Ranking the 2015 AL Central Division Infields
By Steve Mitzel
5. Minnesota Twins
1B – Joe Mauer
2B – Brian Dozier
SS – Danny Santana
3B – Trevor Plouffe
No offense Twinkie fans…but Dozier, Plouffe? Who? This infield could be amongst the worst in the major leagues. Joe Mauer is coming back from an awful 2014 season batting .277 with only 4 home runs and 55 RBI’s while battling a return from a concussion. Can we write 2014 off as a bad Mauer year? Twins fans certainly hope so.
At shortstop the youthful Santana brings speed and can get on base for the Twins. His solid 2014 offensive performance of .319 average and .353 on base percentage might be difficult to repeat, but his glove will be solid with his range.
Brian Dozier doesn’t bring a lot to the middle of the infield for the Twins except for some above average speed. Dozier’s below average bat and a hole in his glove with 15 errors last year keep second base a major weak spot for the Twins. Plouffe provides more and less the same as Dozier to third base – below average bat and glove.
Eduardo Escobar will be competing for shortstop in the spring and throughout the season and look for Jorge Polanco to battle for a spot too.