Sep 13, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Phil Hughes (45) throws a pitch against the Chicago White Sox during the third inning in game one of a doubleheader at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
At this point, it’s almost shortsighted to not consider the rotation an area of strength. With four of the five positions spoke for, Minnesota has plenty of options to consider. Phil Hughes, Ervin Santana, Ricky Nolasco, and Kyle Gibson provide a solid core, and the fifth starter is going to be capable as well.
Regardless of whether the Twins go with Tommy Milone, Alex Meyer, Trevor May, or Mike Pelfrey in the fifth rotation spot, each player represents a major league caliber pitcher. No longer is the starting rotation going to be filled out by the likes of a Samuel Deduno or Cole De Vries.
On top of having a top-tier prospect like Meyer that may get pinched from the rotation, the Twins also have a guy named Jose Berrios that could find himself being a major league option at some point in 2015. Injuries are always going to nag a pitching staff, but it would appear that for the first time in years, the Twins have plenty more than just band-aids. No matter who is ran out to the mound on a daily basis, the team should feel capable of winning.