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
Arguably the most exciting option to join the Twins rotation, Alex Meyer is still awaiting his turn after being brought into the fold in exchange for Denard Span. Plagued by control issues in his time down on the farm, Meyer has been denied his opportunity at Target Field. As Spring Training kicks off, it will be on him to push the envelope.
While the control issues are apparent (4.4 BB/9), Meyer is now 25 years old and teetering on staying down too long. His 10.6 K/9 ratio is something the Twins desperately need, and his effectiveness against major league hitters is something that has yet to be determined. Across three minor league seasons, Meyer has posted a 3.15 ERA and the Twins are still hoping he can become the top of the rotation guy he was once billed to be.
As far as viability for the rotation goes, it will be based on a couple of things for Meyer. Not only will the control issues have to be somewhat nullified during the spring, but he will also need a window from Milone to open. Although he could debut in the bullpen, the Twins have added enough relievers this offseason to make that scenario appear less than likely.