2021 Spring Training: Minnesota Twins Need to Break Out

The Minnesota Twins won the American League Central once again last season. Minnesota however once again folded in the postseason. The Twins were swept at home in the American League Wild Card Series against the Houston Astros in two games.

Minnesota is looking to have success in the postseason once and for all. Rocco Baldelli will be entering his third season as the manager for the Minnesota Twins. They have not won a playoff series since the 2002 ALDS against the Oakland Athletics in five games.

The last time Minnesota won the World Series was back in 1991 in seven games against the Atlanta Braves. The Twins have been tremendous in the regular season but they seem to forget to perform in the postseason for some odd reason.

They also have one of the better farm systems in all of baseball. The Minnesota Twins top prospect shortstop Royce Lewis is out for the season with a torn ACL. He was projected to reach the majors this season and Lewis’s MLB debut will have to wait at least another year.

Starting Pitchers

Kenta Maeda, Jose Berrios, Michael Pineda, J.A. Happ, and Randy Dobnak will be the starting pitchers for the Minnesota Twins. Maeda is pretty good and Berrios can be very dominant. The bottom three of the rotation is iffy and can be prone to giving up a lot of runs especially Pineda, Happ, and Dobnak.

Bullpen

Taylor Rogers (Closer), Alex Colome, Tyler Duffey, Hansel Robles, and Jorge Alcala. Rogers has the potential to be a very good closer for the Minnesota Twins this regular season. The rest of the bullpen could be iffy for Minnesota but Colome and Robles could be very solid for them if called upon.

Projected Lineup

(C) Mitch Garver, (1B) Miguel Sano, (2B) Jorge Polanco, (3B) Josh Donaldson, (SS) Andrelton Simmons, (LF) Jake Cave, (CF) Byron Buxton, (RF) Max Kepler, and (DH) Nelson Cruz.

Outfielder Brent Rooker and infielder Luis Arraez will be two of the key backups on the Minnesota Twins roster here as well.

Garver is another underrated catcher in the MLB. He has been serviceable for Minnesota for the past couple of years.

Sano is a hit or miss power hitter. He needs to be consistent with the bat and the glove, or Miguel Sano will be demoted once again.

Donaldson and Cruz will provide the pop in the middle of the lineup for the Minnesota Twins.

Nelson Cruz is the heartbeat of the Minnesota Twins. He continues to rake and hit baseballs out of the ballpark every single season.

Cave will be a very flexible outfielder this season for the Minnesota Twins. Minnesota is one of the better defensive teams in the entire MLB.

Key Dates

Sunday February 28th: Spring training games started against the Boston Red Sox.

Thursday April 1st: Opening day on the road against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Thursday April 8th: Home opener against the Seattle Mariners.

The Minnesota Twins have a chance to win the American League Central this season. Minnesota’s biggest threat will be either the Cleveland Indians or the Chicago White Sox. The Detroit Tigers and the Kansas City Royals will be non-existent in the American League Central this upcoming regular season.

Do you think the Minnesota Twins will make it to the playoffs this season or no? Leave a comment below.

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