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Fantasy baseball player profiles: Minnesota Twins

Fantasy baseball player profiles: Minnesota Twins

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1 Joe Mauer, C, Minnesota Twins
2 Justin Morneau, 1B, Minnesota Twins
3 Orlando Hudson, 2B, Minnesota Twins
4 J.J. Hardy, SS, Minnesota Twins
5 Delmon Young, OF, Minnesota Twins
6 Denard Span, OF, Minnesota Twins
7 Michael Cuddyer, OF, Minnesota Twins
8 Jason Kubel, OF, Minnesota Twins
9 Jim Thome, DH, Minnesota Twins
10 Kevin Slowey, SP, Minnesota Twins
11 Francisco Liriano, SP, Minnesota Twins
12 Scott Baker, SP, Minnesota Twins
13 Joe Nathan, RP, Minnesota Twins
14 Jon Rauch, RP, Minnesota Twins
15 Matt Guerrier, RP, Minnesota Twins
16 Jose Mijares, RP, Minnesota Twins

Joe Mauer, C, Minnesota Twins
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
5647917912732.317.400.450.850

Had the eye, now is growing in to his pop. His early-season homer tear should not be his baseline, though. Joe Mauer still uses all fields; homers aren't his priority. His up-stepping flyball percentage, however, points to a 20-homer lock for many years. You'll have to spend big, early if you want him.


Justin Morneau, 1B, Minnesota Twins
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
4966713722790.276.340.472.812

First half? MVP pace. Later on in the year? Justin Morneau tried to play through a lower-back injury, which only aggravated his second-half woes. The post-break dips are becoming a pattern, but if his offseason recovery comes out clean, he should build on his climbing flies and free passes. Don't shy away.


Orlando Hudson, 2B, Minnesota Twins
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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Hitting No. 2 ahead of Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau spells an increase in runs scored. Orlando Hudson's skills set is stable: average around .290 with a mediocre batting eye while approaching double-digit homers and steals. His peripherals don't offer much upside but make him a steady middle infield selection in mixed, or a midrange AL-only starter.


J.J. Hardy, SS, Minnesota Twins
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
5826314824771.254.297.428.725

Will a fresh start help? Well, J.J. Hardy's flyball effectiveness stands for a correction - how will the new Target Field affect that? Hardy, who carries a poor batting eye, hasn't been hitting the ball hard - bad news. Power should be the first thing you count on coming back, but cross your fingers for everything else.


Delmon Young, OF, Minnesota Twins
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
21519567260.260.300.405.705

Officially post-hype,Delmon Young's attitude and in-box balance improved as he hit nine homers after July. He's assured a starting spot, too. You can pay clearance-rack prices to see if he can sustain his flyball jump. Extra patience and steals would help.


Denard Span, OF, Minnesota Twins
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
5567015344318.275.328.381.709

The sparkplug built on his '08 MLB debut. Though Denard Span's skills might eventually make it stable, his '09 .311 clip is not supported by his inflated in-play average; he was also noticeably conservative in attempting steals. The light-hitting youngster's climbing contact assures he'll be useful as a four-category threat.


Michael Cuddyer, OF, Minnesota Twins
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
45469127197210.280.339.502.841

Michael Cuddyer's spike in air shots cemented his best skill. Cuddyer dropped to a more believable batting eye, too. If you're hoping for more growth, it's best to instead settle for a 20-homer baseline. He doesn't post promising batting average skills.


Jason Kubel, OF, Minnesota Twins
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
410429915590.241.314.420.734

The budding slugger's power is Jason Kubel most certain asset, but Kubel's moderate improvement against southpaws should keep his clip at least close to .300. He makes hard contact, too. His prime spot in the heart of Minny's order should help sustain his run production.


Jim Thome, DH, Minnesota Twins
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Jim Thome saw his batting eye drop for the fourth straight season, and his flyball percentage tanked again. Age is showing. Keeping him relevant is his potential to play often against righty hurlers. Ample injury and performance risk in Minny's outfield/DH group. No roto roster flexibility, but could be an occasional mixed matchup play for an end-game selection.


Kevin Slowey, SP, Minnesota Twins
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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Kevin Slowey had successful wrist surgery in offseason. Frequent flyballs will probably haunt him long-term. BABIP was high, too, but his approach probably limits improvement. Control dictates his game, and he can eat innings; dominance growth might make him less reliant on strike zone infatuation. Renewed health points to a rebound, making him a midrange mixed starter with some growth potential.


Francisco Liriano, SP, Minnesota Twins
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
10017015770681683.711.32

Reports say Francisco Liriano regained nasty '06 heat and slider during winter ball this year. Likely No. 5 starter because he has best raw stuff of any Twins pitcher. Fixing strand rate and flyballs will make the comeback easier. Home run pick that won't come at a discount: everything equal, a mid-level mixed starter or better.


Scott Baker, SP, Minnesota Twins
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
3060603118434.651.30

Scott Baker's control slipped down the stretch, and his flyball and homer peripherals warrant caution. Command specialist hovers around the plate, making him more homer-vulnerable, even if outdoor park helps a little. Velocity increase and below-average strand rate offer some hope; there's plenty to gain if you make him your No. 3, but he'll probably be overpriced.


Joe Nathan, RP, Minnesota Twins
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
44060461819682.701.08

Tommy John surgery will force Joe Nathan to miss 2010. Already admitted he pitched last year through bone chips, which helps partially explain collapse; had cleanup surgery in offseason, but as we had noted, there was still some hint of risk for his long-term stock. His walk rate took another step backward, and his flyball rate threatened, too. Be wary in keeper leagues.


Jon Rauch, RP, Minnesota Twins
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
00000000.000.00

Jon Rauch rebounded by increasing his groundball rate; his new cutter helped. Flyball issues lurk. Closer Joe Nathan will miss 2010 season; Minny is trying a committee approach for saves, barring a trade. Rauch has the most experience among non-Nathan Twins relievers. While Rauch won't be saving games every day at first, he's the best bet to emerge from this batch as the top option. He's a low-end No. 3 mixed closer but could be a value pick in AL setups. The word "committee" might scare off your competitors.


Matt Guerrier, RP, Minnesota Twins
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
00000000.000.00

Matt Guerrier dazzled in '09, chiefly via BABIP help. Closer Joe Nathan's likely season-long absence opens up saves, but Guerrier doesn't overpower bats and is better employed eating setup innings. He's reliable and will probably receive a few opps, but Guerrier is a secondary plan for Twins speculators.


Jose Mijares, RP, Minnesota Twins
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
00000000.000.00

With Joe Nathan done for 2010, lefty-heavy save opps are for Jose Mijares' taking in Minnesota's committee. His strand rate explosion could be for real but likely will come down a bit. Still, he's a cheap option in deep leagues who'll probably earn a few closures. Don't make him your top option in ALs, but he's a solid No. 2 mono reliever.