Posted 22 April 2014 - 07:28 AM
Hopefully he can keep it up and at some point get up here if a bat cools down or when someone gets injured. It just seems unlikely at this point with both Arcia and Willingham waiting to get back on the roster again and Kubel and Colabello hitting so well.
Posted 22 April 2014 - 08:05 AM
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Posted 22 April 2014 - 08:23 AM
I have a theory that if you can rake at AAA, you have the potential to be a good hitter in MLB. There just isn't a large enough gap in talent between the leagues to allow someone to dominate AAA but not be pretty good in MLB.
Well some would argue the jump from AAA to the majors is easier if you happened to face the 2013 Minnesota Twins rotation. Unfortunately Parmelee never got that chance last year.
Posted 22 April 2014 - 08:58 AM
What is up with the offense this year? I know three top prospects aren't playing, but not much else appears to be going super well....or am I just not reading these reports correctly?
I don't think anyone expected the Kernels offense to be great. Walker and Kepler are off to slow starts, but the rest of the Miracle offense is doing ok. The Rockcats without Sano, Buxton and Rosario are left with Vargas, who's been slow out of the gates. Rochester has been getting offense from Bernier, Beresford and other non-prospect types.
Similar to the Twins offense, kinda, no Mauer, Willingham, Arcia, but unlikely contributions from others.
Posted 22 April 2014 - 09:42 AM
edit: not really thrilled that the offense is being carried by guys most don't think are MLB players.....this minor league system needs to produce some good players (more Pinto, less Hicks/Floriman)
Edited by mike wants wins, 22 April 2014 - 09:50 AM.
I don't know, it is a site to discuss sports, not airline safety.....maybe we should take it less seriously?
Posted 22 April 2014 - 10:03 AM
Jorge Polanco went 0-for-3, but is still batting .333. He hasn’t been without struggles though. Tonight he committed his 10th error, and was picked off/caught stealing. It’s a tribute to him that he’s been able to keep his troubles out of the batter’s box though, and you have to wonder how long he’ll get a shot to continue at shortstop (especially when neither Michael or Goodrum would be any worse).
If he continues to hit does it matter much whether he's committing lots of errors in A ball? I'm reminded of Miguel Sano whose errors at third were just piling up in A ball. Every night it seemed like he got another one. But scouts thought he could stick, so the team kept putting him out at third, growing pains be damned. After all, think of how his bat will play if he sticks at third.
Same thing with Polanco - think of how his bat will play if he sticks at short. At this point, I don't think either Goodrum or Michael are in the same class of prospect as Polanco; if either of those two make it at all, it will likely be as a backup or utility type. I'm all for giving Polanco a long time to work out the kinks.
Posted 22 April 2014 - 11:42 AM
Promote him if there is room. Trade him if there is a good offer. Let him keep mashing until there is room or until there is a good offer. I am all for promotions when earned and he is earning it but there still has to be a spot available and no, Mauer would have to bat .267 all year before that spot should be considered. Parmalee can hardly complain about lack of opportunity.
What do the Twins do if Parmalee keeps mashing?
Posted 22 April 2014 - 11:49 AM
What do the Twins do if Parmalee keeps mashing?
If he mashes all year and there isn't room until September, add him back to the 40-man and make him compete for an OF spot. There could be both Hammer's and Kubel's spots open next year. He'd still be a cheap. Otherwise, yeah, if there's a market for him, listen.
Posted 22 April 2014 - 02:39 PM
I would not give up on Hicks either and of course Pinto is no sure thing either. Anyone remember Valencia and Parmalee's start? Problem I had with Hicks is that there didn't seem to be enough upside to his being a switch hitter and also that he never really dominated (much as I dislike that word) at the lower levels. He had the one nice year at AA but was hardly busting out. Same thing happened with Plouffe. He was being given a shot at the twins without really earning the promotion until he busted out a bit in 2011. He is now looking pretty good and Hicks might be capable of the same path but might not have the same extended opportunity with Buxton and other prospects vying for the same spots.
Certainly not unusual to the Twins organization... and, I still wouldn't give up on Hicks becoming a solid regular.
Posted 22 April 2014 - 04:24 PM
His six solid innings, where he allowed seven hits and two walks, were enough for Rochester’s bats to pick up the win.
I would not call a 1.500 WHIP performance "solid" by any means. I would call it below average. The fact that this performance was Diamond's best of the season does not make it "solid"...