Well, 2014 was another forgettable year for the Minnesota Twins as the trend of 90 loss seasons continued, and their longtime manager Ron Gardenhire was replaced.
The Twins did add a few familiar faces (Paul Molitor as manager and Torii Hunter), and a new one (Ervin Santana) to make the team a smidge more competitive this year.
There are really only a few Fantasy gems reside here, but when you look at their upcoming prospects, including CF Byron Buxton and 3B Miguel Sano, oh, the future is bright.
We took the projected lineup, rotation and bullpen from RosterResources.com
2015 Minnesota Twins Projected “Go-To” Lineup:
- SS Danny Santana
- 2B Brian Dozier
- 1B Joe Mauer
- DH Kennys Vargas
- RF Torii Hunter
- 3B Trevor Plouffe
- LF Oswaldo Arcia
- C Kurt Szuki
- CF Aaron Hicks
This is not a fear evoking lineup to say the least. However, with the addition of Hunter, and the hopeful growth and patience of Vargas, Arcia and Hicks, this lineup could fill their power and speed better than they have in five seasons.
Twins Projected Pitchers:
- RHP Ricky Nolasco
- RHP Phil Hughes
- RHP Ervin Santana
- RHP Kyle Gibson
- LHP Tommy Milone
- LHP Glen Perkins (Closer)
- RHP Casey Fien (Setup)
- RHP Michael Tonkin (setup)
2015 Minnesota Twins Fantasy Studs: Brian Dozier and Glen Perkins
Brian Dozier is far away the most Fantasy relevant player on the 2015 Twins. He may not hit for a fantastic average, but has shown his power with 18 HRs in 2013 and 23 in 2014. He swiped 21 bases last season, and scores runs because of this. Needless to say, he is nearly the lone offensive threat for the Twins. Oh yeah, did I mention he plays the thin position of second base? He will be my 6th ranked second baseman for sure to start 2015.
Glen Perkins is a dominant closer and would be sniffing the Elite category if, and it is a big IF, he wasn’t on the Twins. More wins equals more opportunities, but alas he is on a 90 loss team. He still managed 36 and 34 saves in 2013 and 2014 respectively. He doesn’t walk batters or blow too many saves so he is a fantastic closer option if you miss on the big guys.
Breakout Candidate: Oswaldo Arcia
Oswaldo is still very young at 24, and with that comes a learning curve. He strikes out plenty, and he swings for the fences often. In his second full season as a Twins starter, he should be able to improve his average to the .250 range, lower his Ks and drive in 20-plus HRs. He has potential for more, but he needs some runs to drive in to take the next step.
Sleeper Candidate: Ervin Santana
Santana was the big free agent signing for the Twins and he will add some stability to the roller coaster rotation along with Phil Hughes. Ervin nearly matched his 2013 season numbers in Kansas City in 2014 and greatly improved his strikeout rate and reduced his HRs allowed. Toss in a reduced FIP at 3.36 and he could be in for another sneaky SP3-SP4 type of season for Fantasy owners.
Bust Candidate: Danny Santana
This was a tough one to decide. Primarily because the Twins don’t have too many mid-round options on draft day but Santana had a remarkable rookie season in 2014 hitting .319 with a .405 BABIP, and added 20 steals. Not bad at all. That may have been lucky though, blowing his minor league numbers away, and he does swing and miss often. He will also be SS/OF eligible this year so he will get drafted higher than if he were an outfielder, and with that comes a potential bust candidate.
Top Rookie: Alex Meyer
I am sure everyone is hoping to see Byron Buxton, Miguel Sano, or possibly Jose Berrios, but injuries put them back to potential September call-ups. Meyer on the other hand has filthy, somewhat wild stuff and he could be ready to just get thrown to the wolves and pitch his way out of it. If one of the bottom of the rotation pitchers gets hurt or struggles, we could see the big righty in 2015. Especially if his mechanics improve.
If Alex Meyer is the #14 prospect now, just think how high on the list he’ll be when he’s 28 years old and still at Rochester! — Mike Bates (@MikeBatesSBN) February 9, 2015
What Should We Know About the Minnesota Twins?
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With only two or three certified locks in starting lineups for Fantasy Owners, there isn’t much to see here. However, the Twins have been ranked in the Top 3 farm systems for a few years now, and that is definitely something myself, and all Twins fans are looking forward too.
The Twins simply don’t spend exorbitant amounts of money on free agents, or international players, especially after the Nishioka disaster.
They have a rough and tumble squad, a new manager, and rotation that is better than we have seen in five seasons. If you are in a Dynasty or Keeper league, the Twins minor league system and players will and need to be on your radar. 2015 is a year of rebuild and growth, 2016 should be the beginning of an exciting era.
Brian Dozier Photo Credit: Keith Allison
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