Friday, May 9, 2014

25-Man Roster Dissection: Alex Meyer

When I started this series at the beginning of spring training, the goal was to pick out the players who would spend the most time on the 25-man roster. The back end of the roster can be a puzzle especially in this early portion of the season. Minnesota has already gone through multiple bench players and the pitching staff has fluctuated from 12 to 14 men at times.

Alex Meyer isn't even on the Twins 40-man roster but I am picking him out as the last man in this series. He has done some great things at Triple-A to start the year and the Twins starting pitching has shown some holes. This could open up the opportunity for the Twins top pitching prospect to get a call-up in the next couple months.

2013 Recap: 2.99 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 100 SO, 32 BB (78.1 IP)
In Meyer's first season in the organization, he missed some time due to a shoulder injury. For pitchers, shoulder injuries can be very tough to deal with. Meyer was able to rehab and get back on the diamond with almost all of his innings last year coming at Double-A. Since he missed time in the season, the Twins sent Meyer to the Arizona Fall League. He did some good things in the AFL and this can be a very tough environment for pitchers to find success. Over 26 innings, he struck out 28 and he posted a very good 1.04 WHIP. His performance in the AFL made it easier for fans to get excited about his future and that he was past his shoulder injury.

Forecasting 2014: 3.65 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 81 SO, 28 BB (70.0 IP)
There is a good chance that Meyer won't be appearing at Target Field until after the beginning of June. This still doesn't take away of the mark he could make in his rookie campaign. He has the potential to be the Twins ace for the foreseeable future especially since a lot of the best pitching prospects in the organization are much younger. Minnesota has been waiting for a top flight pitcher since Johan Santana left the organization many moons ago. Meyer is off to a fast start at Triple-A and he has started to use a new change-up. This switch in his off-speed pitch has produced some positive results and the club will watch him closely in the months to come. If he can show some consistency on the mound, he could be at Target Field sooner rather than later.

25-Man Roster Safety: On the Verge

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