Another BS treatment by the Twins organization.
The guy has a power arm and success in the majors.In 2013 a 3.21 ERA in AAwith 84ks in 70 innings followed by a 3.12 ERA with 28 strikeouts in 26 innings in teh Arizona Fall leage.The next season as a 24 year old in AAA Rochester he strikes out 153 over 130 innings with a 3.52 ERA.
WIth the Twins and a college first round draft pick that has had success at every level of the minors that doesn't even get you a call up on a team that lost 92 games, and all of that minor league success he had got him 6.1 innings as a 25 and 26 year old over 4 appearances.
At least the Angels gave him a chance and it is too bad for him he was injured because over 13 starts last year he wasn't terrible.Sure, his control isn't the greatest,but even with 5.6 BB/9 his WHIP was 1.337 which would have been 3rd on the Twins starting rotation.
I will repeat my statement.If I were an agent for a top level college player in the draft I would send a tetter to the Twins requesting that they not draft my client and if they did draft him I would strongly advise himnot to sign.This is especially true for college pitchers.The Twins will move you slowly through the minor league system and even if you have solid results, you will be lucky to reach your major league debut by the age of 25.All the while, you are exposed to career ending injuries while the Twins Front Office brings in waiver wire acquisition after waiver wire acquisition ahead of you. The years you should be developing at the major league level, you will be toiling away in the minors.Then the years you should be hitting your peak performance, arbitration and then free agency, you will be just starting your major league career.
Case in point:Kyle Gibson.Now,I am not going to disagree that some of Gibson's development was slowed by his arm injuries, but Gibson is now 31 years old and still under team control with the first possibility of free agency being 2020 when he will be 32 years old.In a lot of organizations he would have made the major league levels in 2010 or 2011, not 2013 like he did with the Twins.
The same Kyle Gibson that made it to AAA in his first year of pro-ball, had TJ surgery and got called up to the majors less than a year after he recovered from it? He was awful in 2011, likely due to the arm injury which would later result in surgery.
I really liked Meyer and desperately wanted him to be the ace the Twins always needed, but there are no caveats with a 5.6 BB/9 nor should there be with 4.4 or 4.7 BB/9 which is what he did his last two full seasons in Rochester. No team needs to be chastised for not giving a guy who can't find the strikezone unconditional looks.