At the end of the season, former Kentucky Wildcats pitcher Andrew Albers was named as the Minnesota Twins Minor League Pitcher of the Year. In doing so, Albers receives the 2013 Jim Rantz Award.
The 27 year old made 22 starts for Rochester (AAA), where he posted a 11-5 record and 2.86 ERA (132.1 IP, 42 ER). The former Cat allowed 124 hits, 32 walks, 116 strikeouts, and pitched 3 complete games (including one shutout). The Twins called him up in August, where he went 2-5, 4.05 ERA (60.0 IP, 27 ER) in 10 major league starts. His 17.1 scoreless innings to start his career set a Twins record for a starting pitcher.
Sticking with the Twins, Alex Meyer was listed by Grading on the Curve as an early candidate for the 2014 American League Rookie of the Year award.
Meyer, a first round pick from 2011, missed much of the season with injury, but was dominant upon return, posting a 3.21 ERA and 10.8 K/9 in 13 Double-A starts. He followed that up by reeling off seven strong starts in the Arizona Fall League and looks ready to start 2014 in AAA. Minnesota had the worst ERA in baseball outside of the Astros, so they’re in desperate need of young starters like Meyer. His dominant fastball and slider should allow him to shut down AAA and he could be pitching in Target Field by next June. Once there, he has the capacity to lead all rookies in strikeouts.
Meyer was ranked as the 32nd best prospect by Baseball America at the midseason. The Twins acquired the 2011 first round draft pick from the Washington Nationals during the offseason.
MLB.com’s Jim Callis was very impressed with Meyer’s performance in the Arizona Fall League.