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Continued: Souhan: Twins are doing right thing by emphasizing depth, athletic skill

  • Article by: JIM SOUHAN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: June 23, 2014 - 7:22 AM

Nolasco is threatening to become an epic bust. Otherwise, Ryan has done well. Josh Willingham, when healthy, has proved a remarkable bargain. Kurt Suzuki might be this team’s MVP. Hughes has been dominant since April. Kevin Correia has given them, in sum, what they expected.

Ryan probably will never again be able to trade in the Rule V draft for someone like Santana. But the Twins are drafting better now than they did in the 1990s and 2000s, and the signings of Nolasco, Hughes and Kendrys Morales signal a new willingness to spend significant money on the free-agent market.

4. Attitudes

After years of tolerating young players nicknamed “The Fun Bunch,” the Twins are welcoming young players with a competitive edge.

Dozier has it. Santana has it. Arcia, despite his recent struggles, has it. Gibson has it. Twins minor league staffers rave about the competitiveness of Buxton and Sano.

Injuries to Buxton and Sano have slowed the Twins’ recovery, but help is on the way. Even better for the Twins, some of the help is already here.

 

Jim Souhan can be heard weekdays at noon and Sundays from 10 to noon on 1500 ESPN. His Twitter name is @SouhanStrib. • jsouhan@startribune.com

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