AL Central Preview: Minnesota Twins

Ryan GaydosSenior Analyst IMarch 23, 2009

TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 28:  Pitcher Francisco Liriano #47 of the Minnesota Twins pitches against the New York Yankees during a Grapefruit League Spring Training game at George M. Steinbrenner Field on February 28, 2009 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

I predict the Minnesota Twins will win the AL Central. The Twins have a very good mash of players that could produce good enough chemistry. Players like Carlos Gomez, Denard Span, Justin Morneau, and Joe Mauer all can do well in this lineup.

Keep an Eye on: Alexi Casilla, 2B
Another infielder making a new home for himself is second baseman Alexei Casilla. Casilla is coming off a phenomenal rookie year in which he batted .281 in 98 games with 15 doubles and 50 RBI.

Projected Lineup
1. Denard Span, LF
2. Alexi Casilla, 2B
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Justin Morneau, 1B
5. Michael Cuddyer, RF
6. Jason Kubel, DH
7. Brendan Harris, 3B
8. Nick Punto, SS
9. Carlos Gomez, CF

Projected Pitching Staff
1. Francisco Liriano, LHP
2. Kevin Slowey, RHP
3. Scott Baker, RHP
4. Glen Perkins, LHP
5. Nick Blackburn, RHP

Projected Bullpen
Joe Nathan
Jesse Crain
Matt Guerrier
Bobby Korecky
Craig Breslow
Boof Bonser

Top Prospects
1. Aaron Hicks, CF
2. Shooter Hunt, RHP
3. Ben Revere, CF
4. Wilson Ramos, C
5. Angel Morales,OF