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#101 jay

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Posted 07 August 2014 - 02:02 PM

the game looked like more of a training exercise for Meyer than a competitive game- he's clearly trying to add the pitch into the mix for all situations- perhaps throwing that ball confidently on a 3-2 count is one of the criteria TR has established for Meyer to have the chance to punch his ticket?

 

That certainly could make sense.Surely, the Twins have Alex at AAA to work on something.The fact that we don't definitively know what doesn't make the Twins idiots who can't figure out when to promote a pitcher, as many here are suggesting.With a prospect of his type, I'd be almost certain there's a heck-of-a-lot of discussion around how to best develop him.

 

I'm hoping he ends up in the pen for September.


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Posted 07 August 2014 - 02:06 PM

That certainly could make sense.Surely, the Twins have Alex at AAA to work on something.The fact that we don't definitively know what doesn't make the Twins idiots who can't figure out when to promote a pitcher, as many here are suggesting.With a prospect of his type, I'd be almost certain there's a heck-of-a-lot of discussion around how to best develop him.

 

I'm hoping he ends up in the pen for September.

 

I hope you are right, but I just can't discount the fact that this could all be about dollar bills.


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Posted 07 August 2014 - 02:17 PM

I hope you are right, but I just can't discount the fact that this could all be about dollar bills.

 

The odd thing is that the big dollar bill deadlines have already passed unless the Twins plan on keeping Meyer in AAA until late July of 2015... and that doesn't make any sense.

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Posted 07 August 2014 - 02:25 PM

The odd thing is that the big dollar bill deadlines have already passed unless the Twins plan on keeping Meyer in AAA until late July of 2015... and that doesn't make any sense.

 

I'd really be calling for the GM's head at that point....

What I just typed is probably an opinion, not a fact. I mean, I'm usually right, so you should maybe assume it is or will be a fact soon, but that's up to you. :) Also, I am NOT trying to convince anyone I am correct, I'm just talking here, not arguing.


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Posted 07 August 2014 - 02:28 PM

I hope you are right, but I just can't discount the fact that this could all be about dollar bills.

Or just fear of him failing up here.

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Posted 07 August 2014 - 02:48 PM

Fear.... they do seem to be infected with it when it comes to pitchers

What I just typed is probably an opinion, not a fact. I mean, I'm usually right, so you should maybe assume it is or will be a fact soon, but that's up to you. :) Also, I am NOT trying to convince anyone I am correct, I'm just talking here, not arguing.


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Posted 07 August 2014 - 02:53 PM

The odd thing is that the big dollar bill deadlines have already passed unless the Twins plan on keeping Meyer in AAA until late July of 2015... and that doesn't make any sense.

 

What if Meyer has some minor injury next March or April?They get to baby him for a month or two, then rehab, etc.

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Posted 07 August 2014 - 04:50 PM

I think there is a lot more of the mediocre expiring contracts / getting expensive veterans on this 25-man roster, than borderline guys getting evaluated right now.  Pino, I guess, and Pressly, although both could easily be optioned and recalled after Sep. 1 when Meyer will presumably be shut down.

 

Colabello?  He's a virtual lock to be removed from the 40-man after the season.  Schafer is too, although I understand they just picked him up and want a look at him -- arb-eligible guys with a "shot at being the 4th OF heading into next season" are DFA'd after the season all the time, if only to re-sign on a cheaper, more flexible minor league deal (see Sam Fuld last winter).

 

Otherwise, Vargas is sticking on the 40-man regardless -- he certainly doesn't need to be on the 25-man for urgent evaluation purposes.

 

EDIT TO ADD: Also, when a lot of these evaluations (Pino, Johnson, Darnell... Swarzak with a start too?) have been rotating through 2 open rotation spots the last month and a half, 40-man roster spots are a big criteria.  They could add Meyer to the roster for Saturday's start, send him back down to AAA Tuesday, and recall him Sep. 1 (if only on paper, assuming he is shut down) and not even burn an option year on him.

 

Sending position players to AAA doesn't help the reliever situation which is really where the back up is right now in the system.Sticking Meyer in the pen, besides having no upside, just takes a spot away to evaluate a player whose future is in question.Again, regardless of how Meyer does in his 15 or so innings he is in the same position come spring 2015.It changes nothing.On the other hand 15 innings could be beneficial in determining who of Tonkin, Oliveros, Guerra, Ibarra, Achter, Hamburger, Gilmartin, Thompson, Johnson, Pryor or Milone are should be kept/placed on the 40 man.Can any of them be counted on to replace current, more expensive and/or less reliable bullpen pieces? How do they compare to Pino, Johnson or Darnell out of the bullpen?

 

After this wave there is the Burdi, Reed, T. Jones, Melotakis, Wimmers, Peterson, Van Steensel, Muren, Gallant and probably others I've missed.That doesn't even include all the relievers turned starter that might go back to relievers (a la Melotakis).Or injuries like Z. Jones, Bard, and Chargois if they can ever get healthy. 

 

The Twins minor leagues is absolutely packed with relief pitching talent.The only way they're going to know who has what it takes and who doesn't is by letting some of these guys get their chance.Deduno, Swarzak, Duensing, Burton and Fien are not the future.It's time we get on with the future and the relief core is a place we can do that.Just because these guys aren't at a sexy position doesn't mean they aren't every bit a prospect as May and Meyer at their respective positions. Given all the angst that people are showing for not promoting talent faster I see none of it for relievers.

 

Meyer and May might deserve rotation spots and I'm fine with that but putting them in the bullpen does nothing for next season.In fact it hurts the evaluation of players that might be solid bullpen pieces for years to come. And for what?15 innings of a pitcher we know will be fighting for a rotation spot next season either way?
 


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Posted 07 August 2014 - 04:52 PM

This would be great if it actually worked. Have the Twins protected any arms? We seem to have at least the normal amount of injuries. I don't even know why the 150 inning limit is relevant. Where is the science that says this is protecting his arm. He is as likely to have an injury in his first week of spring training as he is on inning 200 this year.

 

If there is no science backing up the 150 innings limit then there certainly isn't any science backing up your assertion that he is just as likely to get injured at 200 innings this year as spring training next season.Lacking any science it just comes down to a judgement call. 


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Posted 07 August 2014 - 07:56 PM

If there is no science backing up the 150 innings limit then there certainly isn't any science backing up your assertion that he is just as likely to get injured at 200 innings this year as spring training next season. Lacking any science it just comes down to a judgement call.

There is a theory out there (google "The Verducci Effect") that increasing a young pitcher's workload by more than 30-ish IP from one season to the next increases his chance of arm problems in the following season. Meyer had, I believe, less than 120 IP total in 2013. That's where the supposed 150 IP limit in 2014 comes from....to hopefully reduce the risk in 2015.

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Posted 07 August 2014 - 08:06 PM

Circumstances make Meyer a long shot to pitch with the Twins this year. Too bad, because it probably will hurt his chances to make the club out of Spring Training. Of course, a couple weeks in Rochester will give the team control for another year.

Meyer should be good to go 180 or more innings next year. I hope at least 90% of them are for the Twins.

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Posted 07 August 2014 - 08:42 PM

You nailed it Tobi, at least from what I observed in his latest start- that largely accounted for the 3 walks from Sunday.I should have kept better record on the B/S for each of his 3 pitches, but I would estimate that slightly less than half of his change-ups were in the strike zone, and at least for Sunday night, about 85% of his FB were in the zone (I can't emphasize enough that he looks to have strong command at getting the FB where he wants it to be in the zone). 
Meyer only reached 3 ball counts in 4 out of 22 batters faced.And in all 4 cases, the lack of control of the change led to the 3 ball count- one called ball change on one PA and 2 called ball changes on 2 other PAs, also including a called ball four on a change on one of his 3 walks, plus he threw the change a couple of times on 3-ball counts that led to foul balls.(As I said, the game looked like more of a training exercise for Meyer than a competitive game- he's clearly trying to add the pitch into the mix for all situations- perhaps throwing that ball confidently on a 3-2 count is one of the criteria TR has established for Meyer to have the chance to punch his ticket?).


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Great post Jokin.

I think you might have hit it in the head. Let's be real folks, the Twins know how good Meyer can be, and that he is our top pitching prospect. Does anyone really think there is some conspiracy to keep Meyer down at AAA because...because...because...because they don't like him??? Because he really isn't as talented as first thought and they're afraid to promote him???

Sounds crazy right? You can argue until blue in the face, but for the most part, the Twins...right or wrong...have traditionally been consistent with their pitching promotions. A pitcher, position player for that matter, no matter how talented or productive, traditionally plays a half season at a level at least before being promoted to the next level. (This is a little less accurate in the low levels, especially for college players) Witness Berrios this season for example; already younger than most all players at his level, after a strong first half performance, he was promoted mid-season to a higher level where he became EVEN YOUNGER in regard to the league he had been playing in previously. There wasn't a hesitation because he had proven himself, appeared ready, and was building up his innings total after a full and healthy 2013.

The Twins have always, again, right or wrong, followed a script whereby they increase a pitchers innings to a certain degree one year to the next. And like it to not, Meyer did miss time last season. If you want to accuse the Twins of being too conservative in their approach, then I guess you have an arguement I can agree with. However, as Jokin alludes to in his comments, is it really so terrible that the Twins want him to work on his change up, or whatever, a bit more, gain that little bit more consistency before coming up, to insure maximum possible success?

FWIW, I advocated a 6 man rotation recently, as did Seth in his recent article. It provides a chance for the balance of the season to look at May, Meyer, and even Millone, to help prepare for next season, without taxing anyone's innings. As for Meyer getting some innings in the bullpen, it's not like anyone is talking about him becoming a reliever. It's about getting experience while maintaining his innings under control. There is a difference between a pitcher coming in from the pen to hold a lead in a pennant race, firing his best stuff, and having Meyer come in to pitch 2-3 innings and throw ALL his pitches in September.

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Posted 08 August 2014 - 02:06 AM

There is a theory out there (google "The Verducci Effect") that increasing a young pitcher's workload by more than 30-ish IP from one season to the next increases his chance of arm problems in the following season. Meyer had, I believe, less than 120 IP total in 2013. That's where the supposed 150 IP limit in 2014 comes from....to hopefully reduce the risk in 2015.

 

Yup.I was responding to another poster that was complaining about adhering to the above strategy insisting that there was no data to back it up.Instead the twins were supposed to let him pitch out the season regardless of his IP because there was no more risk this season or next because of it. 

 

My point, clearly poorly worded, was that neither has any data.It is a judgement call either way and it's hard to fault the Twins because they're erring on the side of caution. 

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