Five Major Questions for the 2016 Minnesota Twins

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Jim Mone – Associated Pres

Can the rotation step up, stay healthy, and by the way, who all will be in it?

One thing the Twins are not lacking is depth, though the quality of that depth, and the health, present a different set of questions. There is little doubt that the rotation will start with Kyle Gibson, Ervin Santana, and Phil Hughes. Competing for the next two slots are an iffy combination of Ricky Nolasco, Tommy Milone, rookie Jose Berrios, Tyler Duffey, and Trevor May.

May moved pretty successfully to the bullpen last season, and it seems the team is content to leave him there, despite potentially starting “stuff”. If Berrios can make the step up sometime in the spring, or even at the All-Star break and contribute, they have plenty of depth for that final slot, plus backup for injury. No stand-outs, with the possible exception of Berrios, but solid pitchers who should be able to hold their own.

Last year they had some health issues, losing Ricky Nolasco for most of the season on the DL, seeing Ervin Santana  out on a suspension for several months, and Phil Hughes having a less than stellar year – but still managed to post a middle-of-the-majors team ERA. If they can solidify the rotation, and get some productivity from Hughes and Berrio, 2016 could continue to improve on the mound.

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