Minnesota Twins Offensive Projections, 2010

I had these completed, but I've adjusted a number of players' projections based on yesterday's signing of Jim Thome.  Naturally, if the Twins make any further moves, adjustments would need to be made.

I've enjoyed doing this the last few years, but I'm glad I waiting a couple of weeks longer to do it this time.  So, how does our offense look this year?  Make the jump to find out...

Name Games At-Bats Hits 2B 3B HR BB SO AVG OBP SLG SB
Joe Mauer 141 529 174 34 2 23 79 65 .329 .416 .531 3
Jose Morales 57 147 42 9 0 1 15 26 .286 .352 .367 0
Drew Butera 11 19 4 1 0 0 2 9 .211 .286 .263 0
Wilson Ramos 4 5 1 0 0 0 2 2 .200 .429 .200 0


After Mauer's power explosion last summer, I feel comfortable giving him a healthy home run total for the first time.  As a whole I expect the catchers to be a strong group, with Morales continuing to show himself capable of being a strong backup.  Third catcher options are a total shot in the dark, but certainly there will be a point this season in which Butera and/or Ramos will be called upon.  The week or two in April, and of course September, will provide some of those opportunities.

Name Games At-Bats Hits 2B 3B HR BB SO AVG OBP SLG SB
Justin Morneau 157 594 173 38 2 35 76 92 .291 .372 .539 0
J.J.Hardy 139 542 139 27 2 21 46 98 .256 .315 .430 2
Nick Punto 132 404 102 19 2 1 52 76 .252 .338 .317 14
Brendan Harris 126 403 108 22 2 8 33 77 .268 .323 .392 2
Jim Thome 94 282 69 14 0 17 50 79 .245 .370 .475 0
Alexi Casilla 71 171 40 7 2 3 17 27 .234 .303 .351 11
Matt Tolbert 38 87 22 4 0 1 8 14 .253 .316 .333 5
Daniel Valencia 14 34 10 2 0 0 6 11 .294 .400 .353 0
Steven Tolleson 9 25 7 2 0 0 4 6 .280 .379 .360 4
Luke Hughes 7 14 5 1 0 1 4 8 .357 .500 .643 0
Trevor Plouffe 6 15 3 0 0 0 2 5 .200 .294 .200 0
Justin Huber 4 12 3 0 0 1 3 6 .250 .400 .500 0


This is a massive group of infielders, but unless the Twins bring in another third baseman I expect a lot of shuffling around to occur.  Certainly some of these guys will only get a sniff in September.  In all it's another strong season from Morneau, Hardy is slated for a bounceback, Thome will get more than 300 plate appearances and Punto will simply be Punto. Of course, someone like Tolleson might have his Minnesota future put in jeopardy since the Twins have yet to make room on the 40-man roster for Thome.

Name Games At-Bats Hits 2B 3B HR BB SO AVG OBP SLG SB
Denard Span 152 582 175 22 8 10 79 93 .301 .384 .418 26
Jason Kubel 150 525 150 30 1 31 55 102 .286 .353 .524 1
Michael Cuddyer 148 562 156 32 3 24 55 118 .278 .342 .473 4
Delmon Young 104 315 89 13 1 13 18 76 .283 .321 .454 3
Jason Pridie 17 37 8 2 0 1 4 13 .216 .293 .351 4
Dustin Martin 8 27 6 1 0 0 4 9 .222 .323 .259 1

 

The outfield, as powerful as it's been in a long, long time.  I had Delmon pegged for a bigger year, but the signing of big Thome is going to sink a bunch of his opportunities.  Still, I have him performing better that he has in the past, even if that's in part-time duty.  Span, Kubel and Cuddyer remain parts of what should be a pretty potent Twins offense.

As a whole this Twins team has the potential to be more powerful than last year's club, and a combined .447 slugging percentage in these projections represents that potential.

How do you expect the offense to perform this year?

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