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Chris Parmelee RF

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP
13 1011 .248 .313 .405 96 0.9
Birth Date2-24-1988
Height6' 1"
Weight220 lbs
Age31 years, 7 months, 25 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
2011 MIN 23 21 88 27 6 0 4 12 13 0 0 0 .355 .443 .592 136 3.7 -0.3 1.0 0.6
2012 MIN 24 64 210 44 10 2 5 13 52 4 0 0 .229 .290 .380 88 -2.8 -0.7 -0.2 -0.1
2013 MIN 25 101 333 67 13 0 8 33 81 3 1 1 .228 .309 .354 91 -2.8 -5.4 -4.7 -0.8
2014 MIN 26 87 270 64 11 0 7 17 64 2 0 3 .256 .307 .384 95 -1.2 -2.0 7.8 1.0
2015 BAL 27 32 102 21 7 1 4 4 26 1 0 1 .216 .255 .433 92 -0.5 -0.4 2.3 0.3
2016 NYA 28 6 8 4 1 0 2 0 3 0 0 0 .500 .500 1.375 107 0.1 0.1 0.3 0.1
Career311101122748330792391015.248.313.40596-3.6-8.86.50.9

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
2006 BLT A MDW 11 27 .000 .000 .000 .385 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 TWI Rk GCL 45 179 .248 .329 .351 .354 96 13.3 5.4 -2.4 142 0 1.7 0.0 3.9 0.9
2007 BLT A MDW 128 501 .250 .322 .366 .312 94 2.9 16.0 -6.4 97 0 -1.2 -1.2 -1.0 0.6
2008 BLT A MDW 69 289 .252 .319 .372 .308 101 15.1 8.2 -4.5 141 0 -0.3 -0.1 9.0 1.3
2009 FTM A+ FSL 123 501 .253 .324 .365 .313 96 15.9 14.7 -7.7 132 0 1.8 -1.0 15.4 2.4
2010 FTM A+ FSL 22 93 .251 .322 .410 .373 88 6.2 2.3 -1.4 175 0 0.2 -1.3 6.0 0.6
2010 NBR AA EAS 111 463 .257 .331 .393 .319 102 1.1 12.9 -7.2 109 0 11.3 -1.6 4.8 2.0
2011 MIN MLB AL 21 88 .258 .321 .410 .390 104 8.1 2.4 -1.5 136 16 1.0 -0.3 3.7 0.6
2011 NBR AA EAS 142 610 .259 .325 .398 .322 88 34.6 18.0 -10.9 130 0 9.1 0.8 19.3 3.6
2012 MIN MLB AL 64 210 .250 .314 .402 .287 103 -5.4 5.8 -2.9 88 13 -0.2 -0.7 -2.8 -0.1
2012 ROC AAA INT 64 282 .253 .321 .383 .373 92 38 8.4 -5.4 222 0 7.9 -2.7 36.4 4.4
2013 MIN MLB AL 101 333 .247 .309 .385 .284 100 -5.4 8.8 -3.7 91 11 -4.7 -5.4 -2.8 -0.8
2013 ROC AAA INT 45 198 .254 .320 .378 .264 108 -1.9 5.7 -3.1 101 0 0.9 -1.5 -2.3 0.0
2014 MIN MLB AL 87 270 .251 .311 .388 .317 106 -2.6 7.0 -2.8 95 12 7.8 -2.0 -1.2 1.0
2014 ROC AAA INT 32 135 .265 .330 .398 .326 104 7.3 4.0 -2.3 139 0 -1.3 -0.3 3.9 0.4
2015 BAL MLB AL 32 102 .259 .323 .427 .254 114 -3 2.8 -1.5 92 15 2.3 -0.4 -0.5 0.3
2015 NOR AAA INT 63 272 .256 .319 .361 .375 97 11.9 7.5 -3.7 147 0 -0.1 1.7 9.3 1.5
2016 NYA MLB AL 6 8 .281 .336 .458 .667 114 2.4 0.2 -0.1 107 21 0.3 0.1 0.1 0.1
2016 SWB AAA INT 64 245 .250 .310 .376 .258 101 5.1 6.9 -4.3 126 0 6.3 -0.7 3.8 1.2
2017 NAS AAA PCL 42 153 .276 .342 .442 .256 94 -4.4 4.5 -2.3 87 0 0.3 -0.1 -2.4 0.0
2017 NWO AAA PCL 13 47 .267 .332 .413 .308 93 4.8 1.4 -0.8 93 0 -0.7 -0.1 -0.9 -0.1
2019 TUL AA TEX 87 328 .254 .323 .393 .286 102 10.6 8.8 -5 131 0 0.7 -0.8 8.6 1.4

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team lvl LG PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
2006 BLT A MDW 27 22 2 5 1 0 0 6 2 5 9 0 2 .227 .370 .273 .045 0 0
2006 TWI Rk GCL 179 154 29 43 7 4 8 82 32 23 47 3 3 .279 .373 .532 .253 0 0
2007 BLT A MDW 501 447 56 107 23 5 15 185 70 46 137 8 4 .239 .316 .414 .174 0 0
2008 BLT A MDW 289 226 41 54 10 3 14 112 49 52 83 3 1 .239 .391 .496 .257 1 1
2009 FTM A+ FSL 501 422 61 109 27 1 16 186 73 65 109 2 2 .258 .365 .441 .182 0 0
2010 FTM A+ FSL 93 80 9 27 2 1 2 37 17 13 11 0 1 .338 .430 .463 .125 0 0
2010 NBR AA EAS 463 411 51 113 25 2 6 160 44 43 70 3 2 .275 .346 .389 .114 0 0
2011 MIN MLB AL 88 76 8 27 6 0 4 45 14 12 13 0 0 .355 .443 .592 .237 0 0
2011 NBR AA EAS 610 530 76 152 30 5 13 231 83 68 94 0 1 .287 .366 .436 .149 9 0
2012 ROC AAA INT 282 228 45 77 17 1 17 147 49 51 52 1 1 .338 .457 .645 .307 2 0
2012 MIN MLB AL 210 192 18 44 10 2 5 73 19 13 52 0 0 .229 .290 .380 .151 1 0
2013 MIN MLB AL 333 294 21 67 13 0 8 104 24 33 81 1 1 .228 .309 .354 .126 3 0
2013 ROC AAA INT 198 173 23 40 13 1 3 64 22 22 32 1 0 .231 .318 .370 .139 2 0
2014 MIN MLB AL 270 250 27 64 11 0 7 96 28 17 64 0 3 .256 .307 .384 .128 1
2014 ROC AAA INT 135 118 13 36 7 0 7 64 23 14 24 0 0 .305 .378 .542 .237 2
2015 BAL MLB AL 102 97 11 21 7 1 4 42 9 4 26 0 1 .216 .255 .433 .216 0 0
2015 NOR AAA INT 272 239 33 75 13 0 6 106 32 29 52 3 1 .314 .386 .444 .130 3 0
2016 NYA MLB AL 8 8 4 4 1 0 2 11 4 0 3 0 0 .500 .500 1.375 .875 0 0
2016 SWB AAA INT 245 214 29 53 10 0 11 96 29 29 42 0 0 .248 .335 .449 .201 2 0
2017 NAS AAA PCL 153 136 21 27 6 0 5 48 14 16 46 0 1 .199 .281 .353 .154 1 0
2017 NWO AAA PCL 47 33 5 9 3 0 1 15 4 13 7 0 0 .273 .468 .455 .182 1 0
2019 TUL AA TEX 328 271 47 64 10 1 16 124 52 52 91 0 0 .236 .357 .458 .221 4 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2011 378 0.5397 0.4709 0.8371 0.6127 0.3046 0.8320 0.8491 0.1629 -0.0037
2012 809 0.5179 0.4438 0.7577 0.5823 0.2949 0.8033 0.6609 0.2423 0.0018
2013 1424 0.4958 0.4438 0.7769 0.5822 0.3078 0.8127 0.7104 0.2231 -0.0071
2014 1130 0.4814 0.4779 0.7796 0.6213 0.3447 0.8018 0.7426 0.2204 -0.0018
2015 416 0.4519 0.4856 0.8069 0.6117 0.3816 0.8609 0.7356 0.1931 0.0055
2016 34 0.4118 0.5294 0.7222 0.7143 0.4000 0.8000 0.6250 0.2778 0.0000
Career41910.49510.46030.78190.59950.32300.81440.72380.2181-0.0023

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-01-23 2014-01-23 Off 0 0 Right Wrist Surgery Cyst 2014-01-23 -
2013-03-05 2013-03-13 Camp 8 0 - Groin Soreness - -
2012-09-10 2012-09-13 DTD 3 3 Right Groin Soreness - -
2008-06-28 2008-09-05 Minors 69 0 Left Hand Fracture -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2017 OAK $
2016 NYA $
2015 BAL $
2014 MIN $
2013 MIN $497,500
2012 MIN $480,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
2 yrPrevious$977,500
2 yrTotal$977,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
3 y 11 dBoras Corp.1 year (2017)

Details
  • 1 year (2017). Signed by Oakland as a free agent 12/1/16 (minor-league contract). Released by Oakland 6/15/17. Signed by Miami as a free agent 7/26/17 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year (2016). Signed by NY Yankees as a free agent 2/22/16 (minor-league contract). Contract selected by NY Yankees 6/4/16. Sent outright to Triple-A by NY Yankees 8/13/16.
  • 1 year (2015). Signed by Baltimore as a free agent 1/27/15 (minor-league contract). Contract selected by Baltimore 6/16/15.
  • 1 year/$0.51M (2014). Re-signed by Minnesota 2/28/14. Sent outright to Triple-A by Minnesota 3/27/14. Contract selected by Minnesota 5/9/14. DFA by Minnesota 12/13/14. Sent outright to Triple-A 12/23/14 (refused assignment).
  • 1 year/$0.4975M (2013). Re-signed by Minnesota 2/21/13.
  • 1 year/$0.48M (2012). Re-signed by Minnesota 3/3/12.
  • 1 year (2011). Contract purchased by Minnesota 11/19/10.
  • Drafted by Minnesota 2006 (1-20). $1.5M signing bonus.

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

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BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2017 Chris Parmelee went deep twice in his first start as a Yankee, then got hurt the next game and was never heard from again. At least he's got a couple clips for the highlight reel.
2015 Parmelee once again spent the summer alternately raking in Triple-A and floundering in the American League, failing to grab hold of an outfield job that's just begging to be claimed. If Parmelee could masquerade as a center fielder he could be the next Ryan Sweeney, but as a defensively challenged corner outfielder, his lack of home run thump dooms him. His pretty lefty swing and first-round pedigree will keep earning him chances, and it's possible an Age-27 Miracle could unfold, but Parmelee was preemptively swamped by the next wave of Twins prospects and designated for assignment in December.
2014 Parmelee’s sub-replacement WARP was the lowest of any Twins player last year, and now that he’s reached his mid-twenties and crossed the 500 at-bat plateau, it’s fair to wonder whether he’s destined to be a 4-A slugger. The former first-round pick has posted a .292/.400/.526 line during two seasons in Rochester, but big-league hurlers have treated his bat like Swiss cheese, striking him out in nearly a quarter of his plate appearances. Now that The Franchise has moved to first base, Parmelee’s best shot at playing time is in an outfield corner, but his glacial footspeed makes him a liability. Given Minnesota’s top-shelf talent in the lower minors, Parmelee’s window for carving out a role is in danger of slamming shut.
2013 Gardenhire wanted to hand Parmelee an every-day job on the basis of 88 great at-bats in September 2011 and a strong spring training last year, but the 24-year-old with no experience above Double-A understandably flopped out of the gate. A 512 OPS through May 15 got him demoted to Rochester, where he raked and earned promotions in June, July, and August, during which he mostly sat on the bench and lost out on the reps he'll need to develop into Morneau’s eventual replacement. A comparatively strong September (750 OPS) has him in the mix for the right-field job.
2012 Parmelee blazed across the sky in September, but the annals of baseball history are filled with such tantalizing performances that proved unsustainable; look up Shane Spencer, Jeremy Reed, or Babe Ganzel sometime, or find Taylor Teagarden and Daric Barton elsewhere in this book. Parmelee was a 2006 first-round pick because of his sweet swing and his power potential, but he has plodded through the Twins system, not clearing A-ball until mid-2010. While he has decent plate discipline, his raw power hasn't translated to a single 20-homer season in part because the Twins had him focus on cutting down the strikeouts, bringing to mind David Ortiz's famous "you want me to hit like a little bitch" quote about his old org after he found success in Boston. Which isn't to say that Parmalee doesn't deserve a longer look, but he's not the second coming of Justin Morneau.
2011 Chris Parmelee has climbed through the system slowly, but showed enough power potential for the Twins to protect him on the 40-man roster at the end of 2010.
2010 Former first-rounder Chris Parmelee has lots of power and patience, but that's also the sum of his skills; he'll need to shine in Double-A to regain his prospect status.
2009 Parmelee hit .239 in Beloit for the second consecutive season, but that’s where the similarities ended. The 2006 first-rounder’s secondary skills kicked in with a vengeance, as he posted a decidedly unTwinkie-like .146 Isolated Power and .257 Isolated Discipline before a broken wrist sent him home early. Still, his inability to make contact is a concern; even fellow TTO trooper Adam Dunn managed to surpass .300 in the Midwest League. Since his below-average speed will likely keep him tethered to first base, his future in the organization will depend upon an enlightened appraisal of his offensive talents, and his own capacity to put the ball in play.
2008 The Twins' first-round pick in 2006, Parmelee stands out among the organization's outfield prospects as the rare bomber in a field of burners. While his glove work in right field has been a pleasant surprise, his bat has disappointed, with the high strikeout totals of a slugger, but the production of a tweener. His body and swing are built for power, so patience is warranted as he heads to-gulp-the Florida State League.
2007 The Twins` first-round pick last June, Chris Parmalee was one of the best high school sluggers available. The Minnesota system is desperate for power, so he`s a perfect fit. Parmelee was even better than advertised is his debut, as his raw power showed up in game situations surprisingly fast.

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DateQuestionAnswer
2013-12-10 18:00:00 (link to chat)Mike, big fan of your work. Deciding between R. Ludwick and C. Parmelee for my last cut in a dynasty points league. I am set with backups at 1b so Parmelee's eligibility there is a non-factor. I have 4 solid starting OF and two decent bench options ahead of these guys, who would be my OF7. Does Parmelee have enough upside left at this point to sacrifice Ludwick's safer playing time in 2014? I'm thinking not but I tend to lean toward younger players when possible. Thanks.
(Josh from Philly)
Hi Josh;

At this point, I think I'd have to go with Ryan Ludwick over Chris Parmelee. Parmelee is an intriguing play for power potential, but he is getting to the age where he is going to get tagged as a fourth outfield/backup first base type soon. Ludwick is older, but as you noted he should play every day barring a trade or another serious injury. You don't want to give up on young/talented guys in dynasty, but I don't quite think Parmelee fits that bill at this point. Sure, maybe he goes the route of Raul Ibanez and does some major damage in his 30s, but how likely was that career path even for Ibanez. I'd stick with Ludwick there. (Mike Gianella)
2013-03-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)I try to understand the PECOTA approach since a few weeks now and with all my drafts in the books I wondered when I compare the PECOTA list with the draft tools offered on the web how potential new-comers (prospects) always fall short on the PECOTA list. Anybody who can help me to understand this better? Any comment would be appreciated. regards Udo
(bechtudo from Knoxville, TN)
I reached out to a colleague at BP for an answer here (as it's a bit left of my comfort zone). Here's what he said:

"In general, I think a lot of this is due to overly high expectations from rookie players by most, and the fact that a good projection is going to take into account a statistical expectation, not a "best case" (or even "above average") scenario. It's easy to remember the Amazing Mike Trout season, and Bryce Harper's very good season. But entering 2012, I thought catchers Mesoraco and Lavarnway would do quite well. Many thought guys like Yonder Alonso, Chris Parmelee, and (especially) Jesus Montero would do well. And even guys like Nieuwenhuis, Pastornicky, and Lombardozzi had reasonably adequate expectations from many. The really deceptive aspect of projecting rookies is that if they aren't good, they often get demoted, so their struggles aren't showcased, while the ones who do well get to keep playing and everyone notices, so there's a perception bias with regards to how well rookies actually did."

Hope that helps! (Nick Faleris)
2011-02-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)How long should we give Chris Parmelee to show he belongs at AA when he's made such slow progress up the ladder (a 2nd season at each level) but is still technically in the appropriate age range for his assignment?
(Dan from Boston)
He's 22 and he's never had a big season. Time is running out there. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-08-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Chris Parmelee: a future Kubel-esque DH/corner or a fringe bench bat with some pop?
(Akneeland from Minnesota)
I'm gonna bet the under on that one. (Shawn Hoffman)


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