I tweeted (@CBSHurc) Sunday my thoughts about Twins first baseman/outfielder Chris Parmelee, but now it's time to put my thoughts in blog form.
The big news Sunday from Twins camp is that Josh Willingham will play in left, and not right field in 2012. That has major implications because Ben Revere, who was thought to have the left-field job locked down, might not have the arm to play every day in right field, which would open opportunities for Trevor Plouffe and Parmelee, who is having a monster spring.
Parmelee entered play Monday with a .571 slugging percentage and .933 OPS in 15 games. He also has three homers and eight RBI. His play is probably part of the reason Minnesota is moving Willingham back to left field.
But Parmelee's bat actually might change the whole landscape of the Twins lineup. If Minnesota feels the 24-year-old is ready for an everyday role, then Minnesota could move first baseman Justin Morneau to DH and play Ryan Doumit in right field on top of his backup catcher responsibilities.
Parmelee needs to be on every Fantasy owners' radar right now. While you were focusing on football last fall, Parmelee thrived in his first taste of the majors. He hit .355 with four homers and 14 RBI in 21 games. The fact he continues to rake this spring is proving Parmelee might be the real deal.
Although, while I like Parmelee as a sleeper in deeper formats, I still need to see a bigger sample size. Parmelee had just a .436 slugging percentage and .791 OPS in 651 minor-league games and never played above Double-A before getting a taste of the majors.
I still have high hopes for Parmelee because I think his minor-league numbers are a little deflated because he played in primarily pitcher-friendly leagues. A very encouraging note is that Parmelee hit .450 with a .725 slugging percentage and 1.257 OPS in 11 games at Target Field last season. If Parmelee keeps that up at a very pitcher-friendly park, then we might have a burgeoning Fantasy star on our hands.