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No. 27 Minnesota Twins


In Focus: Jacque Jones
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Left fielder Jacque Jones works on being more selective at the plate. Start
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2000 Record: 69-93 (5th in AL West)

Despite eight consecutive losing seasons, things are looking up in Minnesota -- thanks to the Twins abandoning their penny-pinching ways. They locked up their top two starters in Brad Radke and Eric Milton. But, how much help they'll get is the big question.

Radke and Milton combine with lefties Mark Redman and Joe Mays to form a nice rotation. This group could have won more games last season, except for an offense that finished last in homers and second to last in runs in the American League.

The one bright spot in the lineup was All-Star Matt Lawton. He hit .305, slugged 44 doubles and walked 91 times to just 63 strikeouts.

But Lawton can't do it alone. He needs help and one candidate is Jacque Jones.

Putting the 25-year-old In Focus, we see he led the Twins with 19 home runs last year, but he has to improve his plate discipline. Jones walked just 26 times while striking out a club-worst 111 times.

The Twins will have to wait for Jones to improve to start scoring runs. Until then, I rank them as the 27th best team in baseball.


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