Minnesota Twins: The 40 Best Players In Team History (No. 21-25)
No. 22: Shane Mack (19.6 WAR)
A combination of power and speed helped outfielder Shane Mack become a productive player for the Twins from 1990 to 1994. He was able to hit home runs and steal bases, while also hitting for average. He was also a key contributor to the 1991 World Series championship winning squad.
Mack has his best year in 1992, which surprisingly didn’t get him much recognition. He hit .315 with 16 home runs and 75 runs batted in. His speed helped him swipe 26 bases to go with his power numbers. His year was great from a value standpoint, as well. He tallied 6.5 wins above replacement, a career-high.
In 1991, he had a similarly productive year. He hit 18 home runs and drove in 74 runs to go along with 13 stolen bases. He also tallied 5.0 wins above replacement for the World Series champions. His production spilled over into the playoffs, as he hit .333 in the ALCS against Toronto.
Mack currently ranks third in batting average in Twins history with a .309 mark. His average combined with his power and speed made him a threat to score and produce runs. His value was shown through his WAR numbers during his five years in Minnesota.
Mack played on one of the best Twins teams in history and was able to stand out as a multi-dimensional player. That made him a dangerous threat in a lineup that included incredible talent. His contributions and ability to win games for his team helped him rack up WAR, and that truly shows his value.