Splitsville: Chris Parmelee v1.1

"Splitsville" is a series of articles on the Minnesota Twins' prospects that we'll be doing throughout their minor league careers. In version two/chapter one (v1.1) of Chris Parmelee, we'll look how he's doing at home versus the road, if he struggles against lefties, and more.

Take Me Away: Parmelee has flourished on the road this season for the Gulf Coast League Twins, posting a .310 batting average in 18 games. In addition, he has smacked five of his eight home runs, and has driven in five more runs, though he has played in one less game. At home, Parmelee is batting only .259, though he seems to be a more patient hitter, posting 11 walks in 19 games.

Hitting on the road is something that is crucial for a young hitter, even if it is only the Gulf Coast League. Parmelee's best effort came on the road against the GCL Pirates on August 3, when he went 3-5 and smacked a home run. Parmelee is not your everyday prospect, and he has made incredible strides since being drafted in the first round in June. If his first two months in the organization are any indication, Parmelee may be the best power hitting prospect in the farm system.

Getting The Feet Wet: Parmelee appeared in only two games during the month of June, but that was more than enough time to get him ready for his first full month of professional baseball. The slugging outfielder/first baseman hit .306 during the month of July, really making a mark in his first full month with the Twins. Parmelee smacked six home runs in 26 games, drove in 21 runs, and had 13 extra-base hits. He did struggle with the strikeout though, whiffing 23 times in 85 at-bats.

It is very important for a young player, especially one with the hype surrounding him like Parmelee, to get off to a good start to your professional career. When we spoke with Chris' high school coach back in June, he told us that Chris would have no problem adjusting to the professional ranks, and boy was he right. Any slugger is going to struggle with the strikeouts from time to time, but what this kid as done so far is quite impressive.

Providing The Punch: Parmelee has been used exclusively in the middle of the lineup for the Gulf Coast League Twins this season, and the results have been there. He looks to be slated as a number three to five hitter in the lineup due to his ability to hit for extra-bases, and to hit for good gap power. He has actually looked most comfortable in the cleanup spot, where he is batting .317 as opposed to .250 from the three slot, and .278 from the number five spot.

Anytime you take a kid who is barely 18 and put him in the middle of a professional lineup, no matter what the level of baseball it is, you expect there to be some kind of drop off, or at least bat him lower in the order to start him off. With Parmelee though, the Twins have decided to put him in the middle of the lineup and let him rip, which could be the best thing for him. Since his home run in his first at-bat as a pro, Parmelee has played with the poise of someone in his 20s, and that should enable him to move swiftly through the farm system.

A Good Sign: Parmelee bats from the left-side, so you would expect him to struggle against lefties. In fact, players at every level struggle against those pitchers who throw from the same side as they bat. However, Parmelee has ripped lefties apart this season, batting at a .350 clip through 40 at-bats. He also has walked eight times, crushed three home runs, and has five extra-base hits.

On the flip side, Parmelee is batting only .259 against righties, which does not concern Twins' brass too much. He has struck out a whole lot more against righties as well, but that may be because he is loading up more against them, as opposed to trying to make good contact against lefties. Either way, I will take a young lefty hitter batting .350 against lefties any day, and I am sure the Twins would agree with me here.


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