The Minnesota Twins have a bit of a good problem on their hands.
The team is tied for first place in the American League Central with all five pitchers in their starting rotation firing on all cylinders. This leaves no room on the roster for lefty Tommy Milone, who is currently pitching for the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings.
To say Milone has been dominating Triple-A would be a massive understatement. Milone is currently 4-0 in four starts with Rochester and he did not allow a run until the ninth inning of his most recent start, setting his ERA at a very impressive 0.28. He has struck out 41 hitters while in the minors and walked just two. The 28-year old southpaw started the year in Minnesota and went 2-1 with a 4.41 ERA over four starts, but when Ricky Nolasco came off the disabled list somebody had to go down and that man was Milone.
The Twins should really start putting serious thought into trading Milone. With no place to put him on the Major League roster, he is not serving the organization any real purpose in the minors. He’s not going to get any better by blowing away minor league hitters once a week and his talent is being wasted with the Red Wings.
It’s great to have Milone in the system as insurance in case somebody gets injured, but in just over a month he won’t even be the first insurance option for the Twins. Ervin Santana was projected to be the team’s number-two starter, but he was suspended 80 games for a failed drug test just days before the season began. Santana will be eligible to come back in early July and his return will push Milone even deeper down Minnesota’s depth chart.
Milone is clearly a Major League-caliber pitcher and his 34-24 record over 87 career starts proves it. Finding a team that could use Milone shouldn’t be hard for general manager Terry Ryan and the return might even benefit the Twins as well.