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The Minnesota Twins’ 5 Most Irreplaceable Players Right Now

Minnesota Twins: Their 5 Most Irreplaceable Players So Far in 2014

Minnesota Twins, 5 Irreplaceable Players
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The Minnesota Twins are now two games over .500 (23-21) after taking both games of a road series against the San Diego Padres. Time will tell if they can stick in the American League playoff race, but for now hope reigns.

Here are five Twins that qualify as "irreplaceable", and the entire group will be the driving force for the team's success over the rest of the season.

Honorable Mention: Eduardo Escobar

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Honorable Mention: Eduardo Escobar

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Including Escobar anywhere on this list may be considered a stretch to some, but he has started games in the outfield as well as at shortstop and third base. Oh, and he's hitting .337 so far this season.

5. 3B Trevor Plouffe

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5. 3B Trevor Plouffe

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Even though he has just three home runs thus far, Plouffe has shown growth as a hitter with 29 RBI and a team-leading 18 doubles. He's still a below-average defensive third baseman, but offensive production is what the Twins are counting on Plouffe for and he has fit the bill.

4. C Kurt Suzuki

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4. C Kurt Suzuki

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Suzuki was expected to be solid veteran presence behind the plate, and he has been that for sure. His offensive production (.303 batting average with 27 RBI) has been a nice bonus.

3. Glen Perkins

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3. Glen Perkins

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Perkins blew his first save opportunity of the season, but he is 14-for-15 in save opportunities since and has not walked a batter since April 9. The value of closers can be debated endlessly, but the Twins have one of the best around and would have a hard time replacing him.

2. Phil Hughes

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2. Phil Hughes

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Hughes had another excellent outing Wednesday night, with seven strikeouts and zero walks over seven shutout innings against the Padres. He has gone at least six innings in each of his last six starts, with a 1.60 ERA and a 30:1 K/BB ratio over that time.

1. 2B Brian Dozier

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1. 2B Brian Dozier

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Dozier leads the Twins in home runs (11) and OPS (.838) while also playing Gold Glove-level defense. He is on the track to represent the home team in July's All-Star Game.