Bernie on the Scene: AL Central Analysis & Predictions

Bernie on the Scene: AL Central Analysis & Predictions

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

MINNESOTA TWINS
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?

Mitch Garver, C, BR, Grade C
I think Ryan Jeffers will see plenty of action at catcher as well

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
This is

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Bernie Pleskoff
Bernie Pleskoff is a former professional scout for the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners.
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