Perhaps it's the start of a trend. Anyway, you don't dump him when he's that hot.
Let's make it the last 3 games instead, much more impressive.
.500 .600 .625 1.225
In all seriousness though, IMO it's in the Twins best interests to let Hicks play CF every day for at least another couple hundred PAs.
It will be interesting to see if he can sustain the improved walk rate with such a low batting average. You'd think that at some point opposing managers would start fining their pitchers for walking a .200 hitter with very little power...
With Kubel officially let go today, I'm going to put forward another dump list. Not all should or will go, but I think the roster needs a bit of a kick start.
1) Aaron Hicks. By dump I mean option. I understand Hicks missed the game today with a bit of a sore shoulder, perhaps from challenging the wall recently. I have stated long and loud that he needs to go back to Rochester and learn to try to hit against right handers. I think his window of opportunity is less than a year.
2) Chris Parmelee--Since a strong start, Parm has almost been as close to an automatic out as Kubel, but he's a better defender and can play first base. Taking him off the roster means DFAing him and even if he clears, he could elect to be a free agent.
3) Kevin Correia--An aging veteran who has been bad and whose ceiling is mediocre. There are replacements waiting in Rochester.
4) Jared Burton--He has given up too many homers and is another mid-30s veteran. He's lost velocity, making his secondary pitches more hittable.
5) Matt Guerrier--Aging veteran who never had great stuff. Peripherals don't look promising.
6) Josmil Pinto--Since Morales was acquired, Pinto figures to lose any DH at-bats he might have gotten. He hasn't hit much lately and he has struggled with throwing from the catcher position. Suzuki has held up well so far, so it is possible the Pinto could be replaced by a low-ceiling backup catcher.
I sort of agree with your list. If u option hicks and pinto ur looking at hermann and fryer as most likely options or fuld and herman. i would rather keep hicks instead of parmalee and get rid of burton for archer and bring up may for KC. if deduno has issue let him pitch out of the pen and bring up one of johnson meyer or darnell
1. Send Hicks down when Fuld returns. Now Hicks is even missing games with aches and pains. He just doesn't get it yet. Probably never will. I'm happy to make Santana the permanent CF until Buxton gets here.
2. Parmelee deserves to be sent down, but I don't know who will take his place. Might as well keep him around...for now.
3. Correia will never fetch anything in a trade. Release him now. Call up May.
4. Deduno-when Meyer is safely past the super 2 call him up and send Deduno to the bullpen and release Burton.
5. Suzuki and Pinto can catch 60/40. Makes no sense to send Pinto down.
6. Guerrier can hang around until Tonkin figures it out.
Pinto shouldn't be sent down. He's 25 and the Twins are trying to win right now. They have a better chance if Pinto is up instead of Fryer/Herrman and it's not like Pinto is just sitting around spitting sunflower seeds on his days off. Regardless of what people think there is a lot to learn about being an MLB'er beyond the AB's. Especially for a catcher.
I would like to see Hicks down for 1-2 months hitting everyday. In this case Hicks really does need AB's against RHP's.
Correia and Burton. good bye. May and ? can come up.
Deduno - I'm okay with him for another month. I also don't like turning over too much of the rotation too quickly. If nobody gets injured, May does well (not a given) and Meyer forces the issue during the next month then something can happen.
Parmelee - there isn't anybody decent to send up so he can stay. I wouldn't be shocked if he turned into a solid role player.
Pinto was sent down and it looks like Hicks is either going on the DL or being optioned. Who's left and who are the replacements? 1) As much sound and fury as was created around Pinto, the acquisition of Morales stakes Parm to the bench. Parmelee might pinch hit in Colorado in a month, but it's hard to see him getting many starts going forward. Except for the inter-league series, I will actually say I'd rather see a relief pitcher (can't believe I actually wrote that). I guess Parm has to adapt and become a bench player a la Randy Bush or he's done as a Twin. 2) Jared Burton--40% of the season is in the books and Burton still has an ERA over 6. He could be used the same all year, not allow a run and still have an ERA far above his 2011 number. I think he's done. 3) Matt Guerrier--Keep him around until he gets knocked around (it will happen) because he has both no future and no value. There are a lot of candidates to replace the relief pitchers--it would be a good story to give Pino a chance and he could serve as a long man. The other thought is to exile one of the starters to the 'pen and call up May, Johnson or Darnell. If I'm betting, I put my money on Johnson.
Parmelee's future with the Twins is being able to take advantage of an AB here and a game there to show that he has some talent. He will certainly be glued to the bench for awhile (and deserves to be) but Willy, Mauer and Morales (maybe Arcia) will need days off. Right now the bench consists of Nunez, a backup C, and likely Fuld. that shouldn't be mission impossible to work his way to the top of that heap. He has dug himself a pretty big hole though.
Larkin/Bush is an optimistic future upside at this point. He's a lefty so he could be fairly valuable if he could hit decently in a limited role. I'm guessing that he's DFA'd by the end of the month though.
The Twins have literally no hitters left on the 40 man roster to call up after Pinto. Herrmann, Fryer, Colabello and Vargas. Kepler and Polanco have no shot at being called up. Mastro or Rosario (DOrtiz possibly) will likely see time but need to be added to the 40 man (not mission impossible).
But that just reinforces my point further. The Twins have almost nobody left to call up if they jettison Parmelee. Romero would be a nice story sometime. He is getting close to 10 years in the Twins system.
One, he's not a LOOGY, at least, that's not how Gardy uses him. Since 2013 he's faced 172 LHBs and 202 RHBs.
For his career in relief he's K'd 157 and walked 82 - not even 2:1.
His fastball velo is down 1.5 mph over 2013 and with it his SwStr% is down to 7.5% - 12th on the team and worse than all the starters not named Correia.
Burton's been rough too but I think he's coming around. He's been 92-93 in recent outings and still gives the impression that he can ring guys up with the slider or splange. I have no confidence in Duensing to get those big strikeouts.