May 14, 2021

American League Central X factors for 2020 (Baseball Essential)

What players can move the needle for their respective teams in the 2020 Major League Baseball season? Here are X factors for every team in the American League Central.

Minnesota Twins: Rich Hill

The Twins attempted to improve their starting rotation this offseason, adding Kenta Maeda, Homer Bailey, and Hill. The latter could be the key to Minnesota sporting one of the best rotations in baseball.

Year in and out the talking point with Hill is his health. When healthy, he’s electric, but he has made no more than 25 starts in each of the last four seasons — which is why he was attainable on a one-year deal. Hill is a pitcher of deception. His long follow through makes it challenging to pickup his delivery. Meanwhile, he logs strikeouts at a high rate and has recorded an ERA below four in each of the last four seasons and an ERA below three in two of the last four seasons.

Hill improves the Twins rotation. It’s a matter of availability. A healthy quartet of Jose Berrios, Jake Odorizzi, Maeda, and Hill firing on all cylinders would be stellar.

Cleveland Indians: Aaron Civale

Mike Clevinger and Carlos Carrasco have been hindered by injuries, and Corey Kluber and Trevor Bauer

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