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

“Everyone has been concerned about his defense,” Ryan said. “His defense has been quite good and we’re not talking about zone range or UZR [his ultimate zone rating, -1.2]. He’s making plays. He doesn’t have great range, we all know that. We’ll acknowledge that the guy makes plays and gets to balls he should get to and finishes them.

“Most importantly, his throws are accurate he doesn’t miss cutoff guys that much.”

Josh Willingham, the left fielder, is not part of this conversation. He’s here to mash.

Hicks and Parmelee might develop into offensive threats, but it looks as if they have the defensive thing figured out.

And if you’re wondering what the Twins single-season record is for outfield assists is, it’s 24, set by Gary Ward in 1983. Can Hicks or Parmelee catch Ward? It depends on how lucky opponents are feeling.

 

La Velle E. Neal III • lneal@startribune.com

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