Twins Insider: Opponents advance on outfield arms at their own risk

  • Article by: La VELLE E. NEAL III , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 4, 2013 - 1:45 PM

Outfielders Aaron Hicks and Chris Parmelee have piled up assists with their strong arms.

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BallFourJun. 4, 1312:08 AM

A high number of OF assists often just indicates that teams will run on inexperienced players until they show they can snuff the aggressiveness. In that sense, it's a "half-full" stat.

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meegwichJun. 4, 13 6:13 AM

The fact that neither Hicks nor Parmelee have been charged with an error actually requires an (*) Both players have been on the receiving end of some 'home cooking' when it comes to scoring. But, defense-wise they have not been a liability.

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minnesota555Jun. 4, 13 6:24 AM

With all the advanced scouting that happens everyday in MLB, teams become well aware of opposing players and their skill set, whether it's running bases or having an accurate throwing arm. An outfield assist is an assist, pure and simple.

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woodbury777Jun. 4, 13 9:36 AM

Minnesota555@ excellent point, there is no "half full" stat, only in the mind of the beholder.

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partskcojJun. 4, 1310:09 AM

Wow oh boy..it would be nice to have opponents worry about facing stud pitchers. There isn't much to be optimistic about this team. Give em their participant Ribbon now.

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hrbekmorneauJun. 4, 1310:43 AM

Now if they could start hitting, that would be newsworthy!

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editor29Jun. 4, 1311:29 AM

Hicks and Parmalee have fine arms, but they certainly don't measure up to Ben Revere's. (Yes, that's a joke).

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ruphinaJun. 4, 1311:41 AM

As for the "half-full" arguments, the truth will be told as to the quality of both their arms and major league scouting by how often they are run on (relatively) and whether or not they continue to get assists. It is anything but a hard stat; assessing the split second decisions as to whether to try, whether to cutoff, or even where to throw are all pretty subjective. Bill G.

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fuzzypilgrimJun. 4, 1312:37 PM

Parmalee is a strange mutation - he hits like Greg Gagne, but he fields and throws like Tom Brunansky.

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abemntocalJun. 4, 1312:49 PM

Thanks for the Gary Ward reference. It was fun to watch him patrol centerfield back at the Met!

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