Minnesota Twins: The Good, Bad, and the Ugly of the first half
Miguel Sano has been non-existent for the Minnesota Twins during the 2018 season. Durability has been a question for Sano and this season he has struggled to see the field in MLB.
Sano entered Spring Training rehabbing from offseason surgery and hasn’t been able to find solid footing in the Twin Cities. He has hit only .203 with seven home runs in 39 games played in the Majors during this season.
Those aren’t even the bad numbers when looking at his performance while with the Twins. He has amassed 66 strikeouts with only 163 plate appearances while walking only 14 times. If his .675 OPS isn’t reason enough for concern, his paltry. 270 OBP raises plenty of red flags.
That is the reason Sano currently finds himself playing in Advanced-A Fort Myers. His ugly performance during the first half has been a major contributor to the Minnesota Twins struggles. However, he’s not the only player who has experienced monumental struggles during this season.
The Twins made a splash when they signed Logan Morrison during the offseason. However, he has done next to nothing to earn his contract during the 2018 season.
Morrison hit only .249 while playing in 149 games for the Tampa Bay Rays during the 2017 season. However, he also hit 38 home runs with 85 runs batted in and was able to turn that into a guaranteed one-year $6.5 million contract.
Although that salary seems reasonable, Morrison has produced all of 31 runs during this season. He also has only 11 home runs and 24 extra-base hits while playing in 80 games. To make things even worse, Morrison is hitting only .193 and provides very little value in the lineup.
Minnesota made a mistake in signing Morrison. He has been a terrible hitter, with random power surges, throughout his entire career. He is at best a mediocre power-hitter and the Twins need more than that. That being said, we’ll now move onto a player who hasn’t been ugly, but he hasn’t been good either.