• All-Star Roster Shuffle

    Following the Minnesota Twins impressive series win in New York against the Yankees, GM Terry Ryan shuffled the roster. Down to Rochester go outfielders Oswaldo Arcia and Chris Parmelee, and infielder Eduardo Escobar. The Twins promoted infielder Doug Bernier and catcher/outfielder Chris Herrmann.

    This means there is one more player to be added to the 25 man roster. I believe it can be assumed that player will be 1B/OF Chris Colabello.

    The MLB and AAA All-Star breaks are at the same time, so Colabello will be able to participate in the home run contest and then the All-Star game. I assume he'll be promoted following the game.

    Three weeks ago, many were touting Oswaldo Arcia as a potential American League Rookie of the Year candidate. However, he has been mired in an extreme slump the last couple weeks and clearly needed this.



    Parmelee began the season as the team's starting right fielder. He is fourth on the team with eight home runs, but is hitting just .223. His playing time has been fairly sporadic throughout the first half.

    Escobar got off to a fast start in April, but has not hit at all since. He is still just 24 and really needs to get some playing time in AAA. He was dubbed a utility infielder a year ago by the White Sox.

    Herrmann hit well in very limited time earlier in the season, but he has not hit at all in Rochester. After an 0-4 on Sunday, he is hitting .227 on the season, with a Escobaric .608 OPS. He can be the third catcher, allowing Doumit to play in right field. And, he can play in the outfield, as well.

    Bernier is a lesser known name. He is a minor league veteran. The 33 year old is hitting .295/.370/.407 with 23 extra base hits. Bernier went 0-4 in two games in 2008 with the Colorado Rockies, and this is his first time in the big leagues since. Along with the Rockies, he has spent time in the Yankees and Pirates organizations. This is a great story, if nothing else, of a guy not giving up. The Twins like having two infielders on the bench; Jamey Carroll is the other. The team has a spot on the 40 man roster for him.

    And, assuming the third player promoted is Colabello, I don't think anyone would question that. We hope he can get more consistent playing time in this, his third stint with the team. He has been our choice for Twins minor league player of the month in May and June. Overall with the Red Wings, he is hitting .354/.432/.652 (1.084) with 24 doubles and 24 home runs. He deserves an opportunity.

    Again, the Red Wings and the Twins begin their All-Star breaks now. The MLB All- Star game is Tuesday night while the AAA game is Wednesday night. Players will be with their second-half teams Thursday.
    This article was originally published in blog: All Star Roster Shuffle started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 22 Comments
    1. Monkeypaws's Avatar
      Monkeypaws -
      Like the moves - Arcia has been worse than ass lately, and he doesn't even beat out ground balls.

      Parmalee blew a great opportunity.

      Escobar is irrelevant with the "emergence" of Florimon and Dozier.

      No problem with the demotions, but Colabello better damn well be part of the recalls.
    1. Joe A. Preusser's Avatar
      Joe A. Preusser -
      Colabello can be a pretty awesome DH if he can get even close to those AAA hitting numbers. Not sure he is a good option anywhere besides 1st base, though, and I think we need that spot for Morny/Parm/Sano/Mauer.

      I for one think he will hit for some power and average at the MLB level and either fit into our future DH/1B plans or net a fair prospect at the deadline/offseason. I don't think there is a precedent for a player who is that overwhelmingly dominant in AAA (.354, 40+ HR pace) not producing at at least a fair clip (.300, 25 HR, 75 RBI) in the majors, but I could be wrong.

      Congrats to you Chris, and GL.
    1. MichiganTwins's Avatar
      MichiganTwins -
      I am not understanding the team's handling with Parms. He is struggling right now, but he hasn't had consistent playing time most of the year.
    1. goulik's Avatar
      goulik -
      I have a feeling a trade is imminent which includes Morneau and/or Doumit freeing DH and 1B time. 10 game warning given by Ryan has expired. Let the trading games begin.
    1. clutterheart's Avatar
      clutterheart -
      There needs to be a roster move for Bernier, is that right?

      Is the team planning on trading someone soon?
    1. Butterfingers8's Avatar
      Butterfingers8 -
      Quote Originally Posted by clutterheart View Post
      There needs to be a roster move for Bernier, is that right?

      Is the team planning on trading someone soon?
      No there are only 39 on 40 man right now. Spot opened when they outrighted pj Walters
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by Joe A. Preusser View Post
      Colabello can be a pretty awesome DH if he can get even close to those AAA hitting numbers. Not sure he is a good option anywhere besides 1st base, though, and I think we need that spot for Morny/Parm/Sano/Mauer.

      I for one think he will hit for some power and average at the MLB level and either fit into our future DH/1B plans or net a fair prospect at the deadline/offseason. I don't think there is a precedent for a player who is that overwhelmingly dominant in AAA (.354, 40+ HR pace) not producing at at least a fair clip (.300, 25 HR, 75 RBI) in the majors, but I could be wrong.

      Congrats to you Chris, and GL.
      He can't possibly be worse than Doumit in RF, and Gardy has shown himself to be comfortable throwing Dooms out there.
    1. 70charger's Avatar
      70charger -
      Quote Originally Posted by Joe A. Preusser View Post
      I don't think there is a precedent for a player who is that overwhelmingly dominant in AAA (.354, 40+ HR pace) not producing at at least a fair clip (.300, 25 HR, 75 RBI) in the majors, but I could be wrong.
      I don't think you'd have to look far for a precedent. How about the guy he's replacing? In 64 games in AAA last year, Parmelee hit BETTER than Colabello is now, with a ridiculous 1.104 OPS.

      I think it goes to show how big the jump to the majors is.
    1. spycake's Avatar
      spycake -
      Plouffe similarly dominated AAA in 2011 but was rather mediocre in MLB until his homer binge last summer. So not only is that transition far from a sure thing, even the mild successes can take time.

      Plouffe's saving grace was positional flexibility, and a little bit age -- Parmelee's is mostly age. Colabello's only saving grace might be how poorly the big club is playing right now.
    1. h2oface's Avatar
      h2oface -
      Doumit regularly in right field is horrifying. Kinda like his time as a base runner.
    1. jorgenswest's Avatar
      jorgenswest -
      Quote Originally Posted by h2oface View Post
      Doumit regularly in right field is horrifying. Kinda like his time as a base runner.
      He will do less damage in RF than he does at catcher.
    1. beckmt's Avatar
      beckmt -
      This move was needed. Arcia will be back. Parmelee not so sure. Maybe he can be added in a trade to bring back a better prospect. Hope this means Pinto is being promoted, also possibly Matt Koch. Both deserve it.
    1. stringer bell's Avatar
      stringer bell -
      Quote Originally Posted by beckmt View Post
      This move was needed. Arcia will be back. Parmelee not so sure. Maybe he can be added in a trade to bring back a better prospect. Hope this means Pinto is being promoted, also possibly Matt Koch. Both deserve it.
      When Herrmann was promoted earlier, Dan Rohlfing went to Rochester. Rohlfing, like Herrmann, is a guy who can play other positions. It is probably time for Pinto to move to AAA. He has been one of the top five hitters in the Eastern League by almost any measure.
    1. JW24's Avatar
      JW24 -
      Quote Originally Posted by IowaTwins View Post
      I am not understanding the team's handling with Parms. He is struggling right now, but he hasn't had consistent playing time most of the year.
      Well, why would the Twins give a guy who is not producing more playing time? If he is not hitting, he is not bringing anything to the yard, as he is not a great defensive player either. I understand the benefit of playing consistent time, but he hasn't earned that yet.
    1. Oxtung's Avatar
      Oxtung -
      Quote Originally Posted by beckmt View Post
      This move was needed. Arcia will be back. Parmelee not so sure. Maybe he can be added in a trade to bring back a better prospect. Hope this means Pinto is being promoted, also possibly Matt Koch. Both deserve it.
      If the Twins don't want him why would he bring back talent in a trade? At best you might get a similar player from another organization that the Twins think just needs a change of scenery.
    1. SweetOne69's Avatar
      SweetOne69 -
      With the current roster changes, the Twins only have 2 true OF on the roster (Hicks,Thomas). The last OF spot will be manned by the likes of Doumit, Herrmann and possibly Colobello.
    1. ThePuck's Avatar
      ThePuck -
      Speaking of the All-Star game. Does anyone else find if odd than Melancon could only find a spot on the roster as a replacement? Here's a reliever that has 44 IP, 46Ks, a WHIP under .800 and an ERA of 0.81. I know the competition is fierce, but come on man!
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      I'm struggling to come up with any kind of reasonable logic on Bernier's promotion. Anyone?
    1. ThePuck's Avatar
      ThePuck -
      Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
      I'm struggling to come up with any kind of reasonable logic on Bernier's promotion. Anyone?
      Gardy said he earned it?
    1. TheLeviathan's Avatar
      TheLeviathan -
      Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
      I'm struggling to come up with any kind of reasonable logic on Bernier's promotion. Anyone?
      Remind us of the piranha "glory days"?
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