Edited by greengoblinrulz, 04 August 2012 - 08:28 PM.
Posted 04 August 2012 - 08:13 PM
Posted 04 August 2012 - 08:36 PM
Posted 04 August 2012 - 09:07 PM
Posted 05 August 2012 - 12:17 AM
Posted 05 August 2012 - 08:54 AM
Posted 05 August 2012 - 09:02 AM
Posted 05 August 2012 - 09:22 AM
The decision to give Doumit a two year contract blocks Parmelee's development. Doumit is signed to be more than a back up catcher. Over his career, he is stronger from the left side which doesn't make him a good platoon option with anyone but Willingham and they are not platooning Josh. For this year, I would reduce Doumit's playing time and play Parmelee. It may help the Twins decide if they want to trade Morneau. They have to play Morneau to keep his trade value up.
It does not block Parmelee's development if the latter plays every day at AAA. It (partially) blocks some of his MLB PAs. That's it. (other than the fact that a certain manager insists on having Drew in the majors and play him - but that has nothing to do with Doumit) Morneau being with the team blocks him If they trade Morneau, he will be up with the team. And since the Twins are not going any place other then maybe fight the Indians for 3rd place, Parmelee is better served at AAA as long as Morneau is with the Twins. September is pretty close...
Blogging Twins since 2007 at The Tenth Inning Stretch
Posted 05 August 2012 - 09:36 AM
I think you have to bring Parmalee up and play him at first. If the Twins are gonna trade Morneau this offseason (which looks likely) you have to know that Parmalee can play. Put Justin at DH to keep his bat in lineup--rotate Mauer, Doumit and Josh. It may cost the Twins a win or two or three but the season is gone. We have to know that Parmalee is part of our contending team in 2014.
It will be interesting to see if there's any demand for Morneau at all even if he keeps hitting like he is. His contract is so big and teams are still going to have question marks about him that I think the market will be limited. Mackey tweeted that they should move him for a pitcher this offseason, which I think is pretty funny. I don't see anyone taking his $14M contract, health questions, and giving something up decent return as well. I like Morneau but the gain for the Twins in moving him would be saving money.
Which, to my mind means that Parmelee isn't going to have a chance to get a decent number of ABs barring an injury.
Posted 05 August 2012 - 10:22 AM
Posted 05 August 2012 - 10:28 AM
What is the fascination with Parmalee????? He comes up, doesn't play, can't hit, and can't play ANYWHERE but 1B - Does he figure in the Twins future plans??? I hope not! Let's do a two-person package and get rid of Valencia and Paramlee - maybe for Leeeeewwwww!
It probably has something to do with his career .365 MiLB OBP, his .812 career MiLB OPS, and his 1.159 AAA OPS this season. He's always been good at getting on base but now the power is starting to manifest. I don't think anyone expects him to be a 5 WAR player but he could be a solid contributor for the league minimum.
Posted 05 August 2012 - 10:39 AM
I know Parmelee has a shot and has improved, but he just has that AAAA player look to him. At any rate, if you call him up, he should play. I hope they leave him in AAA and let Morneau continue to sting the ball.
If he's not going to play, he shouldn't get the call. He needs reps. I'd like to see those reps come in Minnesota in a lost season but if they can't fit him in, so be it.
I used to think Parmelee was a fringe prospect but after his September 2011 and his AAA numbers this season, he's starting to force the Twins' hand. They can't keep ignoring a kid who is mashing everywhere he gets regular play.
Posted 05 August 2012 - 10:49 AM
Parmelee is not going to learn to hit major league pitching in AAA. He needs to come up and be allowed to play and struggle at this level. Teams out of contention can afford to do this with their prospects.
It's hard to claim that he has anything left to learn in the minors when he's posting well over a 1.100 OPS in Rochester.
I just don't know where the Twins will fit him into the lineup. But if the Twins are willing to sit Doumit, Mauer, and Morneau a little more often down the stretch, they could probably squeeze him in regularly at 1B/RF/DH enough to get him 4+ games a week.
Personally, I think he should take Mastrioanni's spot on the roster (or maybe drop a pitcher) with a mandate that Gardy work him into the lineup as often as possible. Darin doesn't have much upside and the Twins need to see what they have in Chris for 2013 and beyond.
Posted 05 August 2012 - 10:59 AM