• Twins Promote Matt Carson Over Chris Parmelee

    Paragon Sports Marketing Agency tweeted today that the Minnesota Twins are promoting Matt Carson from AAA-Rochester to complete the roster moves they started after yesterday’s afternoon game. Carson, who has primarily played right field in Rochester, was likely added to provide outfield depth due to the day-to-day status of outfielders Denard Span and Ben Revere. Span hurt his shoulder in a game on Sunday and had not played since. Revere hurt his ankle in yesterday’s game.

    Matt Carson Will Join The Twins On ThursdayThis is not Carson’s first time in the majors. The 31-year-old had exactly 100 at-bats with the A’s in 2009 and 2010, hitting .200. This year with Rochester, he was hitting .277 with a 785 OPS, including 14 HR, 102 strikeouts and 33 walks. In his career in AAA, he has hit .280 with a .500 slugging percentage. According to Seth Stohs, he is often lauded by for his attitude, work effort and class, as well as his play on the field.

    The Twins chose to promote Carson over first base/right field prospect Chris Parmelee, who is tearing up AAA with a .348 batting average and 15 home runs in just 181 at-bats. This likely indicates the Twins feel that Span and Revere are healthy enough to be playing regularly soon. It is likely better for Parmelee, who is just 24 ear old, to develop by playing every day in AAA than only occasionally with the Twins.

    However, Parmelee could still be an option soon. The Twins have been slow to place their players on the Disabled List this season and it’s certainly possible they could do so with Span retroactively. Also, after September 1st, rosters can expand to up to 40 players. It is likely Parmelee would be promoted at that time.

    Yesterday, the Twins demoted pitchers Luis Perdomo and Jeff Manship to Rochester and reactivated pitcher Anthony Swarzak from the disabled list. An additional move was anticipated to fill out the 25-man roster. The delay was likely to give the Twins an extra day to evaluate the status of Revere and Span and their ability to play regularly. Also, the Twins will need to make a subsequent 40 man roster move as Pedro Florimon grabbed the final spot when he was called up on Wednesday. Matt Capps could go to the 60 Day DL, or someone will need to be DFAd.
    Comments 41 Comments
    1. John Bonnes's Avatar
      John Bonnes -
      If we really want to debate this thing, I think you can make a pretty strong argument that Parmelee should be playing right field while Span is out and Mastroanni should be either back on the bench or at second base. I'd argue the latter, but I'd be OK with the former, too. I think we have a decent idea of what Mastroianni can be as a hitter (though he's overperforming now) and we know how he is as a corner OF defender. Why not get answers on Parmelee (both offensively and defensively) and maybe Maestro at second?
    1. TheLeviathan's Avatar
      TheLeviathan -
      Quote Originally Posted by John Bonnes View Post
      FWIW, within the last couple weeks I heard Gardy talk about Parmelee in the outfield and he didn't pull the usual managerspeak one uses when one doesn't want to crap on his own player. He stated straight out that he thinks he can play there and wants to give him that chance.
      Well, if he's ok with Doumit - Parmalee can't be any worse. I'd like to see the kid up - I don't see what justification Ryan would have not to call him up.
    1. Roncoomerfan's Avatar
      Roncoomerfan -
      After tonight's win, Rochester now 3.5 games out of Wild Card. Any chance Carson over Parmelee might have to do with Parmelee being more valuable to Rochester's playoff chase vs. sitting on the bench up in Minnesota? (Not saying I necessarily agree with this, just asking the question).
    1. Badsmerf's Avatar
      Badsmerf -
      I'm siding with John on this one. If they thought Revere and Span would be out for a significant portion of time they would have called up Parmelee. I bet they think it will be a couple of days and wanted to give Carson some AB's and leave Parmelee where he is until they can call him up and leave him with the Twins. I don't really agree with their handling of him and Hendriks this season, but I can see why they are doing what they are (doesn't make it right).
    1. Top Gun's Avatar
      Top Gun -
      The good old boys says it all.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by Badsmerf View Post
      I don't really agree with their handling of him and Hendriks this season, but I can see why they are doing what they are (doesn't make it right).
      I think the two are very different. Parmelee has crushed the ball every time he's had regular time in the lineup since September of last year. He needs to be in the Minnesota lineup.

      On the other side of the coin, Hendriks failed miserably during his time in Minnesota. I think he was sent down for a very specific reason to prepare him for a ML rotation in 2013. I don't think the organization is down on him, I think the org is high on him but needs to see some changes before he heads back to the Twin Cities.

      Basically, right now I can argue why the Twins don't have Hendriks starting every fifth day. I can't make the same argument why Parmelee isn't starting 4-5 times a week.
    1. YourHouseIsMyHouse's Avatar
      YourHouseIsMyHouse -
      Quote Originally Posted by thrylos98 View Post
      I am 95% sure that the abundance of the MiLB FAs signed had to do that this was a walk year for Rochester and that the Rochester AAA team really really stunk the place the last couple years. Same thing (but they did not stink the place much before) with New Britain.
      This really is the reason and you hit it hard. Rochester is a venue that most Major League teams covet and the Twins had to get a competitive team (or at least try) to keep their AAA team there. We're honestly really lucky to have Rochester and the retreads were the best we could do. The Red Wings have been the worst team in the two years prior to this.

      Quote Originally Posted by Roncoomerfan View Post
      After tonight's win, Rochester now 3.5 games out of Wild Card. Any chance Carson over Parmelee might have to do with Parmelee being more valuable to Rochester's playoff chase vs. sitting on the bench up in Minnesota? (Not saying I necessarily agree with this, just asking the question).
      Rochester's season is more important than the Twins season right now so in way I hesitantly say a little . It's not far-fetched and it may play a role, but I doubt and would hope that's not the entire basis of the transaction.
    1. Top Gun's Avatar
      Top Gun -
      What the hell do the Twins want with Carson is beyond me.
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      Quote Originally Posted by Top Gun View Post
      What the hell do the Twins want with Carson is beyond me.
      Meh, he could be a decent RH option. Plus its one of those stories you like to see, dude has spent 9 years in the minors, nice to see him drawing a major league paycheck for even a couple weeks.
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      PH option.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      I like the move... Rochester is like 3-4 games out of a playoff spot. Let Parmelee, Dozier and Hendriks (and Vasquez) help them toward that, and if that comes up short, they'll all play a lot in September. Carson is a good right-handed bench bat, who should get a few starts in RF. It's also a good story.
    1. COtwin's Avatar
      COtwin -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      I like the move... Rochester is like 3-4 games out of a playoff spot. Let Parmelee, Dozier and Hendriks (and Vasquez) help them toward that, and if that comes up short, they'll all play a lot in September. Carson is a good right-handed bench bat, who should get a few starts in RF. It's also a good story.

      I can agree with you and even think it was the right choice. BUT. Things need to get different quickly in the next few weeks. No more playing Carroll or bringing up guys that don't factor in. I want the end of this season to be about finding answers and clearing wasted roster spaces. We need to know who our bench bats are going to be going forward as well as a few of the obvious starting openings. Can Parm play OF? Is some sort of rotation at C/DH/1/Lf(should be Rf possible to get Doumit, Parm, Morneau, Mauer, and Willy roughly the same AB next year? Is Casilla done? Is Carroll worth the price or do we have a cheaper, younger alternative? I want to see guys with higher ceilings. This is the time where losing some games actually helps us. We shouldn't be experimenting in April next year.
    1. Mr. Ed's Avatar
      Mr. Ed -
      Tosoni outrighted to AA to make room for Carson
    1. DAM DC Twins Fans's Avatar
      DAM DC Twins Fans -
      I definitely agree wth those who say the remainder of this year should be about the 2013 and 2014 seasons...bring up kids who will be on roster next year like Parmalee and Dozier and Benson and play them.
    1. Top Gun's Avatar
      Top Gun -
      Twins purchased the contract of OF Matt Carson from Triple-A Rochester.

      Carson has batted .277 with a .785 OPS in 448 plate appearances at Rochester this season. The 31-year-old hasn't appeared in the major leagues since the 2010 season and doesn't figure to get a ton of playing time.
    1. Top Gun's Avatar
      Top Gun -
      Twins sent OF Rene Tosoni outright to Triple-A Rochester.

      The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Matt Carson. Tosoni has spent all year at Rochester, batting just .218/.299/.314 with three homers over 75 games.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by Top Gun View Post
      Twins purchased the contract of OF Matt Carson from Triple-A Rochester.

      Carson has batted .277 with a .785 OPS in 448 plate appearances at Rochester this season. The 31-year-old hasn't appeared in the major leagues since the 2010 season and doesn't figure to get a ton of playing time.
      Except both he and Florimon are starting tonight...?
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      Quote Originally Posted by COtwin View Post
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      I like the move... Rochester is like 3-4 games out of a playoff spot. Let Parmelee, Dozier and Hendriks (and Vasquez) help them toward that, and if that comes up short, they'll all play a lot in September. Carson is a good right-handed bench bat, who should get a few starts in RF. It's also a good story.

      I can agree with you and even think it was the right choice. BUT. Things need to get different quickly in the next few weeks. No more playing Carroll or bringing up guys that don't factor in. I want the end of this season to be about finding answers and clearing wasted roster spaces. We need to know who our bench bats are going to be going forward as well as a few of the obvious starting openings. Can Parm play OF? Is some sort of rotation at C/DH/1/Lf(should be Rf possible to get Doumit, Parm, Morneau, Mauer, and Willy roughly the same AB next year? Is Casilla done? Is Carroll worth the price or do we have a cheaper, younger alternative? I want to see guys with higher ceilings. This is the time where losing some games actually helps us. We shouldn't be experimenting in April next year.
      Why should Carroll suddenly be benched? He is signed through next year and frankly has been the most constitent MI we have had. Casilla is all but gone at this point, and if the Twins want to know if Parm can play OF then they can give him those same innings in the field in AAA as they would in the majors. It's not like you need to have him playing for the Twins to determine how good/bad defensively he is.

      I also disagree with your "get Doumit, Parm, Morneau, Mauer and Willingham" the same AB next year plan. Willingham has a .950 OPS, under no cicrumstances should he be in some bizzarro platoon, ditto with Mauer and a healthy/effective Morneau.
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      Quote Originally Posted by Brock Beauchamp View Post
      I can't make the same argument why Parmelee isn't starting 4-5 times a week.
      I can.

      Willingham:150 OPS+
      Morneau:122 OPS+ (.947 OPS over last 35 games)
      Mauer: 139 OPS+
      Doumit: 125 OPS+

      There is zero reason to be cutting these guys at bats!
    1. Bark's Lounge's Avatar
      Bark's Lounge -
      If Chris Parmelee wrote a book, one of the chapters would be called "2012 - the summer I got F'd in the A".
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