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May 20, 2013

Thoma column: Twins going into the outfield future

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He’s had some ups and downs, but the only Twin with a higher OPS (and at least 90 plate appearances) is Joe Mauer. Still, Arcia has just two hits in his last 21 plate appearances. He saw few fastball strikes last week, and he’s going to have to deal with offspeed stuff for awhile.

He can hit. He’s also demonstrated that he’s not much of a defensive outfielder.

Then there’s Parmelee, who is losing playing time to Arcia. He’s been better in right field than expected, but a .206/287/.318 slash line isn’t going to cut it from a first baseman/corner outfielder.

One of the things the Twins needed to accomplish this season was determine if Parmelee has a future as a major league regular. These first two months have suggested that he doesn’t.

Edward Thoma (344-6377; ethoma@mankatofreepress.com) maintains his Baseball Outsider blog at fpbaseballoutsider.blogspot.com. Follow him on Twitter @bboutsider.

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