Ryan's title is GM, not director of player development. That means he handles stuff like this, and he's also in charge of the player development folks... and he's in charge of the manager... and for that matter, he is in charge of all baseball operations. I suspect his plan for the Rochester trip was to handle both.
Yes. All true. And no one has said different. If we return to the original story from Mike Berardino, in his conversation with Terry Ryan, Ryan chose only to disclose to the reporter of the "player development" GM role of his upcoming activities on his trip to Rochester. To reiterate, here was Ryan's original quote:
“I’m going to see him (pitch next Monday in Rochester). I’m going to see the whole club, of course, but I’ll see him for the first time (at that level). It’s important that when you bring a guy up they’re prepared to pitch at this level. So we’ll see how prepared he looks.”
Given the original article and what Ryan said, not what he didn't say, signing off on Alex Meyer and his next step in 2014, one way or another, appeared to be a main priority for this trip. As Seth previously stated, a new deal with Rochester had probably been in the works for a while now. Apparently, none of the beat writers or other media outlets like Twins Daily, were made privy to this new deal, which was only made public a few hours before last night's game in Rochester. So, it appears that Ryan, at the time he gave the quote to Berardino, hadn't quite closed the deal definitively enough to make a comment, and that negotiations were still pending to finalize the agreement.
My comments were related specifically to how the whole thing went down. Apparently, the local ownership wanted an official, game-delaying, on-field ceremony (immediately following the 1st inning)- which was certainly their prerogative- followed by a press conference away from the field while the game proceeded. So yes, Ryan had to have both of his hats on, and in the process, missed quite of bit of Meyer's performance.
At this point, we're all left only wondering if Ryan has made an informed-enough decision on whether or not Meyer passed the "prepared to pitch at this level" test, or not.