Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Parmelee is returning to where it all began tonight and the series is something that seems to be big on his mind, judging by his tweet from last night.

The Minnesota Twins wound up letting Parmelee walk away this offseason after removing him from the 40-man roster. He came up short with the Twins but was never short on chances. Parmelee was given the opportunity to be the Opening Day first baseman in 2012 when Minnesota tried to shift Justin Morneau to DH but that didn’t last long because of his struggles at the plate. He was batting below .160 at the end of May and found himself back in Triple-A.

The 2013 and 2014 season presented the former first-round pick with plenty of chances as well. It always ended with the same result: Parmelee getting demoted back to the minor leagues.

By the end of his career with the Twins, Parmelee had played in 273 games and only had a .249 average with 24 home runs and 85 runs batted in.  These numbers were well below what the team had expected from him when he was given a starting spot on Opening Day back in 2012.

If he was good for one thing, it was a fast start when he first got called up to the Majors. Parmelee batted .355 in 21 games as a September call-up in 2011 and blasted four home runs while driving in 14. After being called up on May 9 last season, he had a .320 batting average with two home runs after just six games but once again the struggles followed and he was batting under .200 by the end of May.

His career has taken similar form with the Orioles this year. The 27-year-old wasn’t called up until mid-June and was hitting .348 after his first seven games with four home runs. Now through 19 games with Baltimore, Parmelee is hitting .246 and still only has four homers. He is two for his last 21 (.095) and does not have an extra base hit since June 28.

It’s hard to see a first-round pick have his career pan out like this. Parmelee clearly has the skills that are needed to be a Major Leaguer, as seen by his hot flashes, but something has made it impossible for him to stick in the Majors and it wasn’t the Twins. They gave him shot after shot and now the Orioles are going though the same thing.

Returns aside, this is a huge series for both clubs. The Twins and Orioles enter today tied for the second wild card spot in the American League and for Baltimore, they are also within striking distance of the top spot in the AL East.

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James B. Terry

James B. Terry joined Baseball Essential as a Minnesota Twins writer in January 2015 after many years in sports media. In 2012 he co-founded BTSD Sports, a multimedia blog covering Boston sports. Terry was also a radio broadcaster for the 2013 Franklin Pierce University baseball team that advanced to the NCAA Division II College World Series. He became a member of the Internet Baseball Writers Association of America in June 2015.

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