Chris Parmelee continues to be the Twins' hottest hitter.
For two or three years, he's proven that he doesn't belong in Triple-A. He's dominated that league. There's just no reason for him to be in Triple-A. The question is going to be whether he can figure it out mentally and mechanically up here at this level, which is a leap from Triple-A. In talking with hitting coach Tom Brunansky about mechanics issues that I thought I saw that were preventing him from being as good as he is, Bruno was talking about some of the things they've been working on. He's been diligent and working hard to kind of improve some things. It's made him able to get to the ball easier, which gives him more confidence, which makes him more aggressive. Right now, it looks like the things that they're working on together, Bruno and Parmelee, have gotten him to a point where he really has a chance against most pitchers. He has so much talent that mechanically if he gives himself a chance on most pitches, then he's going to be pretty good.
Chris Colabello is back after fixing his swing in the minors.
He's got some swing mechanics issues that they're working on here. When you get to this level, there's so much video and scouting. Your flaws get exposed and can be really worked on by pitchers. They know how to throw the ball where they need to throw it to expose vulnerabilities in a swing. When he's hot, he's so strong that if he can get to the pitches he's supposed to hit in a good mechanics way, then he's going to tear it up. The question is whether or not he can make the adjustment with his swing mechanics to avoid prolonged slumps. He went down to Triple-A and figured it out again and got hot, but again, this is a different deal.
Phil Hughes has struggled in his last few starts, but he's still had decent stuff in those outings.
There was only one start where I thought he didn't have his best stuff; he was throwing 92 mph instead of 94 pretty consistently. For him, I think two or three miles per hour makes a difference. On Friday night when he started out, I thought he had great stuff. He did too; he liked his stuff as well. Friday was kind of a question of command not being the same as it's been. He threw the pitch to Carlos Beltran and the Yankees were jumping on him early. He's not going to walk anybody, so they were looking fastball and really cheating on the fastball early and got a couple base hits. He fell behind Beltran 3-1 and tried to throw a sinker and it didn't sink; it stayed right in the middle of the plate. Those things are going to happen. ... I thought he had really good stuff; his location and command weren't as sharp as they've been.
As a former shortstop, I have a ton of respect for Derek Jeter and his career.
He's just the consummate professional. He's an example to players everywhere at every level, from Little League to the big leagues. I think big league players should emulate the way he's been. For 20 years, he's been a guy that's been about winning and playing the game the right way, about being ready to play every day, playing hurt. That leadership by example that this is the way you're supposed to go out and play the game. When you get that from one of your best players who's the shortstop and he's there every day, he's a Hall of Famer's Hall of Famer. I can't say enough about the way he has gone about representing the position and his team and baseball.
The All-Star Game will be a chance for the Twins to show off Target Field.
It's going to be fantastic because of this ballpark. The world's going to see how beautiful this ballpark is. There's so much more hoopla about the All-Star Game now than there was in 1985 when it was at the Metrodome. Hardly anybody even attended the Home Run Derby in 1985 and now it's one of the biggest deals in sports. It's just a lot of fun. Just the buzz around this town as a result of having the All-Star Game here later this month is going to be sensational.