2014 MLB Preview and Rankings: #27 Minnesota Twins

Published: Mar 08, 2014 22:32pm EST
By Michael Owen, Sports Writer for Konsume Sports

Please Note: This article was updated Mar 08, 2014 @ 10:32pm EST


Spring training games have already begun and Opening Day is still a few weeks away, but the rite of passage that comes every Spring and finally getting to see actual ballgames going on in Florida and Arizona is enough to get any fan going.

There is still a lot of work to be done for some teams, position battles, last minute signings and so on. While one of the best things about Spring Training is that when it starts, anything can happen and every team has a chance.  Unfortunately for many teams those hopes can be shattered and lost by May.

As we begin playing ball, we have a pretty good idea of where each team stands and while each season is unpredictable, things can change at the drop of an Ace lefties torn rotator cuff.  

Over the next few weeks we'll give you a preseason ranking and analysis of each team daily.  feel free to disagree and voice your opinion

So with with all that being said, here we go:

27. Minnesota Twins

The 2013 Minnesota Twins finished with a final record of 66-96, for their third straight season with 96 or more losses and 2014 doesn't look to be much better.  While there is no shortage of new faces for the upcoming season, for the most part they are stop gap solutions until a new generation of youngsters make their way to the big Club.

On the pitching staff, the highlight additions would be Ricky Nolasco and Phil Hughes.  The 4 year deal and (club friendliness of it) given to Nolasco is indicative that he wasn't just brought in to be a trade chip in July.  Hughes on the other hand is a crap shoot.  The Twins are hoping a change of scenery will be the jump start to bring him back to where he was when he was once considered the top lefty prospect in all of baseball.

In the field, Minnesota added a solid catcher in Kurt Suzuki, allowing Joe Mauer to move to first base (and hopefully get and stay healthy). Also added was Jason Kubel on a minor league deal, to help keep somewhat of a veteran presence in the clubhouse. Expect him to make the team and likely get most of the DH at bats. 

Really what this team is about are the youngsters.  Catcher Josmil Pinto should give Suzuki a run for playing time at catcher and likely take over by late July, but the real excitement is all about when OF Byron Buxton and pitching prospect Alex Meyer make it to the show.  The bigger news however is top prospect third basman Miguel Sano going down for the year with Tommy John surgery and missing a year of development.

The bar is not high for this team, nor should it be.  The best case scenario, they don't finish last in the division and their prospects develop as planned.  Worst case?  Well what CAN be the worst case when you're already expected to lose 90+ games?

Fear not Twins fans, things are looking up.  Enjoy the kids.

Prediction 67-95

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29. Miami Marlins 64-98




28. Chicago White Sox 66-96





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