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Sunday 17th Dec 2017

domingo CATCHER: Jason Castro's bat may not have developed as hoped, but he's good enough   behind the dish to warrant regular playing time. Mitch Garver is the current backup.

 INFIELD: Joe Mauer and Brian Dozier are stalwarts on the right side. A healthy Miguel   Sano locks down the hot corner with Jorge Polanco currently slated for shortstop.   Eduardo Escobar deserves mention since he usually get his at bats by season's end.

 OUTFIELD: Is this the year Byron Buxton plays the whole season in the Bigs? His glove   says yes, hopefully his stick agrees. Eddie Rosario emerged as a regular with Max Kepler at minimum playing versus right-handers, though his leather also warrants full time run.

 DESIGNATED HITTER: Robbie Grossman is the leading candidate, though he can also back up all three outfield spots. Kennys Vargas and even Byung Ho Park are in the mix.

BENCH: Escobar and Zack Granite provide infield and outfield depth, along with possibly Vargas and Park.

Nelson POD 2017ROTATION: Ervin Santana currently fronts the staff, but it won't be long before he's supplanted by Jose Berrios. Kyle Gibson is back as a mid-rotation innings eater. Aaron Slegers, Adalberto Mejia and Dietrich Enns will compete for the last spots, provided no one else is brought in (I think some will).

BULLPEN: It's funny how things work out. The Twins bullpen held its own after being gutted at the trade deadline. Still, there's no one to really consider the front-runner for closer. Trevor Hildenberger did it in the minors, but is more of a finesse guy than your typical fireballer. Alan Busenitz is a dark horse to emerge with the role, though the likelihood is the club looks to build on its wild card appearance and brings in an established stopper.

PROSPECTS TO WATCH: Shortstop Nick Gordon is close, though he's known more for this glove than offensive prowess. Stephen Gonsalves could work himself into some starts after debuting last season.

POSSIBLE ACQUISITIONS: The offense seems fine, with maybe a minor tweak or two. If the Twins were to spend, it would be on a starting pitcher or two, along with a ninth inning guy.

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