2014 AL Central Preview And Predictions
Mar 13, 2014; Fort Myers, FL, USA; Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Phil Hughes (45) throws against the Boston Red Sox at Hammond Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Minnesota Twins: 70-92
I don’t think the Twins will be prepared to make a playoff push anytime soon. However, I do like a lot of their prospects that are up and coming. Byron Buxton appears to be one of the more dynamic players in the minors and could make his presence known in 2014.
Miguel Sano is having Tommy John surgery and will miss all of 2014, but should his recovery be smooth, he could be with the club in 2015.
I know the Twins went out and spent a lot of money on pitching. But look at who they added: Ricky Nolasco (career ERA+ of 94 and WAR of 10.8 in 8 seasons, 4.2 of that in one season) and Phil Hughes (career ERA+ of 95 and WAR of 6.3 in 7 seasons). Not exactly major signings.
Unfortunately for Twins fans, the biggest highlight of the upcoming season will be Target Field hosting the All-star Game.