Thursday, June 19, 2014

Considering Alex Meyer

Alex Meyer throws a bullpen session in spring training.
On Wednesday, in my discussion of why the Twins bypassed a handful of real prospects in picking a rotation replacement for Sam Deduno, I mentioned the probable innings limitations on Alex Meyer as a reason the Twins top pitching prospect wasn't a likely callup.

Then there's this: Wednesday night Meyer threw 78 pitches in three innings.

In contrast, Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers threw 107 pitches that same night in his 15-strikeout no-hitter.

Kershaw, of course, is a high standard to meet. But the Twins aren't going to call up Meyer to throw 26 pitches an inning.

They can get that from Deduno.

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