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#1 Parker Hageman

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 11:21 PM

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 11:33 PM

Great article. I am hoping that he gets sent down so he can work on his mechanics at Rochester. Parmelee seems like a great kid, but lost at the plate. Also, it would be nice if he could work on his defense, especially as to ground balls hit to his right.

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 06:19 AM

.355/.443/.592 in a small sample size led to some unrealistic expectations. .205/.266/.301 in an equally small sample has caused some angst that might be more justified. The track record prior to these samples indicated a player who would struggle to hit enough to play 1B. While his current stats are well below what he should be able to do, a trip to Rochester might help him regroup.

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 06:52 AM

The answer is simple, he misses Joe Benson. Other than a few days a couple years ago, they have been together since drafted 1-2 in 2006. Looking at their starts this year, splitting them up may be the cause!

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 07:52 AM

Playing in September is different than playing in April. There are a lot of September miracles out there that end up mirages. Remember Shane Spencer? (Not that I am saying that Parmelee is one of them. Plenty of time for him yet.) The rosters are expanding in September so you end up facing Ps who have no business being there, it is colder in April and the ball is heavier in April. Just give him time. He is young. He might need some AAA time but he will be ok.
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Posted 09 May 2012 - 08:23 AM

Playing in September is different than playing in April. There are a lot of September miracles out there that end up mirages. Remember Shane Spencer? (Not that I am saying that Parmelee is one of them. Plenty of time for him yet.) The rosters are expanding in September so you end up facing Ps who have no business being there, it is colder in April and the ball is heavier in April. Just give him time. He is young. He might need some AAA time but he will be ok.


Agree with all of that and would add the small sample and extremely high BABIP to the mix of things that might have added to the appearance of being farther along than he is. Through spring training as Morneau started piling up consecutive starts at DH, I kept hoping to see him at 1B every day and was disappointed each time it didn't happen. Partly because it seemed to be a warning sign for his health (which eventually was addressed when they explained the reasons), but also because I could see the writing on the wall that Plan B was having Parmelee skip AAA. I've said it a lot of other places here, but the domino effect of Morneau's move to DH (and subsequently DL) has caused a lot more damage than it would seem like it should at first glance. The looking-ahead-question for me is: If Parmelee is indeed sent down to AAA, who becomes the everyday first baseman? I don't think I like any of the answers to that question, either, any better than I like the one they're already using. Ugh.

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 08:24 AM

We shouldn't be surprised by his struggles. His minor league track record was never anything to be excited about. Unfortunately, he's just an ordinary middle of the road prospect who probably won't hit well enough to play first base in the Majors. I hope I'm wrong...

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 08:47 AM

I just hope he is not the second coming of David McCarty or Scott Stahoviak. We need a young guy, with power in the lineup. I am guessing the pressure of a new season and higher expectations is weighing on him a bit. Hopefully with some expanded playing time while Morneau is shelved will help.

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 09:13 AM

Willingham can play 1b.

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 10:29 AM

I really appreciate all the info in this article. Very informative. How about Mauer as your regular at 1st, and Doumit at C? Keep Butera as backup C. DH? Um, I'll get back to you. Maybe Parm could benefit from some time at AAA. Sounds like we should be optimistic he will improve. I'm worried about Valencia. I'd like to read an analysis of what's going wrong for him at the plate also.

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 10:59 AM

I am always baffled that Smalley or Parker notice these things, yet they go on and on.....I had pretty low expectations for Parmalee, but this is worse than I expected. I thought he'd be just below average (other than HR, which I expected well below average) compared to other 1B/DH.....It's way too early to give up on him....

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 12:43 PM

I am always baffled that Smalley or Parker notice these things....


I really liked having Smalley in the booth for a few days there. He's obviously spent a lot of time devoted to hitting a pitched baseball and the mindset and physical act of it. Was really good to get some of that insight, I thought.

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 12:46 PM

How about Mauer as your regular at 1st, and Doumit at C? Keep Butera as backup C.


Seems like they've taken a half or quarter step that way. But it feels like a "have to" move much more than anything you'd actually like to have happen. I know I certainly don't think it's a great full-time or long-term move, but might be what has to happen. Ugh again.

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 04:04 PM

I was one, even with Morneau's uncertainties, that WANTED Parmelee in AAA. The fact he hasn't played 1 game there, is going to catch up with him, i thought, he's tainted now, in all honesty. Unfortunately, Since April 1st Parmelee has looked just off mechanically, i agree with Parker he's not even the same hitter right now anyway, the fact the Twins leave him in the bigs, after doing all these moves in recent days, is a little baffling. Maybe they entrust Vavra's "magical powers" to bring him out of it. But i don't see it. Parmelee will bat .230-.245 this year with single digit Homers if he's in the bigs all year. Time to send him to AAA, as SOON as Morneau is back off DL. RIGHT?

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 04:31 PM

I was one, even with Morneau's uncertainties, that WANTED Parmelee in AAA. The fact he hasn't played 1 game there, is going to catch up with him, i thought, he's tainted now, in all honesty.

Unfortunately, Since April 1st Parmelee has looked just off mechanically, i agree with Parker he's not even the same hitter right now anyway, the fact the Twins leave him in the bigs, after doing all these moves in recent days, is a little baffling. Maybe they entrust Vavra's "magical powers" to bring him out of it.

But i don't see it.

Parmelee will bat .230-.245 this year with single digit Homers if he's in the bigs all year.

Time to send him to AAA, as SOON as Morneau is back off DL.

RIGHT?


I on the other hand, was one of the people who backed up the Twins in their decision to bring up Parmelee and I predicted that Parm would have some votes as AL ROY. I am of opinion that Morneau will not stay healthy unless he is a full time DH, and even then, that is a stretch. I am a Pro-Stereotype person when it comes to having power potential from your Corner Infielder's and that makes Mauer a Non Fit, especially with DV at 3B. I view Doumit as a 300-400PA type player, not an everyday starter - which lead me to believe that Parmelee was a good fit. The Twins screwed up by not playing him regularly to start the season. I could not make a guess if that is the reason he is struggling, but what the hell, everyone has essentially been struggling at the plate the last 2 weeks. Will they send Parm down? Probably sooner than later if he keeps hitting the way he is. I still think he can have a very good year knocking the ball around the yard. He won't hit 20 jacks, but who will except for Willingham? I do not want to hear the terms "more development", "more seasoning". "more blah, blah, blah"! Parmelee is 24 years old, old enough to figure it out. Old enough to be trusted to break out of a slump at the MLB Level. Enough of the paranoid coddling of young to semi young players. Also, Benson's demotion to AA is a mistake.

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 04:36 PM

I really liked having Smalley in the booth for a few days there. He's obviously spent a lot of time devoted to hitting a pitched baseball and the mindset and physical act of it. Was really good to get some of that insight, I thought.


I think he meant that he's baffled by the fact that Smalley and Parker are noticing things that people within the organization (Joe Vavra) are apparently missing.

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 05:10 PM

He never even put up above average numbers in the minors and skipped triple A. This one's pretty simple. To my eye he projects slightly below replacement level at either 1st or RF.

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 08:17 PM

I don't know if Vavra is missing things, or cannot get them to change, those are two very different things

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 08:45 PM

He never even put up above average numbers in the minors and skipped triple A. This one's pretty simple. To my eye he projects slightly below replacement level at either 1st or RF.


Correct. Bottom line is Chris is just not that talented. His ceiling is a below average power BACKUP corner infielder. Very little value so really nothing lost by brining him up "early" since he won't be part of this team's future.

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 08:55 PM

Sounds simple. Parmelee needs to learn how to hammer pitches on the outside part of the plate. If he can do that, then it stops being his weakness, and pitchers will need to find some other way to get him out.