Posted 22 August 2014 - 08:42 PM
A few thoughts based on all the various viewpoints shared.
Personally, and I feel this season has proved it, in the case of Gibson, I think the Twins handled his situation appropriately. (Ever situation is unique unto itself) He showed real flashes, and some real inconsistency. When he seemed to reach a level of greater consistency, they brought him up. Did he struggle? Absolutely. Did he learn? I'd have to say he did. Whether he was tired and reaching the end of the line last season, or trying too hard, or working on confidence, or other factors, he did pitch, gained ML experience, and I think that experience helped him get ready for 2014.
I think people need to quit bellyaching about May coming up in June. No matter what he was doing, it was his very first AAA experience. And while no-one from the Twins has ever come out and said it, there seemed to be a perfect set of circumstances that had May pitching well, pitching consistent, approaching mid-season with the Futures Game up in the Twin Cities where he would have thrown, and I believe probably stayed. If that scenario had played out, nobody would be complaining about June. The fact is he got hurt, he missed time, got his legs back under him, and is here now. His first start stunk. While not appreciably better, his second start was still better, and he did strike several batters out. I think he's here to stay now. He'll take his lumps, but be allowed to pitch and grow and learn. I think it's valuable experience that will help him build for next season. I don't think the Twins have mishandled May at all.
I'm of mixed opinion on Meyer. Are the Twins being too cautious with him? Perhaps. Given the choice of erring either way, I'd go for the side of caution rather than being rash. That doesn't mean he shouldn't come up and gain similar ML experience, even if poor, mixed, or good in results. And perhaps he still will. Just saying I can appreciate the kid-glove approach to a top prospect trying to develop and watch not only his pitch/innings count, but also attempting to measure his sauces quotient. It you want to call that consistency, so be it.
I'm reminded of Gardenhire's comment last season regarding Gibson, when he stated they wanted him to be ready so that when promoted, he'd be promoted up to stay. And as it turns out, that is exactly what happened. I do agree that the Rochester staff, and the various milb scouts and assistants see more and know more than we do. I also agree in reaching a point of no return where you need to learn and develop, even with iffy results, at the ML level. But there can also be negatives involved with getting shelled. Is it possible the Twins are simply being cautious, or overly cautious, in regard to Meyer, simply to protect him from getting randomly shelled due to some of the inconsistent, high pitch count innings he's shown at times this year?
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