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November 18, 2013

Fantasy Team Preview

Minnesota Twins

by Ben Carsley


Byron Buxton. Miguel Sano. Alex Meyer. Kohl Stewart. Eddie Rosario.

The next wave of talented Twins players is on its way, and in many circles, these names are more well known than several players on Minnesota’s current roster. There’s good reason for that, as many players on the projected Twins 2013 roster— especially on the pitching side—are pretty uninspiring from a fantasy point of view.

That being said, Minnesota is far from the most barren team in terms of potential fantasy steals and stalwarts. And with talented youngsters like Brian Dozier, Oswaldo Arcia, Josmil Pinto, Kyle Gibson, and Aaron Hicks all potentially on the roster to start 2014, there are some diamonds in the rough to be found immediately as well.

This will be a more exciting team in 2016, but it’s not devoid of talent now.

Projected Lineup

  1. CF Alex Presley
  2. 2B Brian Dozier
  3. 1B Joe Mauer
  4. LF Josh Willingham
  5. RF Oswaldo Arcia
  6. DH Ryan Doumit
  7. 3B Trevor Plouffe
  8. C Josmil Pinto
  9. SS Pedro Florimon

The Twins have an odd mix of veteran hitters looking for bounce back seasons, talented youngsters looking to cement their statuses and a few placeholders who aren’t likely to finish the year in the lineup. Willingham and Doumit comprise the first group, and both have the potential to be useful: the former for his power, and the latter for his catcher eligibility. Arcia, Dozier, and Pinto comprise the second group, and they all make intriguing sleepers, though I’m not optimistic about Dozier’s ability to hit. And finally, Presley will be three seasons removed from his BABIP-aided showing in 2011 and is just a placeholder for Hicks, if he beats Hicks out for the job at all. Florimon might steal 20 bases if he gets 600 PA, but he’ll kill you in every other category.

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