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By this time a year ago, the writing was already on the wall.
On this date last season, The Twins He sat in the final middleweight position with 18-29, and after more than two months, he would be split with established players José Berríos, Nelson Cruz, JA Happ and Hansel Robles at a pre-sale deadline. last place. It failed for a small market team from 2011 to 2016 — they suffered more than 94 losses each year — with only three playoff appearances and (badly) zero wins.
Except we are here, two months after the start of the 2022 campaign, and a team that is two decades away from winning the last post-season series doesn’t seem ready to take things to the bone and start all over again. In fact, these twins can be good.
After winning stage titles in 2019 and 20, the Twins were perhaps the most disappointing team in the 21st. Pitching problems were the headline for things that went wrong, but the whole operation was basically a huge failure. Instead of rejoining the rebuilding club team (a collection of teams that grows each season), the Twins made drastic moves to reshuffle. So far, they have borne fruit.
Josh Donaldson, Mitch Garver and others left before the season, and Sonny Gray, Gary Sánchez and Gio Urshela returned. Not all of them have progressed, but the moves themselves indicated a greater view that many franchises with a similar profile (and payroll) often avoid: swapping big league players with big league players instead of betting on the constant refreshment of the farm system. .
Going back even further, the expiration deal he sent to Cruz Tampa Bay got the twins Joe Ryan, who has so far been one of the staff. The Rays they are praised for the development of pitching, and the reputation of the trades of trades teams become his meme“But they seem to have miscalculated when they let go of Ryani, who was a rental bat.” Ryan has had a significant impact on the use of his skates this season, limiting the average hitters to an average of .200, with a rate of 32.7% and not allowing home runs. He only allowed 0.62 home runs in nine innings despite being a flying ball.
That figure may be a regression, but it shouldn’t be too sharp, as Ryan has so far been able to reliably limit hard contacts. Even if the right-hander sees his production slow down a bit, the fact that the Twins have gained a productive start with six more years in control of the club is an essential victory for the office.
The jewel of the off-season crown, Carlos Correa, also falls into the category of creative regeneration. While other major free agency last-class stops signed long-term deals for six years or more, the Twins lured him to the town of Correa with a three-year contract, with each of the first two out-of-options. years. Correa doesn’t play like his old self, but his underlying measures — especially the expected slugging rate of .507 and a 9.9% barrel rate — suggest that it’s a matter of time before he warms up.
Of course, perhaps no player replaces Byron Buxton’s renewed hopes for the Twins. Minnesota tripled with a frequently injured but undeniable star who signed a seven-year, $ 100 million contract extension. The 28-year-old has been productive despite being a .194 BABIP, confident that over time he will return positively to a .309 career mark, but Buxton stat Twins fans will be able to take the only times they should be concerned. zone. Buxton has already collected 119 plate appearances in his team’s 42nd game. Buxton needed a whopping 130 games to reach that mark a season ago, and he hasn’t played 90 games in a season since 2017.
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Individually, none of the twins ’moves over the past 10 months have been effective enough to dismantle the 2021 nightmare. But, collectively, they paint a clear view of the franchise makers: it was about making and rebuilding the background. not on the table.
From 2012 to 17, the Twins had five picks among the top six in the draft. The first of these was Buxton, who finished 2nd a decade ago. Last year’s face plant could have been ahead of another such stretch. Failure to do so may not put an end to the October ills of Minnesota. But at a time when the number of teams actively passing out trying to compete continues to rise, doubling the twins creatively is at least a refreshing change of pace. At most, it is the plan of other clubs that suffer from similar situations.
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