Sep 13, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Minnesota Twins starting pitcherPhil Hughes
(45) throws a pitch against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning in game one of a doubleheader at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
Starting Rotation (5)
Despite wavering from my initial projection of the starting rotation, I see this configuration as the most likely outcome for the Twins. Hughes, Santana, Nolasco, and Gibson should all be locks as the 1-4 starters for the Twins. While Milone probably projects as the most likely 5th starter, the back-end of the rotation should be decided in spring training.
Alex Meyer could quite easily factor into the 5th rotation spot, but comments Paul Molitor has made about being open to him as a bullpen option, and Milone being brought in as a starter, could make that an uphill battle. There are a few other guys who may make spot starts, but this rotation configuration is probably the most likely as the Twins break camp.
Twins fans have to take some solace, at least on paper, in looking at what projects as a respectable 1-5 rotation for the first time in a while.
With the guys who will start games out-of-the-way, let’s end with the guys who will relieve them…