What's buzzing:

Twins' Parmelee at career crossroads

The SportsXchange

Chris Parmelee is at a crossroads in his career with the Minnesota Twins.

The first baseman/outfielder made a dazzling major league debut in 2011, hitting .355 with four home runs in 21 games. He seemed ready to fulfill the promise that enticed the Twins to select him in the first round of the 2011 amateur draft from Chino Hills (Minn.) High School with the 20th overall pick.

However, Parmelee followed with two sub-par seasons, hitting .229 with five homers in 64 games in 2012 and .228 with eight homers in 101 games last year. He is also no longer the first baseman of the future now that Joe Mauer is being moved from catcher to first base this spring.

The 25-year-old Parmelee will compete with Chris Colabello for a spot as a reserve first baseman/corner outfielder this spring. Colabello made his major league debut last season and batted .194 with seven homers in 57 games.

"I feel pretty confident," Parmelee said. "You just have to go out there and not press and just do your thing. That's what it's all about. I just have to go out there and have fun and win some ballgames and carry it over into the season."

Parmelee has been working with Hall of Famer Rod Carew, in the Twins' camp as a special instructor, during the early days of spring training. Carew had 3,053 hits in his 19-year career.

"We've just talked about stuff mechanics-wise," Parmelee said. "If I can do half as good as him, I'd have an excellent career. We've just talked over some mechanical and stuff from last year, just a few thing to buff up on and straighten out."
Sign up for Yahoo Fantasy Football
View Comments (4)