Tag:Minnesota Twins
Posted on: April 10, 2012 2:47 pm
Edited on: April 10, 2012 3:20 pm

Omar, not just a tent maker

It's really weird to see Omar Infante as the third-highest scoring Fantasy player behind Miguel Cabrera and Matt Kemp following his two-homer performance Monday against the Phillies. 

Infante has homered three times in five games, and has more combined home runs than teammates Hanely Ramirez, Giancarlo Stanton and Jose Reyes. 

Logic tells us, though, that Infante won't keep this pace up. Infante has had just one season with 10-plus homers -- 2004 -- and never hit more than four homers in a minor-league season, so the odds of him staying in the home run race are slim.

I do, however, view Infante as an underrated Fantasy option and I wouldn't hesitate to take a flier on him in any format. In fact, in one of my NL-only Fantasy leagues (10-team) this spring, I punted on the second-base position feeling I could grab Infante in the late rounds as my starter. And I did.

Why was I that confident? Because of what Infante did in the second half last season. Infante had a .314 average, .493 slugging percentage and .842 OPS in his final 57 games last year. 

I'm not going to group Infante among the elite Fantasy second basemen, but I think he can pass as a low-end starter in deep mixed leagues if he mirrors the numbers he posted in the second half last season.

Minor Rumblings

-Cubs minor leaguer Anthony Rizzo clubbed two homers fro Triple-A Iowa on Monday. He already has three homers and nine RBI in five games. There's no arguement those numbers are great, but we have seen them before from Rizzo. He's too good for the Pacific Coast League. Now, he just needs to show he's not a Quad-A player -- too good for the minors, not good enough for the majors. One of Rizzo's big weaknesses is hitting left-handed pitchers. He's gone 2 for 5 with one homer and four RBI against lefties thus far, but it appears the Cubs won't be quick to recall Rizzo. General manager Jed Hoyer will probably be a bit more conservative this time with Rizzo after calling him up too early in San Diego. I'm still not buying Rizzo will be in the minors for most of the year. I'm stashing him in an NL-only Fantasy league and I think it's going to be different the next time Rizzo gets promoted. He will be in a more favorable park for left-handed hitters and that should help him gain confidence in the majors.

-I'm disappointed I'm not in any long-term Fantasy keeper leagues. If that were the case, though, I would have drafted Miguel Sano and stashed him for no matter how long. The 18-year-old Twins' farmhand is a star in the making. He's already got great power -- he has a .581 slugging percentage and .947 OPS in 131 minor-league games -- and he's still growing into his body. He's continued to climb the prospect rankings, checking in this year as Baseball America's 18th ranked prospect. The only negative is that Minnesota has shown it will be patient with the rising Dominican star, so we might not see Sano make a Fantasy impact for years to come. He's at low Class A right now.
Posted on: March 26, 2012 3:03 pm

Do you want Parmelee on that?

I tweeted (@CBSHurc) Sunday my thoughts about Twins first baseman/outfielder Chris Parmelee, but now it's time to put my thoughts in blog form.

The big news Sunday from Twins camp is that Josh Willingham will play in left, and not right field in 2012. That has major implications because Ben Revere, who was thought to have the left-field job locked down, might not have the arm to play every day in right field, which would open opportunities for Trevor Plouffe and Parmelee, who is having a monster spring.

Parmelee entered play Monday with a .571 slugging percentage and .933 OPS in 15 games. He also has three homers and eight RBI. His play is probably part of the reason Minnesota is moving Willingham back to left field.

But Parmelee's bat actually might change the whole landscape of the Twins lineup. If Minnesota feels the 24-year-old is ready for an everyday role, then Minnesota could move first baseman Justin Morneau to DH and play Ryan Doumit in right field on top of his backup catcher responsibilities. 

Parmelee needs to be on every Fantasy owners' radar right now. While you were focusing on football last fall, Parmelee thrived in his first taste of the majors. He hit .355 with four homers and 14 RBI in 21 games. The fact he continues to rake this spring is proving Parmelee might be the real deal. 

Although, while I like Parmelee as a sleeper in deeper formats, I still need to see a bigger sample size. Parmelee had just a .436 slugging percentage and .791 OPS in 651 minor-league games and never played above Double-A before getting a taste of the majors.

I still have high hopes for Parmelee because I think his minor-league numbers are a little deflated because he played in primarily pitcher-friendly leagues. A very encouraging note is that Parmelee hit .450 with a .725 slugging percentage and 1.257 OPS in 11 games at Target Field last season. If Parmelee keeps that up at a very pitcher-friendly park, then we might have a burgeoning Fantasy star on our hands.
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