MLB American League Central Minnesota Twins
After winning the division in 2020, the Twins had a long fall from grace in 2021. They finished dead last in the AL Central with a 73-89 record, 20 games behind the first-place White Sox.
There isn’t a whole lot of optimism for the 2022 season. The Twins currently have the 19th-best odds of winning the World Series.
Still, it would not be shocking to see the Twins bounce back from their dismal 2021 season. With players like Byron Buxton, Jorge Polanco, Miguel Sano, and others, there is definitely talent on this team.
According to MLB.com’s midseason rankings during the 2021 season, the Twins have the 15th-best farm system. Top players in their farm system include shortstop Royce Lewis, outfielder Austin Martin, pitcher Jordan Balazovic, pitcher Simeon Woods Richardson, and pitcher Jhoan Duran.
MLB.com expects nine of their top 10 prospects to play in the majors as one bright spot for the Twins in 2022. Between some solid major leaguers and prospects on the verge of breaking in, the future could be bright for the Minnesota Twins.
MLB American League Central Twins History
The Minnesota Twins franchise stems all the way back to 1901, as one of the first eight teams that were part of the American League. However, the team has certainly seen changes throughout the years.
The franchise actually started in Washington D.C. as the Washington Senators. Until 1961, the team was renamed the Twins and moved to Minnesota.
Starting in 1969, when divisions were first introduced, the Twins were part of the American League West. In 1994, when the major leagues were realigned with three divisions, the Twins were moved to the AL Central. They have competed there ever since.
Since their first season in 1901 as the Washington Senators, the Twins’ franchise has a combined record of 9,012 – 9,716 – 109 (.481 winning percentage).
Since their first season as the Twins in 1961, the team has a combined 4,789 – 4,852 record (.497 winning percentage).
The Twins franchise has played in six different ballparks since 1901. After playing for 27 seasons in the Metrodome, the Twins opened their current ballpark, Target Field, in 2010.