Minnesota Twins: 5 best outfields in team history

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - AUGUST 06: (L-R) Eddie Rosario
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MINNEAPOLIS, MN – JULY 27: (L-R) Josh Willingham /

No. 5- 2012 Twins Outfield

Ben Revere, Josh Willingham, and Denard Span

The 2012 Minnesota Twins by no means had a successful season finishing last in the AL Central with a record of 66-96. A lot of that is chalked up to a starting pitching staff that was not very good and had Scott Diamond lead the team in innings pitched 173 innings with the next closest pitcher logging 100 innings. The outfield did turn in a good season with a total WAR of 10.8.

Denard Span anchored the outfield defense for the Twins in center field. He had a 5.0 WAR and batted .283/.342/.395 and 38 doubles. Span had one of his best seasons as a defensive player with a dWAR of 2.4. I personally have always thought Span also brought great value to teams as a patient leadoff hitter.

After Michael Cuddyer was allowed to leave the Twins, Josh Willingham was signed to fill his spot as the right-handed power bat in the lineup. The Twins signed Willingham to the richest contract the Twins had given to a free agent at the time. Willingham went on to slash .260/.366/.534 and logged 30 doubles, 35 home runs, and 110 RBIs which led to Willingham winning a Silver Slugger award.

Ben Revere rounded out the trio of outfielders in 2012 as he hit .294/.333/.342 while stealing 40 bases. Revere in the 2012 season also turned in his best defensive season according to his defensive WAR of 0.5. Revere was always an interesting player as he had speed and the ability to catch just about anything while often hitting for a good average, but Revere had questionable arm strength and nothing in the way of power at the plate.