If anyone has been reading my articles over the years (you know, that one guy), you are aware that I have been watching and waiting for Jarrod Parker. Well, it looks like he will finally get his shot.
Jarrod Parker was the hot pitching prospect for Arizona. As he was blowing away minor leaguers and getting close to a call up, he blew out his elbow and needed Tommy John surgery (2010). In 2011, Parker had 1 start in the bigs – he didn’t give up any runs over 5, but how much can you read in 1 start.
So let’s look at his minor league numbers. He’s been fairly consistent, with an ERA around 3.50 (a little bloated as his 2011 ERA was 3.79 as he was coming back from TJ), and gets about a K an inning. His minor league numbers this year are very strong, 20 innings, 2.18 ERA, and 21 Ks.
Oakland needs a starter for this Wednesday (as Graham Godfrey was not getting it done and has been demoted) and Parker has been named the guy. He has been projected as a future ace since the day he was drafted – now is his chance to make that happen.
As with any unproven guy, Parker is a bit of a gamble. But a high K guy with potential for a low ERA is a nice gamble. Deep leagues should definitely go with him. Medium leagues can consider him, and depending on your pitching, he could be a nice upgrade. Shallow leagues have to wait – however, at the first sign of stardom, pounce as Parker has a high ceiling.