These players were expected to be major contributors to the Twins in 2013 and beyond, but all five played their way back to the minors during the season.
Comment: Twins are left to hope the former first-round draft pick’s problems are linked to first full season after Tommy John surgery.
2013: 2-4, 6.53 ERA in 10 starts; 69 hits, 20 walks in 51 innings
Comment: Another former first-round pick who won the center field job in spring training, then didn’t hit.
2013: .192 BA in 81 games, with dismal .259 on-base percentage
Comment: Twins hoped he’d prove himself a worthy successor to Justin Morneau at first base; club might now need to re-sign Morneau.
2013: .223 BA in 83 games (66 strikeouts and only 27 walks)
Comment: Twins envisioned the lefty as the leader of this year’s staff, but offseason elbow surgery might have contributed to his problems.
2013: 5-10, 5.52 ERA in 20 starts; 136 hits/107 ⅔ innings
Comment: Twins thought they had obtained a proven major league starter in offseason trade with Phillies, another plan gone awry.
2013: 1-5, 7.21 ERA in 10 starts; 82 hits in 48 ⅔ innings