Who’ll start in 2014?
Here are the top in-house candidates to fill the Twins’ 2014 starting rotation:
Kevin Correia: The “ace” of a bad staff, he ate innings and was consistently effective, if rarely spectacular, all year.
Mike Pelfrey: Free agent says he’d like to return, but his ups-and-downs might make it difficult for Twins to offer two- or three-year deal.
Kyle Gibson: Twins trust his stuff will become less hittable with experience; he’ll get every chance to make team again.
Samuel Deduno: Shoulder should be fine; Twins hoping his plus velocity will be, too. Was team’s best pitcher until injury.
Andrew Albers: It’s difficult for big-league teams to trust a pitcher with a mid-80s fastball, but he’ll be given more chances.
Liam Hendriks: Still only 24, but for all his success in the minors, he’s had more bad outings than good in the majors.
Brian Duensing: Converted to full-time reliever this year, now might return to his starting-rotation roots.
Cole De Vries: Looked like he’d make team in spring, but ill-timed injury might have cost him dearly; he’ll turn 29 before camp.
Vance Worley: Awful AL debut season hasn’t deterred Terry Ryan, who insists Worley can win again.
Pedro Hernandez: Some effective starts give hope, but his overall numbers (6.05 ERA) make him a long shot.
P.J. Walters: He’ll turn 29 before next season, so if he’s invited back, he’ll likely be emergency option.
Scott Diamond: His 2012 effectiveness, mysteriously gone in 2013, should earn him another chance in spring.
Anthony Swarzak: Quietly had a brilliant year in bullpen, but that success, and his past failures in rotation, are hurdles.
Pat Dean: Lefthander was only so-so at Class AA New Britain, but better at Rochester; he’s no strikeout pitcher, though.
D.J. Baxendale: 2012 draftee moving quickly through system, though had setbacks at New Britain; might get a look.
Alex Meyer/Trevor May: They’re ticketed for Class AAA next year, but strong showings in Arizona Fall League might accelerate Twins’ plan.
|St. Louis - LP: A. Wainwright||1||FINAL|
|Pittsburgh - WP: J. Locke||3|
|Texas - WP: C. Lewis||12||FINAL|
|Seattle - LP: E. Ramirez||4|
|Washington - LP: D. Fister||4||FINAL|
|Philadelphia - WP: K. Kendrick||8|
|Tampa Bay - WP: D. Smyly||3||FINAL|
|Baltimore - LP: K. Gausman||1|
|Boston - LP: T. Layne||2||FINAL|
|Toronto - WP: M. Stroman||5|
|NY Yankees - WP: S. Greene||8||FINAL|
|Detroit - LP: D. Price||4|
|Atlanta - WP: J. Teheran||3||FINAL|
|NY Mets - LP: Z. Wheeler||2|
|Chicago Cubs - LP: J. Turner||5||FINAL|
|Cincinnati - WP: M. Latos||7|
|Cleveland - LP: C. Kluber||2||FINAL|
|Chicago WSox - WP: H. Noesi||3|
|Minnesota - LP: P. Hughes||1||FINAL|
|Kansas City - WP: W. Davis||6|
|Oakland - WP: D. Otero||5||FINAL|
|Houston - LP: C. Qualls||4|
|Milwaukee - LP: Z. Duke||2||FINAL|
|San Diego - WP: D. Thayer||3|
|Los Angeles - WP: C. Kershaw||3||FINAL|
|Arizona - LP: W. Miley||1|
|Miami - LP: H. Alvarez||1||FINAL|
|LA Angels - WP: H. Santiago||6|
|Colorado - LP: J. Nicasio||2||FINAL|
|San Francisco - WP: S. Casilla||4|
|Kansas City||6:00 PM|
|NY Jets||6:00 PM|
|St. Louis||6:00 PM|
|New England||6:30 PM|
|San Francisco||7:00 PM|
|(21) Texas A&M||5:00 PM|
|(9) So Carolina|
|Wake Forest||6:02 PM|
|Boise State||7:00 PM|
|(18) Ole Miss|
|Weber State||9:30 PM|
|(19) Arizona State|
|BYU||8/29/14 6:00 PM|
|(6) Jacksonville St||8/29/14 6:30 PM|
|(8) Michigan State|
|Bowling Green||8/29/14 6:30 PM|
|TX-San Antonio||8/29/14 8:00 PM|
|Colorado State||8/29/14 8:00 PM|
|UNLV||8/29/14 9:30 PM|
|Penn State||8/30/14 7:30 AM|
|Troy||8/30/14 11:00 AM|
|(7) UCLA||8/30/14 11:00 AM|
|Western Mich||8/30/14 11:00 AM|
|(5) Ohio State||8/30/14 11:00 AM|
|Appalachian St||8/30/14 11:00 AM|
|Ga Southern||8/30/14 11:30 AM|
|Boston College||8/30/14 2:00 PM|
|West Virginia||8/30/14 2:30 PM|
|Rice||8/30/14 2:30 PM|
|(17) Notre Dame|
|(10) South Dakota St||8/30/14 2:30 PM|
|Fla Atlantic||8/30/14 2:30 PM|
|California||8/30/14 2:30 PM|
|Marshall||8/30/14 2:30 PM|
|UC Davis||8/30/14 3:00 PM|
|Arkansas||8/30/14 3:00 PM|
|(16) Clemson||8/30/14 4:30 PM|
|Liberty||8/30/14 5:00 PM|
|(23) North Carolina|
|Ohio U||8/30/14 5:00 PM|
|Louisiana Tech||8/30/14 6:00 PM|
|Idaho||8/30/14 6:00 PM|
|Stephen F Austin||8/30/14 6:10 PM|
|(20) Kansas State|
|Fresno State||8/30/14 6:30 PM|
|Southern Miss||8/30/14 6:30 PM|
|Texas-El Paso||8/30/14 7:00 PM|
|North Texas||8/30/14 7:00 PM|
|(1) Florida State||8/30/14 7:00 PM|
|(14) Wisconsin||8/30/14 8:00 PM|
|South Dakota||8/30/14 9:30 PM|
|(25) Washington||8/30/14 9:30 PM|
|Utah State||8/31/14 6:00 PM|
|SMU||8/31/14 6:30 PM|
|Miami-Florida||9/1/14 7:00 PM|
|Ottawa||8/29/14 6:30 PM|
|Winnipeg||8/31/14 3:00 PM|
|Toronto||9/1/14 12:00 PM|
|Edmonton||9/1/14 3:30 PM|
|Brt Columbia||9/5/14 6:30 PM|
|Calgary||9/6/14 6:00 PM|
Poll: How sure are you that the Twins are on the road to improving?