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  • The Development of Chris Parmelee

    Despite being the Twins 1st round pick in the 2006 draft out of his school, it took until September of 2011 for his to become a household name among many Twins fans. After five seasons in the minor leagues, Parmelee was promoted directly from Double-A New Britain when the Rock Cats season ended just short of a playoff berth. Parmelee had put together a very strong second half for the Rock Cats, but no one could have imagined how well he played in September. He played nearly every day, 21 games in all, and hit .355/.443/.592 with six doubles, four homers and 14 RBI. In 88 plate appearances, he walked twice and struckout 13 times.

    Parmelee gives us a glimpse into why minor league numbers and statistics are secondary to player development.
    All players drafted high, especially in the first round, are there because they have immense tools. How quickly can they turn those tools into skills? There is not one ‘right’ answer to that questions. Some players are able to come up to the big leagues within the first couple of years. Most players take five or six years to get to the big leagues.

    STAGE 1 – The Adam Dunn Stage

    Like most high school players drafted, Parmelee went to the Gulf Coast League. He performed well, hitting .279/.369/.532 (.901) with seven doubles, four triples, eight homers and 32 RBI in 45 games. He was rewarded by spending 11 games in Beloit where he hit .227 but posted a .370 On Base Percentage.

    He spent the 2007 season in Beloit where he hit just .239/.313/.414 (.727) with 23 doubles, five triples and 14 home runs. He returned to the Snappers for the 2008 season. Unfortunately, he only played about half of the games as the previous year due to injury, but he was better. He hit .239/.385/.496 (.881) with 10 doubles, three triples, 14 home runs and 49 RBI. In those two seasons in Beloit, he walked 98 times and struckout 210 times in 790 plate appearances.

    In 2009, he went to Ft. Myers and hit .258/.359/.441 (.881) with 27 doubles, 16 homers and 73 RBI. In 501 plate appearances, he walked 65 times and struck out 109 times.

    In this stage, there was hope that the bulky Parmelee could turn into an Adam Dunn-type player. He did not hit for average, but he took a great number of walks and showed some good power for that early stage of his career. Of course, Adam Dunn would be a great thing. Most minor leaguers who strikeout that much in those lower levels don’t work their way up to the big leagues unless they’re able to cut those numbers.

    STAGE 2 – The Transition

    After playing in the Arizona Fall League after the season, Parmelee figured out that he would need to lose some weight, and by the time he came to Twins Fest, he looked like a different person.

    Chris Parmelee began the 2010 season with the New Britain Rock Cats, but he really struggled. Pitchers were taking advantage of him. He wasn’t walking and was striking out a lot. Because of that, the power wasn’t there either.

    Less than six weeks into the season, he was sent back to Ft. Myers, and that is where something clicked. In just 22 games, he hit .338/.430/.463 (.893) with five extra base hits. He also walked 13 times and struckout 11 times. He returned to New Britain as a different hitter. Overall, he hit .275/.341/.389 (.731) with 25 doubles, two triples and six home runs. In 463 plate appearances, he walked just 43 times and struck out just 70 times.

    In 2011, he hit .287/.366/.436 (.801) with 30 doubles, five triples, 13 home runs and 83 RBI for New Britain. He walked 68 times and struckout 94 times in 610 plate appearances.

    The strategy appears to be focusing on one thing and then hoping the other things come back. In other words, Parmelee had shown an ability to take walks and hit for some home run power. However, he also struck out a ton. To make him a better all-around hitter, they encouraged him to be a little more aggressive, use the whole field and make better contact.

    STAGE 3 – It All Comes Together

    The best case scenario is putting the stages back together. Now that he can hit for average and keep the strikeouts down, could he get back to getting on with a lot of walks and bring back the power?

    As we know, Parmelee put together a great showing in September. He was terrific in spring training and earned an Opening Day roster spot. Although he has struggled in limited playing time with the Twins over a couple of stints, he has continued to show power. In 49 games in Rochester, he has hit .354/.470/.691 (1.161) with 15 doubles and 15 home runs. As important, he has 38 walks to go with just 34 strikeouts in 217 plate appearances.

    Parmelee awaits another opportunity to play with the Twins. It will likely happen in the very near future. You can look through his minor league track record and make a lot about of those early years, but he is no longer that same player. Parmelee, in a way, took a step backwards to take eight steps forward. He may be one of those examples where he might outperform his minor league numbers. We don’t know, but we shall find out. Soon.
    This article was originally published in blog: The Development of Chris Parmelee started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 40 Comments
    1. twinsnorth49's Avatar
      twinsnorth49 -
      [QUOTE=thrylos98;46413]
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      The other way they can get Parmelee playing time this season (but August is already over) is to send Butera down, have Doumit exclusively at back up catcher, have a rotation of Parmelee/Morneau/Mauer at 1B and Parmelee/Morneau/Doumit at DH. Span sounds like might be available tomorrow so they will have 4 OFs... So really insisting on having Butera warming the bench cuts down on Parmelee's playing time..

      Yeah, it's time for Butera to go, the need for him to be up here is beyond ridiculous already. This scenario is likely the best one with an occasional start in RF thrown in as well.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      I think we can all agree that injuries happen. It does seem to me that some don't consider it. Depth is important.

      A. The Current Twins do not have a decent option off the bench for Pinch Hitting duties.
      B. The Current Twins have at least two starters at SS and 2B that are prime candidates to be pinch hit for at the end of games in key moments.
      C. The Current Twins also have two other starters who are decent hittes but not legitimate Home Run Threats for those key situations where a late inning home run is the last hope.
      D. Look at point B and C and then Re-Read point A

      I believe that Parmelee should be called up Right NOW. This Time he shouldn't waste time on the bench like he did in his last call up. He should be placed into a rotation of Doumit, Mauer, Morneau and Willingham. 5 Players and 4 positions... Whoever sits can become that pinch hitting option.

      With the current state of the Twins... It makes no sense to me to suggest that Morneau is blocking Parmelee... Nothing is blocking Parmelee... The only thing that is blocking Parmelee is Gardenhire's insistence on playing players nearly every day. Nobody has to be traded to make room for Parmelee. Players should only be traded because we need Pitching or Middle Infield.

      This isn't a knock on Gardy... Well it kinda is... But I think he's a fine manager. Just a little creativity here is all that's required.

      Calling Parmelee up and rotating him in right now does many things.

      A. Provides a decent pinch hit bat late in games.
      B. Gets him more MLB Exposure
      C. Provides a MLB experienced injury replacement for the injuries that will occur.
      D. Gives injury prone players and aging players a day of rest from time to time.
      E. Improves the Team!!!

      No Brainer!!!
    1. phillips's Avatar
      phillips -
      I agree. The minor leagues are for learning to be a better player. Which he has advanced at every level. I think if he get traded, he will be just like the other players the head office let go to another team and excell such as "Big Poppy, AJ and Ramos. Unless he plays up there, we wil never really know. The season is a wash now anyway. Rest the veterans and let the rest play. We need OFFENSE!!!
    1. TheLeviathan's Avatar
      TheLeviathan -
      Quote Originally Posted by SpiritofVodkaDave View Post
      I know Parmelee isn't a great OF, but if need be you can probably live with him in RF/DH for half a season or so. (perhaps Parmelee and Doumit switch off between RF/DH)?.
      I forgot how often we've endured "Ryan Doumit: Outfielder" of late. If we can put up with that, we can deal with Parmalee out there. Quite frankly, Doumit should move to the role he was signed for (bench) to make room for Parmalee.
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      Quote Originally Posted by TheLeviathan View Post
      Quote Originally Posted by SpiritofVodkaDave View Post
      I know Parmelee isn't a great OF, but if need be you can probably live with him in RF/DH for half a season or so. (perhaps Parmelee and Doumit switch off between RF/DH)?.
      I forgot how often we've endured "Ryan Doumit: Outfielder" of late. If we can put up with that, we can deal with Parmalee out there. Quite frankly, Doumit should move to the role he was signed for (bench) to make room for Parmalee.
      Doumit has a .834 OPS this year and a .830 OPS last year. A guy like that shouldn't be riding the bench.

      More than likely, one of Willingham, Morneau, Span, Mauer or Doumit will get injured at some point anyways. I think people are getting a little "happy feet" when it comes to Parmelee, things will work out sooner or later. No need to trade him, or someone else just for the sake of opening up a roster spot.
    1. mk's Avatar
      mk -
      I agree. No NEED to trade Parmelee. But, it seems the Twins need MLB pitching prospects more than they need another 1B/OF/DH. Like we saw in the Matt Garza/Delmon Young trade, you need to trade something of value (Garza) to get value (Young... at the time was 21 years old and coming off a year in which he was 2nd in ROY voting). I just hope it works out better long term for the Twins this time.
    1. greengoblinrulz's Avatar
      greengoblinrulz -
      Matt Carson.....that puts a lot of faith into the fans that the front office knows what its doin
    1. TheLeviathan's Avatar
      TheLeviathan -
      Quote Originally Posted by SpiritofVodkaDave View Post
      Doumit has a .834 OPS this year and a .830 OPS last year. A guy like that shouldn't be riding the bench.
      He's also on a career-best pace for ABs in a season due to better health, which is unlikely to be sustainable. I like Doumit, but he's not the kind of guy that should stand in the way of getting a good look at Parmalee.
    1. SweetOne69's Avatar
      SweetOne69 -
      Quote Originally Posted by phillips View Post
      News has it that Carson was promoted last night.
      I doubt this is the case. I'm not saying that he wasn't promoted, I'm saying that he definitely wasn't promoted last night.

      The Twins would have to make an additional move in order to promote Carson as he isn't on the 40-man roster and it is currently full.
    1. phillips's Avatar
      phillips -
      Matt Carson.....that puts a lot of faith into the fans that the front office knows what its doin
      Ya right.......in the last 5 years it really shows the front office know what they are doing. Does a player from JAPAN ring a bell!
    1. Thrylos's Avatar
      Thrylos -
      Quote Originally Posted by SweetOne69 View Post
      Quote Originally Posted by phillips View Post
      News has it that Carson was promoted last night.
      I doubt this is the case. I'm not saying that he wasn't promoted, I'm saying that he definitely wasn't promoted last night.

      The Twins would have to make an additional move in order to promote Carson as he isn't on the 40-man roster and it is currently full.
      As of now (12:58 PM EDT on Thursday) The official Twins' 25 man roster stands at 23.

      The transactions of optioning Manship and Perdomo were recorded today, but Swarzak has yet to be activated and mystery position player to be identified. The Twins have an off day today and a late game at Seattle. Twins' players are still in the Twin Cities. I suspect that mystery player will meet them there and fly with the team but I do not know when they are leaving for Seattle.

      The Red Wings beat writer in Rochester, NY, thinks that Parmelee is the most likely to go to the Twins, but incorrectly, he speaks about Swarzak's activation like it happened (which will happen but has not yet). So not sure whether he has inside information at this point.
    1. PseudoSABR's Avatar
      PseudoSABR -
      The only reason Parmelee hasn't played more is that we've had a lucky amount of health at OF and 1B. That can't be counted on next year. And does it really matter if we have Doumit or Parmelee in RF as long as both are getting plenty at bats.
    1. TheLeviathan's Avatar
      TheLeviathan -
      Quote Originally Posted by PseudoSABR View Post
      The only reason Parmelee hasn't played more is that we've had a lucky amount of health at OF and 1B. That can't be counted on next year. And does it really matter if we have Doumit or Parmelee in RF as long as both are getting plenty at bats.
      Well....the last time Parmalee was up he got a nice spot on the bench virtually every game he was here. If we call him up again - he needs to play. If that means Doumit sits quite a bit, so be it.
    1. DAM DC Twins Fans's Avatar
      DAM DC Twins Fans -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jack Torse View Post
      Who cares how bad he is in right field, lets see how he hits in 6 weeks and play him at 1st next year. It's not exactly like he's never played out there or will be exposed like a bad shortstop. If you can't give him OF playing time in a year like this it will never happen. They're going to move Morneau so they better see what they got out of this cat because he will be at 1st next season. If he hits in these next 6 weeks he's probably Mccarty proof because it's not like the league has never seen him before.
      I agree. Parmalee needs to play almost every day the rest of the year (somewhere). If you play him in RF and he plays like Delmon and costs the Twins a game or two--who cares. The Twins are going to lose 90+ games anyway...

      We need to know if Parmalee can hit MLB pitching. Until we know that--we dont know if we can trade Justin this winter.

      The Twins need to be building for 2014--give Floriman, Benson, Dozier, Parmalee looks (maybe Hicks too). See who will be starting in 2014. And which vets you can trade for pitching and middle IF help.
    1. twinsnorth49's Avatar
      twinsnorth49 -
      Quote Originally Posted by DAM DC Twins Fans View Post
      Quote Originally Posted by Jack Torse View Post
      Who cares how bad he is in right field, lets see how he hits in 6 weeks and play him at 1st next year. It's not exactly like he's never played out there or will be exposed like a bad shortstop. If you can't give him OF playing time in a year like this it will never happen. They're going to move Morneau so they better see what they got out of this cat because he will be at 1st next season. If he hits in these next 6 weeks he's probably Mccarty proof because it's not like the league has never seen him before.
      I agree. Parmalee needs to play almost every day the rest of the year (somewhere). If you play him in RF and he plays like Delmon and costs the Twins a game or two--who cares. The Twins are going to lose 90+ games anyway...

      We need to know if Parmalee can hit MLB pitching. Until we know that--we dont know if we can trade Justin this winter.

      The Twins need to be building for 2014--give Floriman, Benson, Dozier, Parmalee looks (maybe Hicks too). See who will be starting in 2014. And which vets you can trade for pitching and middle IF help.
      I agree he needs to play if he comes back up, and he should come back up. I don't know if I'd be ready to anoint him Morneau's successor based on some success in September, he had a huge September last year and it didn't translate this spring. I'll concede he wasn't utilized that well at the time but he still struggled against real pitching.
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      Quote Originally Posted by PseudoSABR View Post
      The only reason Parmelee hasn't played more is that we've had a lucky amount of health at OF and 1B. That can't be counted on next year. And does it really matter if we have Doumit or Parmelee in RF as long as both are getting plenty at bats.
      Yup, heading into the season they were counting on him being the every day RF IIRC, but Revere out played him.
    1. PopRiveter's Avatar
      PopRiveter -
      Briefly, it is spelled Parm E lee, not Parm A lee. It's a little thing, but it's driving me nuts as I read comments. I know that's as more my problem than anyone else's.
      2nd, I agree with almost all of Riverbrian's comment, except that I've seen the quotes from Gardenhire saying he'd be happy to work out a rotation that gets Parmelee regular at-bats now.
      I don't think the Carson call-up has anything to do with the manager's preference, just the FO wanting to reward Carson (who's been solid all year and hasn't gotten the 2 chances Parmelee has) and the reality that this is a very temporary situation. Parmelee will be up and playing in no time.
      Thrylos, thanks for pointing out the Butera angle. That definitely would reassign some dead at-bats to a good cause.
    1. 70charger's Avatar
      70charger -
      Quote Originally Posted by PopRiveter View Post
      Briefly, it is spelled Parm E lee, not Parm A lee. It's a little thing, but it's driving me nuts as I read comments. I know that's as more my problem than anyone else's.
      This drives me nuts like a steering wheel in my pants. Same thing when people try to put a "c" into Hendriks.

      Basically, you lose all credibility talking about players if you can't even spell their names.
    1. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
      Quote Originally Posted by 70charger View Post
      Basically, you lose all credibility talking about players if you can't even spell their names.
      Doug Mientskaeizkwisandwich called, he said there aren't any Twins fans with credibility.
    1. Thrylos's Avatar
      Thrylos -
      Quote Originally Posted by snepp View Post
      Quote Originally Posted by 70charger View Post
      Basically, you lose all credibility talking about players if you can't even spell their names.
      Doug Mientskaeizkwisandwich called, he said there aren't any Twins fans with credibility.

      I was told that it was a conference call with AJ Pierzynksxcuiki and Darrin Masreiuaonni was outside the door listening too
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