If Parmelee has the stuff for right, he needs to prove it
June 03. 2013 6:00AM
Right field has been a haven for sluggers throughout Twins history. Among them: Bob Allison, Tony Oliva, Bobby Darwin, Tom Brunansky and Michael Cuddyer.
And now, Chris Parmelee.
It speaks to the Twinsí identity search that a position so traditionally a big hitterís domain is manned by a 25-year-old who hasnít yet had 200 at-bats in a season and is struggling to show heís a future cornerstone player. It would be enough if he wasnít a drag on the offense.
Parmelee hit two of his seasonís five homers last week, and raised his average from under .200 to .235. But the Twins will need more.
Three positions are settled Ė Joe Mauer at catcher, Justin Morneau at first base and Josh Willingham in left field. You could add Ryan Doumit at designated hitter and utility. At every other position, the Twins donít know exactly what they have. Parmelee is no exception.
Plenty has gone right for the Twins in the past week, with six wins in seven games and a feel-good shellacking of the Mariners on Sunday. But if the Twins want to really achieve something, like a winning record, Parmelee is among the players who must be a bigger factor in the lineup.
More than any other player at the unsettled positions except perhaps Aaron Hicks, true potential flickers with Parmelee. He needs to turn it into a flame.