Alex Meyer has the pitches Twins have lacked for years

  • Article by: LaVELLE E. NEAL IIIl , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 1, 2012 - 9:24 AM

General Manager Terry Ryan doesn't plan cautious approach.

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mblaineNov. 30, 1210:42 PM

Good move by the Twins; they need this kind of pitcher desperately. It would have been nice, though, to get another prospect in the deal.

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gcrackerNov. 30, 1211:02 PM

We won't know for a couple of years if this is a good trade or not, but let's hope Meyer ends up as a #1 or #2 rotation guy in a couple years.

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IntoblivionNov. 30, 1211:23 PM

Definitely the type of prospect the Twins need, but it's still terrifying to see an established player traded for an A-baller straight up. Even with high ceilings you never know how they'll pan out, we're lucky to forget Boof was the marquee guy in the Pierzynski trade. Let's hope Meyer makes this look good on his own.

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twinsfanwy1Dec. 1, 1212:03 AM

Man, I understand the reservations by other Twins fans. I've been a vocal critic of Ryan for awhile. But, it appears to me he got this one right-in a big way. Meyer looks the part, as being the pitcher the Twins have needed since Santana left-at least. We'll never win without top-grade pitching. Hopefully, Ryan can add some quality players at the winter meetings to help us at this present time. We need some offensive help too. And a lot more pitching, thank you. Finally, sorry to see Span go. Such a quality guy , who loved Minnesota. He always gave his all. I liked watching him play a lot. Great attitude. Span is already missed by me.

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vor2vorDec. 1, 1212:48 AM

I've been away from commenting on the Twins for quite some time... just can't take the lack of any significant moves by the organization to right the ship. So, with this kid the Twins will win every 5th day!?! The Twins are a l-o-n-g way from winning consistently UNTIL they add no fewer than 3 other guys who can CONSISTENTLY pitch behind this kid, and that's providing HE eventually pans out. This,... without mentioning hitters who CAN ACTUALLY drive in runners in scoring positions. Until then... nothing to get excited about. You want wins, then you spend the money to bring in ALL the talent to make it happen!!!

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callmestupidDec. 1, 12 6:22 AM

we'll see if he does or not.

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transplantedDec. 1, 12 6:31 AM

Looking at everything I've been able to find about this guy, he's got a pretty fast track laid out for him, and the talent to move quickly along it. If Ryan lets his performance dictate his movement through the system, and he does as advertised and as well as he appears he has the talent to do, I wouldn't be surprised if there's an outside shot at seeing him in September - but you can bet he's no farther away than being invited to Spring training next year, to compete for a spot.

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behoppeDec. 1, 12 7:01 AM

We'll see if Ryan got a good player in a couple of years. It doesn't sound like he is a Strasburg type player who will speed through the system. Ryan should have been able to get at least one other player for Span. As of this very moment this trade made the Twins worse. They lost a quality leadoff hitter with some speed and a decent if not above average CF and they have no one to replace his bat in the lineup. This is definitely not the Ryan who traded AJ for Nathan, Liriano, and Boof. AJ was a quality if not above average catcher who specialized in getting under the skin of the opponent. His bat was nothing special at the time and Ryan still got a major league ready pitcher in Nathan, Liriano who at the time was lights out until his Tommy John surgery and Boof who was at least a decent prospect. The future help is welcome but the Twins need to show some improvement now as well and this trade failed in that aspect.

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Jakein08Dec. 1, 12 7:15 AM

This was a good trade. If he pans out to be our ace, then it was a great trade. His potential makes thes a gamble worth taking. 100 mph fastball, 95 mph sinker! We have never had a pitcher like that.

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bolock54Dec. 1, 12 8:44 AM

100 MPH flame thrower.....as long as they don't change him to "pitch to contact" crap.....He is what he is, leave him alone and let him pitch the way he is designed to..........

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