The Twins needed to make some kind of change during the All-Star break after the team scuffled in the weeks leading up to the Mid-Summer Classic. There were going to be some players sent packing to Rochester and some fresh faces on the MLB roster. It had to happen.
There has been pressure on multiple people in the Twins organization to find a way to be respectable in 2013. Ron Gardenhire is in the last year of his contract and he needs to show the organization something so they'll renew his contract. Terry Ryan had a hand in putting together this roster and he needs to see some of the talent translate into performance.
Coming out of the All-Star break, there will be a few new names on the bench and in the lineup. Maybe these new faces will help the team win a few more games. Overall, this wasn't a team that was going to be fighting for a World Series crown so all their moves need to be focused on the future.
Here is a look at the players who were demoted and what the future might hold for each of them.
Season (59 Games): .257/.317/.408, 6 HR, 11 2B, 25 RBI, 63 SO
Last Month (22 Games): .262/.319/.676, 2 HR, 2 2B, 10 RBI, 26 SO
A few weeks ago, it looked like Arcia was one of the front-runners for the American League Rookie of the Year Award
. A lot has changed in the last couple weeks. Over that time, he hit .108/.132/.108 with 16 strikeouts in 37 at-bats. There was no power from Arcia and one wonders if there was some kind of injury bothering him or maybe he was embarrassed about taking a pop-fly to the face.
He is too valuable to be at the big league level and not getting consistent at-bats. Something had to be done to get him focused at the plate.
Arcia is still only 22-years old and he has only a little over 100 plate appearances at the Triple-A level. It might be good for him to get a month or so in the minors. This can give him a chance to get his head back on straight because the Twins need him for the next few years. Chris Herrmann will get some of the at-bats vacated by Arcia and he figures to also be in the Twins rebuilding plans. This gives the club a chance to see a little more of Herrmann at the big league level. Arcia's power-hitting ability should be a staple in the Twins lineup as the team tries to rebuild but something just wasn't right going into the All-Star break.
Season (55 Games): .214/.268/.328, 3 HR, 2 2B, 9 RBI, 23 SO
Last Month (11 Games): .120/.154/.240, 1 HR, 0 2B, 1 RBI, 7 SO
: Escobar surprised a lot of people with his performance in the first month of the season. He wasn't an everyday starter but he hit .378/.395/.541 with three extra-base hits in 38 plate appearances. Minnesota has struggled at different points of the first half to find production from the shortstop role. Pedro Florimon had a rough start to the season and Escobar did a decent job filling in when he was asked to do so.
The Twins are basically swapping out the 24-year old Escobar for 33-year old infielder Doug Bernier. In 92 games for Rochester, Bernier was hitting .295/.370/.407 with 15 doubles. It seems there is more of a chance for Escobar to have a long-term role as a utility man for the Twins. He is younger than Bernier by almost a decade but age didn't stop the Twins from making the move. This demotion will allow Escobar to get more playing time at Rochester and then the Twins can see where he fits into their plans. Now the Twins have aging veterans Jamey Carroll and Bernier as back-up infielders. Maybe they can swap "back in my day" stories on the bench.
Season (83 Games): .223/.303/.372, 8 HR, 12 2B, 20 RBI, 66 SO
Last Month (22 Games): .222/.306/.444, 3 HR, 5 2B, 6 RBI, 20 SO
This was supposed to be a make-or-break season for Parmelee. Things haven't worked out in his favor. He has struggled to make consistent contact at the plate and the power he showed in the minors hasn't translated to the big leagues. Some of his struggles might be due to playing most of his games in the outfield after being used more as a first baseman in the upper minors. The Twins still have time to figure out his position and some of his challenges in the batter's box. Maybe a couple weeks at Triple-A will wake up his swing since he had an OPS of 1.102 last season in Rochester.
Since it seems likely Justin Morneau will be in a different uniform by the end of the month, one might think Parmelee would be the man to take over first base. It now seems more likely Chris Colabello will get most playing time at the corner infield spot. Colabello got a brief taste of the big leagues earlier this year and he continues to be a force in the minors. Last year he was one of the top five players in the Eastern League and this season he is in the discussion for the best player in the International League. His batting line of .354/.432/.652 with 24 home runs and 24 doubles looks like video game numbers.