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2017 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 34)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
37.7 4.24 1.22 34 2 1 0 0.1
Birth Date10-30-1982
Height6' 3"
Weight215 lbs
Age34 years, 7 months, 28 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
0.82013
-0.02014
-0.12015
2016
0.12017
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA..
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA- WARP
2007 MIL MLB 9 2 26.3 0 1 0 25 12 26 1 .254 105 8.5 4.1 0.3 8.9 37% .320 .247 1.41 3.28 3.76 91 4.75 98.2 0.2
2008 MIL MLB 32 29 166.0 10 8 0 181 75 147 18 .258 99 9.8 4.1 1.0 8.0 53% .327 .274 1.54 4.13 4.39 95 5.25 112.1 0.5
2009 MIL MLB 27 27 140.0 11 11 0 179 77 116 19 .259 97 11.5 5.0 1.2 7.5 51% .349 .304 1.83 4.83 6.36 108 6.70 143.7 -1.8
2010 MIL MLB 42 16 122.0 3 10 0 135 63 129 18 .260 97 10.0 4.6 1.3 9.5 48% .337 .298 1.62 4.52 5.02 103 5.14 116.0 0.0
2012 MIL MLB 62 0 58.7 2 3 0 62 35 61 3 .259 109 9.5 5.4 0.5 9.4 49% .345 .259 1.65 3.66 5.06 106 5.49 125.9 -0.5
2013 CIN MLB 57 0 46.0 2 3 0 40 15 56 5 .261 103 7.8 2.9 1.0 11.0 46% .315 .235 1.20 3.04 3.33 79 3.12 74.8 0.8
2014 CIN MLB 53 0 36.7 0 3 1 39 18 34 4 .263 100 9.6 4.4 1.0 8.3 54% .327 .287 1.55 4.22 4.66 104 4.49 110.1 -0.0
2015 CIN MLB 40 0 32.3 1 2 0 32 6 23 2 .269 95 8.9 1.7 0.6 6.4 48% .303 .251 1.18 3.09 3.90 105 5.04 117.7 -0.1
CareerMLB32274628.02941169330159270.260999.94.31.08.550%.334.2801.584.154.901005.34118.1-0.8

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
Minor league stats are currently shownClick to hide.
YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA-
2002 OGD Rk 11 10 47.7 3 1 0 59 10 51 3 .000 11.1 1.9 0.6 9.6 0% .386 .000 1.45 3.53 3.21 0 0.00 0.0
2003 BLT A 23 23 138.7 11 2 0 127 24 117 9 .000 8.2 1.6 0.6 7.6 0% .294 .000 1.09 2.83 2.73 0 0.00 0.0
2004 HDS A+ 13 12 67.3 5 2 0 76 19 64 3 .000 10.2 2.5 0.4 8.6 0% .351 .000 1.41 3.33 3.48 0 0.00 0.0
2004 HUN AA 3 3 6.0 0 1 0 6 0 10 0 .000 9.0 0.0 0.0 15.0 0% .400 .000 1.00 -0.19 4.50 0 0.00 0.0
2005 HUN AA 16 16 91.0 5 6 0 111 21 86 4 .254 77 11.0 2.1 0.4 8.5 59% .368 .261 1.45 2.78 3.96 82 2.61 82.6
2006 BRV A+ 15 14 54.2 1 3 0 47 32 61 4 .000 7.8 5.3 0.7 10.1 0% .309 .000 1.46 3.89 2.99 0 0.00 0.0
2006 HUN AA 6 6 31.2 3 0 0 26 8 29 0 .246 59 7.5 2.3 0.0 8.4 50% .269 .226 1.09 2.07 2.88 106 5.49 106.0
2007 MIL MLB 9 2 26.3 0 1 0 25 12 26 1 .254 105 8.5 4.1 0.3 8.9 37% .320 .247 1.41 3.28 3.76 91 4.75 98.2
2007 HUN AA 13 13 80.7 7 3 0 70 26 81 2 .260 95 7.8 2.9 0.2 9.0 49% .306 .232 1.19 2.77 2.68 83 3.94 96.5
2007 NAS AAA 4 4 26.0 3 1 0 15 7 25 1 .260 93 5.2 2.4 0.3 8.7 46% .212 .193 0.85 3.14 1.73 83 2.15 75.7
2008 MIL MLB 32 29 166.0 10 8 0 181 75 147 18 .258 99 9.8 4.1 1.0 8.0 53% .327 .274 1.54 4.13 4.39 95 5.25 112.1
2009 MIL MLB 27 27 140.0 11 11 0 179 77 116 19 .259 97 11.5 5.0 1.2 7.5 51% .349 .304 1.83 4.83 6.36 108 6.70 143.7
2009 NAS AAA 4 4 24.7 1 2 0 16 13 19 0 .251 93 5.8 4.7 0.0 6.9 57% .229 .201 1.17 3.49 2.91 99 4.93 105.3
2010 MIL MLB 42 16 122.0 3 10 0 135 63 129 18 .260 97 10.0 4.6 1.3 9.5 48% .337 .298 1.62 4.52 5.02 103 5.14 116.0
2011 WIS A 1 0 2.0 1 0 0 0 0 4 0 .237 96 0.0 0.0 0.0 18.0 50% .000 -.008 0.00 -0.65 0.00 85 3.29 93.9
2011 NAS AAA 7 1 10.3 0 1 0 12 5 8 0 .264 92 10.5 4.4 0.0 7.0 67% .364 .257 1.65 3.68 6.10 98 4.64 101.6
2012 MIL MLB 62 0 58.7 2 3 0 62 35 61 3 .259 109 9.5 5.4 0.5 9.4 49% .345 .259 1.65 3.66 5.06 106 5.49 125.9
2013 CIN MLB 57 0 46.0 2 3 0 40 15 56 5 .261 103 7.8 2.9 1.0 11.0 46% .315 .235 1.20 3.04 3.33 79 3.12 74.8
2013 PEN AA 3 3 5.0 0 0 0 3 1 5 0 .270 97 5.4 1.8 0.0 9.0 83% .250 .152 0.80 1.50 0.00 96 3.64 95.6
2014 CIN MLB 53 0 36.7 0 3 1 39 18 34 4 .263 100 9.6 4.4 1.0 8.3 54% .327 .287 1.55 4.22 4.66 104 4.49 110.1
2015 CIN MLB 40 0 32.3 1 2 0 32 6 23 2 .269 95 8.9 1.7 0.6 6.4 48% .303 .251 1.18 3.09 3.90 105 5.04 117.7
2015 LOU AAA 2 2 2.7 0 0 0 1 2 6 0 .239 98 3.4 6.8 0.0 20.2 33% .333 .166 1.12 0.90 0.00 88 2.99 93.8
2017 IOW AAA 11 0 7.7 0 1 1 16 7 6 1 .277 18.8 8.2 1.2 7.0 47% .455 .379 3.00 6.58 14.09 115 11.35 216.7

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2008 2531 0.4777 0.4322 0.7779 0.5914 0.2867 0.8755 0.5937 0.2221
2009 2514 0.4924 0.4204 0.7862 0.5929 0.2531 0.8665 0.6037 0.2138
2010 2140 0.4808 0.4350 0.7240 0.5957 0.2862 0.8320 0.5157 0.2760
2012 1043 0.4305 0.4247 0.7652 0.6125 0.2828 0.9055 0.5357 0.2348
2013 761 0.4494 0.4547 0.6676 0.5819 0.3508 0.8492 0.4218 0.3324
2014 623 0.4687 0.4559 0.6831 0.6233 0.3082 0.8242 0.4314 0.3169
2015 493 0.4645 0.4767 0.7617 0.6463 0.3295 0.8311 0.6437 0.2383
Career101050.47380.43440.75230.59880.28610.85980.55320.2477

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-07-21 2014-08-02 DTD 12 11 - Low Back Stiffness -
2014-07-02 2014-07-08 DTD 6 5 - Neck Soreness -
2014-06-21 2014-07-01 DTD 10 10 Left Shoulder Inflammation -
2013-04-24 2013-05-24 15-DL 30 26 Left Chest Strain Pectoral Muscle - -
2013-02-17 2013-03-04 Camp 15 0 - Neck Soreness - -
2012-07-25 2012-08-11 DTD 17 15 Left Shoulder Inflammation - -
2011-08-30 2011-08-30 On-Alr 0 0 Left Elbow Surgery Screw Removal Stress Fracture and Bone Spur Debridement 2011-08-30 -
2011-03-22 2011-10-17 60-DL 209 162 Left Elbow Sprain UCL and Flexor Tendon Strain -
2011-03-22 2011-03-22 On-Alr 0 0 Mid Back Inflammation Facet Joint -
2011-03-04 2011-03-22 Camp 18 0 Mid Back Tightness -
2011-02-16 2011-02-21 Camp 5 0 Low Back Stiffness -
2010-10-21 2010-10-21 Off 0 0 Left Hip Surgery Labrum 2010-10-21
2009-10-06 2009-10-06 Off 0 0 Left Shoulder Surgery Debridement - AC Joint 2009-10-06
2009-09-09 2009-09-25 DTD 16 15 Neck Spasms -
2007-08-31 2007-09-21 15-DL 21 19 Left Thumb Fracture Thumb -
2006-04-03 2006-05-03 Minors 30 0 Left Shoulder Recovery From Surgery Rotator Cuff 2005-09-04
2006-02-19 2006-02-27 Camp 8 0 Left Shoulder Recovery From Surgery Rotator Cuff 2005-09-04
2005-07-01 2005-09-05 Minors 66 60 Left Shoulder Surgery Rotator Cuff 2005-09-04
2004-10-13 2004-10-13 WIN 0 0 Left Shoulder Soreness Continues Throughout Year -
2004-05-02 2004-06-05 Minors 34 0 Left Shoulder Soreness -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2016 CHN $
2015 CIN $3,500,000
2014 CIN $2,000,000
2013 CIN $1,000,000
2012 MIL $1,200,000
2011 MIL $1,200,000
2010 MIL $440,000
2009 MIL $426,000
2008 MIL $392,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
8 yrPrevious$10,158,000
8 yrTotal$10,158,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
8 y 63 dJoe Urbon1 year (2016)

Details
  • 1 year (2016). Signed by Chicago Cubs as a free agent 2/22/16 (minor-league contract). Salary of $0.52M in majors. Re-signed by Chicago Cubs as a free agent 3/29/16 following opt-out date (minor-league contract).
  • 2 years/$5.5M (2014-15). Re-signed by Cincinnati as a free agent 11/27/13. 14:$2M, 15:$3.5M.
  • 1 year/$1M (2013). Signed by Cincinnati as a free agent 2/1/13. Performance bonuses: $50,000 each for 45, 50 relief appearances. $0.1M each for 55, 60, 65 relief appearances.
  • 1 year/$1.2M (2012). Re-signed by Milwaukee 1/12/12 (avoided arbitration). Non-tendered by Milwaukee 11/30/12.
  • 1 year/$1.2M (2011). Re-signed by Milwaukee 1/18/11 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.44M (2010). Re-signed by Milwaukee 2/10.
  • 1 year/$0.426M (2009). Re-signed by Milwaukee 2/26/09. Optioned to Triple-A 6/14/09. Recalled 7/9/09.
  • 1 year/$0.392M (2008). Re-signed by Milwaukee 1/7/08.
  • 1 year (2007). Re-signed by Milwaukee 1/07. Optioned to Double-A 3/07. Recalled 7/16/07.
  • 1 year (2006). Contract purchased by Milwaukee 11/05. Re-signed by Milwaukee 2/06. Optioned to Double-A 3/06.
  • Drafted by Milwaukee 2001 (26-778) (American River College) (draft-and-follow). $1.55M signing bonus.

2017 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA DRA VORP WARP
90o 3.6 1.4 0.5 64 0 52.6 40 15 46 6 .242 1.06 3.30 3.59 7.0 0.8
80o 3.1 1.1 0.4 57 0 46.4 38 15 41 6 .256 1.14 3.68 4.01 4.1 0.4
70o 2.8 1 0.4 51 0 42.0 37 14 37 6 .266 1.20 3.96 4.31 2.3 0.3
60o 2.5 0.9 0.3 47 0 38.4 35 13 34 5 .275 1.26 4.20 4.58 1.0 0.1
50o 2.3 0.8 0.3 43 0 35.1 33 13 31 5 .283 1.31 4.43 4.84 -0.1 -0.0
40o 2 0.7 0.3 39 0 31.9 32 12 28 5 .291 1.37 4.67 5.1 -1.0 -0.1
30o 1.8 0.5 0.2 35 0 28.5 29 11 25 5 .300 1.42 4.92 5.38 -1.7 -0.2
20o 1.5 0.4 0.2 30 0 24.7 27 10 22 4 .310 1.50 5.22 5.71 -2.4 -0.3
10o 1.2 0.3 0.1 24 0 19.5 23 9 17 4 .325 1.60 5.65 6.19 -2.9 -0.3
Weighted Mean2.20.70.342034.33212305.2811.304.404.80.10.0

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2017 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP WHIP ERA DRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
20183521033027271024449.3121.354.345.008.93.37.91.30.0
20193621046038351235549.3081.254.114.738.42.98.41.20.2
20203721036029301027449.3261.364.344.999.23.18.31.20.1
20213831055045441441749.3131.304.675.378.92.88.31.4-0.1
20223931064053481954749.3181.274.064.678.23.29.21.20.3

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Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 95 Fernando Rodney 2011 5.06
2 94 Pedro Feliciano 2011 0.00 DNP
3 91 Mike Lincoln 2009 8.22
4 91 Matt Lindstrom 2014 6.09
5 91 Jose Veras 2015 0.00 DNP
6 91 Aaron Fultz 2008 0.00 DNP
7 90 Jason Motte 2016 5.87
8 90 Chad Qualls 2013 2.61
9 90 Dennys Reyes 2011 10.80
10 90 J.C. Romero 2010 4.42
11 90 Kerry Wood 2011 4.24
12 90 Matt Guerrier 2013 4.64
13 90 Nick Masset 2016 0.00 DNP
14 89 Brad Lidge 2011 1.40
15 89 Michael Gonzalez 2012 3.53
16 89 Jason Frasor 2012 4.12
17 88 Juan Cruz 2013 0.00 DNP
18 88 Will Ohman 2012 6.41
19 88 Danys Baez 2012 0.00 DNP
20 87 Brandon Lyon 2014 0.00 DNP
21 87 Jon Rauch 2013 7.56
22 87 Joe Thatcher 2016 0.00 DNP
23 87 Scot Shields 2010 6.07
24 87 Jeremy Affeldt 2013 3.74
25 87 Jeff Parrett 1996 3.53
26 86 Luis Vizcaino 2009 4.11
27 86 Justin Speier 2008 5.56
28 86 Peter Moylan 2013 6.46
29 86 Kyle Farnsworth 2010 3.48
30 86 Damaso Marte 2009 9.45
31 85 Jose Valverde 2012 4.43
32 85 Scott Linebrink 2011 3.64
33 85 Kevin Gregg 2012 5.36
34 85 Chad Durbin 2012 3.69
35 85 Jonathan Papelbon 2015 3.13
36 85 Randy Flores 2010 3.48
37 84 Aaron Heilman 2013 0.00 DNP
38 84 Jose Alvarez 1990 0.00 DNP
39 84 Hideki Okajima 2010 4.70
40 84 Guillermo Mota 2008 4.42
41 84 George Sherrill 2011 3.00
42 84 Joe Beimel 2011 6.04
43 84 B.J. Ryan 2010 0.00 DNP
44 83 Kiko Calero 2009 1.95
45 83 Frank Francisco 2014 14.73
46 83 Jesse Orosco 1991 4.14
47 83 Keith Comstock 1990 3.54
48 83 Shawn Camp 2010 3.36
49 83 Francisco Rodriguez 2016 3.77
50 83 Matt Belisle 2014 4.87
51 83 Gary Lavelle 1983 3.41
52 82 Bill Campbell 1983 4.86
53 82 Dave Veres 2001 3.97
54 82 Brian Fuentes 2010 3.19
55 82 Scott Schoeneweis 2008 3.65
56 82 Josias Manzanillo 2002 7.62
57 82 Jay Witasick 2007 5.46
58 82 Francisco Cordero 2009 2.83
59 82 Joel Peralta 2010 2.20
60 81 Charlie Hough 1982 4.38
61 81 Craig Breslow 2015 4.57
62 81 Jim Gott 1994 5.45
63 81 Todd Jones 2002 4.70
64 81 Todd Coffey 2015 0.00 DNP
65 81 Scott Proctor 2011 7.59
66 81 Rafael Soriano 2014 3.34
67 81 Casey Janssen 2016 0.00 DNP
68 81 Scott Sauerbeck 2006 6.04
69 81 John Franco 1995 2.96
70 81 Ed Vosberg 1996 3.48
71 81 Chad Fox 2005 6.75
72 81 Ron Mahay 2005 7.07
73 81 Curtis Leskanic 2002 0.00 DNP
74 80 Jared Burton 2015 0.00 DNP
75 80 Luis Ayala 2012 3.36
76 80 Jason Christiansen 2004 5.25
77 80 Kerry Ligtenberg 2005 13.97
78 80 Steve Farr 1991 2.57
79 80 Joaquin Benoit 2012 3.93
80 80 Mike MacDougal 2011 2.53
81 80 Oliver Perez 2016 5.17
82 80 Mike Trombley 2001 4.62
83 80 Randy Myers 1997 1.81
84 80 Santiago Casilla 2015 2.95
85 80 Dan Plesac 1996 4.48
86 80 Esteban Yan 2009 0.00 DNP
87 80 Dustin Hermanson 2007 0.00 DNP
88 80 Mike Williams 2003 6.29
89 79 Tom Martin 2004 3.97
90 79 David Riske 2011 0.00 DNP
91 79 Mike DeJean 2005 4.76
92 79 Rafael Betancourt 2009 3.38
93 79 Dave Giusti 1974 3.58
94 79 Felix Rodriguez 2007 0.00 DNP
95 79 Rudy Seanez 2003 7.27
96 79 Lindy McDaniel 1970 2.33
97 79 Scott Downs 2010 2.79
98 79 Norm Charlton 1997 7.79
99 79 Jim Brewer 1972 1.84
100 79 Jean Machi 2016 0.00 DNP

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv

Definition of multi-year splits

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2016 Between stints on the disabled list with neck, elbow and shoulder woes, Parra managed to put together another useful season in the Reds' bullpen. He threw more fastballs and fewer splitters than in years past, winding up with both the lowest walk and strikeout rates of his career and improving his results against right-handed batters. Having completed his conversion from mercurial starter to reliable reliever, Parra now seems determined to become a pitch-to-contact guy; if that doesn't work, maybe his next move will be to focus on becoming a LOOGY. With Parra, you never know.
2015 Parra has always possessed legitimate swing-and-miss stuff from the left side. His 94 mph fastball, low-80s slider and devastating splitter have combined to produce lofty strikeout rates, but his inability to limit free passes in Milwaukee ultimately wore out his welcome. His walk rate declined to 8 percent in his inaugural season with the Reds but jumped back to his career 11 percent rate in 2014. Guess what happened to his ERA. Or don't guess: It's in the box up there ↑↑↑. Now, you'd think that Parra's leverage index would have gone ↓↓↓ as a result, but the trend line on the leverage of the situations he entered was actually slightly positive. Don't roar your terrible roars and gnash your terrible teeth just yet, Reds fans: Aroldis Chapman, Sean Marshall, Jonathan Broxton, Trevor Bell, Tony Cingrani and Logan Ondrusek, bullpenners one and all, missed time on the disabled list last year. Bryan Price could only work with what he had.
2014 Now more than three years removed from his last major-league start, Parra last year took a big step toward carving out a successful second act in the bullpen. After struggling out of the gate and missing more than a month with a strained pectoral muscle, he impressed with a 2.52 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, 49 strikeouts and 12 walks in 39 innings the rest of the way. A career-best walk rate was a big reason for his success (hed never had a BB/9 below 4.0 in his career), but hell have a job for a long time if he can continue to hold lefties to a .167/.237/.238 line. The Reds signed him to a two-year deal and hope he can do exactly that.
2013 Parra returned from back and shoulder complaints that cost him all of 2011, proving his lefty heat and four-pitch variety pack were still intact. Also intact was the miserable walk rate that has perpetually undercut his stuff and bedeviled the organization for years. Before his latest injuries there had been some hope that moving him to the pen would help cure his free-pass addiction, but that treatment has proven ineffective. Parra was reasonably successful against lefty hitters last season, and an optimist who chooses to ignore his career platoon splits could envision him as a future LOOGY. Thats a far cry from the rotation stalwart many hoped he would become.
2012 Parra went on the disabled list with a back injury before his season began, was later placed on the 60-day DL during his rehab assignment, and then had a bone spur removed in August, ending his season. It was disappointing timing on the setback, as his work in the pen in 2010 had indicated a victory of sorts over his control problems. With even average control, his 96-mph gas from the left side would make him a coveted setup man. The surgery was reported to be successful, so the Brewers are again optimistic.
2011 Parras frustrating career in Milwaukees rotation supports the old saw that familiarity breeds contempt, and not just because fans and management alike have finally tired of his annual failures. In games hes started, Parra has held hitters to a .253/.340/.368 career line the first time theyve seen him, and suffered a .313/.391/.498 shellacking thereafter. Following 16 more disastrous starts last year, the Brewers finally took the hint and moved him to the bullpen, where he provided 40 solid innings. The southpaw has always had terrific stuff and maintained a high strikeout rate, but walks have killed him; in relief, those free passes have started to disappear like so many bad memories. His future should be in the pen, and if his pitches continue to make their way across the plate, he could be a tremendous multi-inning weapon.
2010 And you thought Looper was bad! On the heels of an encouraging 2008 campaign, Parra was an unmitigated disaster last year, suffering through a June demotion and September neck spasms to throw 140 sub-replacement-level innings and record 11 quality starts out of 27. Parra continues to show off major-league stuff, but he has yet to harness it, walking nearly five batters per nine and suffering a reduced strikeout rate. Shoulder woes have slowed his development and he underwent another joint cleanup during the offseason, giving Rick Peterson another reason to make fixing the inconsistent lefty his top priority. Parras episodes of competence and health have become fewer and farther between, so dont hold your breath.
2009 Since lefties who throw in the low to mid-90s arent exactly a dime a dozen, Parra was considered a promising prospect despite a history of shoulder woes. Making it through the season intact was a minor triumph, though the results werent wholly positive: in-game stamina was an issue while averaging a staff-low 5.5 innings per start and yielding a .314/.373/.493 line to hitters after the third inning. He also ran out of gas down the stretch, putting up a 7.79 ERA in September. On the other hand, his strikeout rate was second only to Sabathia's among Brewer starters, and he was essentially a league-average pitcher despite a BABIP more than 30 points higher than the NL norm. His 32-inning increase from 2007 to 2008 puts him squarely in Verducci Effect territory, meaning that he may be in danger of underperforming again, but as a fifth starter, the Brewers could do far worse.
2008 A 2001 draft-and-follow, this hard-throwing lefty has been derailed by shoulder woes so frequently that last season was just the second time he's topped 100 innings. After finally clearing Huntsville (where he'd spent parts of every season since 2004), he tossed a perfect game in his second PCL start and soon found himself in the Brewer bullpen. A broken thumb ended his season just as he stepped in to patch the rotation, but he'll compete for a spot there this spring. With a 92 to 95 mph fastball, a sinker, and a big curve, he'll miss plenty of bats.
2007 Health is a skill, and Parra doesn`t have it. He had arthroscopic shoulder surgery in August 2005 and again failed to pitch a full season after his recovery. He`s been overtaken by Gallardo and Inman in the organization, even though Parra`s got good stuff. It`s tempting to still try to get him to hold up for six or seven innings a night, but he`s never done it, and getting him for an inning or two in relief would be better than nothing at all.
2006 He was shut down early when he required surgery on a fraying labrum, but the Brewers seem comfortable with the idea that he`ll be ready by spring training. Let`s face it: lefties who throw into the low 90s are worth the high hopes invested in them. If Parra succeeds in adding a splitter to his solid curve, he might end up with the assortment that helps him stick in a big league rotation.
2005 Parra signed for $1.55 million as one of the most compensated draft-and-follows in history during the spring of 2002. While opposing hitters haven't proven a challenge to Parra as a professional, he has had a series of health problems that have kept him off of the mound. He managed just 73 innings in 2004, thanks to "shoulder soreness", but no injury was ever diagnosed. Parra has the best stuff of anyone in the organization not named Ben Sheets, but he has to stay healthy, something he hasn't yet shown he can accomplish.
2004 A strained pectoral muscle shut Parra down early, but it doesn't diminish a tremendous season for the highly-touted 2001 draft-and-follow. He routinely gets into the low 90s, which sets up an effective curve and change. Both off-speed pitches need polish, but that should come with time. The only downside is that his stiff delivery conjures up nightmarish memories of Kyle Peterson's fate. A proud product of American River College, Parra will hopefully do it more pride than I remember it taking from the nifty philosophy course I took there one summer, or its use as a set for that classic Emilio Estevez brat-pack Bonnie and Clyde adventure, Justice. Check it out, folks, it's a must-miss. Anyway, Parra seems like he'll be on the fast track, just as well since the Cal League isn't a great stopover on a minor league career.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-03-12 14:00:00 (link to chat)Have a favorite pick you've made in the reliever draft thus far? Didn't make it into your league so can't see your roster.
(Alex from Milwaukee)
My league is in the middle of the 13th round. My 12 picks so far:

Craig Kimbrel
Grant Balfour
Junichi Tazawa
Kevin Siegrist
Craig Stammen
Will Smith
Carlos Martinez
Adam Ottavino
Wade Davis
Manny Parra
Heath Hembree
Santiago Casilla

(For anyone who doesn't know what we're talking about, Sam is running a reliever-only fantasy league with Effectively Wild listeners. Only categories are runs allowed and strikeouts, and only relief innings count.) (Ben Lindbergh)
2014-02-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)What gives?
(The Shark from Chicago)
Your comps, bro. PECOTA has Samarzija at about replacement level for 2014. I'm taking the over. Shark has comps like Manny Parra, he's viewed thru the lens of a swing man profile. And he may be a special case since he's a low mileage pitcher (midwestern kid who played football hasn't piled up as many innings as other guys his age, going back to his youth). And FRA doesn't like him. So, he's a very good case for us. One, he's the type of guy who may be a projection topper, for the reasons discussed above, and he may be someone who we give a better rating to as we crack open FRA and see if we can improve it. (Harry Pavlidis)
2010-09-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)You are the GM of the Brewers, obviously you need pitching to go behind Gallardo and Wolf (who hasn't been bad the second half)...Who do you get? And I don't think you can get much for Fielder (may be 1 starter)...what do you do...Trade Gamel and Lawrie for more? Keep Fielder and just halfway upgrade? Trade Corey Hart?
(JT from MKE)
I would rather trade Prince Fielder at this point. In the years when his power isn't all-world, his lack of defense cuts into his value big time. The optimism of the offseason will cause someone to give up what the Brewers need if they want to shop him, much more so than during the regular season when they were listening to teams.

Chris Narveson has looked pretty good as of late, though I'm not sure how sustainable it is. Getting Manny Parra out of the rotation is probably for the best. They may want to go for some league average guys who can strike out some batters, because that defense still isn't any good. (Marc Normandin)
2010-03-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)How many starts do the Brewers give Suppan? Not that their alternatives are very attractive, but we know how this movie ends, right?
(Mike W from Chicago)
It sounds as though the Brewers are closing in on the decision to make David Bush their #4 behind Gallardo, Wolf and Davis, which leaves Manny Parra, Chris Narveson and Suppan battling for one spot. Narveson made a good impression last year, and has further helped his cause this spring, while Parra seems to have really clicked with Rick Peterson and seems eager to mend his wayward ways. I don't think it's out of the question that the Brewers concede Suppan is a sunk cost and cut him by the end of the spring.

And a good riddance it will be. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-02-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Will, last year you predicted a break-out year for Edwin Jackson and my fantasy team thanks you for that. Is there anyone you want to tell us about this year?
(Swingingbunts from NY)
I did? I rule. (Dumb luck.)

I like Daisuke Matsuzaka, but that won't surprise anyone. I like Jake Westbrook's chances. If I have to go total sleeper, I'll say Manny Parra. (Will Carroll)
2009-06-05 15:30:00 (link to chat)Just got a tweet that Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder would like to have a word with you regarding your comments about the Cubs. Why is it more likely that they and their buddies will crater than that the Cubs will continuing being what they've been?
(Bill from New Mexico)
In my opinion, the Cardinals need every single start from Chris Carpenter from here on out to have a fighting chance at the playoffs. And as far as the Brewers go, I mentioned earlier that acquiring a top-tier pitcher might actually put them ahead of the Cubs. But I get a bit wary when I see that four of their five rotation spots are filled by the underachieving Dave Bush, back-end extraordinaire Braden Looper, the disappointing Manny Parra, and the hang-it-up-already Jeff Suppan. (Eric Seidman)
2008-03-17 12:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Mike, here's a question that appears to be growing more and more relevant: of the following up-and-coming SPs, can you rank them in terms of value they will provide to a fantasy team THIS YEAR assuming they all get spots in the rotation? The SPs are Manny Parra, Edinson Volquez, Johnny Cueto, Ian Kennedy, Gio Gonzalez and Jonathan Sanchez. This should be relevant to most fantasy players looking to make a great WW pickup early in the season.
(The Grinch from Whoville)
I guess you were one of the millions to go see see Horton hears a Who huh?

Parra is making the Brewers make a tough decision but may not make the club at first. Volquez has a lot to prove. Cueto and Kennedy are arms that the Reds and yanks absolutely love and right now they are my top two of this list. I can't see Gio not being a member of the rotation this year at some point but when is up to a few factors and Sanchez like parra is nice sleeper with high upside. Solid list of names. (Mike Siano)
2008-01-31 13:00:00 (link to chat)I stashed Manny Parra on my fantasy team 6 years ago. Do I finally have legitimate cause for excitement? I didn't expect to see him on a top 100 list, much less in the top 50.
(mattcollins from Boston)
Be excited, be very excited. I love his arm, especially from the left side. Legitimate above-average starting pitcher in my mind. (Kevin Goldstein)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2008-10-02 11:00:00Thursday Playoff GamesWhere I'm at is that it's not SABATHIA, but a four-starts-in-12-days version, coming off the 122-pitch start, clearly fighting his command. I don't know that the difference between that and Manny Parra for three innings is worth more than the potential gain of a short start on Sabathia's next outing.

CC starts the third.
(Joe Sheehan)
 

PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Although he has not thrown an MLB pitch in 2017, Manny Parra threw 10,719 pitches that were tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2007 and 2016, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Spring Training. In 2016, he relied primarily on his Slider (82mph) and Fourseam Fastball (93mph), also mixing in a Splitter (85mph).