Where will Minnesota get its best starting pitching?
Right-hander Vance Worley, who arrived in an offseason trade with the Philadelphia Phillies, should benefit from the move to a yard that suppresses home runs, especially to left-handed batters, more so than Citizens Bank Park did. Assuming that a September cleanup procedure on his elbow is the end of his minor health woes, he could be the best thing going for the Twinkies' rotation. He surrenders plenty of contact of the well-hit variety, however, and has been prone to yielding extra-base hits in bunches. The WHIP probably won't be pretty, and he'll probably deal with blow-ups, frequent or not.
Minnesota also projects to lean heavily on Scott Diamond, who for all intents and purposes finished last season as the club's de facto ace. A gain in control for the crafty southpaw was foreseeable, based on his minor league resume, but certainly not to the extent that he made it (1.61 BB/9). A big, looping curveball and his ground-ball prowess may keep the Twins in many games, if he gets glove support. Some probable hit-rate correction and his lack of swing-and-miss stuff warn AL roto players not to tempt fate.
And that about does it for serious - cough, cough - hope in the Twin Cities. Look, righties Kevin Correia and Liam Hendriks, or lefties Brian Duensing and lefty Cole De Vries, or prospect Kyle Gibson, or reclamation project Samuel Deduno, or ... any one of many could surprise. Chances are, only AL-only owners will be interested, though - at least until right-hander Trevor May (the real get in the Ben Revere deal) debuts, which may not be until 2014.
About Nicholas Minnix
Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.
The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.
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