15 for 15: Ranking the Top 15 Minnesota Twins from the Last 15 years

Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau of the Minnesota Twins look on. (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images)
Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau of the Minnesota Twins look on. (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images) /
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Jason Kubel congratulates Denard Span and Alexi Casilla of the Minnesota Twins after they both scored against the Oakland Athletics. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /

Top 15 Minnesota Twins from the Past 15 Years: No. 15-No. 11

No. 15: Denard Span (2008-2012)

From 2008-2010 Denard Span played a key role in teams contending for division titles. He was an extremely exciting player with game-changing speed. When the Twins officially started rebuilding, Span was one of the first pieces moved after back-to-back losing seasons. He may not have been here as long as others on this list, but his defense and running ability earn him a spot.

No. 14: Jason Kubel (2007-2011, 2014)

For five seasons in the late 2010s, Jason Kubel was one of the most underrated offensive players in baseball. Slashing .273/.339/.466, Kubel was the perfect sixth man to follow the Mauer-Morneau-Cuddyer meat grinder. Kubel averaged 19 homers and 79 RBI during his first stint here, and with not many options to choose from, he stands out well.

No. 13: Eddie Rosario (2015-2020)

Believe it or not, Eddie Rosario was a very productive player over his time with the Twins. Slashing .277/.310/.477 and hitting 20 homers a year is really solid for a corner outfielder. With this being said, the Twins made the right call in moving on from him, as his defense and ill-advised base-running kept him from being a key part of the team.

No. 12: Max Kepler (2015-Present)

Though Max Kepler’s recent struggles have brought up major questions, his defense gives him the edge over Kubel and Rosario (whose Minnesota offensive numbers are similar). On top of being a good defender, his overall likeability help land him in this spot, though there’s no telling what comes next for him.

No. 11: Miguel Sanó (2015-Present)

Defensive woes and personal opinions from some fans aside, Miguel Sanó‘s first seven seasons with the team have been good. He has a career 119 OPS+ and even though some fans bemoan his constant strikeouts, he’s still provided countless memories like this:

He’s an easy call for this list.