La Velle E. Neal III has covered baseball for the Star Tribune since 1998 (the post-Knoblauch era). Born and raised in Chicago, he grew up following the White Sox and hating the Cubs. He attended both the University of Illinois and Illinois-Chicago and began his baseball writing career at the Kansas City Star. He can be heard occasionally on KFAN radio, lending his great baseball mind to Paul Allen and other hosts. Mark Rosen borrows him occasionally for WCCO-TV.

Minor details: A quick look at minor league rotations

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III under Twins Farm System, Twins prospects Updated: April 3, 2014 - 3:40 PM

One reason the Twins sold Vance Worley to Pittsburgh - other than performance - was that they had no room for him in the Rochester rotation.

I thought that was interesting. Then, when Scott Diamond accepted his assignment to Rochester, Sean Gilmartin had to be sent to Class AA New Britain so he could start. Brad Steil, the Twins director of minor league operations, said that Gilmartin was not happy with the move but understood the situation and handled it like a pro.

So just who is starting in the minors this season? Here's a look at the rotations at each level

ROCHESTER

Scott Diamond - LHP
Alex Meyer
Kris Johnson - LHP
Trevor May
Logan Darnell - LHP

NEW BRITAIN

Pat Dean - LHP
D.J. Baxendale
Taylor Rogers - LHP
Matt Summers
Sean Gilmartin - LHP

FORT MYERS

Jason Wheeler - LHP
Tyler Duffey
Brett Lee - LHP
Alex Wimmers
Mason Melotakis - LHP
Jose Berrios

CEDAR RAPIDS

Aaron Slegers
Felix Jorge
Randy Rosario
Kohl Stewart
Miguel Sulbaran - LHP
Ryan Eades

The Twins use six-man rotations on the A-Ball level for a few reasons. More pitchers get a chance to start. it's easier to monitor innings and it's an easier transition for kids who pitched once a week in high school or college.

Some observations:

Meyer and May are in position to debut this season. Diamond is in position to redeem himself this season.

It's a big year for Wimmers, who's trying to get is career back on track after injuries and a bout of wildness.

Berrios and Melotakis should move up during the season.

Jorge and Stewart ones to watch at Cedar Rapids.

Noticed that Lewis Thorpe couldn't crack the Cedar Rapids rotation. Thorpe has a live arm and has gained five mph in his fastball, which now sits at 92-93 but can get to 95. He's one to watch down the road.

Remember Sulbaran? He's the pitcher the Twins received from the Dodgers for Drew Butera.

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