Dewan: The turnaround of the Minnesota Twins

From SABR member John Dewan at ACTA Sports on May 23, 2017:

Baseball Info Solutions has touched on the Minnesota Twins in a few different pieces of writing so far this season, including a previous Stat of the Week and an article on ESPN Insider (subscription required).

However, what the Twins are doing on defense this season demands to be featured. It has been a big surprise to see the Twins march out to an early lead in the AL Central—they are currently one game ahead of the reigning AL champion Indians—but their major turnaround from last season’s MLB-worst 103 losses makes a lot more sense when you see how much they’ve improved in a few specific aspects of the game, in particular on defense.

The Twins are one of seven teams that were below average in Defensive Runs Saved (DRS) a season ago and are above average so far this season, but no one else is close to their incredible 82-run defensive improvement.

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Originally published: May 23, 2017. Last Updated: May 23, 2017.