After sending down Michael Tonkin yesterday afternoon, speculation around who the Twins would call up to replace him centered around two players: Danny Santana and Alex Meyer. Santana has done well at Triple-A since his demotion (.308/.343/.492 in 15 games), but Minnesota has finally done what we've all been waiting for: they're calling up Alex Meyer.
ROSTER MOVE: The Minnesota Twins will recall RHP Alex Meyer from Rochester prior to Friday's game in Milwaukee.— Rochester Red Wings (@RocRedWings) June 25, 2015
Meyer, 25, has thrown 17 innings in nine relief appearances since being moved from the Red Wings' rotation. Opponents are batting .188 off of him in that time, and Meyer has struck out 20 and allowed just 12 hits. His ERA out of the bullpen is just 0.53.
Adding Meyer to the bullpen immediately gives the Twins a power arm with two plus pitches. With an upper-90s fastball and a power slider, Meyer should be able to rack up strikeouts and be an impact reliever from day one.
With Meyer's arrival, five of our Top 10 prospects for 2015 will have made debuts or expired their rookie status this year: Byron Buxton (1), Meyer (4), Trevor May (6), Jorge Polanco (9), and Eddie Rosario (10). Miguel Sano (2) and possibly even Jose Berrios (3) are still very much in the cards if things go well.
Welcome to Minnesota, Alex Meyer. We hope you're here to stay.