Complete Minnesota Twins 2014 Spring Training Preview

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Complete Minnesota Twins 2014 Spring Training Preview
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Three consecutive seasons with at least 96 losses have left a bitter taste in the mouths of Minnesota Twins fans and the organization. 

Despite those hard times since, the news is not all bad for the Twins heading into 2014. They have spent money to upgrade the worst pitching staff in baseball last year. Ricky Nolasco and Phil Hughes should at least provide innings, if nothing else. 

More important than the money spent on free agents this offseason is what's coming through the system. Outfielder Byron Buxton and third baseman Miguel Sano are top-10 prospects in baseball and have an outside shot to debut in 2014. 

Buxton and Sano are just the beginning of what's in the pipeline for Minnesota. It's going to take a little more time, with more losses to come, but the Twins are headed in the right direction.

In fact, based on the strength of their farm system, they're poised to take control of the American League Central from the Detroit Tigers in the not-too-distant future. 

While Minnesota waits for the sun to rise on the Twins again, here are the stories to follow this spring as the team prepares for the 2014 regular season. 

 

Note: All stats courtesy of Baseball Reference and FanGraphs unless otherwise noted. 

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