As the Minnesota Twins look to build on the offensive success of 2017, let’s look at what the lineup could look like in 2018.
The Minnesota Twins were a potent offensive group in 2017. Specifically, they ranked in the top 10 in the following offensive categories: runs, hits, total bases, RBIs, average, on-base percentage, and OPS. In other words, the lineup was pretty good and looks just as good heading into a huge 2018 season. One where the Twins will have playoff expectations after making their first appearance since 2010 last season.
In particular, Minnesota has a plethora of young players that should only get better as they step into the prime of their careers. Headlined by center fielder Byron Buxton and third baseman Miguel Sano, the Twins have the offensive pieces to become legitimate World Series contenders for the long-haul. Yes, pitching is going to be the key to reaching contender status, but Minnesota is heading in a positive direction, especially with chief baseball officer Derek Falvey running the show.
Getting back to the lineup, the Twins also boast a couple solid veteran bats. They include Brian Dozier, Joe Mauer, and Eduardo Escobar. Each played key roles in getting Minnesota to the playoffs last season and all should return to the team next season. The only exception may be Dozier, but Minnesota would have to receive a lot in a trade to let go of their elite second baseman.
All things considered, the Twins have the pieces on the roster to put out a lethal lineup in 2018. While they may look to add another power bat to the roster, it’d likely be a low risk, high reward type of player that signs a short-term, incentive-laden contract. That being said, let’s look into what a potential lineup could look like at the start of next season.