Twins offense full of sleeper options 

March, 30, 2012
I've been watching closely over the past few weeks as a certain Minnesota Twins first baseman has become relevant in fantasy leagues. This guy with a sweet, lefty swing and enough power to matter has appeared to earn himself a regular job with the season starting next week, and fantasy owners should start thinking about him. Oh, and former AL MVP Justin Morneau has looked pretty good, too.

Surprise! While I can understand why you thought Morneau was the main topic, I'm talking about emerging prospect Chris Parmelee. Look, Morneau has hit three home runs in the past week, and not off Single-A pitchers, either. Two came off defending AL top rookie Jeremy Hellickson, the other off Vance Worley. Morneau is hitting, and we all know that's a great sign since concussion symptoms have held him back since the middle of the 2010 season. I'm rooting for him, and I'd definitely take a look at him with a late pick in standard mixed leagues.

However, this Parmelee fellow piques my interest as well, and the rumors coming from Twins camp that Morneau is healthy enough to hit regularly but will handle designated hitter duties indefinitely seems to open up first base or perhaps right field for the 23-year-old. Parmelee posted an ordinary .802 OPS at Double-A New Britain last year. I saw him play a few home games -- ESPN isn't far away -- and was intrigued by his plate discipline, but I wondered if he had enough power long term. Parmelee drew 68 walks and smacked 30 doubles but hit only 13 home runs. The Twins gave him September to prove himself, and while it's a small sample size, a 1.035 OPS in 21 big league games made a mark.