Forgotten seasons by Minnesota Twins players
The Minnesota Twins are working their way into the playoff race, but just like any season, there are excellent performances that are flying under the radar in 2017 for the Twins.
Consider some of these:
- Most would figure that Miguel Sano leads the team in OPS+ (130), but would you guess that Eddie Rosario is second with a 113? Rosario’s offensive season is being pretty drastically underrated. He’s hitting .287/.328/.482 with 23 doubles (second on team), 2 triples (tied for team lead), 14 home runs (tied for third), and 4 stolen bases.
- Eduardo Escobar has been hailed as a valuable bench player, but Ehire Adrianza has hit .277/.333/.362 this season with 7 stolen bases in just 109 plate appearances while walking 9.2% and striking out just 14.7% of the time, excellent bat control for a bench player.
- Since the All-Star break, Tyler Duffey has made 9 appearances, throwing 10 innings, with a 1.80 ERA and a 1/12 BB/K ratio. Ryan Pressly has made 10 appearances, throwing 13 1/3 innings, with a 2.03 ERA, 0.83 WHIP, and a 1/13 BB/K ratio.
- Buddy Boshers has turned himself into an excellent LOOGY. He has held the first hitter he faced in 2017 to a .190/.240/.286/.526 line (and he’s actually better coming in versus the middle of the inning than opening an inning) while holding lefties to an OPS .251 lower than against righties.
- While many assume Byron Buxton has been the best defender on the team, most wouldn’t realize that (per Fangraphs’ overall defensive rating) Jason Castro and Chris Gimenez have combined behind the plate for an equal score to that of Buxton.
If we’ve missed many of these throughout the current season that’s right in front of our noses, imagine the seasons that have happened in the past that have been lost to our fallible memories and other players on the same team overshadowing them throughout the history of the team.
We decided to put together a team of such players. We’ll start with the infield, then move to the outfield, then the starting rotation, then relief pitching. Five starters and three relievers were chosen. There are players from the 1960s all the way through the 2000s, so players are in every decade on this list!
Let’s start with the infielders: