Minnesota Twins: 3 things Josh Donaldson brings to the Twins

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KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - SEPTEMBER 25: Josh Donaldson #20 of the Atlanta Braves is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after scoring during the 8th inning of the game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on September 25, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - SEPTEMBER 25: Josh Donaldson #20 of the Atlanta Braves is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after scoring during the 8th inning of the game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on September 25, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) /
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ATLANTA, GEORGIA – OCTOBER 04: Josh Donaldson #20 of the Atlanta Braves hits an RBI single off Jack Flaherty #22 of the St. Louis Cardinals in the first inning in game two of the National League Division Series at SunTrust Park on October 04, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA – OCTOBER 04: Josh Donaldson #20 of the Atlanta Braves hits an RBI single off Jack Flaherty #22 of the St. Louis Cardinals in the first inning in game two of the National League Division Series at SunTrust Park on October 04, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /

The Bringer of Rain makes the Bomba Squad even more dangerous

As mentioned in the introduction, Donaldson’s offensive ability is what made several teams fall over themselves to sign him this offseason. Outside of a 2018 season which was marred by injury, Donaldson has been one of the more consistent power hitters in the league, slugging 33 or more home runs in three of the past four seasons.

While he probably isn’t going to match his absurd 2015 line (.297, 41 HR, 123 RBI) that netted the American League MVP award, he will bring a bat that ranked in the upper echelon of exit velocity (98th percentile according to Baseball Savant) and hard-hit percentage (97th percentile).

What’s even more impressive is that Donaldson’s power comes with quite a bit of patience, as he’s ranked within the top 20 of walks in every full major league season outside of his 2018 disaster. While he also is prone to strikeouts (155 K in 549 AB last season), he should fit right in with the feast or famine approach that the Bomba Squad had in 2019.

Slotting Donaldson’s bat in the middle of the Twins lineup also gives pitchers less options to pitch around as The Athletic’s Aaron Gleeman noted that the entire starting lineup boasts an OPS above the MLB average of .758.

With nowhere to hide, Donaldson’s arrival arguably gives the Twins the best lineup in baseball regardless if they switch to the old baseballs in 2020.

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