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?

The Twins equation: Sano + Buxton = mass × speed

Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano signed autographs for fans at Hammond Stadium in March.

Hulking Miguel Sano and swift Byron Buxton, side by side in the outfield, form a large part of the 2016 Twins equation.

Twins major leaguers-in-waiting: Berrios, Kepler lead a talented list

Jose Berrios

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 rough on young players

Minnesota Twins' Eddie Rosario, center, is congratulated by Kennys Vargas (19) and other teammates in the dugout after Rosario's two-run home run off

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.

Another era, another Twins youth movement that ended well

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.

Reusse: Not many young players master baseball

Twins center fielder Byron Buxton took off his batting gloves after he struck out swinging during a game last June.

There is no process in major professional team sports in North America that compares to becoming a competent big-league hitter.

Souhan: Numbers game catches up quickly to Nolasco

Minnesota Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki patted pitcher Ricky Nolasco as he before he was pulled from the game during spring training in Fort Myers.

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.

Hartman: Park knows how to speak language of baseball

Byung Ho Park prepared to hit during Saturday’s exhibition finale at Washington. Park went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts, just as he did in his firs

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.

The 2000s: Tight-knit group of Twins won on grit and fundamentals

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.

Houston's Carlos Correa wowed Twins officials

Astros shortstop Carlos Correa is everything you'd want in a budding star - and the Twins knew it back in 2012.

Twins' projected 2016 lineup

A look at how Paul Molitor's lineup card might look Monday for Opening Day.

Predictions: What national outlets are saying about the 2016 Twins

A look at some of the expert opinions.

Star Tribune staff predicts the Twins season

Prediction time: Our staff takes a guess at the Twins season

National League power rankings

With the best rotation in baseball the Mets are at the top.

American League power rankings

The Blue Jays lead the pack. Who falls in after that?