Judging from the 2021 non-competitive Major League Baseball season, there is no doubt about that Rocco Baldelli And the Twins’ front office was hoping to turn the page in 2022. For a few months it looked like they would be loved in a bad department, but eventually, injury and poor performance caught up to them. When we look back on the year that was, there is still a lot to be excited about and be grateful for.
In no particular order, here are five things Twins fans can be thankful for because they cut the turkey this week:
Byron Buxton I paid
Despite the uncertainty and uncertainty of the lockout, the Minnesota Twins did what they had and paid Byron Buxton. Sure, he was hurt a lot. Sure, you never know when he’s going to miss a lot of games. There is also the fact that when he is on the field he is among the best players in the entire sport. His 92 games in 2022 was the most he has played in a season since 2017, and despite injuring his knee early and having to play through surgery that eventually required, he has been an MVP candidate for most of the campaign. Buxton once again proved his worth, and although all sides hoped he would be on the field more, the front office did exactly the right thing in sourcing dynamic talent at a reduced rate.
Carlos Correa It was fun
Knowing that Minnesota has money to spend and replace Andrillton Simmons At shortstop it was a must, there was a lot of excitement in late spring regarding Trevor’s story. Then in the middle of the night Derek Valve and Tad Levine cut a deal with Scott Boras’ agent Carlos Correa. It was a three year deal and it will never matter after one year. Sure, it would be great if the sides came together for a long-term contract this season, but even if they don’t, we will always remember the time the Twins signed the best free agent available in a given season.
Royce Lewis Back
From the moment Royce Lewis was the first overall pick of the Minnesota Twins, there was hope that he would become a superstar. He dealt with the injuries and plague that set him back while in the minors, but he came back from a torn ACL to set the farm system on fire. When Korea fell, he forced the hand of the organization. He was actually so good the Twins needed a reposition to keep him in the lineup. The second ACL injury was definitely suboptimal, but we saw the talent that was expected all along. He will return sometime in 2023, and if rehab goes smoothly, Minnesota certainly has a star in the making.
Joseph Miranda Boost his performance
There hasn’t been a minor league season as good as Miranda’s in 2021 for Minnesota in quite some time. 973 OPS between Double and Triple-A was something to watch. Even then, he didn’t crack the Opening Day slate. Once given a chance in the big leagues, Miranda was determined not to go back. His 116 OPS+ ability isn’t anywhere else in 2022, but the slash was more pronounced before fainting late in the season. The rookie is still able to blow 15 homers in his first 125 major league games, and he’ll be an integral part of the 2023 roster.
John Doran It shines, literally
You can go back as far as you want in Minnesota Twins history, and you won’t find a pitcher who consistently throws triple digits. Not only expected to make the Opening Day roster, Duran did so, but also emerged as the best arm in the Minnesota pen and one of the best catchers in baseball. He certainly could have been voted All-Star as a junior, and should expect to see more than a few of those games during his career. While his unnatural splashing is the pitch that has sparked much discussion, his ludicrous fastball is what he appears to be. He got his entrance music at Target Field, and must watch baseball every time he steps on the mound.
What would you include in your list? What have you as a Twins fan been most grateful for over the past year?