The Minnesota Twins Top 10 Bright Spots as MLB Season Finishes

ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 31: Tyler Austin #31 of the Minnesota Twins celebrates with third base coach Gene Glynn #13 after hitting a solo home run against the Texas Rangers during the fifth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 31, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 31: Tyler Austin #31 of the Minnesota Twins celebrates with third base coach Gene Glynn #13 after hitting a solo home run against the Texas Rangers during the fifth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 31, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images) /
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CLEVELAND, OH – AUGUST 08: Jose Ramirez #11 of the Cleveland Indians steals second base as Logan Forsythe #24 of the Minnesota Twins waits for the throw during the third inning at Progressive Field on August 8, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Ron Schwane/Getty Images) /

Taylor Rogers

Taylor Rogers has been a steady workhorse for the Twins in late inning situations with an 11-6 record from 2016-2018.  His career stats with the Twins for those 3 years look like a solid #2 or #3 starter’s numbers!  In 174.2 IP, he’s only allowed 162 hits with 51 walks (11 intentional) and 177 strikeouts!  His WHIP this year is an excellent 1.058 with 64 strikeouts in 57.2 IP and 62 appearances.  Rogers is a stalwart and a keeper!  Rogers splits show an excellent performance vs. left handed batters in 2018.  Taylor Rogers Splits

Kyle Gibson

Kyle Gibson has produced a fairly steady season, worthy of a #2 or #3 starter on a solid contending team; a team that makes the playoffs and has a good chance to advance.  Some inconsistency and a fairly weak Twins offense have limited him to only 7 wins on the season in 171 innings but with a 3.74 ERA.  Based on the ERA and allowing only 152 hits in those 171 innings and striking out 158, Gibson makes this list.

Logan Forsythe

Logan Forsythe, acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Brian Dozier trade, primarily so the Dodgers could shed his salary, has seen his career greatly rejuvenated since going the Twins with a slash line of .300/.394/.345 with an OPS of .739 as a Twin.  The exciting statistic to me is the .394 OBP.  It’s been dropping a bit lately, so let’s hope that high OBP holds up.  It’s possible that Joe Mauer and Logan Forsythe could give the Twins some serious on base power in the top two positions in the batting order in 2019.  And that’s a great way to kick start any powerful offense!