Twins Headlined by Longtime Star in Rebuilding Year
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.
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.
the Twins, first baseman Justin Morneau provides the only other
significant hitting presence. Morneau hit 19 HRs and had 77 RBIs while
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.
pitching, however, may be the strength of the Twins as Jared Burton and
Glen Perkins handled set-up and closing duties nicely.
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.