Projected 2023 Twins lineup after signing Carlos Correa

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - AUGUST 19: Gilberto Celestino #67, Byron Buxton #25 and Max Kepler #26 of the Minnesota Twins celebrate against the Texas Rangers on August 19, 2022 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - AUGUST 19: Gilberto Celestino #67, Byron Buxton #25 and Max Kepler #26 of the Minnesota Twins celebrate against the Texas Rangers on August 19, 2022 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images) /
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ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 12: Jhoan Duran #59 of the Minnesota Twins throws against the Los Angeles Angels in the eighth inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 12, 2022 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 12: Jhoan Duran #59 of the Minnesota Twins throws against the Los Angeles Angels in the eighth inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 12, 2022 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) /

Projected Minnesota Twins starting rotation in 2023

Here’s a look at the Twins pitching situation as well, for good measure.

  1. Sonny Gray
  2. Joe Ryan
  3. Trevor Mahle
  4. Bailey Ober
  5. Kenta Maeda

That’s probably what things will look like on Opening Day, unless something happens in Spring Training to change Rocco’s mind. Injuries can happen too, but if the Twins need to mix things up in the rotation, there’s some solid depth to play around with.

  • Simeon Woods-Richardson
  • Josh Winder
  • Louie Varland
  • A.J. Alexy
  • Jordan Balazovic

Projected Minnesota Twins bullpen options in 2023

FanGraphs rated the Twins bullpen as the team’s best position group entering this upcoming season. Based on the arms in the pen, and what we saw out of them last season, it’s hard to argue with the hype.

Jhoan Durán quickly became a fan favorite and created a dangerous late-inning duo with Jorge Lopez.

Durán was by far the standout of the group, pitching nearly 60 innings and posting 1.87 ERA. It’s not too early to say he’s a budding superstar, and the type of pitcher teams need in the pen to be serious about making runs in October.

I mean, come on. That’s the good stuff and it’s coming out of the Minnesota bullpen.

Here’s a look at the rest of the unit as it stands now:

  • Jhoan Durán
  • Jorge López
  • Griffin Jax
  • Caleb Theilbar
  • Jorge Alcalá
  • Emilio Pagán
  • Jovani Morán
  • Trevor Megill
  • Ronny Henríquez
  • Cole Sands

Beyond Durán, there’s a lot to like about this group. Griffin Jax is another young arm that seems like he’ll take a leap forward in 2023. Heading into August last season, before the Twins imploded, Jax was posting a 3.49 ERA with 53 strikeouts in 43 innings in his first year as a reliever. He had his ups and downs, but considering it was just his first year of relief work, there’s enough to get excited about what an offseason of work might do to his efforts this season. Caleb Theilbar didn’t post an ERA above 2.45 from July to the end of the season, and finished the season with a 2.42 FIP.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg, and it’s hard to not be thrilled about what this unit can do if the rest of the lineup does its job and consistently hands them leads next season.

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