Not a lot to talk about in the “Minor league update” today. There are a couple of things that caught my attention, however.
1.) It appears that one-time big league pitchers R.A. Dickey and Philip Humber have filed for minor league free agency. This really shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, since both are now veteran minor leaguers who occasionally get some time at the big league level. With both of them being removed from the 40-man roster to make room for the influx of new talent the Twins brought in around the trade deadline (I can’t believe I can actually say that and really mean it this year!), it was just a matter of time before they went back on the market. I wouldn’t expect either player to return next year; Dickey probably wasn’t very happy with being dropped from the 40-man roster, and I can’t think of any reason why the Twins would WANT to bring back Humber.
2.) The Arizona Fall League gets underway on Tuesday. Twins pitchers assigned to the Mesa Solar Sox include New Britain starter Mike McCardell, Ft. Myers swingman Steve Hirschfeld, and New Britain relievers Alex Burnett and Spencer Steedley. They’ll be joined by Ft. Myers 1B Chris Parmelee, New Britain SS Steve Singleton, and New Britain OF Rene Tosoni. Of the seven guys participating for the Twins, I’m most curious to see how Chris Parmelee does. The 2009 season represented a step forward for the 2006 1st Round pick, as his power (16 homers — tied for 3rd in the notoriously pitcher-friendly Florida State League) and batting average (.258 — not great, but better than the .239 he put up two seasons in a row for Beloit) both moved in the right direction. His OPS dropped pretty seriously from 2008 to 2009 (881 to 800) — but remember, he was in the Florida State League. Hopefully the extra baseball in October and November, against pretty solid competition, helps him develop still further. I’d love to see him start to rake in the Eastern League next year.