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The Minnesota Twins Must Test the Water at Triple-A Rochester

Chris Parmelee, Liam Hendriks and Vance Worley Have All Blown Up at Rochester, but Struggle when Coming to the Major League Level

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COMMENTARY | The Minnesota Twins have some explaining to do.

After a win over the Milwaukee Brewers on May 27, the Twins improved their record to 20-28. The record is just as pretty as some of the overall numbers on the team such as Aaron Hicks' batting average, Justin Morneau's home run total and Vance Worley's ERA.

Underneath this cellar-dwelling team of major leaguers lies a conundrum that nobody on the Twins can figure out.

At the major league level, the players on the Twins make mistakes, cost the team games and make manager Ron Gardenhire look more like Santa Claus as the days go by. Once they get demoted to "find themselves," they become future hall of famers.

Worley is the latest example as he took his major league earned run average of 7.21 and turned it into a five-hit, complete game shutout once he donned a Triple-A uniform.

This isn't uncommon as some of the Twins players have had success in Rochester and failure in Minneapolis.

Liam Hendriks has a career record of 1-11 and ERA north of five in parts of three seasons with the Twins, but looks like Greg Maddux once he's sent to Triple-A. In the other half of those three seasons, he's gone 14-10 with a 3.34 ERA and looks like the ace the Twins have needed for years.

Chris Parmelee makes the transition from struggling major leaguer to Albert Pujols on the flight East and sees his slugging percentage nearly double once he lands at Frontier Field.

Even Trevor Plouffe is a cult hero in Rochester as his drunken defense and poor situational hitting gets him benched in Minneapolis, but his 1.019 OPS from a 51-game stint in 2011 might have residents debating whether or not to build a statue of him in front of city hall.

The Twins have noticed this as they've tried to call up some of the coaches that have made the Red Wings successful. Alas, Bobby Cuellar has done nothing to improve the team's woeful pitching staff from a season ago and Tom Brunansky has yet to figure out why Joe Mauer is on pace for five home runs after bashing 28 in 2009.

All of this says a lot about the situation with Kyle Gibson as the Twins may fear that giving him the call-up and getting him away from the water that inspired the three-eyed fish from The Simpsons may cause his ERA to triple the moment he's inserted into the Twins rotation.

Until then, the Twins may want to consider bottling some of that stuff up and putting it in their dugout. Otherwise, Hicks could be having a Trout-like season while leading Rochester to the International League title instead of leading the major league team to some much needed improvement.

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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