2014 stats: .319/.353/.472, 20 SB, 70 R, 40 RBI in 101 games. 2015 outlook: In his first big-league season, Santana batted leadoff 82 times for the Twins, more than any other player on the roster. He's expected to move back to shortstop after playing out of position in center field, but that shouldn't affect where he bats in the lineup. Santana's on-base percentage of .353 was second on the team, so he's shown an ability to be a table-setter at the top of the order. Additionally, he has the speed (20 stolen bases in 2014) that is typical of a leadoff hitter.
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2B Brian Dozier
2014 stats: .242/.345/.416, 23 HR, 71 RBI, 21 SB in 156 games. 2015 outlook: Dozier had a breakout year in 2014, his second full season playing second base after transitioning from shortstop. Among the highlights of Dozier's 2014 season were his participation in the Home Run Derby in July and joining the 20-20 club. Though Dozier's batting average of .242 was lower than he and Minnesota would have liked, he did have an impressive on-base percentage of .345. Dozier began the year as the Twins' leadoff hitter but moved to No. 2 in the order by early June after Santana started batting leadoff. Dozier's batting average and on-base percentage were slightly higher as the No. 2 hitter (.245 and .367) compared to his numbers as the leadoff hitter (.241 and .322).
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1B Joe Mauer
2014 stats: .277/.361/.371, 4 HR, 55 RBI, 60 R in 120 games. 2015 outlook: The 2014 season was a down year for Mauer, who transitioned to first base full-time. His .277 average was the lowest of his career, and he was sidelined for part of the season with an oblique injury. After returning from the injury, though, Mauer put up better numbers than he did before he was hurt. He hit .289 with a .397 on-base percentage from Aug. 11 to the end of the season. For most of his career, Mauer has batted third, but he does have 213 games as the No. 2 hitter.
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DH Kennys Vargas
2014 stats: .274/.316/.456, 9 HR, 38 RBI in 53 games. 2015 outlook: Vargas debuted on his 24th birthday last year and was one of the pleasant surprises for the Twins in 2014. Playing the majority of his games as the designated hitter, Vargas provided some power to Minnesota's lineup. Vargas showed he can hit major-league pitching, but he'll have to cut down the strikeouts -- he had 63 in 215 at-bats -- in order to develop into a productive cleanup hitter. Almost all of his 53 games came as the No. 4 batter in the lineup, and he made a strong case for himself to begin 2015 there as well.
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LF Oswaldo Arcia
2014 stats: .231/.300/.452, 20 HR, 57 RBI in 103 games. 2015 outlook: Arcia's production was up and down during his second big-league season. His 20 homers and 57 RBI both topped his totals from his rookie year in 2013, but his batting average of .231 was a step back from the .251 average he had the previous year. Arcia is still striking out too much, as well. He struck out in 31 percent of his plate appearances, which was easily the highest ratio of any regular hitter in the lineup. But Arcia does possess intriguing power. Arcia moved around in the lineup last year, batting fifth 40 times and sixth 42 times (as well as six games as the cleanup hitter and 10 in the No. 7 spot). There's a chance he'll move around the lineup a bit during 2015, depending on his production.
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RF Torii Hunter
2014 stats: .286/.319/.446, 17 HR, 83 RBI in 142 games (with Detroit). 2015 outlook: Hunter moved all around the lineup for the Tigers last year, batting anywhere from second (72 games) to ninth (twice). While the No. 2 spot was his most common place in the order, he also hit fifth 48 times and sixth 11 times. Despite his advanced age -- he turned 39 in July -- Hunter was a productive member of the Tigers' offense. Now back where he started his career, Hunter believes he can still produce offensively for the Twins in 2015. If he does still put up solid numbers at the plate, Hunter could potentially bat as high as fifth, trading places with Arcia. If his age catches up with him, he might find himself sliding down the batting order a bit with someone like Trevor Plouffe batting ahead of him.
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3B Trevor Plouffe
2014 stats: .258/.328/.423, 14 HR, 80 RBI in 136 games. 2015 outlook: Plouffe played in a career-high 136 games last season and held his own defensively at third base. With prospect Miguel Sano missing last year after having Tommy John surgery, Plouffe didn't necessarily have to look over his shoulder for Sano. It's unlikely Sano will start the year in the majors, meaning the third base job is still Plouffe's for the time being. Plouffe batted much higher in the lineup for most of 2014, including 65 games at the No. 3 spot. It wouldn't be the worst thing in the world for the Twins if a guy who drove in 80 runs last year batted seventh and would be a testament to the fact that the lineup is somewhat deep.
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C Kurt Suzuki
2014 stats: .288/.345/.383, 3 HR, 61 RBI in 131 games. 2015 outlook: When the Twins signed Suzuki as Mauer's replacement at catcher for 2014, many viewed him as a defensive specialist who wouldn't bring much to the offense. Suzuki proved them wrong, earning his first All-Star nod while batting a career-high .288. He added 34 doubles, the second-most in his career. Suzuki spent a handful of games as Minnesota's No. 2 hitter last year but ultimately played the most games in the No. 7 spot. With almost everyone returning from last year's roster, the lineup certainly has depth, which is why Suzuki may likely be hitting eighth in 2015. The No. 8 spot is actually where Suzuki has had the most at-bats (689) during his eight-year career.
CF Aaron Hicks
2014 stats: .215/.341/.274, 1 HR, 18 RBI, 4 SB in 69 games. 2015 outlook: Hicks still hasn't figured out how to hit consistently in the majors. After a disappointing debut season in 2013 in which he batted just .192 in 81 games, Hicks' numbers weren't much better in 69 games last year. The center field job is by no means a guarantee, and Jordan Schafer could battle Hicks in spring for the starting spot. If it is Hicks who starts the year as the Twins' center fielder, he'll probably find himself at the bottom of the batting order. Despite his hitting woes, Hicks still has an ability to get on base (.341 OBP in 2014), which could help turn the lineup over to the top.