Five Things We’ve Learned About the Minnesota Twins Early This Season

Minnesota Twins: Five Things We've Learned So Far This Season

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The Minnesota Twins have hung around the .500 mark through the early part of the season, but it’s worth wondering how long that will last since they were in a similar position around this time last year.

As the Twins look to remain a factor in the American League Central, here are five things we’ve learned about them during the early part of the season.

5. Pedro Florimon Is What He Is

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5. Pedro Florimon Is What He Is

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Simply put, Florimon is a utility infielder who up until recently has been miscast as the Twins’ every day shortstop. With Eduardo Escobar and perhaps Danny Santana ready to take over, Florimon can take his rightful spot on the bench.

4. Aaron Hicks Needs More Time in Triple-A

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4. Aaron Hicks Needs More Time in Triple-A

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Terrific defense in center field is nice, but Hicks has shown he has a long way to go as an offensive player last season and early this year. He has been sidelined lately with a concussion, but once he’s healthy an opportunity for Hicks to get some development time in the minors will come.

3. Moving to First Base Will Be Good For Joe Mauer’s Health

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3. Moving to First Base Will Be Good For Joe Mauer’s Health

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Prior to this week’s missed time with back spasms, Mauer was in the lineup for every game. Fan vitriol aside, Mauer should finish out his career as a productive, 150-plus game per season player.

2. Mike Pelfrey Is Who We Thought He Was

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2. Mike Pelfrey Is Who We Thought He Was

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I compared Pelfrey to former Twin Nick Blackburn when the team signed him before the 2013 season, and being further removed from Tommy John surgery hasn’t change anything so far this year. At least a groin injury that landed him on the disabled list after his most recent bad outing feels legitimate, right?

1. Brian Dozier Is the Second Baseman of the Present and Future

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1. Brian Dozier Is the Second Baseman of the Present and Future

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Dozier had a breakout season in 2013 (18 home runs, 66 RBI, 14 stolen bases), and he’s on pace for even better this year (eight home runs, 14 RBI and 11 stolen bases). Add in Gold Glove-caliber defense, and Dozier looks to be here to stay and he’ll turn 27 next week.

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