The 2021 Minnesota Twins should be fairly optimistic heading into the new season. They have won their division in the last two seasons, as well as adding a few key components to their roster for the upcoming campaign. The White Sox and Cleveland will always be a threat, but you can never look past the power-hitting Twins.
2021 Minnesota Twins: Off-Season Moves
This off-season seemed to be a productive one for the Twins. They have added an everyday shortstop, as well as gaining two starting pitchers. They haven’t lost much either so expect a serious challenge for 2021.
The first off-season move came in the shape of former Yankees pitcher Happ. They signed him on a one-year deal, in the hope that he slides into the fourth starter role for the upcoming campaign. This move makes sense as it offers a further solid option to an already solid rotation.
The experienced shortstop has been a consistent figure since his debut back in 2012. He has averaged above .250 in all but two of his nine seasons in MLB. Jorge Polanco may see himself in more of a second baseman role in 2021, but is a capable replacement should Simmons need a rest. If the 2021 Minnesota Twins can get out of him his consistency and clean contact then he should fill the role of being the 2nd hitter in the line-up.
Signed on a one-year deal after two years with the Blue Jays, Shoemaker should come in as the fifth starter for the upcoming season. He has yet to feature heavily in the past few seasons, but a clean bill of health should see him make 18-19 appearances in 2021. This is another veteran move by the Twins, and they have looked for short-term experience to fill a hole where needed. He has also made a positive start to Spring Training.
2021 Minnesota Twins: AL Central Winners
This should be a fairly easy one to predict. One of the most consistent sides in the division and they have won it the past two seasons. The recruitment has been good and they have players capable of causing damage on the plate. They had four starters reach double-digit homers in a shortened 2020 campaign, thus showing their power potential. They lost in the Wildcard round last year, and they will be hoping to get further than the first series of the Postseason.
2021 Minnesota Twins: An Interesting Farm System
Ranked seventh in farm systems by MLB.com in 2020, the Twins have plenty of players who have ETAs of either 2021 or 2022. This includes the likes of Royce Lewis, Alex Kirilloff, and Ryan Jeffers. Jeffers and Kirilloff have seen decent game time in Spring Training, and both are contenders to make the final roster come April 1st.
The Twins will be smart with the development of their top prospects, and not rush them into the Majors, but a blend of experience and youth could see them reach the next level and take them deeper into the Postseason.
There should at least be the introduction of four of their Top 10 prospects, and that is an exciting thought for all associated with the Twins.
2021 Minnesota Twins: Projected Roster
Catchers: Mitch Garver, Ryan Jeffers
Designated Hitter: Nelson Cruz
This is a roster that will be looking to guide the 2021 Minnesota Twins to the top of the AL Central. Rotochamp predicted they will finish 4four wins ahead of Chicago White Sox with an 89-73 record. This by all means is feasible, and the Twins fans should be excited.
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