Upon sending Ben Revere to the Phillies, the Minnesota Twins picked up a starting pitcher who will impact the team now and another starter who will help down the road. With Vance Worley's recent years of solid performance for the Phillies and Trevor May's rising minor league status, the two new acquisitions have brought hope back to Minnesota.
Worley is expected to be in the starting rotation this coming season. May, who has yet to make his major league debut, most likely will start the season in the minor leagues.
Regardless of who starts where, Worley and May just might be the talent the Twins need to rebuild their rotation. Let's take a look at how the Twins' new acquisitions will help reconstruct a depleted pitching staff and downtrodden team.
In his stint with the Phillies, Vanimal was the fourth, sometimes fifth starter behind Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, and Cole Hamels. However, according to the the Star Tribune's Parker Hageman, Worley will rank higher on the Twins:
On an average team, he’s likely a three or four-type starting. In the depleted staff in Minnesota however, until some additional moves are made this offseason, he could very well could be the second-best starter on the team.
Despite an off-year in 2012, Worley made a name for himself in 2011 by finishing third in NL Rookie of the Year voting. Vanimal pitched to an 11-3 record, with a 3.01 ERA, .237 BAA and 8.1 SO/9 through 131.2 IP. The Twins are hoping to recapture some of Worley's 2011 magic this coming season in an attempt to refuel the starting rotation.
At 25 years old, Vanimal is only going to get better and will help the Twins for years to come.
Unlike Worley, Trevor May most likely will not start the 2013 season at the major league level, having never played higher than Double-A baseball. However, this does not write him off as being a contributor to the Twins.
At just 23 years old, Trevor May has been pitching in the minors for five seasons. Each year, May makes a steady climb in the ranks of the minor leagues. After pitching an 11-4 record at Class A over 1.5 seasons, the Phillies organization promoted May to Class A Advanced where he found success in the form of a 15-13 record and the Paul Owens Award.
Continuing to show promise, the Phillies promoted May to Double A for the 2012 season, where he pitched a 10-13 record, 4.87 ERA, 9.1 SO/9 through 149.2 IP.
One number that foretells May's impact on the Twins rotation, is his minor league career SO/9 of 11.1. Averaging over 11 strikeouts per nine innings has been virtually unheard of since the departure of Johan Santana and the downfall of Francisco Liriano. The Twins have been without a consistent strikeout starting pitcher for sometime. May might be able to fill this void, down the road.
In reality, Worley and May themselves can only do so much for the Twins. However, they are incredibly important to the future of Twins baseball.