If Mejia goes down we still have Littell, Gonsalves, Romero, Stewart, and Thorpe to fall back on and evaluate. As a last resort we also have Duffey. That's 7 options. Total them all up and you barely have Perez's salary. Another year could easily go by and they may still not really know if these guys can or can't handle the ML. And if they do know w/o putting them in ML games that these guys aren't up to the task then that is another black eye on our org's developmental ability again.
Personally, I don't think it is possible to make that call on any of these guys. Their career minor league records are too good.
I think Duffey had been given the opportunity and it just isn't going to happen on the Twins.He is already 28 years old and has been given almost a complete year as a starter with 26 starts in 2016 and a basic full year as a reliever with 56 appearances in 2017.
Instead of the idiotic "opener" concept, I think the Twins should work a 6 man rotation to work in Gonsalves and Romero.The 5th and 6th starter would pitch split the 5th spot essentially with the guy who has the off week being used as a potential long reliever out of the pen if necessary.
Romero, Gonsalves, Littel, and Meija arent going to get better pitching to players they have already proven they can dominate in the minors. They have to take the steps up with the big league team.Pushing that date further and further away by bringing in these mediocre players as free agents/waiver wire pick ups is HURTING THIS TEAM'S LONG RUN COMPETITIVENESS.
I want to see several of these guys get the run that Duffey had starting this season (for several it should have started a year of even two years ago). I would liek to see Andrew Vasquez get 30 appearances, Gonsalves and Romero 10-12 starts in sort of a starting rotation.Meija have the 4th starting spot.
Then, as you point out, if they don't have success, bring in Littel, Stewart, and Lewis Thorpe. Waiting on the current group just pushes the next group's potential arrival all the later.I use the Jim Eisenreich to Kirby Puckett transition asa an example. If the Twins don't promote Eisenreich to start the season with the Twins in 1982 directly from A ball with limited minor league experience, when does Puckett get his chance?1987?
Edited by mlhouse, 05 February 2019 - 06:13 PM.