CLEVELAND -- The Twins have been impressed with the way first baseman Chris Parmelee has been swinging the bat since being optioned to Triple-A Rochester on May 15.
Parmelee, 24, entered Friday hitting .452 with three homers, three doubles, nine walks and nine RBIs in nine games.
It's Parmelee's first stint at Triple-A, as he went straight from Double-A New Britain to the Majors last season as a September callup before making the club out of Spring Training this year. He excelled in 21 games last September, hitting .355 with 10 extra-base hits, but struggled in 27 games this year, hitting .179 with six extra-base hits.
"I like him playing right now," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "I like the way he's swinging. He hasn't played any Triple-A baseball, so this doesn't hurt him at all to get Triple-A at-bats right now and get confidence going just like the last time he came up here last year and played the heck out of it."
Parmelee remains an option to be recalled when the Twins play by National League rules in Interleague Play in Pittsburgh and Cincinnati later this month. But with Justin Morneau back at first base, it could be difficult for him to see much playing time unless he plays in the outfield or serves as a pinch-hitter.
"I wouldn't say he's blocked, but if you want Morneau in the lineup, he's got to play first in National League parks," assistant general manager Rob Antony said. "So if we went down and got him, he'd be a pinch-hitter off the bench. ... Once we head into those, we'll talk to Gardy and see what he wants his bench to look like once we head into Interleague Play."