Parker with the New York Yankees in 2016
Born: June 19, 1985|
|May 17, 2012, for the Chicago Cubs|
|MLB statistics |
(through 2016 season)
|Earned run average||3.87|
Richard Blake Parker (born June 19, 1985) is an American professional baseball relief pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played in MLB for the Chicago Cubs, Seattle Mariners, and New York Yankees.
Prior to playing professionally, Parker attended Fayetteville High School and then the University of Arkansas. He was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 16th round of the 2006 MLB draft, being signed by scout Brian Milner.
He began his professional career in 2007, splitting the season between the AZL Cubs (11 games) and Boise Hawks (8 games), going a combined 2-0 with a 2.39 ERA. In 2008, he played for three teams - the Peoria Chiefs (23 games), the Daytona Cubs (20 games), and the Iowa Cubs (two games) - going 4-2 with a 2.13 ERA and 12 saves in 45 games combined. In 71 2/3 innings, he allowed only 50 hits while striking out 75 batters. He split the 2009 season between the Tennessee Smokies (10 games) and Iowa Cubs (45 games), going a combined 2-3 with a 2.70 ERA, saving 25 games in 55 appearances. In 63 1⁄3 innings, Parker allowed 44 hits and struck out 77 batters.
He began the 2010 season with the Iowa Cubs and split the year between Iowa (35 games) and Tennessee (13 games), going a combined 1-5 with a 4.21 ERA. In 2011, he went 4-5 with a 3.23 ERA in 53 games split between Iowa (37 games) and Tennessee (16 games). The Cubs promoted him to MLB on May 17, 2012. Parker was released from the Cubs in May 2015.
On December 17, Parker signed a minor league deal with the Seattle Mariners. The Mariners promoted Parker to the major leagues on August 4, 2016. On August 9, the New York Yankees claimed Parker off of waivers.
- BR Minors
- Cubs call up Blake Parker
- "Roster cleanup: Yates and Parker claimed, Swarzak elects free agency". The Journal News. October 5, 2016. Retrieved October 5, 2016.
- Wilmoth, Charlie (November 23, 2016). "Brewers Claim Blake Parker, Designate David Goforth". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved November 23, 2016.
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- Blake Parker on Twitter