Posted 24 March 2014 - 06:17 PM
I am still disappointed in Tonkin beng sent down, but truthfully, there simply is not room for him at this time. His future is bright and he will undoubtedly be the first RP called up due to trade or injury, or move of Deduno back in to the rotation. (Hoping that happens, but not due to anything happening to Gibson)
I believe Thielbar must and should be kept over Diamond, forgetting available options. There is a point of diminishing returns where you have to go with a quality young player that has, to some degree at least, proven his worth and figures to be a part of the team's future. No insult to Diamond, who gave us a very good 3/4 of a year in 2012, and who I have been rooting for. But he does have somewhat limited stuff, is not especially good at getting LH batters out, and has never proven anything in the pen to this point. Meanwhile, Thielbar pitched very well last season and has continued to pitch well this ST. He is younger and has better stuff. In no way can I see a failed starter taking his place and offering us 3 long relief candidates. I simply don't see the logic in that move.
It seems Kubel is a given. And while just last week I was stating my preference to move on, he has hit better the past few games and has drawn some walks. This does very little to alleviate my concerns over a poor ending to 2012, a poor 2013, (yes, there was a reported injury factor) and a poor ST performance up until a few games ago. The best hope is, and Gardy and the coaches know far better than any of us I dare say, that there is life left and his timing is coming around. Certainly, he is by no means the first veteran ball player, injury or otherwise, to take a while to get his groove back.
We have to hope the same can be said of Willingham, who has looked pretty bad thus far. Do we cross fingers at this point? Or does he come alive the last few games and when the starting bell rings?
Despite a poor spring, Presley seems a given due to his CF ability off the bench, and a slid performance after acquiring him late last season. I'm just not sure anyone could feel comfortable marching Escobar or Parmalee (a big surprise taking a shot in CF) as even an occasional option to back up Hicks in CF. However, he may be on a short leash if he continues to under perform in favor of a Mastro recall or waiver acquisition.
This leaves Parmalee and Colabello and Parmelee fighting for one spot. Colabello has proven about all he can in the minors. He may never be anything but a good story. And yet, he's mashed each of the last two seasons and had a good spring. A pretty mediocre trial with the Twins at the end of 2013 shouldn't be used as a sole indicator as to his potential as a late-blooming bench player. Late blooming role players are not uncommon, nor is some struggle for any player in their first go-around at the ML level. Parmelee has been a disappointment to be sure, but is younger, has some investment and limited pedigree, and offers not only more positional flexibility, but some decent defense and upside. And like many others, particularly last season when the Twins weren't going anywhere, I have been disappointed in his handling and lack of full season opportunity to see what he might work through in the name of progress. Right now, if he could swing a decent bat, he and Arcia in whatever combination of LF/RF flanking Hicks is probably our best OF.
We probably need Colabello's RH bat more, but I'm thinking Parmelee makes the opening roster to begin with as Colabello still has options. This would give the team a month or so to begin the season and see how things unfold.