The Minnesota Twins have tabbed Kris Johnson as Monday’s started against the Cleveland Indians. With the AL Central division rival headed into town following the Tampa Bay Rays, it seems the Twins will once again go with the Major League veteran.
Ron Gardenhire and the Twins were hesitant to name a starter for Monday and Tuesday’s tilts with the Indians, as they were said to be still evaluating all options. With Ricky Nolasco hitting the disabled list for the Twins, Tuesday’s starter is still undecided.
Fans around Twins territory have been clamoring for both Trevor May and Alex Meyer for quite some time now. May was initially supposed to pitch in the Future’s Game at Target Field as part of the MLB All Star festivities, however, a trip to the disabled list prevented him from making and appearance.
Meyer ended up replacing his Triple-A Rochester teammate in the Future’s Game, and was electric. While bats made solid contact with his pitches, he pounded the strike zone and threw hard.
May is looking at an ERA currently sitting below the 3.00 mark, while Meyer is 25 and has the ability to be a front line Major League starter.
Kris Johnson has had two very different starts thus far for the Twins this year. In his first start against the Dodgers, he only made it through 4.1 innings while issuing six walks, however he struck out five and did not give up a run. In his second start against the Rockies, Johnson only made it four innings and was pounded for five earned runs.
While Kris Johnson represents a Major League veteran, this may be his last attempt at cracking the starting rotation as more than a place holder. Tuesday’s starter is still up in the air, and while Yohan Pino is in play for the opportunity, both guys could likely be on their last leg.