Five Minnesota Twins’ Stories to Watch in the Second Half of Season
5 Minnesota Twins Stories to Watch in the Second Half of Season
With the second half of the season set to get under way on Friday with the Minnesota Twins taking on the Cleveland Indians, there are plenty of storylines surrounding the Twins. After a start to the season that renewed hope in a lot of fans around Twins’ Territory, the Twins have regressed to the back of the pack and are again staring at a season that could approach 90 losses or more. While this is a disappointing development for the season, it does not mean that the second half of the season will be without its fair share of storylines to keep fans' attention.
Some of the major events that are coming up for baseball during the second half of the season are the trading deadline and September call-ups. For a team that is building for the future, like the Twins, these are crucial points in the team’s development and could be a great opportunity to add some future pieces to an emerging farm system. What the team will have to sacrifice in order to add those pieces remains to be seen, but any significant prospect that the Twins acquire will certainly come at a high price.
Although it may seem farfetched, it still isn’t out of the realm of possibility that the Twins could make a run in the second half of the season and get themselves back into contention. While the chances of that are slim at this point, they by no means are impossible. The Twins have always had the talent to be fairly competitive, but the hole that the team has dug itself over the past few weeks may ultimately be too much to overcome.
At any rate, as the second half of the season gets underway tonight, here are the five stories that fans should be watching.
5. Will “The Vanimal” Make it Back to the Majors?
Vance Worley was one of the prized acquisitions of this past off-season for the Twins and has not materialized into the type of pitcher that the Twins envisioned when they acquired him. Currently stuck in Triple-A and sporting a 3.88 ERA and a 6-3 record, Worley is trying to make a case to earn a second half promotion. I’d imagine you’ll for sure see Worley by September, when the call-ups are made due to the expanded roster size, but I also wouldn’t put it out of the realm of possibility that Worley could be dealt at the trading deadline. Stay tuned.
4. How Long Will Oswaldo Arcia and Chris Parmelee Remain at Triple-A?
The Twins sent a loud message when they demoted Arcia, Parmelee and Eduardo Escobar after the team took two out of three games in New York prior to the All-Star break, but the move was necessary for these young players to get the kind of work and playing time that they needed. Arcia and Parmelee in particular were stuck in slumps and needed to be sent down to correct these mistakes with the hopes of making it back to the team in a few weeks. I’d imagine we’ll see Arcia back very soon; but Parmelee’s stay might be until September.
3. Will Miguel Sano Make his MLB Debut in 2013?
There has been speculation that the Twins may promote Sano in September if he continues to perform well at Double-A over the next few months. If the Futures Game is any indication, Sano is already one of the best prospects in all of baseball and certainly may be the most powerful. It’d be great to see him get his feet wet towards the end of the season and it’d give fans something to look forward to as the season comes to an end; but unless he plays every day while he is in the majors, there is no sense in promoting him.
2. Will Justin Morneau be Traded?
As I have stated before, analysts seem to be counting down the days until the impending trade of Morneau. While it isn’t a guarantee that Morneau will be dealt, there has been rumors circulating that the Twins will explore the possibility of reaching an extension with Morneau, at an acceptable price, before deciding on whether or not to deal him. The feeling around the league is that the market for Morneau will soon heat up, leaving the struggling Twins with a decision on whether or not to trade one of the faces of the franchise. If I were a betting man, I’d say Morneau will be among five Twins’ traded along with Jamey Carroll, Mike Pelfrey, Ryan Doumit and Kevin Correia before the end of the season.
1. Will Ron Gardenhire be the Manager in 2014?
Gardenhire’s name is likely to be on the hot-seat over the next few months as the Twins approach the end of the season. His job is certainly in jeopardy after the team’s underwhelming performances over the past few seasons, but a strong showing in the second half of the season could certainly change that. There have been reports that Gardenhire’s job is safe heading into 2014; but if you have followed sports long enough, those reports essentially mean nothing.