Minnesota Twins: Top 10 players on the Twins right now

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ST. PETERSBURG, FL – SEPTEMBER 6: Eduardo Escobar /

9. INF Eduardo Escobar

The ultimate utility player for the Twins comes in at no. 9. Yet, after a strong 2017, Eduardo Escobar may finally take a starting spot in the lineup.

Filling in for the injured Miguel Sano at third base, Escobar put together a career season with a .254 batting average along with 21 home runs and 73 RBIs. Although he didn’t take over the starting role until August, much of his rock-solid numbers came after replacing Sano. Specifically, he hit a team-high nine home runs and 25 RBIs in September, helping Minnesota reach the postseason for the first time since 2010.

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In reality, the 28-year-old could be the best utility player in the league, if that’s the role he indeed stays in. Currently, he’s entering his last season of arbitration, so he’ll be eligible for free agency after next season. Minnesota would be smart to lock up Escobar to a three- or four-year extension as he’s not just a solid all-around player, but also one of the best guys to have around in the clubhouse. Additionally, he looks to be entering the prime of his career based on results in 2017.