FanSided, the network that Puckett’s Pond is part of, turns 15 today! The website was launched in 2007, and to celebrate, we thought it would be fun to take a look back at the 15 best Minnesota Twins players from the past fifteen seasons, from 2007 to present.
For this list, we have ranked the players on three criteria: production, positional value. and longevity with the organization. This means that although Johan Santana and Torii Hunter were fantastic in 2007, they don’t qualify for the list. Same thing with Jim Thome (2010-2011) and Joe Nathan (2006-2009).
To celebrate FanSided’s 15th anniversary, we’ve ranked Minnesota’s 15 best twins of the past 15 years.
For starters, there have been plenty of honorable mentions that have missed the list through this ride in the past, so before we start with the full list, we thought we’d go over them briefly here. Matt Guerrier, Trevor May, Brian Duensing and Caleb Thielbar all get honorable mentions as important relievers, and while Thielbar had the best argument, they all fell short.
Ervin Santana, Scott Baker and Kyle Gibson got looks for their longevity, but they didn’t have the stats. For hitters Josh Willingham, Delmon Young and Trevor Plouffe, they had good years, but it wasn’t enough. We start this list with a speedy center back whose tenure at Minnesota ended as part of the massive rebuild of the early 2010s.