Josmil Pinto, Aaron Hicks, Colabello, Arcia ... these guys haven’t had enough at-bats to establish a level of ability. Arcia and Hicks are young enough that they aren’t necessarily done developing as hitters. Colabello, on the other hand, is 30. What you see is what you get, but we really haven’t seen enough yet.
It wouldn’t be impressive for the Twins of 2014 to outproduce the Twins of 2013 at the plate; last year’s model was awful offensively. But there were few substantive changes to the lineup.
Maybe Colabello is truly a good hitter whose prime was wasted in independent ball. Maybe Trevor Plouffe has truly taken a significant step forward. One hopes that Arcia and Pinto will get enough playing time to find themselves. These things would improve the production.
But on the whole, my expectations are unchanged: With time, this lineup will fall below league average in runs scored, probably well below. I’d love to be wrong on that.
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