Baseball is right around the corner and the Minnesota Twins have high aspirations. After winning 101 games last year, the team hopes it can replicate that success for a run at a World Series title. In order for that to happen, the Twins will need good performances from almost all of their players, but who is expected to perform the best?
The Twins prized free-agent acquisition and the likely early favorite for the team MVP award. The former AL MVP brings an elite bat to an already stacked batting lineup. In 2019 Donaldson hit 37 home runs, ranked 29th in the MLB with a .900 OPS, ranked 19th with an OBP of .379, and had a 4.9 WAR, ranked 33rd in the MLB and would have been no. 1 on the Twins. Donaldson also brings an upgrade to the Twins defense. Donaldson had a fielding percentage of .969 last year, a big upgrade from Sano’s .926.
Cruz was Minnesota’s team MVP last year thanks to being one of the league’s best hitters. Cruz had a batting average of .311 (11th in the MLB), an OBP of .392 (9th in the MLB), a slugging percentage of .639 (3rd in the MLB, 2nd in the AL), an OPS of 1.031 (4th in the MLB, and 2nd in the AL), and a WAR of 4.3 as a DH. Oh, and he hit 41 of the team’s 307 home runs. While we have to expect regression form the 39-year-old slugger, if he has a year even close to last year, he’ll be hard to beat.
Berrios has yet to become the ace that the team has been looking for since Johan Santana, but he is the best starter in the rotation. When Berrios is on, he becomes nearly unhittable, as his 195 strikeouts will attest to, taking the next step will require consistency from the 25-year-old pitcher. The Twins are hoping a new workout schedule for Berrios could bring more late-season success. Berrios also added a new curveball to his pitching arsenal over the offseason. Berrios establishing himself among the top pitchers in the league would go a long way in team success.
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