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#3. AL Central: Minnesota Twins

March 22, 2017 GMT

Projected record: 76-86Projected run differential: -53The Twins lost their most games since 1949 last season, so there really is nowhere to go but up. The projection systems foresee a sizable step up, thanks mostly to a maturing young core headlined by Miguel Sano, Byron Buxton and Max Kepler. Brian Dozier has emerged as a legitimate All-Star, and the addition of Jason Castro should be an upgrade from Kurt Suzuki.The Twins’ pitching was a mess last year, but Ervin Santana and Hector Santiago are at least serviceable, while Phil Hughes can’t have any worse injury luck than he did in 2016. Expect Jose Berrios to take a step forward in what will be his second crack at the Majors.