In addition to Parmelee, the Twins added right-hander David Bromberg and outfielders Joe Benson and Rene Tosoni. Friday was the deadline for clubs to protect their prospects from being exposed to other clubs in the Dec. 9 Rule 5 Draft.Parmelee was the Twins' first-round pick in the 2006 Draft and Benson was their second-round pick that year, but the 22-year-olds have gone through some growing pains in their Minor League careers. Last year, the two started the season at Double-A New Britain but were demoted to Class A Fort Myers in May.
Bromberg began the season with Double-A New Britain before a midseason promotion to Triple-A Rochester. Between New Britain and Rochester, the 23-year-old compiled a 6-9 record to go with a 3.75 ERA.
Tosoni's season ended prematurely after he suffered a torn labrum in his right shoulder in June and underwent surgery. Prior to his injury, the 24-year-old was batting .270 with eight doubles, four homers and 24 RBIs for New Britain.
The moves gave the Twins a total of 38 players on their 40-man roster.
In addition, the Twins also announced they had signed seven players to Minor League free-agents deals, with invitations to Spring Training. Two of them, right-hander Kyle Waldrop and backstop Jair Fernandez, were previously in the organization and were re-signed after becoming six-year free agents. Five other players, left-hander Phil Dumatrait, right-hander Yorman Bazardo, and infielders Jeff Bailey, Justin Huber and Chase Lambin, were also signed and invited to camp.
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less