Much of the discussion in the early part of the offseason has understandably been pitching. While the Twins must fill in their rotation, there are still plenty of questions to be answered at the plate. Here is my crack at the 2020 Opening Day lineup:
1. Luis Arraez, 2B
Arraez is the quintessential leadoff hitter. He takes elite at-bats and rarely strikes out.
2. Jorge Polanco, SS
Polanco should again slot in second. Do the Twins prefer to put more power behind Arraez?
3. Nelson Cruz, DH
The ageless wonder will see ducks on the pond often with two elite contact hitters in front of him.
4. Max Kepler, RF
Kepler is an admirable leadoff man and it pains me to take his at-bats. He will thrive in this role as well.
5. Miguel Sano, 3B
The 5th spot will be cut out exclusively for Miggy and 3-4-5 will be a powerful punch.
6. Eddie Rosario, LF
Rosario moves out of the cleanup role and provides much more balance to an already lethal lineup.
7. Mitch Garver, C
This goes to show how good this team will be and obeys Baldelli's approach of alternating handedness.
8. Marwin Gonzalez, 1B
Gonzalez and Cron should switch off at first unless Cron is non-tendered this winter.
9. Byron Buxton, CF
Derek Falvey said Buxton should be ready by March. They are much better with him in the lineup.
Starting Pitcher: Jose Berrios
Unless the Twins sign Gerrit Cole or Stephen Strasburg, Berrios will spearhead the rotation once again.
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