Estamy Urena, 2B – Urena had a very solid season, exhibiting quality defense at second base while also hitting .306/.369/.434 with 7 doubles, 3 triples, 3 home runs, and 4 stolen bases. He was a fixture in the #2 spot in the lineup quite frequently for the Twins as they played to the 2nd-best record in the entire league.
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Others who could have been considered
Alberoni Nunez, OF – The crazy part is that Urena was the only selection, though he was arguably the 3rd-5th best offensive player for the Twins this season. Easily the best hitter on the Twins was Nunez, who hit .352/.420/.545 with 9 doubles, 7 triples, 3 home runs, and 11 stolen bases. His numbers far outpaced any outfielder chosen for the team, outside of Fernando Kelli‘s incredible 58 stolen bases.
Yeltsin Encarnacion, IF – Even though he cooled down some from his extremely strong start to the 2017 season, Encarnacion finished with some of the best stats of any infielder while handling 2B/3B/SS aptly. Encarnacion finished with a .318/.408/.523 line with 9 doubles, 8 triples, 2 home runs, and 6 stolen bases. His OPS was actually higher than any infielder chosen for any of the positions around the infield.
Michael Montero, RHP – The Twins had excellent performances from a few starters, but the one that definitely was the ace of the staff was Montero, who led the team in innings pitched with 58 1/3 innings. On the season, he had a 4-1 record, with a 2.78 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, and a 12/64 BB/K ratio. His K/9 was better than any pitcher chosen as a starting pitcher on the list.
Frandy Torres, RP – First, the relief pitcher chosen was hardly a relief pitcher, having appeared in relief 3 times out of 9 appearances, so he was primarily a starter. Torres is certainly not that. He was a pure reliever, making 23 appearances, throwing 37 2/3 innings with a 6-0 record and 10 saves to go along with a 0.72 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, and a 13/34 BB/K ratio.