Minnesota Twins: 2022 Opening Day Roster Prediction

Minnesota Twins shortstop Carlos Correa takes the field prior to the first inning of the game against the Boston Red Sox. (Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports)
Minnesota Twins shortstop Carlos Correa takes the field prior to the first inning of the game against the Boston Red Sox. (Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports) /
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Sonny Gray of the Minnesota Twins pitches during a team workout on March 18, 2022 at Hammond Stadium. (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images) /

Minnesota Twins Starting Rotation

In:

  1. Sonny Gray, RHP
  2. Joe Ryan, RHP
  3. Bailey Ober, RHP
  4. Chris Archer, RHP
  5. Dylan Bundy, RHP

Out…of the Rotation, In as the Long Reliever:

  • Griffin Jax, RHP

Out:

  • Josh Winder, RHP
  • Devin Smeltzer, LHP

It’s not the rotation we wanted, but it’s the rotation we have. Despite a higher than normal ERA in 2021, Sonny Gray is a high-end starter, even if he’s not a legitimate ace. Chris Archer is a fine back of the rotation option if he can remain healthy, and Dylan Bundy will definitely be better than last year.

Griffin Jax misses the rotation, but we’ll include him here as he seems likely to hold off non-roster guys Lewis Thorpe and Devin Smeltzer for the long reliever job. Winder may have missed the Opening Day rotation, but it won’t be long before he leapfrogs Bundy into the Top 5. The whole rotation rests on Joe Ryan and Bailey Ober though.

If Ryan and Ober pick up where they left off last year, this is a solid rotation. If not, the rotation will fold in on itself, forcing the lineup to carry too much of a load. The rotation is the key to seeing if this team wins 90 games or 75.

Roster Count: 19.