Parmelee was selected in the first round of last year's draft with a reputation for being one of the better high school power hitters in the entire draft. The California native reported to the GCL Twins where he hit 8 home runs in 154 at bats which were the third most in the league with a .532SLG and .279Average. His 32 rbi were fourth in the league while Baseball America had him ranked as the second best prospect in the Gulf Coast League.
Like Joe Benson, Chris is a 19 year old playing in a league with an average age several years older. As could be expected, he started slowly while adjusting to the level of play and this spring's terrible weather. In April, Chris hit for a .214AVe/.282OBP/.400SLG with 4 doubles, 1 triple, 2 home runs and 7 rbi. He had 6 walks and an unacceptable 27 strikeouts in 65 at bats. However, a good player could be expected to learn and make adjustments which is what Chris has done. In May his average was up to .247Ave/.343OBP/.449SLG with 5 doubles, 2 triples, 3 home runs and 13 rbi. His walks were up in May to 13 while his strikeouts were down to 21 in 89 at bats.
This month Chris has a .237Ave/.277OBP/.525SLG with 3 doubles, 1 triple, 4 home runs and 15 rbi in 59 at bats while his 14 strikeouts are high, they continue to be down from the rate he struck out during his first month of the season.
This week Chris was 9 for 33 with 6 runs scored, 1 double, 1 triple, 3 home runs and 11 rbi. His week was topped off Friday night when he went 4 for 5 with 2 runs scored, a double, 2 home runs, 6 rbi and a walk.
Chris is fourth in the system with 9 home runs and although his strikeout rate is high, a 19 year old putting up these type of power numbers in A ball needs to be given time to learn and adjust to a level of pitching far beyond anything he had ever seen. Beloit is a long way from Minnesota, however, all indications are that this young prospect may be the player many fans are waiting for to protect Justin Morneau in the middle of the Twins lineup when our new stadium opens in 2010.
Several players had excellent weeks worthy of consideration, including last week's co-player of the week Nick Blackburn who threw another complete game shutout. This week however, last year's top pick stepped up to the plate and was a major force in the Snapper's continuing their hold on first place, thus Chris Parmelee is deserving of this week's selection as Player of the Week.
Parmelee was the Twins top pick in 2006.
Parmelee led the Snappers to a playoff berth.