Four of the five spots in Minnesota's rotation seem to be set with Phil Hughes, Ervin Santana, Ricky Nolasco and Kyle Gibson. That leaves one spot open, and a number of pitchers will be competing for that fifth and final spot in the starting rotation. The mix of candidates includes some pitchers with plenty of MLB experience (Mike Pelfrey), others with none (Alex Meyer), and a few in between. Trevor May debuted last year with mixed results but should be in that competition. Newly-acquired Tim Stauffer has pitched more in relief in recent years but has experience as a starter, too. And Tommy Milone -- the only left-hander in the mix -- pitched in a few games for Minnesota late last year before injuries shut his season down. There's not exactly one candidate who stands above the rest, which should make for an interesting spring.
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Torii Hunter's return -- mentor, productive player, or both?
One of the Twins' biggest offseason acquisitions was signing Torii Hunter to a one-year contract. Hunter, who spent his first 11 seasons with Minnesota, returns to his original club after playing for the Angels and Tigers over the past seven years. The veteran outfielder has still been productive at the plate (he batted .283 with 83 RBI last season), but his defense is not at the same level as it was during his first stint with the Twins. On top of that, he'll turn 40 in July. But Hunter's acquisition also gives Minnesota a mentor to younger outfielders such Aaron Hicks and Byron Buxton, not to mention an outspoken personality that has been lacking in the Twins' clubhouse the last few seasons. Hunter has a chance to be a productive outfielder and a team leader and mentor. This spring could be Hunter's chance to show he can still do both.
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A new regime under Paul Molitor
For the last 13 springs, the Twins reported to spring training in Fort Myers, Fla., with Ron Gardenhire as their manager. That won't be the case this year as Hall of Famer Paul Molitor begins his first season as the skipper of the Twins. Will Molitor do things different in camp? He's been on the record of saying he doesn't plan to shake things up too much from the way they were under Gardenhire. With that said, Molitor has noted some changes he hopes to implement. That includes addressing baserunning, something he helped Minnesota's players out with last year as a coach on Gardenhire's staff. Molitor also mentioned working on pickoff plays and doing things to slow opposing teams down. Twins players have had nothing but high praise for Molitor since he got the job. Now they'll get to see how he runs things in spring training.
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Who is the starting center fielder?
There aren't many uncertainties in regards to filling positions on the field for the Twins this spring, but one question mark looms large. That would be the starting center field job, something that could take all of spring to sort out. For the past few years, Minnesota has hoped that Aaron Hicks would take control of that position and run with it. But Hicks has struggled mightily at the plate in two seasons, batting .201 in 150 games. Meanwhile, the Twins acquired Jordan Schafer from Atlanta last season, and Schafer hit .285 and stole 15 bases in 41 games. Those two appear the two likeliest options for Minnesota's starting center field job. Danny Santana played plenty of center field last year but all signs point to him returning to his natural position of shortstop. That leaves Hicks and Schafer to do battle for the center field job.
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Will any prospects break camp with the team?
Twins fans continue to await the arrivals of the team's top prospects, third baseman Miguel Sano and outfielder Byron Buxton, in the major leagues. Both had injury-plagued 2014 seasons that set them back on their path to the majors. Neither player has played above Double-A -- and Buxton played there for just one game -- so it's unlikely that either will start the 2015 season on the Twins' 25-man roster. One prospect who might have a shot at doing so is right-hander Alex Meyer, who shined at Triple-A Rochester last year. If he doesn't break camp as the No. 5 starter, the bullpen is always an option for him to begin his big league career. A few other prospects to keep an eye on this spring include infielder Jorge Polanco -- who briefly played in the majors in 2014 -- and infielder/outfielder Eddie Rosario.