A: Lefthanded reliever Kris Johnson has a live arm. Outfielder Alex Presley has excellent speed, and the Twins hope working with Paul Molitor will help him translate that speed into steals. He could be the centerfielder if Aaron Hicks falters again, although Presley will have to improve his career on-base percentage of .304. Reliever Michael Tonkin has dominant stuff and could rise quickly.
Q: What Twins prospect doesn’t get mentioned enough?
A: Twins shortstop Pedro Florimon, for all his flash in the field, is not close to being a competent offensive player. Danny Santana is the shortstop of the future and that future could arrive any time this season.
Q: Is the ballpark really upgraded?
A: Definitely. The berm in leftfield, the outfield seating, the standing-room area, the tiki bars, the ability to walk around the outfield while still seeing the game will make this a much better place to watch a game.
Q: Should the Twins have signed A.J. Pierzynski?
A: Yes, and they tried, but he chose Boston to give himself a better chance to win. Pierzynski would not have tolerated some of the lax play we’ve seen from the Twins the last couple of years.
Q: They signed two expensive pitchers, so why didn’t the Twins upgrade what last year was a terrible lineup?
A: To sign a premier hitter, they would have had to commit to big money over multiple years. They didn’t want to waste money on a player who might not be needed once the Twins’ best prospects arrive over the next two seasons. If they think Santana is better than Stephen Drew, why would they sign Drew?
Q: What’s the Twins’ grand plan?
A: To be competitive enough this year that they retain and encourage their fan base, and to be in position to contend in 2015.
Q: Is that realistic?
|Cincinnati - WP: A. Simon||4||FINAL|
|Chicago Cubs - LP: J. Samardzija||1|
|St. Louis - LP: M. Wacha||1||FINAL|
|Washington - WP: G. Gonzalez||3|
|Milwaukee - WP: K. Lohse||5||FINAL|
|Pittsburgh - LP: C. Morton||3|
|Toronto - WP: S. Delabar||3||FINAL|
|Cleveland - LP: M. Rzepczynski||2|
|LA Angels - WP: J. Weaver||11||FINAL|
|Detroit - LP: D. Smyly||6|
|Atlanta - WP: A. Harang||6||FINAL|
|NY Mets - LP: J. Niese||0|
|Baltimore - WP: C. Tillman||8||FINAL|
|Boston - LP: J. Lackey||4|
|NY Yankees - LP: A. Warren||5||FINAL|
|Tampa Bay - WP: J. McGee||11|
|Seattle - LP: Y. Medina||4||FINAL|
|Miami - WP: S. Cishek||8|
|Chicago WSox - LP: F. Paulino||0||FINAL|
|Texas - WP: M. Perez||12|
|Minnesota - LP: R. Nolasco||0||FINAL|
|Kansas City - WP: J. Vargas||5|
|Philadelphia - LP: J. Pettibone||1||FINAL|
|Colorado - WP: T. Chatwood||12|
|Houston - LP: J. Cosart||3||FINAL|
|Oakland - WP: S. Gray||11|
|San Francisco - LP: M. Cain||1||FINAL|
|San Diego - WP: T. Ross||2|
|Arizona - WP: J. Thatcher||4||FINAL|
|Los Angeles - LP: C. Perez||2|