Around the horn: A look at the Twins by position

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  • Updated: February 15, 2014 - 6:44 PM

Who’s on first?  That we know. But there will be plenty of competition at other spots when the Twins’ camp begins.

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flatbladeFeb. 16, 14 6:59 AM

Pretty good and safe analysis. I think Hicks has to start the season in Rochester given what happened last year. Pinto probably could benefit by a couple hundred plate appearances in Triple A, but be recalled sometime before the All-Star game. Most observers see Sano in the lineup sometime this summer. To start the season, I see three lower-ceiling older players starting: Presley (cf), Plouffe (3b) and Suzuki (c), but all should be replaced by August 1st, if not much sooner.

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rms316Feb. 16, 14 7:12 AM

Pitching on paper seems to be better but the lineup still is average at best. Better hope Sano, and Buxton come up mid-season. Twins should be 10-15 out by that time.

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jachesteFeb. 16, 14 9:00 AM

Improved pitching yes...but even if they improve by 1/2 run ERA wise based on better starting pitching, they'll still be bottom 1/3rd in MLB team ERA (look at 2013's stats if you don't believe me). That's how bad our starting pitching was last year.

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toatsmcgoatsFeb. 16, 14 9:32 AM

We should be a few wins better than the last few years. The only thing that is for certain, is that Collabello is NO Major League Baseball player. He gone!

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buccaneer44Feb. 16, 14 9:57 AM

OMG...do we really have to live through another episode of Chris Parmelee...cmon, seriously??

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alextheturkFeb. 16, 1410:55 AM

Not an intimating line up. I think it will change as the year goes on. I agree with others, time to give up on Parmalee.

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larsoeriFeb. 16, 1412:19 PM

100 L season is almost guaranteed. Not only the worst o in baseball this season, perhaps the worst offense ever assembled in MLB history. Stay hot Twins.

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neildownFeb. 16, 1412:30 PM

What about Alex Meyers? I thought the big boy was supposed to be in the ML camp this Spring, if only for a look-see.

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mustang07Feb. 16, 14 1:06 PM

Returning 90% of a pathetic offense is not a winning formula. They will get a few more wins than last year because they will get a few more respectable pitching performances, but around 85-90 losses is the correct expectation.

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Dantes929Feb. 16, 14 3:13 PM

"...but even if they improve by 1/2 run ERA wise based on better starting pitching, they'll still be bottom 1/3rd in MLB team ERA " That's true which is why they have to improve by a full run ERA wise. The bar was set so low that this should be achievable. No one expects this to be the Twins year but there is no way I would ever write off a season before it begins. I am looking for progress from Gibson, Arcia, Dozier, Meyer and Hicks as well as all the studs in the minors.

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