Projecting The Twins 5th Starter

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Jul 13, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; USA pitcher Alex Meyer throws a pitch during the All Star Futures Game at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Alex Meyer

Meyer was the piece that the Twins got back in return for sending Denard Span to the Washington Nationals. At the time of the trade, Meyer was viewed by many as a potential staff ace and number one pitcher down the road. Now, 26-years-old, Meyer finds himself toiling through Triple-A innings. He likely would, or should have, been called up in September last season had he not dealt with shoulder issues. At this point, it could be argued that this is a make or break time for Meyer. Prospects are no longer thought of in the same realm when they still reside in the minors past the age of 24 or 25. Although Meyer has struggled with command to a certain extent, he has a strong ability to strike batters out, and can continue to refine his command at the major league level. Meyer remains the most intriguing candidate for the 5th spot in the rotation, and has arguably the highest ceiling of the bunch.