Updated: Projecting The Minnesota Twins 2015 Starting Rotation

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Sep 27, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Tommy Milone (49) pitches in the ninth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Minnesota won 12-3. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Rounding out the rotation in the fifth starter spot is Tommy Milone. After scooping Sam Fuld up off of waivers, and then dealing him back to the Athletics for Milone last season, Terry Ryan got a quality starter in return. Milone was hurt down the stretch last year as well, but his 3.98 career ERA is more the good enough to play in Target Field. Not a big strikeout guy, Milone has just a 6.5 K/9 ratio, the Twins will look for Milone to keep them in games rather than win them on his own.

There you have it, our projected 2015 Minnesota Twins starting rotation looks like this:

  1. Phil Hughes
  2. Ervin Santana
  3. Ricky Nolasco
  4. Kyle Gibson
  5. Tommy Milone

That leaves Trevor May, Alex Meyer, and Mike Pelfrey out in the cold of sorts. Remember, the Twins allowed Anthony Swarzak to walk this offseason, so there is already a need for long relief help out of the bullpen. I think one of either Meyer or May start the season in the Rochester rotation, with long relief being filled by offseason acquisition Tim Stauffer. Pelfrey may have to prove he can be effective in short bursts, something having a fastball that doesn’t miss a lot of bats may struggle with.

Looking at that one through five, the Twins may not rival some other clubs that went out and got sure fire Cy Young types, but the rotation looks respectable on paper, and should be more than a good start for the 2015 Minnesota Twins.

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