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2017 RECAP

Record: 85 - 77

Last Season’s Fantasy Highlights

Surprisingly, it was Phil Hughes who provided the brightest highlight. After being chased out of New York, Hughes settled down in the twin cities winning 16 games while striking out 186 and posting a 3.52 ERA and 1.13 WHIP. On the offensive side of the ledger, Brian Dozier emerged and posted a 20/20 season along with a solid .345 OBP at the scarce second base position. Speaking of scarcity, Kurt Suzuki hit .288 and knocked in 61, providing strong value at a small cost.

What Has Changed?

Not enough. Torii Hunter returns to the Twins to roam the outfield while Ervin Santana comes north to fortify the rotation. Other than that, it is largely the same cast of characters in Minnesota.

What to Expect:

Expect the Twins to be, well, not very good. Joe Mauer will continue to be a better MLB player than fantasy player. Without catcher eligibility, he is late round fodder in mixed leagues at best. We expect Kyle Gibson and his high GB rate/low BB rate to take the next step forward and provide value at a cheap price. We also expect Danny Santana to be overpriced as his .319 average from a year ago is not repeatable. After all, he had an unsustainable .407 BABIP and never hit .300 at any level of professional baseball before last year.

This Year’s Surprise:

Forget the metrics and the radar gun. Tommy Milone is one of those guys who knows how to pitch. At just 27, in his 5th year in the big leagues and a pitchers’ park to call home, Milone is a prime candidate to provide solid end game value in AL-only leagues – especially those where you can sit him for tough road starts.

2017 STANDINGS

# TEAM W L
1 Cleveland Indians 102 60
2 Minnesota Twins 85 77
3 Kansas City Royals 80 82
4 Chicago White Sox 67 95
5 Detroit Tigers 64 98

ARRIVALS

DEPARTURES

PLAYER POS TO
Kurt Suzuki C ATL

2017 YTD STATS

Catcher

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Anthony Recker (R) MIN C 6 7 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .143
Jason Castro (L) MIN C 110 356 49 86 47 22 0 10 44 1 108 0 0 .242
Mitch Garver (R) MIN C 23 46 5 9 3 1 3 0 6 0 15 0 0 .196
Chris Gimenez (R) MIN C 74 186 28 41 16 9 0 7 33 0 60 1 0 .220

First Base

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Joe Mauer (L) MIN 1B 141 525 69 160 71 36 1 7 63 3 83 2 1 .305
Kennys Vargas (B) MIN 1B 78 241 33 61 41 13 0 11 19 1 77 0 0 .253

Second Base

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Brian Dozier (R) MIN 2B 152 617 106 167 93 30 4 34 72 6 141 16 7 .271

Third Base

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Miguel Sano (R) MIN 3B 114 424 75 112 77 15 2 28 49 5 173 0 0 .264
Eduardo Escobar (B) MIN 3B 129 457 62 116 73 16 5 21 30 3 98 5 1 .254

Short Stop

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Ehire Adrianza (B) MIN SS 70 162 30 43 24 9 2 2 15 1 25 8 1 .265
Jorge Polanco (B) MIN SS 133 488 60 125 74 30 3 13 40 1 78 13 5 .256

Left Field

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Eddie Rosario (L) MIN LF 151 542 79 157 78 33 2 27 34 1 106 9 8 .290

Center Field

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Byron Buxton (R) MIN CF 140 462 69 117 51 14 6 16 36 2 150 29 1 .253
Zack Granite (L) MIN CF 40 93 14 22 13 2 0 1 12 0 9 2 2 .237

Right Field

Player Tm Pos G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB IBB K SB CS AVG
Niko Goodrum (B) MIN RF 11 17 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 10 0 0 .059
Max Kepler (L) MIN RF 147 511 67 124 69 32 2 19 45 2 114 6 1 .243

Pitcher

Player Tm Pos G GS W L Sv IP H HR ER BB K ERA WHIP
Chris Heston (R) MIN SP 3 1 0 1 0 6.0 15 3 11 5 3 0.00 4.80
Matt Belisle (R) MIN RP 62 0 2 2 9 60.1 48 7 27 16 54 4.03 1.16
Adam Wilk (L) MIN RP 4 2 0 2 0 13.3 24 6 14 8 8 7.84 4.78
Glen Perkins (L) MIN RP 8 0 0 0 0 5.2 8 0 6 5 2 9.53 2.29
Alex Wimmers (R) MIN RP 6 0 0 0 0 7.1 8 2 4 8 7 4.91 2.18
Buddy Boshers (L) MIN RP 38 0 1 0 0 35.0 37 7 19 9 28 4.89 1.34
Trevor Hildenberger (R) MIN RP 37 0 3 3 1 42.0 38 4 15 4 44 3.21 1.05
Bartolo Colón (R) MIN SP 28 28 7 14 0 143.0 192 28 103 35 89 5.18 3.22
Alan Busenitz (R) MIN RP 28 0 1 1 0 31.2 22 4 7 9 23 1.99 0.98
Dietrich Enns (L) MIN SP 2 1 0 0 0 4.0 7 2 3 1 2 6.75 2.00
Héctor Santiago (L) MIN SP 15 14 4 8 0 70.1 70 15 44 31 51 5.63 1.44
Ervin Santana (R) MIN SP 33 33 16 8 0 211.1 177 31 77 59 167 3.28 1.13
Adalberto Mejia (L) MIN SP 21 21 4 7 0 98.0 110 13 49 40 85 4.50 1.57
Kyle Gibson (R) MIN SP 29 29 12 10 0 158.0 182 24 89 60 121 5.07 1.53
Michael Tonkin (R) MIN RP 16 0 0 1 0 21.0 22 6 12 12 24 5.14 1.62
Aaron Slegers (R) MIN RP 4 3 0 1 0 15.1 12 3 11 6 9 6.46 1.17
John Curtiss (R) MIN RP 9 0 0 0 0 8.2 9 2 8 2 10 8.31 1.27
Ryan Pressly (R) MIN RP 57 0 2 3 0 61.1 52 10 32 14 61 4.70 1.16
Felix Jorge (R) MIN SP 2 2 1 0 0 7.2 14 4 9 2 4 10.57 2.09
Dillon Gee (R) MIN SP 18 4 3 2 1 49.1 54 8 19 15 41 3.22 3.04
Taylor Rogers (L) MIN RP 69 0 7 3 0 55.2 52 6 19 16 49 3.07 1.31
José Berrios (R) MIN SP 26 25 14 8 0 145.2 131 15 63 48 139 3.89 1.23
Drew Rucinski (R) MIN RP 2 0 0 0 0 4.1 10 2 5 2 5 10.39 2.77
Gabriel Moya (L) MIN RP 7 0 0 0 1 6.1 5 2 3 2 5 4.26 1.11
Tyler Duffey (R) MIN RP 56 0 2 3 1 71.0 79 9 39 13 67 4.94 1.37
Phil Hughes (R) MIN RP 14 9 4 3 0 53.2 72 12 35 11 38 5.87 1.58
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