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  • What Colabello & Herrmann Mean to the Red Wings

    Chris Colabello and Chris Herrmann were both optioned to the Rochester Red Wings Sunday night and both players joined the Wings during their Memorial Day matinee at Frontier Field, Monday.

    So what exactly is the plan for these players while they are in Rochester? Ultimately the goal is to get them back to the parent club in Minnesota. What will their roles be while they're playing with the Red Wings.

    After Monday's 10-5 win over the Syracuse Chiefs, Red Wings manager Gene Glynn spoke about the roles Colabello and Herrmann would play in the Wings lineup. “I'll talk to one of guys from the Twins tonight to see what the plan is. We know what (Chris)Herrmann is going to do, he'll play outfield, maybe first, he's going to catch, just like (Dan) Rohlfing. The big man, Chris (Colabello), is going to play and try to get as many at-bats as he can to get back on top of what he was doing in the month of April in the big leagues. We all know he can hit; as much as we like having him around, we feel for the situation. He's such a positive guy and a positive influence, you know he's always going to play hard. Those guys will be in (playing) as much as anybody, if not more.”

    According to Ron Gardenhire, per Mike Berardino, “Chris Herrmann will play center field in games for the Red Wings”. During Herrmann's 11 games in Rochester, he hit .359 with one homer and four RBI's. For Herrmann, it'll be the first time he's played center field since 2010, when he played 11 games there for the Fort Myers Miracle. It appears the Twins want another option in addition to Sam Fuld when he comes back from concussion symptoms, and Aaron Hicks could then be sent to Rochester to work on hitting against right handed pitchers as a right handed batter.

    While Chris Colabello played mostly in the outfield with the Twins, it seems to be a good fit for CC to take over the everyday 1B duties while he's with Rochester. The Red Wings everyday 1B, Brad Nelson, ranks last in the International League in batting average, slugging and OPS among first basemen with at least 100 at-bats. During his time in Rochester last year, Colabello hit .352 with 24 homers and 76 RBI's in just 89 games. With such a drastic difference offensively between the two players, CC taking over the first base role with the Wings seems obvious.

    With their win today over Syracuse, the Red Wings have improved to 27-22 on the year with their win today and moved into firstplace in the division. Coming into today's game, Rochester had the best ERA in the league at 3.12 and they also have four complete games on the year which also leads the IL. Rochester will play three more games at Frontier Field against the Syracuse Chiefs and then will play four more at home against the Gwinnett Braves.
    Comments 8 Comments
    1. VandyTwinsFan's Avatar
      VandyTwinsFan -
      I went to the Red Wings box score this weekend to check May's stat line and realized that there's not a single position player on that team that I'd want playing with the Twins. The pitching staff is looking pretty nice though. I'm almost praying for an injury just so one of the guys can get a decent chance (we all know they won't get one otherwise).
    1. Rosterman's Avatar
      Rosterman -
      You are so correct. Even as distant backups. No one in the outfield. No one in the infield (even Florimon). They should be having Sano, Rosario right about now. Buxton should've torn up New Brit and be in the outfield. Hicks should actually be down there. Colabello is the only distant candidate as a backup. And considering the fodder at New Brit (Wembley, Boyer, Thomas to name a couple). The Twins should be pushing their catching candidates up a level, just because they can. Vargas should be up at Rochester by now.

      And then you look at the pitching at both levels, an embarrassment of riches. Yes, too many 3-4-5 starters who won't pan out in the end (Valesquez, Pino, Diamond for example). But, hey, Oliveros is tearing up the bullpen. Achter is showing life.

      Who currently on the 40-man roster SHOULD NOT be here next season: I spot Burton, Correia, Guerrier, Kris Johnson, Pelfrey, Swarzak, Fryer, Florimon, Colabello, Fuld, Herrmann, Nunez, Willingham, Kubel, Suzucki, Parmelee. Too many names. Hopefully some good tradebait develops (Correia, Pelfrey, Burton, Willingham, Kubel, Swarzak) from the mix. The Twins should not be afraid to trade relief...even Thielbar and Duensing, if the situation arises.
    1. Shane Wahl's Avatar
      Shane Wahl -
      Herrmann not in CF tonight, but C instead. Meanwhile, the Red Wings have Brad Nelson, who is terrible, batting 5th. REALLY?

      I mean he is terrible and doesn't even belong on the roster. But batting 5th?
    1. Twinswatcher's Avatar
      Twinswatcher -
      corner outfield spot but putting him in cf is a joke. Take some time and watch him in the outfield and you will see he would cost runs in cf.
      Quote Originally Posted by Shane Wahl View Post
      Herrmann not in CF tonight, but C instead. Meanwhile, the Red Wings have Brad Nelson, who is terrible, batting 5th. REALLY?

      I mean he is terrible and doesn't even belong on the roster. But batting 5th?
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      He catches what he gets to. Range may not be ideal, but he's a solid outfielder with a strong, generally accurate arm.
    1. VandyTwinsFan's Avatar
      VandyTwinsFan -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rosterman View Post
      Who currently on the 40-man roster SHOULD NOT be here next season: I spot Burton, Correia, Guerrier, Kris Johnson, Pelfrey, Swarzak, Fryer, Florimon, Colabello, Fuld, Herrmann, Nunez, Willingham, Kubel, Suzucki, Parmelee. Too many names. Hopefully some good tradebait develops (Correia, Pelfrey, Burton, Willingham, Kubel, Swarzak) from the mix. The Twins should not be afraid to trade relief...even Thielbar and Duensing, if the situation arises.
      Kris Johnson - I don't get the hate. Left who can hit 93-94. Killing AAA. Barely got a cup of coffee with the Pirates. He's older for a prospect. So what. Stick him in the bullpen and maybe he hits 97 a la Perkins.
      Nunez - seems to have done well in his limited role. No complaints.
      Pelfrey - paid through next year. Hopefully he heals and is worth something.
      Swarzak - only if there's something better available. Again, no complaints.
      Herrmann - gotta back up Pinto with someone. He's got D. He looks better in the OF than most our OF's. I saw him correctly set up for a throw one game.

      There are lots of fringe guys. It happens on a 40-man. I still think there's a few guys worth something in that mix.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Vandy, what you'll find out is that 1.) if a player isn't a star, there are those who think they're incapable of contribution, and 2.) if they are a star, they have a lot of faults still.

      Johnson - you're right. He's put up numbers the last few years at the highest minor league level. In limited big league time, he's been OK, but as long as he's dominating AAA consistently, I have no problem with him being a 6th starter (spot starter when necessary). That's a nice role when most teams use up to 10 starters over the course of a season.

      Nunez has certainly been fine. Pelfrey's clearly been hurt, and he's signed through next year. Swarzak has been solid in the long relief role for a couple of years no. Herrmann provides depth at several positions, and as much as people don't like it, his value on the big league roster is allowing Pinto to be in the lineup most every day. He's solid.
    1. VandyTwinsFan's Avatar
      VandyTwinsFan -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      Vandy, what you'll find out is that 1.) if a player isn't a star, there are those who think they're incapable of contribution, and 2.) if they are a star, they have a lot of faults still.
      I think I fail to recognize this thing called "hype." If they don't have it, they're worth nothing. If they got it, sell everyone else.
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