Minnesota Twins: Ready or Not, Here We Come… To Stay
By Jordan Ison
The Minnesota Twins had a hot start to the 2017 season, but nobody thought it would last. Now, 43 games in, they still aren’t showing signs of slowing down.
Could it be true? Is it possible that the Minnesota Twins, the same team that lost 103 games a year ago, could be… good this year? The answer to that question is simply yes. And don’t expect it to change any time soon.
Twins’ management has done a nice job of maintaining it’s prospects and bringing them up in the organization. Now, it seems to be paying off. With a solid mix of veteran leadership and youthful spark, the Minnesota Twins seem to be a legit contender.
With the bulk of a 162 game season still ahead of us, there are bound to be bumps in the road. The Twins, though, have built a system that is ready to withstand those bumps.
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It all begins with a solid pitching staff. Although if you look deeper than Ervin Santana and Jose Berrios, the rotation seems shaky, the Twins are making roster moves every day to improve that. This shows us that Minnesota is in it to win it in 2017.
The bullpen has been questionable thus far, but Paul Molitor has shown he’s not afraid to DFA a player if he’s not producing. Basically, you’ll get the chance to prove your worth and if you can’t, it’s next man up.
The offense has been scorching at times. Miguel Sano is having a near MVP type season and Brian Dozier seems to have found his stride. The role players are coming through for the Twins, as well, getting great plate appearances by the likes of Max Kepler, Jorge Polanco and more.
The defense, though, has been the biggest improvement for the Minnesota Twins this year. They quite possibly have the best defensive unit in the MLB.
Furthermore, the outfield is full of speedsters with solid arms. Byron Buxton can cover pretty much the entire outfield and Eddie Rosario has proven he has one of the strongest arms in the game.
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In conclusion, despite being in a division with the Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers, the Minnesota Twins are at the top. And they’re there to stay. Nearly 1/3 into the season and the Twins are starting to hit their stride. Buckle your seat belts and prepare for a playoff run.