Parmley Making The Transition

VANCOUVER, CA - Toronto Blue Jays 2012 seventh round pick Ian Parmley is experiencing his first taste of professional baseball with the Short Season Vancouver Canadians. The versatile outfielder is demonstrating exceptional plate discipline as well as good speed and defense.

For the Washington native, the assignment to Vancouver was a welcome move, as he could be closer to family and friends after two years at Liberty University in Virginia.

"It's great, it's like coming home again," Parmley said. "I played the last two years on the East Coast so being able to come back to my home area is incredible."

Through his first 14 games his average is just .188 but he's drawn an astounding 18 walks and his on-base percentage is .409. The Canadians have trusted him in the leadoff spot due to his attentive batting eye and his patient approach at the plate.

"Being the leadoff hitter my job is just to get on base for the big hitters in the middle of our lineup to knock me in," Parmley said.

Canadians hitting coach Dave Pano is getting his first look at the 22-year old. The team emphasizes a high on-base percentage at the top of the order and Parmley certainly fits that description, even if he's not hitting for a high average.

"I'm not looking at his average because being a new guy [a few games] in, I'm not really that concerned with that," Pano said. "He's getting on base, he's had great at-bats, and he's seeing a lot of pitches. I'm very happy with what Parmley has been able to do so far, he can do a lot of things."

Arriving in Vancouver directly from Liberty, Parmley admits the biggest adjustment to the professional game is the switch from metal bats to wood bats.

"On defense it's the sound of how the ball comes off of the bat. With metal [bats] you'll just hear the ‘ping' and it could be a jammed shot or it could be a bomb," Parmley said. "With the wood bats it's a little easier to identify with the crack of the bat, you can get better jumps. Hitting-wise, there's a much smaller sweet spot so I gotta work on staying inside it."

Thankfully for Parmley it's not the first time he's been exposed to wood bats, making the change significantly easier.

"I played two years of junior college ball down by Seattle and that was a wood bat league so I had some experience there," he said. "Going back to metal [bats] and now coming back to wood [bats], it's a bit of a transition. I'm not quite there yet but I feel like I'm making good progress."

He also noted the vastly different strategy that professional pitchers use to attack hitters.

"In college it's a lot of offspeed [pitches]," Parmley continued. "So getting used to get on time for that fastball in whatever count is the main transition."

Pano concedes that he hasn't seen enough of Parmley to make any drastic adjustments to his mechanics at the plate and that they're simply working on fundamentals.

"The only thing right now, being a new player, is that we're going to let him go," Pano said. "All we're trying to work on is his preparation, his plant foot, and making sure he's on time but I'm not doing anything with him mechanically right now."

Speed is one of Parmley's greatest assets and he leads the team with five stolen bases entering Monday night's game. The Canadians and Pano encourage their players to assert themselves on the bases, especially since it fits into the team concept.

"If he gets on base the pitcher is going to take his concentration off the hitter and put it on them so that's going to help our batter in that situation," Pano said. "He's a base stealer – obviously it has to be the right time or the right situation but we want to be aggressive with him, that's part of his game."

Parmley's combination of discipline and hustle has served him well so far in professional baseball. Even though his batting average is admittedly not where he would like it to be, he's continuing to contribute.

"I'm not one of the biggest guys so I'm not going to go out there and hit doubles all day long, so I have to find a way to get into scoring position. Right now my swing isn't where I want it to be and I have to get on base any way I can," Parmley concluded.


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\r\n \r\n\r\nFor the Washington native, the assignment to Vancouver was a welcome move, as he could be closer to family and friends after two years at Liberty University in Virginia.
\r\n
\r\n\"It's great, it's like coming home again,\" Parmley said. \"I played the last two years on the East Coast so being able to come back to my home area is incredible.\"
\r\n
\r\nThrough his first 14 games his average is just .188 but he's drawn an astounding 18 walks and his on-base percentage is .409. The Canadians have trusted him in the leadoff spot due to his attentive batting eye and his patient approach at the plate.
\r\n
\r\n\"Being the leadoff hitter my job is just to get on base for the big hitters in the middle of our lineup to knock me in,\" Parmley said.
\r\n
\r\nCanadians hitting coach Dave Pano is getting his first look at the 22-year old. The team emphasizes a high on-base percentage at the top of the order and Parmley certainly fits that description, even if he's not hitting for a high average.
\r\n
\r\n\"I'm not looking at his average because being a new guy [a few games] in, I'm not really that concerned with that,\" Pano said. \"He's getting on base, he's had great at-bats, and he's seeing a lot of pitches. I'm very happy with what Parmley has been able to do so far, he can do a lot of things.\"
\r\n
\r\nArriving in Vancouver directly from Liberty, Parmley admits the biggest adjustment to the professional game is the switch from metal bats to wood bats.
\r\n
\r\n\"On defense it's the sound of how the ball comes off of the bat. With metal [bats] you'll just hear the ‘ping' and it could be a jammed shot or it could be a bomb,\" Parmley said. \"With the wood bats it's a little easier to identify with the crack of the bat, you can get better jumps. Hitting-wise, there's a much smaller sweet spot so I gotta work on staying inside it.\"
\r\n
\r\nThankfully for Parmley it's not the first time he's been exposed to wood bats, making the change significantly easier.
\r\n
\r\n\"I played two years of junior college ball down by Seattle and that was a wood bat league so I had some experience there,\" he said. \"Going back to metal [bats] and now coming back to wood [bats], it's a bit of a transition. I'm not quite there yet but I feel like I'm making good progress.\"
\r\n
\r\nHe also noted the vastly different strategy that professional pitchers use to attack hitters.
\r\n
\r\n\"In college it's a lot of offspeed [pitches],\" Parmley continued. \"So getting used to get on time for that fastball in whatever count is the main transition.\"
\r\n
\r\nPano concedes that he hasn't seen enough of Parmley to make any drastic adjustments to his mechanics at the plate and that they're simply working on fundamentals.
\r\n
\r\n\"The only thing right now, being a new player, is that we're going to let him go,\" Pano said. \"All we're trying to work on is his preparation, his plant foot, and making sure he's on time but I'm not doing anything with him mechanically right now.\"
\r\n
\r\nSpeed is one of Parmley's greatest assets and he leads the team with five stolen bases entering Monday night's game. The Canadians and Pano encourage their players to assert themselves on the bases, especially since it fits into the team concept.
\r\n
\r\n\"If he gets on base the pitcher is going to take his concentration off the hitter and put it on them so that's going to help our batter in that situation,\" Pano said. \"He's a base stealer – obviously it has to be the right time or the right situation but we want to be aggressive with him, that's part of his game.\"
\r\n
\r\nParmley's combination of discipline and hustle has served him well so far in professional baseball. Even though his batting average is admittedly not where he would like it to be, he's continuing to contribute.
\r\n
\r\n\"I'm not one of the biggest guys so I'm not going to go out there and hit doubles all day long, so I have to find a way to get into scoring position. Right now my swing isn't where I want it to be and I have to get on base any way I can,\" Parmley concluded.
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