This article is part of our Bernie on the Scene series.
The American League Central seems a bit clearer to me now.
There has been a slight change in my thinking the last two weeks.
All payrolls are those of FanGraphs. All lineups and grades are mine.
AMERICAN LEAGUE CENTRAL
Estimated Payroll: $129M
Estimated Win Total: 92
Lineup: Balanced and Strong
Luis Arraez, LF, BL, Grade C+
The Twins love this guy's bat, and I agree
Josh Donaldson, 3B, BR, Grade C+
Left Opening Day with a leg injury, and that's the issue here
Nelson Cruz, DH, BR, Grade B-
A lethal hitter, we'll have to see if he can still rake with the best
Jorge Polanco, 2B, BB, Grade C+
I don't see him as a cleanup hitter due to inconsistency
Miguel Sano, 1B, BR, Grade B-
This guy can be lethal, but beware the huge strikeout totals
Max Kepler, RF, BL, Grade C+
He can get very hot and become a tough out
Byron Buxton, CF, BR, Grade B
Super talented, but can he stay on the field and use his skills?
Andrelton Simmons, SS, Grade C
He's here for his defense, any offense will be a bonus
Rotation: Top Heavy
Kenta Maeda, RHP, Grade B+
This guy could win the Cy Young if he's allowed to stay in games
Jose Berrios, RHP, Grade B