How would you like to be in the shoes of Vance Worley heading into the 2013 Major League Baseball season? Worley will likely end up being the Opening Day starter for the Minnesota Twins as the team rebuilds. Worley came over this winter from the Philadelphia Phillies for Ben Revere and now will be thrust from being a No. 5 starter to the top position in the Minnesota rotation. Worley does have the talent to make this work though.
Worley did have a rough year in 2012, going just 6-9 but was 11-3 in 2011 for the Phillies. The Twins are lucky to get a talented 25-year-old pitcher who hasn’t pitched much in the major leagues but when he has, it has been successful. If there is one thing that worries me about Worley’s chances at being successful in Minnesota this season, it has to be the lack of innings that he has thrown at the major league level. Worley threw just under 132 innings in 2011 and only 133 last year but could be expected to throw between 180-200 innings this season. It is very possible that Worley breaks down somewhere along the way.
The Twins are trying to get as many arms into their system as possible and Worley is just another one of those young arms. This is a huge opportunity for Worley to show the Phillies what he can really do with the proper amount of innings pitched. I will be curious to see if Worley can repeat his 2011 season or if it will be more like 2012.