2015 Twins: The Aces Of The Staff
Nov 2, 2013; Surprise, AZ, USA; Minnesota Twins pitcher Alex Meyer against the East during the Fall Stars Game at Surprise Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
5. Alex Meyer
Maybe somewhat of a reach, I expect Meyer to finish amongst the top five in wins for Twins pitchers this season despite the belief that he will not begin the year in the rotation. With Tommy Milone likely slated for the 5th spot, Meyer will more than likely be slated for Triple-A Rochester to start the year.
While the belief should be that Milone is capable of holding a rotation spot, a shift will likely be induced from the bullpen at some point. If Mike Pelfrey struggles with the transition to a bullpen role, Milone could slide over as a relief type. Milone is going to need to be sharp to hold of Meyer, who possesses more upside. At any rate, and no matter how it takes place, I think Meyer gets around 20 starts for the Twins this season.
Whenever the call happens, expect Meyer to take it and run with it. Already over-powering at the Triple-A level, Meyer will excel at the next level as long as he can sharpen up his command to a certain extent. Expect to see him strike out batters at a decent clip, and record right around eight wins for the Twins in 2015.