Minnesota Twins 2020 Fantasy Baseball Preview
Welcome back to our MLB 2020 team previews! This post will be centered around one of the most exciting offensive teams in the league, the Minnesota Twins. Here’s the rundown!
- Better in OBP formats: Josh Donaldson, Miguel Sano, Max Kepler
- Worse in OBP formats: Byron Buxton, Luis Arraez, Eddie Rosario
- Better than his ADP: Nelson Cruz (83), Josh Donaldson (91), Luis Arraez (238)
- Worse than his ADP: Mitch Garver (117)
- Bench bat(s) worth rostering: Marwin Gonzalez (positional flexibility)
- Player(s) most likely to lose a starting spot: Luis Arraez
Quick notes: The lineup is still up in the air, as the Twins were featuring Arraez at the top of the lineup a lot in spring training. The depth of this lineup is just ridiculous, which could mean bad things for guys like Polanco, Sano, and Garver, who could end up near the end of the lineup if they are not hitting early on.
- Better than his ADP: Kenta Maeda (176)
- Worse than his ADP: Odorizzi (177)
- Starter least likely to stick in the rotation: Bailey, Chacin
- Non-starter most likely to enter the rotation: Randy Dobnak, Rich Hill (injured), Michael Pineda (suspended)
Quick notes: This rotation is one of the hardest in the league to predict. After the top three, there is tons of uncertainty.
- Projected closer: Taylor Rogers (Job Security: MEDIUM)
- Top backup: Sergio Romo
- Premier holds option: Sergio Romo
- Sneaky holds option: Trevor May
Quick notes: Nine different Twins recorded a save last year. You should not be convinced that Rogers is an elite closer option for fantasy purposes this year.
- Relevant in 2020: None
- Worth a look for 2021 and beyond: Alex Kirilloff
Other Helpful Fantasy Info
- Park Factor: 102.7 for runs, 97.3 for homers, 102.3 for singles, 112 for doubles, 113.6 for triples (league average = 100)
- Green Light Rating: LOW (Twins were dead last in the league in stolen base attempt rate in 2019 with manager Rocco Baldelli)
- Likeliest 2020 roster moves: Add pitching at the deadline, top/bottom of the lineup reconfigurations.
- Bold Fantasy Prediction: Miguel Sano leads the Major Leagues in home runs.
- Bland Fantasy Prediction: Nelson Cruz finally shows signs of his age, still hits a ton of homers, but hits closer to .260 than .280.