Minnesota Twins: The 40 Best Players In Team History (No. 36-40)

Jul 15, 2013; Flushing , NY, USA; National League outfielder Michael Cuddyer (3) of the Colorado Rockies at bat during the Home Run Derby in advance of the 2013 All Star Game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 15, 2013; Flushing , NY, USA; National League outfielder Michael Cuddyer (3) of the Colorado Rockies at bat during the Home Run Derby in advance of the 2013 All Star Game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jul 15, 2013; Flushing , NY, USA; National League outfielder Michael Cuddyer (3) of the Colorado Rockies at bat during the Home Run Derby in advance of the 2013 All Star Game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 15, 2013; Flushing , NY, USA; National League outfielder Michael Cuddyer (3) of the Colorado Rockies at bat during the Home Run Derby in advance of the 2013 All Star Game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 40: Michael Cuddyer (12.4 WAR)

Twins fan favorite, and soon to be Twins Hall of Famer, Michael Cuddyer comes in at number 40. Cuddyer played parts of eleven seasons with the Twins from 2001 to 2011. He helped them win six American League Central Division titles and was a key contributor during his time in Minnesota.

During his Minnesota years, Cuddyer hit 141 home runs, which is the tenth most in club history. He also ranks ninth in career doubles and tenth in triples in Twins history. He made his lone All-Star appearance as a member of the Twins in 2011, a year which he batted .284 with 20 home runs and 76 runs batted in.

His best season was in 2009 when he batted .276 with 32 home runs and 94 RBIs. He garnered a few MVP votes that season, as well. While Cuddyer flashed power, he also could swipe a bag when needed. He stole 52 bases during his time in Minnesota.

Overall, Cuddyer was a solid player who had many productive seasons for the Twins. He is in the top ten in a few major power hitting categories in Twins history. It is more surprising that his WAR was as low as it was, as many would think he should be higher on this list.