The Minnesota Twins have moved Alex Meyer, one of their top pitching prospects, to the Rochester Red Wings (Triple-A) bullpen, according to multiple reports.
With Tyler Duffey making his 2015 @RocRedWings debut tomorrow, Alex Meyer is moving to the bullpen…at least for now.
— Josh Whetzel (@JoshWhetzel) May 22, 2015
Meyer, who was ranked the 29th-best prospect in baseball by MLB.com heading into this season, has struggled so far in 2015 and the move seems to be temporary but is still a big shakeup in the Twins minor league system. He is currently 2-3 through eight starts, but his ERA is north of seven and the 25-year-old is walking more than five batters per nine innings.
There was a lot of hope across the organization heading into Spring Training that Meyer was close to being Major League ready, with some even believing that he would be able to fight for a spot on the team’s Opening Day roster. He is coming off an impressive 2014 campaign where he went 7-7 in 28 starts for Rochester while posting a 3.52 ERA and striking out more than ten batters per nine innings.
Meyer was selected 23rd overall by the Washington Nationals in 2011. He was traded to Minnesota after the 2012 season for outfielder Denard Span. The Twins have a number of top pitching prospects in their system, but Meyer seems to be the only one struggling at the moment.
Jose Berrios, ranked the 32nd-best prospect by MLB.com, is 4-2 with a sub-three ERA in Double-A, while 25-year-old Trevor May looked much improved at the Major League level as Minnesota’s fifth starter this year.
Tyler Duffey will be taking Meyer’s spot in the rotation. Duffey was 2-2 with the Chattanooga Lookouts (Double-A) in eight starts this season before getting called up. The 24-year-old righty was 2-0 with a 2.94 ERA in three starts at the Triple-A level last season for the Red Wings and was 13-3 across three different minor league levels.