4. SP Ervin Santana
Of course, Ervin Santana deserves to be the top pitcher on this list, considering he’s been a consistent force at the top of the rotation since coming to the Twins in 2015. Through three seasons with the club, he has a 30-24 record along with a 3.47 ERA in 500.2 innings pitched.
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As matter of fact, he may have put together the best season of his career last year. Specifically, he went 16-8 with a 3.28 ERA in 33 starts, good enough for his second All-Star appearance. In addition, he started the AL Wild Card Game for Minnesota, although the results weren’t what the 13-year veteran was hoping for.
Nevertheless, he was the clear-cut ace of the rotation and largely responsible for the Twins’ 26-game improvement from 2016. Fortunately, he was given some help at the top of the rotation by young phenom José Berríos.
At 35 years old, Santana is in the back end of his career, but at the moment, he’s still one of the better pitchers in the game. Furthermore, he’s currently the best pitcher on the Twins until Berríos reaches his potential or Minnesota picks up an ace-caliber arm via free agency or trade. With the Twins vying for back-to-back playoff appearances, don’t expect the Santana trade rumors to come back either, considering he’s a great piece to have at the top of the rotation. Not to mention, one of the top players on this team as well as an invaluable veteran presence for a young ball club.