twins 2016 season preview
Will young players with star potential like Miguel Sano and Byron Buxton push the team back into the playoff mix, or require more patience from Twins fans?
Growing pains come with the territory for rebuilding teams.
Hulking Miguel Sano and swift Byron Buxton, side by side in the outfield, form a large part of the 2016 Twins equation.
The latest wave of prospects, including pitcher Jose Berrios and outfielder Max Kepler, will be only a phone call away as the Twins expect a talented group of minor leaguers to play a role in 2016.
Second seasons can be cruel to young players who experience immediate success. "It's always the toughest because the league starts to get to know you," said Joe Mauer, whose OPS declined by 156 points in his second season.
Think of Miguel Sano playing the part of Kent Hrbek. And Byron Buxton as a young Kirby Puckett. And Jose Berrios as Frank Viola. Does that bring back memories for Twins fans of a certain era.
There is no process in major professional team sports in North America that compares to becoming a competent big-league hitter.
Signed to be the Twins' de facto ace, Ricky Nolasco has produced ERAs of 5.38 and 6.75 and is now their fifth starter.
One of the biggest questions for the Twins is how Korean slugger Byung Ho Park will adjust to the major leagues. But he's not your average rookie.
Members of the Twins teams that began the run of six AL Central titles between 2002 and 2010 look at this year's team and see a squad that can win like they did — and perhaps go further than they did.
Astros shortstop Carlos Correa is everything you'd want in a budding star - and the Twins knew it back in 2012.
A look at how Paul Molitor's lineup card might look Monday for Opening Day.
A look at some of the expert opinions.
Prediction time: Our staff takes a guess at the Twins season
With the best rotation in baseball the Mets are at the top.
The Blue Jays lead the pack. Who falls in after that?