Two for two! Ricky Nolasco was traded for Hector Santiago in July, after Eduardo Nunez was dealt to the San Francisco Giants. But the first player dealt was Arcia, to the Tampa Bay Rays on June 24th. Arcia had been designated for assignment the week before.
Wow, I was all in on Suzuki in March. Instead, Suzuki hit most of his marks for career averages across the board. Not really a “break out” season. Twins will start over at the catching position next year. Let’s move on.
First off, I’m upset with getting this pick right. Secondly, I’m glad Buxton started proving me wrong near the end of the season.
After a horrid start, and bouncing between AAA and the majors, Buxton finally produced in September, slashing .287 / .357 / .653 / 9 HR / 22 RBI for the month.
Truth be told, he played great defensively, even while he was struggling at the plate. While he didn’t win the AL Rookie of the Year as many predicted, he at least showed flashes of promise as 2016 wrapped up.
Worst prediction award goes to this question. Park didn’t even make it to the All-Star game before being sent down, and Suzuki disappointed me here as well.
Dozier had a career-defining year, hitting 42 HR / 104 R / 99 RBI. A mini-slump during the season’s last week kept him from becoming a 100/100 runs and RBI hitter. He did score over 100 runs for the third consecutive season.
It will be interesting to see how Dozier does (if he’s not traded) with the Twins after hitting coach Tom Brunansky was let go. Dozier has blossomed into a power hitter under Bruno’s tutelage.