3. Call up Hicks: Buxton’s injuries have slowed his rise. That leaves a void In centerfield.
Now that Hicks has experienced success at Double A and Triple A since his demotion, it’s time to give him one last tryout in the big leagues. Let him play centerfield until Buxton is ready. As poorly as Hicks has performed in the majors, he remains a talented player, and we all know what happens when the Twins give up on talented players too early.
4. Call up … never mind: The Twins’ projected rotation for the first week of the 2015 season is: Ricky Nolasco, Phil Hughes, Kyle Gibson, Alex Meyer and May.
The Twins have kept Meyer on an innings limit. On Saturday night, he was pulled from a start after suffering a loss of velocity.
If Meyer is injured, then the Twins’ three true top prospects — Meyer, Buxton and Sano — all would have suffered key injuries during the season in which the Twins hoped they would reach the majors.
Meyer would have benefited from pitching in the majors this season, but the Twins won’t call him up if he’s hurt or hurting.
May dominated Class AAA hitters, then came to the big leagues and got pelted. The same may happen eventually to Meyer.
With Santana, Dozier, Oswaldo Arcia, Vargas, Gibson and May in the majors, the Twins have begun assembling a team that could be worth watching sometime next summer.
There’s no reason to stop the transformation now.
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