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#1 stringer bell

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Posted 19 July 2014 - 12:16 PM

The Twins sent Chris Herrmann back to Rochester in order to make room for Danny Santana. Three players who have spent time in Rochester but weren't considered to be demoted were Chris Parmelee, Eduardo Nuñez, and Eduardo Escobar. None of the three has a locked in regular position, but all appear to have graduated to "major leaguer".

Let's consider the ups and downs of all three: Parmelee was given a chance to be a regular the last two years after a nice September in 2011. He showed he could handle himself in the field, at first base in 2012 and right field last year, but he didn't hit enough to merit a position in the major leagues. Parmelee was DFAed this spring, cleared and was sent to Rochester. Chris hit well in AAA and earned a promotion in May. Parm started hot, cooled dramatically, and then had a resurgence. His numbers so far in 2014--.271 BA .304/.400./.704 triple slash. Parmelee has added left field to his resumé. He is a capable fielder in left, right and at first base.

Nuñez was acquired from the Yankees when he was beaten out by ex-Twins farmhand Yangervis Solarte. He was sent to Rochester to sharpen up and stayed there when he encountered a minor injury. Nuñez is hitting .287 with an OPS of .730 in just over 100 plate appearances. He has played left, right, third and short and his glovework hasn't been toxic.

Escobar was acquired from the White Sox as part of the package for Francisco Liriano. He spent almost all of 2012 in the majors, but was sent down late and again in 2013, he was sent down late in the summer and participated in the playoffs for the Red Wings. Esco has played more short than any other Twin this year. He filled in at third when Plouffe was injured and subbed for Dozier at second for about 30 innings. Escobar earned his playing time by hitting well over .300 in April and May. He slumped for about a month, but has started hitting again with four straight multiple hit games in the past week. Escobar's triple slash is .319/.407/.726 in nearly 300 plate appearances.

I think all three of these players can help a good team. If the Twins augment some positions in the off-season, these three guys could be part of a very good and versatile bench. Any of the three could step in for regular duty for some time at multiple positions, they, as a group, would be capable hitters and at least acceptable fielders (more than that in Escobar's case) and their salaries wouldn't be high.

#2 drjim

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Posted 19 July 2014 - 07:29 PM

Escobar and Parmelee don't have any options left, so doubtful they would go down.

I agree that they can all be bench players on a good team.
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#3 ashburyjohn

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Posted 19 July 2014 - 08:50 PM

Escobar and Parmelee don't have any options left, so doubtful they would go down.

I agree that they can all be bench players on a good team.


Parmelee was DFA'ed/waived this year and made it through. I think that means he could be sent down again (although not indefinitely many times, at some point he could refuse?).

#4 stringer bell

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Posted 19 July 2014 - 09:05 PM

Parmelee was DFA'ed/waived this year and made it through. I think that means he could be sent down again (although not indefinitely many times, at some point he could refuse?).

Parmelee would have to be DFAed again to be sent down. If he were to clear, he would have the option to declare himself a free agent.