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Chris Parmelee Running Out of Time

May 21, 2013 | by RotoRob | Comments (2)
Chris Parmelee is struggling for the Minnesota Twins.
It just seems like Chris Parmelee has spent the whole season on his knees.

When Chris Parmelee was recalled to the Twins in late-August last year, we thought enough of him to give him a Wire Troll nod based on the mashing he had done in Triple-A.

Well, it wasn’t a bad call as Parmelee hit .270 and drove in 14 runs last September.

This year, however, has been a different story.

Spending much of the season batting fifth in the Twins’ order (although more recently lower than that), Parmelee has never struggled more, and he’s finding himself out of the lineup more and more as a result. Next stop, Triple-A?

He had a rough April (.221 BA, .295 OBP), but things have gotten even worse this month as he’s hit just .170 with a .250 OBP. Worse yet, Oswaldo Arcia and Ryan Doumit have taken away plenty of Parmelee’s PT of late.

If you’ve been hanging on to Parmelee in a deep AL-only league, it may be time to seek other options (Adam Lind or Justin Smoak perhaps?). Sure, it was looking like he’d see way more action this year, but now we’re not so sure he’ll stick around long enough to get the at-bats. His counting cats are weak and it took a 1-for-4 performance Monday just for Parmelee to get back to the Mendoza Line.

Parmelee’s minor league pedigree isn’t so hot that his 581 OPS is going to buy him much time – especially with former Indy leaguer Chris Colabello demanding a look in the Show based on his .360 BA through his first 45 games at the Triple-A level. For that matter, minor league veteran Clete Thomas (batting .346 with power and speed at Triple-A) could also replace Parmelee.

Yes, Parmelee was Minny’s first rounder (20th overall) in 2006, so he’ll get the rope that comes with that distinction. We know he has patience, but Thomas could offer patience and speed – a combination we’re never going to see out of Parmelee.

The Twins have some options. Maybe they’re not great options, but Parmelee needs time to nurse his ‘nads. No, really… take a look at the video evidence if you don’t believe me.

We love Jerry Remy stating the obvious at the very end of the video: “That’s got to hurt.” Ouch! Somebody get me a bag of frozen peas. And Natalie Portman to apply it.

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Shane Victorino Dealing With Back Woes

May 17, 2013 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
A few days after his return in May he started to heat up, recording four multi-hit efforts in a five-game span to jack his BA up to .310 as of a week ago. Included in this hot streak were Victorino’s first two dingers of the season — a great sign considering his lack of pop so far.
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Josh Roenicke Helping Solidify Minny Bullpen

May 14, 2013 | by RotoRob | Comments (3)
Well, we still can’t quite figure out what the Rox were thinking (which is pretty much par for the course) in letting him go, but we were bang on in suggesting that Roenicke would help the Twins’ pen, which currently ranks third in the majors with a collective ERA of 2.75 — an improvement of over a run per game from last season.
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Anthony Swarzak Excelling in Long Relief Role

May 13, 2013 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Well, Swarzak finally seems to have found a role that suits him. Pitching in long relief, he’s shown improvements across the board and while his role is unlikely to yield Fantasy value, Swarzak’s improvements have helped the Twins hold their own in the AL Central so far this season.
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Twins Nab Another Rule Five Gem in Ryan Pressly

May 9, 2013 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Pressly, of course, was a Red Sox farmhand until the Twins scooped him up in the Rule 5 draft last year. And now he’s back to haunt the BoSox, earning his first career win in the process.
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