I was wondering if there is any chance that these 6 make up the rotation for the Kernels in 2014. I'm sure there are people out there who are more familiar with the typical progression the Twins put their pitchers on and will be able to give a little more insight, which is why I'm putting this out there:
CR - Stewart, Gonsalves, Jorge, Rosario, Landa, Thorpe
Thorpe is probably the biggest jump, as he's a year younger than the rest. He has been terrific in the GCL. It will be interesting to see if he and Stewart see any time in E'town this year, which would go a long way in helping their chances for full season ball next year. Another issue will be managing innings for these young talents, but I would like to see the Twins be aggressive in promoting talent, allowing them to face better competition. A 6-man rotation will already help limit the innings, and they should be able to find other ways to keep innings in check as well.
FtM - Berrios, Eades, Slegers, Lee, Melotakis (Atherton, Gruver)
I think Berrios, Lee, and Melotakis have all shown enough this year in CR to move to high A next year. Eades and Slegers may be the key cogs in determining the fate of the younger guys. Baxendale started this year in FtM, and I'd rather see these college starters pushed. I don't really understand why they are in rookie ball right now, other than it's probably easier to manage when they get into games.
NB - Wimmers, Duffey, Taylor Rogers, Baxendale, Tomshaw, Summers, Wheeler
AA and AAA is where there's a log jam of the back end guys. Maybe Wimmers shows enough in the fall and spring and they move him to Rochester, or maybe Baxendale finishes strong this season and proves ready for AAA.
Roch - Meyer, May, Darnell, Dean (Albers, Vazquez, Hendriks)
What do you all think of these rotations and their likelihood?
Edited by Pitz, 05 August 2013 - 06:41 AM.