Minnesota Twins Continue To Search For Right Fits
The Minnesota Twins continued to experiment with their roster by calling up seven players from the triple-A Rochester Red Wings.
Recalled were Cole De Vries, Scott Diamond, Eduardo Escobar, Chris Parmelee,and Michael Tonkin. Eric Fryer and Shairon Martis were called up for their first time with the Twins organization.
Diamond, De Vries, Tonkin, and Martis contribute to an expanded bullpen that now contains a whopping 17 pitchers. Diamond, who carried a poor 5-10 record before being sent down in early August, is apart of a six-man rotation and will hopefully notch some solid innings in the final three weeks of the season.
De Vries opened the season in the Twins rotation, but had trouble when he encountered forearm and elbow issues mid-season. Though he will not enter back into the six-man rotation, it will be beneficial to the future of the Twins’ bullpen for De Vries to be further tested by major league hitters.
Tonkin’s appearances in the majors this season went predominantly unnoticed as he only logged 3.1 innings in three games. Tonkin had success in the minors this season with 21 saves and 66 strike outs for the Rochester Red Wings, earning himself another chance in the big leagues.
Martis, though a new Twins call up, appeared in the majors for the Washington Nationals back in 2009. The opportunity Martis will have in the next few weeks is one he should take advantage of if he hopes to make a permanent move up in 2014. Along with Martis came Fryer, a catcher who logged 16 major league games with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2011 and 2012.
Fryer struggled at the plate for the Red Wings, posting a poor .215 average. It’s not clear what the Twins are trying to accomplish with this one, but maybe he will surprise us.
Both Parmelee and Escobar joined Diamond on the 2013 Opening Day roster, but then received mid-season demotions.
Parmalee may return to a right field spot the Twins have struggled to fill this season, though manager Ron Gardenhire mentioned he is intended to serve as a backup first basemen to Chris Colabello. Hopefully Parmalee will have more success at the plate this time around and will improve on his .220 average.
Escobar struggled at the plate on Wednesday in his first appearance since July 11, striking out three times. Going 0-for-3 gives Escobar an embarrassing .087 average in his last 10 major league games.
Whether this mass seven player call up will be conducive to the Twins future is unknown. The bullpen is one area that may actually benefit, seeing as the pitcher call-ups have showed promise thus far. I hope the intentions behind bringing up the rest of these players is just to reassure management that they are, in fact, not yet major league material.
Caroline Ponessa is a Minnesota Twins writer for RantSports.com. Follow her on Twitter @sweetCaro_____