Close your eyes...wait don't, you can't read with your eyes closed. Imagine you're closing your eyes. Now, imagine you're on vacation. Say you're headed to Hawaii. You are excited about the weather, the sights, the food, the beaches, the fun, the works. However, there's still going to be a point in that vacation where you're doing something just because you have to. For instance, waiting in line for your rental car. Well, we're waiting for the rental car of the Twins' 40-man roster analysis vacation.
2014 Season Overview
Oliveros threw 6.1 innings for the Twins and managed a 7.11 ERA. He gave up two home runs. He did finish two games, so that's something. 1 home run per game finished. HR/GF - sabermetrics 3.0. Now, his FIP was 7.08, so he was better than his numbers might indicate. In the Minors, Oliveros was excellent, posting a 1.64 ERA in 65.2 innings split between New Britain and Rochester. He earned the right to teach us all about FIP v. ERA.
2015 Role Projection
Well, I compared him to a rental car, so you could surmise that I'm not high on him. To me, he seems like a fine AAA depth reliever and a guy you can call up when you're completely desperate for a player capable of having an arm.
2015 Season Prediction
There's not much to predict for a player who likely won't matter much in the Twins' 2015 plans. They can't possibly be relying on him or planning for his inclusion in the bullpen. If they are, then things are more bleak than we even realize. Nothing personal against Oliveros, but it's pretty clear that he's not a guy who even a decent team should be thinking of. However, I'll guess that he has a very solid season in the Minors and forces another September call-up. I'm not a Oliveros-hating monster.
A 90s Song for Lester
Blur - "This is a Low"
He's been good in the Minors before, but he has an ERA over 5 in his brief MLB career. He was also the player to be named later in the Delmon Young trade, so it's clear the Tigers valued him greatly and the Twins wanted him desperately. I'd say his long-term outlook is good because he plays baseball for a living, but not great as a person who makes a living playing baseball. If that makes sense.
Is he a keeper?
As a guy who will likely never reach arbitration, sure why not? Like I already stated, he can serve as decent AAA depth and he'll likely only play for the Twins if everyone important is injured, the Twins are terrible in September, or if they change the rules of baseball so that teams try to give up the most runs. One of those is likely, one of those is pessimistic and one of those is just a glimmer in the eye of future commissioner Joe Mays.
This is too negative. Look at his Minor League numbers. It's conceivable that he could have a decent career as a reliever in the Majors. He strikes out a lot of batters, he doesn't walk a ton and he's never gotten a consistent chance in the Majors. In fact, with the success of the Eddie 400, perhaps it might be time for the Lester 50? I'll kick it around.