Entering spring training, the New York Yankees appeared content with their current roster but were desperately looking to add some depth at first base. After strongly considering Ike Davis prior to his signing with the Texas Rangers, the Yankees have reportedly agreed to terms with former Minnesota Twins first baseman Chris Parmelee, according to a post on his Instagram account.
A former first round draft pick out of Chino Hills High School in 2006, Parmelee, 27, has been the definition of a Quad-A player during parts of five big-league seasons. Most recently with the Baltimore Orioles in 2015, Parmelee hit .216 (21-for-97) with four home runs in 32 games. By contrast, Parmelee mashed Triple-A pitching with the Rochester Red Wings, batting to a .314/.386/.444 clip with six home runs and 32 RBIs.
Although Parmelee’s minor league numbers have yet to translate to the highest level of professional baseball, he has shown flashes of his former prospect promise, such as in a four-hit performance in his Orioles debut against the Philadelphia Phillies last June. In addition to playing first base, Parmelee has also seen time in right field during his career and could benefit from the favorable dimensions of Yankee Stadium at the plate if he receives a Bronx call-up.
Since the news of Greg Bird’s season-ending shoulder surgery broke earlier this month, the Yankees were left with unproven youngsters Deibinson Romero and Tyler Austin as their only minor league options at first base. With Dustin Ackley listed as the primary backup to Mark Teixeira, the Yankees turn to Parmelee, who expects to join the club at spring training in Tampa and could earn a spot on the Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes Barre roster.