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Updated: July 28th, 2012 6:49pm
Twins in no hurry to promote red-hot Chris Parmelee from Triple-A

Twins in no hurry to promote red-hot Chris Parmelee from Triple-A

by Phil Mackey
1500ESPN.com
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Chris Parmelee is probably the hottest hitter in the Minnesota Twins minor league system right now.

Parmelee followed up a two-homer performance on Thursday with another blast on Friday, raising his batting line at Triple-A Rochester to .327/.460/.591 with seven home runs, eight doubles and 23 RBIs in only 137 plate appearances.

The most impressive trend for Parmelee might be his 26 walks drawn to only 19 strikeouts -- a great sign of plate discipline and a far cry from his days at Single-A Beloit in 2007 when he struck out 137 times while drawing 46 walks.

Parmelee, 24, hit only .204/.283/.324 with two home runs in 120 plate appearances with the Twins earlier this year, but he appears to have done all he can in the minor leagues to earn regular playing time in the big leagues once again.

Problem is, the Twins currently have nowhere to put him.

Justin Morneau is the every-day starting first baseman. Ben Revere, Denard Span and Josh Willingham have strongholds on the three outfield spots. Ryan Doumit is the DH. When Doumit catches, Joe Mauer is the DH or first baseman.

"He'll be fine down there," general manager Terry Ryan said. "There's nothing wrong with him being at Triple-A. ...

"There's nothing wrong with him being at Triple-A. He got a little bit of an opportunity up here. He got some at-bats there and didn't do enough with it."

It's possible a slot could open up after Tuesday's trade deadline if the Twins trade Span or Morneau.

In fact, one could argue trading Morneau and his hefty contract might make sense, because it would create more money for the Twins to spend on pitching, and because Parmelee makes only $500,000.

The Twins also aren't opposed to playing Parmelee in right field, where he'd have to make up for a lack of range with his bat.

"He can go out there," Ryan said. "He's not going to go out there and make some of those catches that Mastroianni and Revere made. He's not going to get to any of those. But he'll make routine plays in right field. ...

"Back in A-ball and Double-A, his first time through, he never really put up numbers that you'd say, 'This is a guy." He's grown certainly, and matured. He's a good worker and a good person and a good teammate. ... He's got makeup. He's got a good swing. But up here it got a little fast for him."

Phil Mackey is a columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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