While the Twins suffered a third consecutive 90-loss season, Minnesota's minor league system had a banner year and a return to relevance in the AL Central may not be far away. At the major league level the Twins continued to struggle to find any kind of stability in the starting rotation as the team was last in ERA and shuffled through several starters. Minnesota's offense was no better as the Twins were 25th in runs scored. Joe Mauer was having one of his best seasons (.880 OPS) before a concussion ended his season in late August. The Twins traded Justin Morneau at the end of July and didn't re-sign him in the offseason, ending the Mauer-Morneau combination that had been the foundation of the team since 2005.
For all the failure at the major league level, the Twins minor league system had an outstanding year. The Twins enter the 2014 season near the top of almost all the organizational prospect rankings (No. 1 from Baseball Prospectus and No. 2 from ESPN). Led by Byron Bux
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