February 5, 2009

Top 50 Twins Prospects 2009: #13 Chris Parmelee

2009 Top 50 Twins Prospects | #13 | Chris Parmelee

Position | Outfield/First Base

Bats/Throws | Left/Left

| February 24, 1988 (Long Beach, California)

| Chino Hills High School

| 6'1''

| 223 lbs.

2008 Ranking
| 15

Chris Parmelee was drafted in the first round of the 2006 draft. Many have been disappointed with his performance but it really boils down to him just having a low batting average and a high number of strikeouts. Despite these numbers being poor, he has still managed to post .344 OBP and a .799 OPS in his first 849 AB's of professional baseball. He draws a lot of walks and is a big-time run producer. He is currently in the mold of Adam Dunn who also is an "all or nothing hitter." I believe that Parmelee will definitely help the Twins at some point and could be a legitimate middle-of-the-order hitter at the major league level. He repeated the Midwest League, but I think he's done enough to earn a promotion. It'd be great to see his average go up and his strikeouts go down, but I don't see either of these numbers really changing that much. I think he is what he is and that is a power-hitter with great run producing potential.

2008 Statistics
Level      G     PA     AVG     OBP     SLG     XBH     HR     BB
A+        69    289    .239    .389    .496      27     14     52

2009 Outlook

Parmelee should be in the heart of the Miracle lineup this season.


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