The Minnesota Twins are eleven games into the spring for a 2019 season that is expected to go well. There are many players who are expected to bounce back this season and that all starts with Spring Training. Let’s take a look at how they have been doing to start.
Player of the week: Byron Buxton (12 PA, 3 HR, 11 RBIs, 1 BB, .545/.615/1.455) The talk around twins territory to start the spring has been all Byron Buxton. After a down year the 25 year old still has immense potential and will break out in 2019.
Pitcher of the week: Tyler Duffey (4.0 IP, 2.25 ERA, .083 OPP AVG, 0.75 WHIP) Duffey is fighting for a roster spot and did a lot to help his case this week. I think if he can get to what the twins coaches think he can be, then he will be a nice asset.
Stat leaders (batting):
AB: 1.) Jake Cave (17), 2.) Tyler Austin (16), 3.) Ronald Torreyes (16)
Hits: 1.) Eddie Rosario (8), 2.) Ehire Adrianza (6), 3.) Byron Buxton (6)
HR: 1.) Byron Buxton (3), 2.) Max Kepler (2), Adam Rosales (2)
RBI: 1.) Byron Buxton (11), Willians Astudillo (4), 3.) five tied at 3
AVG: 1.) Max Kepler (.556), 2.) Byron Buxton (.545), 3.) Eddie Rosario (.533)
OPS: 1.) Byron Buxton (2.070), 2.) Max Kepler (1.889), 3.) Eddie Rosario (1.467)
The Twins outfield seems to be off to a great start as they are involved in almost every single of those stats.
Some notable performances have been from Martin Perez who was signed to a contact this offseason. Every single Twins fan and their mom hated the signing and couldn’t believe this was the guy who was going to pitch for the Twins. It seems new pitching coach Wes Johnson has a lot of faith in him and it has shown in a couple glimpses. Perez on March 3rd struck out the side hitting 96-97 MPH on the fastball and 91 on his breaking pitch. He looked extremely good.
He’s right you know.
Also, everyone is probably wondering about Willians Astudillo. La Tortuga has gone 4-13 (.308 AVG) with one homer and four RBIs. He’s doing Astudillo things.
Kyle Gibson and Miguel Sano both are still getting over their injuries. Expect Kyle to make a start this week most likely. With Sano, the Twins are taking the cautious path and that’s smart. It’s not guaranteed he starts on opening day but he should be healthy relatively quickly.
Overall it’s great to have baseball back. The spring is just getting started but today there are only 25 days until opening day!