As we count down to opening day, we’ll be taking a look at each position for the Twins, the presumed starter, and the other options in the organization. Today we’ll be looking at second base.
The Presumed Starter: Jonathan Schoop
Jonathan Schoop is new to the Twins, coming over from Milwaukee over the offseason. After Schoop struggled last year, the Brewers cut him for some reason this winter, and he agreed to a one year deal with Minnesota. (Seriously, they’re going to try Mike Moustakas at second. Who signed off on that idea?) Over a six-year MLB career, Schoop has racked up 11.6 WAR and a .258/.294/.444 batting line. In 2017 he was an all-star with Baltimore, hitting a career-best .293/.338/.503. ZiPS projects him to hit .260/.300/.453 and stroke 25 longballs. This would be a regression to his career norms, as he would be a 2.2-win player.
The Bench Guys: Ehire Adrianza, Marwin Gonzalez, Ronald Torreyes, Nick Gordon
Adrianza has appeared in 66 games at second base over this career. He hasn’t been great there, but he hasn’t exactly been bad, either. We covered his projections a couple days ago, but we all kind of have an idea what he brings to the Twins roster just based on the last few seasons.
Gonzalez came up as a shortstop, so in theory should cover second fairly well. In his 110 career games at second, that seems to be borne out. He’ll likely start the season as the primary third baseman for the Twins, but once Miguel Sano returns to the line-up, Gonzalez will likely appear at second fairly often, in relief of Schoop.
Just like the other infield spots, Ronald Torreyes will likely start the season at Rochester, but could easily be called up in case of an extended absence by one of the 25-man roster players.
Nick Gordon has some experience playing second base in the minor leagues, and many believe that may be where his MLB future lies. If he forces a call up, the Twins suffer injuries, or we get to the point rosters expand, he may be penciled into second as well.
Willians Astudillo also has appeared at second base, so you never know...
Next up... First Base
How do you feel about the Twins situation at second base
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Scoping it out, Schoop looks pretty good, at least for this season
Last year was a down season for Schoop. We’ll have to wait and see if he can bounce back
Better scoop Schoop out of there, and give someone else the opportunity