The Minnesota Twins are well on their way to their third straight October off, and the fans in Twins Territory are not happy.

With the trade of Justin Morneau to the Pirates and with Joe Mauer’s slow recovery from a concussion, there doesn’t seem to be much hope for the team as they trot out a lineup in which Brian Dozier is supposed to be their main source of power.

Yet, as the Twins go into another cold and dark offseason, there may be brighter days on the horizon.

Many know about the growing strength of the lower levels of the organization, but even at the major league level there are reasons for growing optimism for a team that’s fallen on hard times.

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