Aug 22, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins starting pitcherTommy Milone
(49) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports
Going in order of likelihood, I would have liked to have had Alex Meyer in this spot. That being said, Paul Molitor recently brought up the notion of having Meyer as a bullpen option with the long-term plan of starting him. With that in mind, Tommy Milone appears to be the favorite for the 5th starting spot.
After coming over from the Oakland Athletics in a trade for Sam Fuld, Milone scuffled with the Twins in 2014. His season was cut short by injury, which did him no favors, and he ended 2014 on a low note. However, prior to joining the Twins, Milone posted a 3.55 ERA over 16 starts with the Athletics. With a career 6.5 K/9 mark, he’s not a high strikeout guy, but he’s a crafty lefty who can get guys out.
In 2015, look for Milone to be a pitcher that the Twins can rely upon to keep them in a game. Although he may never be a shutout type pitcher, he should also be someone who Minnesota can expect to not get lit up on a night basis. Much like Gibson, expecting an ERA in the high 3 range is realistic for Milone in 2015.
On to the next possibility…