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  • May 18, 2019
    you think should round out the back
    end of Minnesota’s rotation?"The Twins probably have three starting pitchers
    written in ink before spring training even starts. Jose Berrios title=
    Kyle Gibson, and Jake Odorizzi will likely fill the first three spots in some
    order. Michael Pineda has the inside track for the fourth spot, depending on his
    recovery from various injuries. That leaves just one likely opening for the
    remaining starter options — and boy do the Twins have options.Reportedly the
    Twins view recently-signed Martin Perez as a starter candidate. He joins a group
    of prospects in the competition for that last spot. Stephen Gonsalves, Fernando
    Romero, Adalberto Mejia, Kohl Stewart, Zack Littell, and probably a few other
    guys will all likely pitch innings for the Twins this season. With that many
    players in the mix, someone is going to have to shine early and oftendown in
    Florida to stake his claim on the fifth spot in the rotation.Gonsalves and
    Romero are the highest rated prospects of the group, and both got a taste of the
    major leagues last season. Gonsalves pitched to a two and two record in seven
    appearances, and racked up 24.2 innings with a 6.57 ERA. FIP suggests he was a
    little better, but still not the savior the Twins need. Romero got a little more
    experience, with a three and three record in eleven games, and just under 56
    innings pitched. Both his ERA and FIP were hovering around the mid-four range.
    This includes a couple of lights-out performances during his first call-up in
    May, as well as some solid starts later in the season. I would expect either of
    them to need a fantastic performance this spring to break camp with the Twins,
    but neither are far from the majors.Kohl Stewart is perhaps a more interesting
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    , but slid down the rankings as he struggled in the
    minors. Still, he pitched well after being promoted to Triple-A last season, and
    even better when called up to the Twins. Across 36 innings, he put up a 3.68 ERA
    facing MLB hitters. At 23 years old, he doesn’t have a lot left to prove in the
    minors, but also may be the victim of a roster crunch. Littell is the wildest
    card of the bunch. He was acquired from the Yankees in the Jamie Garcia trade a
    couple years ago, and pitched well in the minors. He started a couple games last
    season for the Twins, but chiefly used as a “primary” pitcher that came on after
    an opener. His ERA wasn’t great, but if he can strike out a few more and walk a
    few less, that will change drastically. He’s likely near the end of the line in
    this group, but could be called up at any time as well.Of the returning Twins,
    Adalberto Mejia has the most MLB experience. He was the return from the Giants
    for Eduardo Nunez, and started 21 games in 2017, working to a 4.50 ERA. He was a
    perfectly serviceable fifth starter that season, but was nothing spectacular,
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    , limiting Mejia to 22 MLB innings across five games.
    Still, if the Twins want a left-handed option in the rotation, he is probably
    one of their best choices at this time.The other left-handed option is newcomer
    Martin Perez. Due to the fact Perez was signed on an MLB deal, I suspect he is
    the leader going into spring training, but his deal is just one year and one
    million dollars, so he could be cut if others outperform him. The seven-year
    veteran has pitched to a total ERA of 4.63 in 761 innings with the Rangers, his
    only previous team. He’s been a ten-game winner three times, and collected 13
    “W’s” in his best season. 2018 was his worst campaign, so the Twins are likely
    hoping he can bounce back. He was once a promising pitcher, with a Rookie of the
    Month award on his shelf from August of 2013, and Rookie of the Year votes
    garnered that season, and is only 27 years old, so the Twins may have some
    backing to that belief.Of course all of this may be moot. With the frequency of
    early season off-days and weather incidents — especially with a heavy home
    schedule — the Twins may just start the season with four starters, and an extra
    man on the bench. If they do go with five though, it will be an interesting
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