Alex Meyer doesn’t debut with the Twins until September
This one isn’t so much a knock on Meyer, as it is a belief in what is there. I am probably higher on Meyer than most, but I think the Twins have a solid recipe for success this season. Expecting a bounce back year for Ricky Nolasco, and a clean bill of health for Tommy Milone, the rotation is pretty full. Kyle Gibson will also be another year better this season.
With all of that in mind, the deck is stacked against Meyer. I’m not at all a fan of a highly regarded prospect toiling away at Triple-A at the age of 25, but circumstances may prevent otherwise. Trevor May will challenge for innings, and if the Twins decide to sign Johan Santana (and he works out, which is a huge if), there will be plenty of mouths to feed.
Further complicate things by Minnesota adding relievers like Blaine Boyer, Tim Stauffer, and J.R. Graham, and it becomes tough to find bullpen work as well. I like Meyer a lot, and I think the concerns about his control are overblown, but we may have to wait. Once he does arrive however, give me the over on a 9.0 K/9 ratio, something the Twins desperately need.