Nov 2, 2013; Surprise, AZ, USA; Minnesota Twins pitcher Alex Meyer against the East during the Fall Stars Game at Surprise Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Prospect watch: when will Alex Meyer be up for good?

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Alex Meyer is one of the few Twins prospects that will be called up before the year ends.  Top prospects Byron Buxton(wrist) and Miguel Sano(elbow) have missed most or all of the season with injuries.  Kyle Gibson is already up to stay.  Kohl Stewart is still at least two years away.

So that leaves Meyer as the only big name left to get the call.

Jun 15, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire (35) walks off the field after relieving starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco (not pictured) in the sixth inning. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

With the Twins’ rotation struggling like it has, the fans are getting restless.  Prior to yesterday, Phil Hughes had been bombed in his last three starts after a nice run.  Kyle Gibson‘s ERA is over 10 in his last three starts.  Ricky Nolasco is on the DL, but he wasn’t pitching well (5-7, 5.90 ERA) anyway.  His replacement, 32 year old journeyman Yohan Pino, has an ERA of 4.98 in four starts.  Sam Deduno has pitched well since being banished to the bullpen, so he could be moved back into the rotation.  Kevin Correia had a rough start to the year, but has put together a string of six starts in which he has given up four runs or less.

In this rotation, that is saying something.

The only safe spots seem to be Correia, Hughes, and maybe Gibson.  That means Meyer could be up very soon.

The 24 year old Meyer was a first round pick of the Washington Nationals in the 2011 draft.  He came over in exchange for Denard Span after the 2012 season.

Meyer has a 5-4 record with a respectable 3.46 ERA with 93 strikeouts in 83.1 innings.  The only area of concern that the Twins have right now is walks.  He has issued 39 free passes so far this year.

That said, the Twins need help.  They need to give the fans something to look forward to, so expect Meyer to make his major league debut sometime soon.

Those of you in need of pitching help in deep leagues should keep an eye on this situation.  His wins potential will be low with the Twins, but he could help your K’s and ERA.

ETA: 3-4 weeks.

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Tags: Alex Meyer Kyle Gibson Minnesota Twins Phil Hughes Samuel Deduno

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