Team Strengths: Despite the struggles of Miguel Sano and Byron Buxton, the Twins finished 13th in the majors in runs scored last year.
Eddie Rosario, Max Kepler and Jake Cave led an underrated outfield, while Jorge Polanco continued to develop into a solid-hitting shortstop. The Twins additional Nelson Cruz, C.J. Cron and Jonathan Schoop in free agency, fixing a righthanded power shortage, as well as versatile utilityman Marwin Gonzalez.
Team Weaknesses: The Twins drafted and signed 21 pitchers in the top three rounds from 2008-15 and have two starters to show for this. Even though Jose Berrios and Kyle Gibson are staples in the rotation, the battles to come up with further depth has left the Twins brief of arms and contributed to a 4.50 ERA last year, 22nd at the majors.
What They Did About ItThe Twins largely remained to address their throwing shortage. Fernando Romero, Stephen Gonsalves and Kohl Stewart all made the debuts last year and have a chance to play bigger roles this season. Michael Pineda, who signed up as he recovered from Tommy John surgery, will make his Twins debut this season too.
Final Outlook: Additional power and pitching thickness that was greater have the Twins in position to compete than a year ago. Whether Sano and Buxton could find their 2017 form will go a long way toward determining if they struggle the Indians.