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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 25)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
166.7 3.71 1.31 127 11 8 0 1.4
Birth Date11-24-1988
Height6' 1"
Weight195 lbs
Age25 years, 11 months, 1 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
2010
0.12011
2.32012
0.02013
1.42014
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G GS IP IP-SP IP-RP W L SV BS QS BQS PA H R ER HR TB BB UBB HBP SO ERA FIP FRA VORP WARP
2011 ARI 22 1 1 5.7 5.7 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 22 4 0 0 0 5 1 1 0 1 0.00 3.17 3.75 1.1 0.1
2012 OAK 23 29 29 181.3 181.3 0.0 13 8 0 0 20 1 751 166 71 70 11 240 63 60 3 140 3.47 3.38 3.70 25.0 2.3
2013 OAK 24 32 32 197.0 197.0 0.0 12 8 0 0 23 0 818 178 92 87 25 286 63 61 7 134 3.97 4.43 4.81 0.2 0.0
Career6262384.0384.00.0251600431159134816315736531127122102753.683.924.2726.42.4

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
2008 SBN A 24 24 117.7 3.64 112 .264 .253 .325 .368 .263 .304 95 18.9 2.0 18.9 2.0
2009 VIS A+ 4 4 19.0 2.48 145 .176 .267 .339 .405 .271 .255 97 7.1 0.7 7.1 0.7
2009 MOB AA 16 16 78.3 3.57 118 .255 .254 .327 .386 .266 .351 99 14.6 1.5 17.6 1.9
2011 ARI MLB 1 1 5.7 3.75 111 .191 .273 .318 .399 .263 .200 101 0.7 0.1 1.1 0.1
2011 MOB AA 26 26 130.7 4.99 104 .235 .261 .330 .396 .254 .288 108 18.1 1.8 23.3 2.4
2012 OAK MLB 29 29 181.3 3.70 113 .249 .264 .327 .424 .269 .290 96 25.3 2.7 25.0 2.3
2012 SAC AAA 4 4 20.7 4.00 122 .234 .289 .357 .451 .269 .345 104 5.1 0.5 5.1 0.5
2013 OAK MLB 32 32 197.0 4.81 79 .264 .258 .321 .409 .270 .260 93 0.2 0.0 0.2 0.0

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 WHIP ERA VORP WARP
2008 SBN A 12 5 0 24 24 117.7 113 33 117 8 46% .304 8.6 2.5 0.6 8.9 1.24 3.44 18.9 2.0
2009 MOB AA 4 6 0 16 16 78.3 82 34 74 2 56% .351 9.4 3.9 0.2 8.5 1.48 3.68 17.6 1.9
2009 VIS A+ 1 0 0 4 4 19.0 12 4 21 0 64% .255 5.7 1.9 0.0 9.9 0.84 0.95 7.1 0.7
2011 ARI MLB 0 0 0 1 1 5.7 4 1 1 0 45% .200 6.4 1.6 0.0 1.6 0.88 0.00 1.1 0.1
2011 MOB AA 11 8 0 26 26 130.7 112 55 112 7 55% .288 7.7 3.8 0.5 7.7 1.28 3.79 23.3 2.4
2012 OAK MLB 13 8 0 29 29 181.3 166 63 140 11 45% .290 8.2 3.1 0.5 6.9 1.26 3.47 25.0 2.3
2012 SAC AAA 1 0 0 4 4 20.7 22 6 21 2 55% .345 9.6 2.6 0.9 9.1 1.35 2.18 5.1 0.5
2013 OAK MLB 12 8 0 32 32 197.0 178 63 134 25 43% .260 8.1 2.9 1.1 6.1 1.22 3.97 0.2 0.0

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
2011 73 0.4795 0.4658 0.8529 0.6571 0.2895 0.8696 0.8182 0.1471
2012 2820 0.4681 0.4634 0.7807 0.6311 0.3140 0.8703 0.6221 0.2178
2013 2977 0.4770 0.4664 0.7903 0.6493 0.2993 0.8709 0.6309 0.2089
Career58700.47280.4650.78650.64070.30620.87060.6290.2124

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-03-20 - 60-DL - - Right Elbow Recovery From Surgery Revision Tommy John Surgery 2014-03-25 -
2014-03-17 2014-03-20 Camp 3 0 Right Elbow Surgery Revision Tommy John Surgery 2014-03-25 -
2013-10-12 2013-10-12 DTD 0 0 Right Forearm Strain - -
2013-09-15 2013-09-16 DTD 1 1 - General Medical Illness - -
2013-06-30 2013-07-06 DTD 6 5 Right Thigh Tightness Hamstring - -
2013-05-06 2013-05-06 DTD 0 0 - Neck Strain - -
2010-04-05 2010-09-05 Minors 153 0 Right Elbow Recovery From Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2009-10-28
2009-10-28 2009-10-28 Minors 0 0 Right Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2009-10-28
2009-08-04 2009-09-08 Minors 35 0 Right Elbow Tightness -
2009-06-14 2009-06-24 Minors 10 0 Right Wrist Contusion -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2014 OAK $500,000
2013 OAK $495,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
2 yrPrevious$495,000
2011Current$500,000
3 yrPvs + Cur$995,000
3 yrTotal$995,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
2 y 0 dLarry Reynolds1 year/$0.5M (2014)

Details
  • 1 year/$0.5M (2014). Re-signed by Oakland 3/14.
  • 1 year/$0.495M (2013). Re-signed by Oakland 3/13.
  • 1 year (2012). Re-signed by Oakland 2/12.
  • 1 year (2011). Contract purchased by Arizona 9/19/11. Acquired by Oakland in trade from Arizona 12/9/11.
  • Drafted by Arizona 2007 (1-9) (Norwell HS, Ind.). Signed 8/15/07, $2.1M signing bonus.

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA FRA VORP WARP
90o 13.1 9.4 0 32 32 220.8 183 66 163 18 .256 1.13 2.84 3.09 41.4 4.2
80o 12.8 9.9 0 32 32 214.1 187 67 158 18 .266 1.19 3.14 3.42 32.6 3.3
70o 12.5 10.3 0 32 32 209.4 190 68 154 19 .273 1.23 3.36 3.66 26.3 2.7
60o 12.3 10.7 0 32 32 205.3 192 69 151 19 .279 1.27 3.55 3.86 21.2 2.2
50o 12.1 11 0 32 32 201.6 194 70 149 19 .285 1.31 3.73 4.06 16.2 1.7
40o 11.9 11.3 0 32 32 197.9 196 70 146 19 .290 1.34 3.91 4.25 11.6 1.2
30o 11.7 11.7 0 32 32 194.0 198 71 143 19 .296 1.38 4.11 4.46 6.6 0.7
20o 11.4 12.1 0 32 32 189.5 200 72 140 20 .304 1.43 4.34 4.71 0.8 0.1
10o 11 12.7 0 32 32 183.3 203 73 135 20 .314 1.50 4.66 5.06 -6.9 -0.7
Weighted Mean12.11103232201.71936914919.2841.303.724.0416.71.7

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
30% 60% 16% 12% 97%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 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 FRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
20152612902929183172531451546.2891.233.363.668.52.67.10.72.5
20162711902727164155431211546.2831.213.353.648.52.46.60.82.3
2017289802323138137381001346.2911.273.694.019.02.56.50.81.3
2018299802323137135381041346.2921.263.653.968.92.56.80.91.4
201930970222212912735961346.2901.253.593.908.82.46.70.91.4
202031870202011911833881246.2891.273.673.998.92.56.60.91.2
202132870202011711631861246.2891.263.663.988.92.46.60.91.1
202233760171710010027731146.2901.273.744.069.02.46.61.00.9
2023346501616939425681046.2911.273.784.109.12.46.61.00.8

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
65.561.837.112.33717.5213.7

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 77)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 94 Jon Lester 2009 3.54
2 88 David Price 2011 3.73
3 86 Jair Jurrjens 2011 3.08
4 86 Josh Johnson 2009 3.32
5 85 Ubaldo Jimenez 2009 3.59
6 85 Daniel Hudson 2012 7.35
7 84 Jhoulys Chacin 2013 3.74
8 84 Mike Pelfrey 2009 5.47
9 84 Jesse Litsch 2010 5.79
10 84 Rich Harden 2007 2.45
11 83 Tom Gorzelanny 2008 6.75
12 83 Anibal Sanchez 2009 4.08
13 82 Trevor Cahill 2013 4.30
14 82 Mat Latos 2013 3.50
15 81 Sean Gallagher 2011 0.00 DNP
16 81 Dana Eveland 2009 7.98
17 81 Tommy Hanson 2012 4.90
18 80 Dontrelle Willis 2007 5.74
19 80 Phil Hughes 2011 5.79
20 80 Clay Buchholz 2010 2.85
21 79 John Lannan 2010 5.15
22 79 Greg Smith 2009 0.00 DNP
23 79 Barry Zito 2003 3.81
24 78 Chad Billingsley 2010 3.80
25 78 Vida Blue 1975 3.33 DNP
26 78 Jon Matlack 1975 4.13 DNP
27 78 Matt Garza 2009 4.12
28 78 Jeremy Sowers 2008 6.25
29 78 Matt Cain 2010 3.39
30 78 Justin Verlander 2008 5.33
31 77 Jaime Garcia 2012 4.29
32 77 Brad Bergesen 2011 6.50
33 77 Homer Bailey 2011 4.64
34 77 Yovani Gallardo 2011 3.99
35 77 Andrew Miller 2010 9.37
36 77 Aaron Laffey 2010 4.85
37 77 Storm Davis 1987 5.90
38 76 Travis Wood 2012 4.62
39 76 Jake Arrieta 2011 5.28
40 76 Andrew Cashner 2012 4.47
41 76 Steve Hargan 1968 4.60
42 76 Ivan Nova 2012 5.23
43 76 Max Scherzer 2010 3.86
44 76 Mark Buehrle 2004 4.37
45 76 Jeremy Hellickson 2012 3.46
46 76 Wade Davis 2011 4.70
47 75 Felix Hernandez 2011 3.81
48 75 Jered Weaver 2008 4.48
49 75 Brandon McCarthy 2009 5.09
50 75 Justin Thompson 1998 4.62
51 75 Dave Stieb 1983 3.40
52 75 Matt Morris 2000 3.74
53 75 Justin Masterson 2010 5.35
54 75 Jerome Williams 2007 7.80
55 75 Dean Chance 1966 3.92
56 75 Dwight Gooden 1990 4.10
57 75 Brett Cecil 2012 5.87
58 75 Pat Zachry 1977 4.81
59 75 Brandon Morrow 2010 4.67
60 75 Don Newcombe 1951 3.81
61 75 Tommy Hunter 2012 5.66
62 75 Ian Kennedy 2010 4.04
63 75 Joel Pineiro 2004 4.93
64 74 Vin Mazzaro 2012 5.93
65 74 Kyle Kendrick 2010 5.13
66 74 Freddy Garcia 2002 4.39
67 74 Cal Eldred 1993 4.15
68 74 Ismael Valdez 1999 4.29
69 74 Zach Duke 2008 5.35
70 74 Gary Nolan 1973 3.48
71 74 Steve Rogers 1975 3.72 DNP
72 74 Neftali Feliz 2013 0.00
73 74 Alex Cobb 2013 2.89
74 74 Chris Tillman 2013 3.79
75 73 Casey Coleman 2013 0.00 DNP
76 73 Sean Marshall 2008 3.99
77 73 Mark Mulder 2003 3.18
78 73 Jim O'Toole 1962 4.11 DNP
79 73 Micah Owings 2008 6.28
80 73 Chris Volstad 2012 6.55
81 73 Curt Simmons 1954 3.80
82 73 Kyle Drabek 2013 7.71
83 73 Tim Hudson 2001 3.83
84 73 Franklin Morales 2011 4.08
85 73 Matt Harrison 2011 3.83
86 73 Tim Lincecum 2009 2.76
87 72 Roger Clemens 1988 3.17
88 72 A.J. Griffin 2013 4.05
89 72 Tom Seaver 1970 3.19
90 72 Alex Burnett 2013 11.57
91 72 Francisco Liriano 2009 6.12
92 72 Dave Righetti 1984 2.71
93 72 Jose Rosado 2000 5.86
94 72 Jim Hardin 1969 4.05
95 72 Edwin Jackson 2009 3.83
96 72 John Butcher 1982 5.06
97 72 Clayton Kershaw 2013 2.10
98 72 Joba Chamberlain 2011 3.45
99 71 Joe Magrane 1990 3.81
100 71 Roy Oswalt 2003 3.39

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .253 .315 .396 .268
11 vs R (Multi) .232 .299 .357 .247
18 Split (Multi) .021 .017 .039 .021
19 LgAvg (Multi) .010 .024 .026 .019
30 vs L (2013) .256 .316 .408 .275
31 vs R (2013) .223 .293 .363 .247
38 Split (2013) .033 .023 .045 .028
39 LgAvg (2013) .010 .022 .028 .019

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 Due to publishing agreements, the 2014 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2014 book (available in hardcopy, e-book, and Kindle).
2013 Chalk up another success story for Dr. James Andrews, as Parker's return from Tommy John surgery was a rousing success, and he quickly regained the stuff that made him a top prospect. The hardest-throwing starter on staff, Parker routinely cracks 95 mph on the radar gun, and he offsets the heat with a late-fading changeup that comes in 12 mph slower than the fastball. He maintained velocity throughout the season and peaked in September, which bodes well for his development curve. Parker's advanced command of both pitches allows him to upset batter timing. His deceptive approach flies under the radar, and he mixes in a slider to keep right-handed batters honest with two strikes.
2012 Parkerís comeback from October 2009 Tommy John surgery was so highly anticipated that he actually climbed three spots on Baseball Americaís 2011 top prospects list despite not having thrown a pitch in 2010. He didnít disappoint, making 26 starts without suffering a setback and debuting for the Diamondbacks with a scoreless start in September. More whiffs would have been nice, but given that his workload was closely monitored and his stuff and command weren't all the way back, it wouldnít be fair to call fanning nearly eight batters per nine innings a discouraging result. Parkerís breaking stuff was the slowest to return, so he largely eschewed his slider and curveball and leaned heavily on a well-disguised changeup in the low- to mid-80s. Acquired by the A's in the December 2011 trade that sent Trevor Cahill to Arizona, the potential ace should be at the height of his powers with all of his pitches at his disposal.
2011 Parker, the ninth-overall pick in the 2009 draft, missed the entire season recovering from Tommy John surgery, but remains the best prospect in the system. Prior to going under the knife, he sat in the mid-90s with his fastball, and could dial it up to the 97-98-mph range. He showed signs of regaining that velocity in the instructional league, so the surgery might not have damaged his chief asset. Add in a plus slider and a major league-ready changeup, and Parker has an all-star ceiling. He will be handled very carefully this season, but could still make it to the major leagues. In light of the injury, the righty carries risk, but if his development continues without interruption, the Diamondbacks could feature a young, exciting, and team-controlled Parker-led rotation for the next five or six seasons.
2010 All signs pointed towards this 2007 first-rounder developing into a front-of-the-rotation starter. Sadly, Parker's mid-90s heat, three above-average secondary offerings, and his ability to miss bats and keep the ball both on the ground and out of the stands will be on hiatus this year, as he underwent Tommy John Surgery in October and stands to miss practically all of the 2010 season.
2009 Expectations are a funny thing. Parker was Arizona's first-round pick in 2007, and was generally considered the best high school arm in the draft after Rick Porcello. Then everyone finally got to see him pitch, and he was really good, but he wasn't great, or just not as great as was promised. Legends had been spun of the 97 mph fastball and the devastating slider; instead, we got 92-95 mph and a good slider. The thing is, those qualities mean Parker is still a great prospect, easily the best in the Arizona system, and projects as a star-level starter. Yet, because he wasn't quite what was advertised, he still bears the stigma of being a disappointment.
2008 The Diamondbacks' first-round pick in June, Parker was the late bloomer of the 2007 draft. As word spread of the little right-hander in the small Indiana town who was pumping out upper-90s gas, his last few starts began to have more scouts in attendance than actual fans. The Cubs loved him and almost took him third overall, making it somewhat surprising that he fell into the Snakes' lap at number nine. He's a little raw when it comes to command and secondary stuff, but his arm speed is a rare commodity. He'll likely be treated with kid gloves in 2008, so be patient.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2011-06-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)How much should we read into Jarrod Parker's struggles? The velocity is there, but the command/control would seem to be way off. Still ace potential for you?
(TannerDerks from Valpo)
I never saw ace. I think he will become a solid #2 type, but there aren't many aces in baseball. I wouldn't worry about the command/control issue yet. Takes time to harness the stuff after returning from an injury. (Jason Parks)
2010-11-09 14:00:00 (link to chat)You still a believer in Jarrod Parker. Is a mid-season call-up still reasonable?
(Trevor27 from Phoenix)
I think that's pushing it. I still believe, but let's just get him throwing again for now. (Kevin Goldstein)
2010-01-04 14:00:00 (link to chat)Did Jarrod Parker make your top 50?
(Shae31 from Phoenix)
JUST missed. I mean literally JUST missed, by like as close as one can miss by. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-10-09 13:30:00 (link to chat)What's the latest on Jarrod Parker? Will he be knocked out of 5 star status due to the health concerns?
(Cale27 from Phoenix)
On a throwing program, and so far, so good. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-09-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Will, what can you tell us about Jarrod Parker's elbow?
(jlewando from DC)
UCL strain, but no TJ yet. I havent seen where he's throwing again, but I honestly dont watch the minors that closely. There's been some concern about how he's dealing with the injury and not playing. (Will Carroll)
2009-06-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can you give any insight on the injury to Jarrod Parker? x-rays were negative, but what kind of impact can this have on a pitcher?
(Raul from San Antonio)
In a really wacky game (http://www.al.com/baybears/mobileregister/index.ssf?/base/sports/124497100871650.xml&coll=3), Parker was hit on the wrist. They smartly put him on the DL (7-day) and brought up Chase Christianson, who's an interesting story though I'm not sure what the scouting reports say on him. Hell of a HS pitcher though. I don't think Parker will have any long term issues. (Will Carroll)
2008-08-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are you disappointed in Jarrod Parker's performance this year? His overall numbers don't look that bad.
(Darryl Humber from Toronto)
The stuff is phenomenal. The polish is far from that. So I'm am a little dissapointed in the difference between what he is and what he can be. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-05-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Kevin, Where would Tim Melville rank among high school hurlers in the 2007 draft. Is he a Jarrod Parker or more of a Tim Alderson? Also, do you think he might be falling victim to scouts seeing him too much and thus starting to nitpick?
(Bret from Moscow, ID)
I really am a spear-carrier, aren't I? I have no identity at all. I live in the Big Goldstein's shadow like some kind of insignificant fungus. It's an honor just to dwell in his wake, I admit, but why doesn't anyone love ME? Doesn't the 80s book count for anything? No? (Steven Goldman)
2008-04-01 14:00:00 (link to chat)Love your work, Kevin. What can we ideally expect to see from the D-backs' Jarrod Parker in 2008?
(Jeff from DC)
He's a teenage arm, so there's no huge expectatoins. He's going to join Low A South Bend a week or two late and really all you want is 100+ innings, health, and positive development. Numbers are almost irrelevant. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-03-26 12:00:00 (link to chat)I am eagerly anticipating the debut of Jarrod Parker this year. Do you think he can fly through the minors like say, Kershaw or Bailey?
(Phil from Chicago)
Well both Kershaw and Bailey spent most of their first season in the Midwest League, and that's what I expect out of Parker -- maybe a similar schedule to Brett Anderson's a year ago. Parker will be in South Bend, so he won't be too far from home, and I think that comfort will allow him to be one of the league's most dynamic players. He's a fantastic talent, and I'm looking to see him, too. (Bryan Smith)
2008-03-26 12:00:00 (link to chat)What types of players will the Dbacks have available to them when they pick at the draft? Any chance they gift an early Xmas gift like Jarrod Parker again?
(Jon from LA)
Well I don't think they'll land a top 6 or so talent like Parker at 26, no. I think Lance Lynn is a potential choice, I think Arizona fans should cross their fingers and hope for Weeks. A pitcher like Brett DeVall from the high school ranks is pretty good, too. But I'm going to say Buster Posey as the perfect fit. (Bryan Smith)


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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Although he has not thrown an MLB pitch in 2014, Jarrod Parker threw 6,031 pitches that were tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2011 and 2013, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Spring Training. In 2013, he relied primarily on his Sinker (93mph) and Change (83mph), also mixing in a Fourseam Fastball (93mph) and Slider (84mph). He also rarely threw a Curve (78mph).