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Minnesota Twins Will Have A Better 2014 Despite Spring Struggles

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The Minnesota Twins haven’t had the best outcome in many of their Spring Training games so far. As we have all said many times before, you can’t put too much stock into a team’s performance during the spring until it gets closer to the start of the season. Even with the struggles the Twins have been dealing with in regards to scoring runs, they will be much improved this season.

There might be some growing pains for Joe Mauer as he makes the full-time switch from behind the plate to first base defensively, but his offense will remain the same. In fact, he will most likely play in more games this season than he has in the past several, which will only benefit the Twins as they look to improve on their dreadful 2013.

Brian Dozier, who hasn’t had the strongest of springs, will emerge as one of the better second baseman in the American League Central. Last season, Dozier played in 147 games, and although his average wasn’t the greatest (.244), he was able to hit 18 home runs, which the Twins will love. In a lineup that doesn’t have the most power, Dozier is going to have to be the guy to take it to the next level.

The pitching staff is much better and will have to be the entire season if the Twins are to compete. Ricky Nolasco looks to be back on track after a few shaky outings, Mike Pelfrey has shown that he could be back in his 2010 form, Phil Hughes is having a decent spring and is expected to bounce back in his first season away from the Bronx, and Kyle Gibson pitched his way into the rotation with an outstanding spring.

The Twins are still a ways away from being a playoff team, but could easily find themselves hovering around the .500 mark, even if all of the players have good, not great, years.

John Ginder is contributor for the Minnesota Twins for RantSports. You can follow him on Twitter @JGUpstateNY, add him to your network on Google, or “Like” him on Facebook.