With the offseason in full swing, let’s take a look at the top 10 players on the Minnesota Twins roster right now.
10. RF Max Kepler
To start us off on our top-10 list of Minnesota Twins, we have 24-year-old German outfielder Max Kepler. Although he’s struggled mightily against left-handed pitching in his first two professional seasons, Kepler boasts the potential to become a fine player in this league for years to come. In time, he’s a given to move up this list.
Of course, the average isn’t quite where he’d like it to be through a couple of seasons, which is a huge reason he’s ranked tenth here. Specifically, he’s hit .239 from the plate, but the low average has a lot to do with struggling against lefties. In fact, he hits .176 against left-handers compared to .261 against right-handers. If he can figure out a way to make solid contact against righties, he has the potential to be one of the better five-tool players in the MLB.
Basically, Kepler already does the other things well. As an outfielder, he’s as good as they come. In fact, he led Twins outfielders in assists with seven, so he definitely has a strong arm as well as the speed to cover a lot of ground. At the plate, he’s hit 17 and 19 home runs, respectively, in the last two seasons and was fourth among Twins with 217 total bases. In other words, he’s a solid extra-base hitter.
Bottomline, there’s plenty to like about his game already. It’s just a matter of time before he breaks out into the kind of player he can be.