COMMENTARY | With the Minnesota Twins heading into the All-Star break with a 39-53 record, there was a growing opinion that changes needed to be made to the team's roster.
That hammer fell on July 14 when the Twins unexpectedly optioned Oswaldo Arcia, Eduardo Escobar and Chris Parmelee after their 10-4 victory over the New York Yankees. For Arcia and Escobar, they're young enough where some time at Triple-A could help them develop.
For Parmelee, this demotion may be the last straw.
Think about the expectations that were placed on Parmelee heading into the season. A season ago, Parmelee didn't have a place to play everyday. As a result, he slumped through the year with a .229/.290/.380 line with five home runs and 20 runs batted in with the Twins.
When having a solidified position with the Red Wings, Parmelee exploded hitting .338/.457/.645 with 17 home runs and 49 RBI. This offensive outburst came in just 64 games at Triple-A, so the Twins thought there was some untapped potential.
With Justin Morneau blocking his path to his natural position of first base, the Twins had the idea of opening a spot in right field to give Parmelee that everyday spot in the lineup he needed. However, that theory hasn't panned out.
Heading into the All-Star break, Parmelee has a meager .223/.303/.372 line with just 20 extra-base hits (8 home runs) in 274 at-bats. The lack of power is the most concerning considering that it's the reason the team wanted to get him into the lineup, which is also the reason it sent him down.
In a best-case scenario, Parmelee would go down and put up the numbers he had in Rochester a season ago and come back to the Twins with a vengeance.
The problem with this is that the Twins tried this a season ago and it hasn't worked. So it's time to wonder whether Parmelee will ever figure things out.
It's hard to give up on a 25-year-old power hitter (just ask the Texas Rangers if they'd like Chris Davis back), but at this point the Twins need to figure out whether Parmelee is worth the trouble. If not, they need to find a backup plan for a first base position that could become vacant by the end of the month.
Chris Schad is a lifelong Twins follower that has spent a majority of his life cheering the Twins on through the dark '90s and success of five American League Central championships in the 2000s. His work has also been published on Bleacher Report. You can follow him on Twitter @crishad.
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