Michael Rand joins with the parade and noticed what's going on in Rochester.
The dominance by Twins' pitching prospects at Class AAA Rochester is bordering on ridiculous -- so much so that Alex Meyer, the best prospect, only has the fourth-best ERA among starters at 3.31.Yohan Pino, a 30-year-old righty who has been a minor-leaguer since 2005, has a 1.65 ERA (1.52 as a starter). Kris Johnson is right behind him at 1.83. Trevor May, the key piece in the Ben Revere trade, has thrown 26 consecutive scoreless innings to drop his ERA to 2.62. All three of them are among the top seven in the International League in terms of ERA.
The peripheral numbers are good, too. Meyer has well more than a strikeout per inning. May has about a strikeout per inning. Pino is giving up less than one baserunner per inning. Johnson has given up just 42 hits in 54 innings.
The Red Wings team ERA has gone from worst (4.21 in 2013) to first (3.16 in 2014) in the IL. Kudos to the organization and the players for an impressive turnaround.
Rand gives the boilerplate defensible reasons why there have been no promotions yet. And yes, the Twins' May pitching numbers have turned around from April, to a level that, though slightly below league average, appears to be about what is reasonable to expect from this group as a body of work. Now, when is it time to improve upon this body of work with better options? Time will tell.
Edited by jokin, 03 June 2014 - 04:31 PM.