Twins Headlined by Longtime Star in Rebuilding Year

While Joe Mauer continues to be the face of the Minnesota Twins as he has for years, the team he leads looks different and like less of a threat than it has in years past. Coming off two poor seasons, the prognosis for the Twins figures to be little better in 2013.

The catcher, who also moonlights at first base and designated hitter, hit .319 with 10 HR and 85 RBI last season.

Beyond Mauer, veteran left fielder Josh Willingham hopes to improve upon a career season last year that saw him knock 35 HRs and 110 RBIs. The rest of the outfield looks to be lacking in experience.

For the Twins, first baseman Justin Morneau provides the only other significant hitting presence. Morneau hit 19 HRs and had 77 RBIs while batting .267.

The rotation of the Twins is in even worse shape than their batting order as their pitching remains unsettled and inexperienced. Headliner Scott Diamond, who went 12-9 last season, may not be available at the start of his sophomore season as he recovers from surgery.

Relief pitching, however, may be the strength of the Twins as Jared Burton and Glen Perkins handled set-up and closing duties nicely.

Overall, the Twins have a young staff and will feature several young players while also highlighting contributions of veterans like Mauer and Morneau. This team may have a promising future, but it is unlikely that it will be evident in 2013.


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