in all facets of the game. Not only was he an All-Star, but he set career highs in homers (28), RBI’s (77), hits (148) and doubles (39).

He was also a finalist for the Gold Glove award, showing off that he was not only a prominent offensive presence but a strong fielder as well.

What comes after Dozier, however, is where things get a bit murky. And rightfully so. Dozier is fully entrenched at second base and has played well enough to ensure his place with the Twins for quite some time.

The Twins’ depth at the position could be made up of any combination of Danny Santana, Eduardo Nunez or even Jorge Polanco if need be.

However, the one thing all three of these players have in common is their listed position is shortstop, so they would be playing more of a utility role making second base one of the Twins’ most productive yet weakest in terms of true depth.

And if anything happened to Dozier, there would then be a huge drop off in terms of production but that argument could be made for any of the other teams in the division.

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