Are we seeing the next gen Twins?
Brian Dozier, Brian Dinkelman, Luke Hughes, Chris Parmelee, Joe Benson, Liam Hendriks. These guys are all young, talented, and they work cheap. This spring, they have all been performing well enough to play major league ball.
To keep costs down, teams like the Twins need to use a lot of players from their minor league system. Sometimes they're not ready or they're not good enough, but right now I see little difference in quality between guys they've brought in versus guys that are available for the major league minimum. If anything, the guys that have come up through the Twins system seem more focused and determined than the ones brought in from elsewhere. Just today Hendriks pitched very well, Hughes bashed a huge three-run dinger over the left field fence, then Benson knocked Hughes in with a blast to left-center after Hughes smacked a solid liner past the shortstop. Meanwhile Parmelee smacked a single and a triple, scoring both times.
How long is management going to wait? Let's get the next generation Twins up with the club. What have we got to lose, 99 games? With these new guys, that won't happen. We're looking at the core of a new team.
And while they're at it, give Slama a chance!