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If anyone is to challenge the Cleveland Indians in the AL Central Bryce Harper Jersey , it will be the Twins."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Detroit Tigers AnalysisDetroit Tigers Prospect NotebookDetroit Tigers Game ThreadsDetroit Tigers NewsDetroit Tigers PodcastsDetroit Tigers Season Preview2019 opponent preview: The Minnesota Twins are actually fun, which is weirdNew,25commentsIf anyone is to challenge the Cleveland Indians in the AL Central, it will be the Twins.EDTShareTweetShareShare2019 opponent preview: The Minnesota Twins are actually fun, which is weirdJasen Vinlove-USA TODAY SportsIt’s not often we write nice things about the Minnesota Twins around here. They ruined Detroit’s chances at a second World Series title in four seasons back in 1987. They stormed back to take the AL Central in 2006, delaying the Tigers’ inevitable rise to divisional dominance for five more years. They beat the Tigers in The Game That Shall Not Be Mentioned in 2009 (only to be swept in the postseason yet again).But after remodeling their front office, shedding some bad contracts from last year’s payroll, and adding some new key pieces, the Twins are... fun?The Twins aren’t the Twitter darlings of baseball in the same way that the San Diego Padres are after they signed Manny Machado in February, or the Cincinnati Reds for employing Joey Votto and Yasiel Puig, but — I can’t believe I am saying this — there might not be a more likable team in the American League.The low-hanging fruit here is Willians Astudillo, of course. La Tortuga burst onto the scene in 2018, pairing an impressive stat line with a career’s worth of GIFable moments into just 97 plate appearances. He alone makes the Twins worth watching on most nights — and legitimately makes their roster better thanks to his amazing versatility — but there are several other reasons to stay tuned in 2019. Tigers fans aren’t hug fans of Nelson Cruz after he almost singlehandedly crushed their dreams in the 2011 ALCS, but Cruz, now in Minnesota through 2020 if they so choose, has become one of the more relatable (and charitable) personalities around the game. There’s also system rank: 7Manager: Rocco Baldelli (1st year)First series vs. Tigers: April 12-14Key additions: DH Nelson Cruz, 1B C.J. Cron, 2B Jonathan Schoop, IF Marwin Gonzalez, RHP Blake ParkerKey subtractions: C Joe Mauer Stephen Strasburg Jersey , OF Robbie Grossman, RHP Ervin Santana, 2B Logan ForsytheWhat will the Twins get out of for long stretches is not ideal. Former first round pick Kohl Stewart could also be a sixth starter of sorts, but he will have to take a big step forward after an iffy 2018 season. Long story short: if the Twins’ starting five doesn’t stay healthy, they could be in trouble.Down on the farmThe Twins have been all over the organizational rankings map in recent years. They had a consensus top-five system just few years ago when Buxton, Sano, Berrios, and Max Kepler were on the rise, then dipped down into the 20s when all four graduated to the majors. But in just two years, the Twins’ system has returned to the top 10 thanks to some savvy drafting under both the new braintrust.Of course, it helps when you have a No. 1 overall pick in the mix. The Twins did not miss on that one, it seems, with Royce Lewis firmly planted at the top of their system. The 19-year-old shortstop had a monster 2018 season, hitting .292/.352/.451 across two minor league levels, and is now one of the top 10 prospects in baseball. He may not make his MLB debut this year, but could be in the mix for a job in 2020 if he continues on this trajectory. Ditto Alex Kirilloff, a well-rounded outfielder who showed no ill-effects from missing the 2017 season (Tommy John surgery), producing a .970 OPS in A-ball last year. Brusdar Graterol is a wonderfully-named righthander who projects as the best arm in the system, and ESPN’s Keith Law was quick to single out righty Jordan Balazovic when he ranked the Twins system in his top five.Hell, even the names here are fun. Graterol http://www.nationalsfanproshop.com/authentic-matt-adams-jersey , Wander Javier, Jhoan Duran, Akil Baddoo, Yunior Severino, Griffin Jax, and Dashawn Keirsey all play baseball in the same farm system, and all of them rank on MLB Pipeline’s top 30 list.Player to watch: Willians AstudilloDuh.Start him on Opening Day, Twins.Projected record: 83-79The Twins have some question marks, and could stand to get in bed with another free agent — haaaaave you met Craig? — but still enter the season with the sixth-best odds of any AL team of making the postseason this year. One might even argue that, given the state of the AL Central, they might have better odds than the Tampa Bay Rays, who sit above them on PECOTA’s projections. Though their fans might have liked to see them make a bigger splash on the free agent market, the players they did pick up should provide a reasonable floor for a club that has been as volatile as any in baseball over the past few years.They will need some production from their homegrown players, though, and that’s where this could fall apart. Kepler, Polanco, and Rosario are a solid supporting cast who have put up consistent numbers when healthy, but Buxton and Sano have not. Thanks to their added depth, the Twins don’t need the absolute best out of those two to contend this season like they have in recent years. But they will need something from them, not to mention a solid year out of a pitching staff full of fragile arms.And if it doesn’t happen this year? That’s okay. These Twins are well set for 2019 and beyond. This is gonna be the fastest outfield of all time"Mere days after adding famed fast man Billy Hamilton to the team Anthony Rendon Jersey , the Kansas City Royals have signed Terrance Gore to a one-year deal that will bring him back to the Royals organization after a brief adventure in the 2018 postseason as a Chicago Cub.The deal is a Major League deal, and according to Jeffrey Flanagan’s excellent reporting at MLB.com, Gore will make $650,000 if he makes the Major League roster or $350,000 if he is sent to the minors, and he will have an additional $100,000 available in performance bonuses. This is an unusual guarantee for a player with one career base hit in five big league seasons. While it is too early to divine the Royals’ thought process here, the hefty salary placed on the MiLB side of things suggests that the Royals are interested in keeping Gore primarily as depth, but had to offer a decent chunk of money so that they could keep him in their system.Gore is out also out of options, meaning with a Major League deal he would have to either make the club or clear waivers to be sent to Omaha. The Royals already have Alex Gordon, BIlly Hamilton, and Jorge Soler likely to start in the outfield with Brian Goodwin backing them up. Goodwin is out of options, while outfielders Brett Phillips and Jorge Bonifacio still have an option year remaining.Regardless, the Royals are doubling and tripling down on speed and athleticism with Gore’s signing. Gore is 27-for-31 in stolen bases in the regular season and 5 for 6 in the postseason.His outfield defense is also superb, albeit with his limited arm strength—though that is certainly secondary to range and catching ability.Kansas City designated Rosell Herrera for assignment to open a spot for Gore on the 40-man roster. The 26-year old hit .238/.292/.325 in 75 games with the Royals after being claimed off waivers from the Reds and was a 1 WAR player with them, according to Baseball Reference.
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