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2014 Rest-of-Season Projections (seasonal age 31)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
0.3 4.01 1.36 0 0 0 0 0.0
Birth Date10-30-1982
Height6' 3"
Weight215 lbs
Age31 years, 11 months, 24 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
1.22010
2011
1.02012
0.52013
-0.22014
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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
2007 MIL 24 9 2 26.3 9.0 17.3 0 1 0 0 2 0 116 25 13 11 1 33 12 12 2 26 3.76 3.29 3.50 8.2 0.8
2008 MIL 25 32 29 166.0 159.0 7.0 10 8 0 0 10 1 741 181 91 81 18 269 75 74 2 147 4.39 4.14 4.34 28.6 2.6
2009 MIL 26 27 27 140.0 140.0 0.0 11 11 0 0 11 1 671 179 108 99 19 280 77 72 1 116 6.36 4.84 5.41 1.3 -0.2
2010 MIL 27 42 16 122.0 84.3 37.7 3 10 0 1 3 0 560 135 76 68 18 218 63 60 3 129 5.02 4.53 4.54 10.4 1.2
2012 MIL 29 62 0 58.7 0.0 58.7 2 3 0 3 0 0 273 62 39 33 3 87 35 33 3 61 5.06 3.66 3.59 10.0 1.0
2013 CIN 30 57 0 46.0 0.0 46.0 2 3 0 2 0 0 188 40 18 17 5 64 15 15 1 56 3.33 3.04 3.74 4.5 0.5
2014 CIN 31 53 0 36.7 0.0 36.7 0 3 1 2 0 0 164 39 20 19 4 59 18 17 1 34 4.66 4.22 4.99 -1.9 -0.2
Career28274595.7392.3203.32839182622713661365328681010295283135694.964.224.5260.95.6

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
2002 OGD Rk 11 10 47.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .386 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 BLT A 23 23 138.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .294 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 HDS A+ 13 12 67.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .351 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 HUN AA 3 3 6.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .400 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 HUN AA 16 16 91.0 4.20 96 .247 .248 .318 .370 .261 .347 80 15.4 1.6 18.9 1.7
2006 BRV A+ 15 14 54.2 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .309 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 HUN AA 6 6 31.2 3.83 68 .226 .255 .318 .371 .246 .269 59 5.3 0.6 7.3 0.7
2007 MIL MLB 9 2 26.3 3.50 130 .247 .270 .330 .405 .254 .320 105 6.5 0.6 8.2 0.8
2007 HUN AA 13 13 80.7 3.75 113 .232 .252 .328 .383 .260 .306 95 11.9 1.2 14.1 1.3
2007 NAS AAA 4 4 26.0 3.07 132 .193 .275 .331 .447 .260 .212 93 7.0 0.7 6.6 0.6
2008 MIL MLB 32 29 166.0 4.34 106 .274 .260 .323 .406 .258 .327 99 24.8 2.5 28.6 2.6
2009 MIL MLB 27 27 140.0 5.41 77 .304 .257 .322 .405 .259 .349 97 0.1 0.0 1.3 -0.2
2009 NAS AAA 4 4 24.7 4.38 99 .201 .249 .315 .361 .251 .229 93 2.2 0.2 2.8 0.3
2010 MIL MLB 42 16 122.0 4.54 94 .298 .252 .315 .389 .260 .337 97 9.0 0.9 10.4 1.2
2011 WIS A 1 0 2.0 2.11 151 -.008 .239 .289 .319 .237 .000 96 0.6 0.1 0.6 0.1
2011 NAS AAA 7 1 10.3 5.13 98 .257 .278 .351 .442 .264 .364 92 1.4 0.1 1.4 0.1
2012 MIL MLB 62 0 58.7 3.59 123 .259 .254 .318 .395 .259 .345 109 10.1 1.1 10.0 1.0
2013 CIN MLB 57 0 46.0 3.74 110 .235 .253 .316 .402 .261 .315 103 4.2 0.5 4.5 0.5
2013 PEN AA 3 3 5.0 3.52 115 .152 .254 .326 .401 .270 .250 97 1.3 0.1 1.3 0.1
2014 CIN MLB 53 0 36.7 4.99 74 .288 .253 .317 .386 .263 .327 99 -1.9 -0.2 -1.9 -0.2

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
2002 OGD Rk 3 1 0 11 10 47.7 59 10 51 3 0% .386 11.1 1.9 0.6 9.6 1.45 3.21 0.0 0.0
2003 BLT A 11 2 0 23 23 138.7 127 24 117 9 0% .294 8.2 1.6 0.6 7.6 1.09 2.73 0.0 0.0
2004 HUN AA 0 1 0 3 3 6.0 6 0 10 0 0% .400 9.0 0.0 0.0 15.0 1.00 4.50 0.0 0.0
2004 HDS A+ 5 2 0 13 12 67.3 76 19 64 3 0% .351 10.2 2.5 0.4 8.6 1.41 3.48 0.0 0.0
2005 HUN AA 5 6 0 16 16 91.0 111 21 86 4 56% .347 11.0 2.1 0.4 8.5 1.45 3.96 18.9 1.7
2006 HUN AA 3 0 0 6 6 31.2 26 8 29 0 50% .269 7.5 2.3 0.0 8.4 1.09 2.88 7.3 0.7
2006 BRV A+ 1 3 0 15 14 54.2 47 32 61 4 0% .309 7.8 5.3 0.7 10.1 1.46 2.99 0.0 0.0
2007 HUN AA 7 3 0 13 13 80.7 70 26 81 2 49% .306 7.8 2.9 0.2 9.0 1.19 2.68 14.1 1.3
2007 NAS AAA 3 1 0 4 4 26.0 15 7 25 1 46% .212 5.2 2.4 0.3 8.7 0.85 1.73 6.6 0.6
2007 MIL MLB 0 1 0 9 2 26.3 25 12 26 1 37% .320 8.5 4.1 0.3 8.9 1.41 3.76 8.2 0.8
2008 MIL MLB 10 8 0 32 29 166.0 181 75 147 18 53% .327 9.8 4.1 1.0 8.0 1.54 4.39 28.6 2.6
2009 MIL MLB 11 11 0 27 27 140.0 179 77 116 19 51% .349 11.5 5.0 1.2 7.5 1.83 6.36 1.3 -0.2
2009 NAS AAA 1 2 0 4 4 24.7 16 13 19 0 57% .229 5.8 4.7 0.0 6.9 1.17 2.91 2.8 0.3
2010 MIL MLB 3 10 0 42 16 122.0 135 63 129 18 48% .337 10.0 4.6 1.3 9.5 1.62 5.02 10.4 1.2
2011 NAS AAA 0 1 0 7 1 10.3 12 5 8 0 67% .364 10.5 4.4 0.0 7.0 1.65 6.10 1.4 0.1
2011 WIS A 1 0 0 1 0 2.0 0 0 4 0 50% .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 18.0 0.00 0.00 0.6 0.1
2012 MIL MLB 2 3 0 62 0 58.7 62 35 61 3 49% .345 9.5 5.4 0.5 9.4 1.65 5.06 10.0 1.0
2013 CIN MLB 2 3 0 57 0 46.0 40 15 56 5 46% .315 7.8 2.9 1.0 11.0 1.20 3.33 4.5 0.5
2013 PEN AA 0 0 0 3 3 5.0 3 1 5 0 83% .250 5.4 1.8 0.0 9.0 0.80 0.00 1.3 0.1
2014 CIN MLB 0 3 1 53 0 36.7 39 18 34 4 54% .327 9.6 4.4 1.0 8.3 1.55 4.66 -1.9 -0.2

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 2533 0.4887 0.4445 0.7947 0.6074 0.2880 0.8896 0.6032 0.2018
2009 2515 0.4978 0.4292 0.7970 0.6078 0.2518 0.8817 0.5943 0.2011
2010 2141 0.4951 0.4428 0.7468 0.5868 0.3016 0.8633 0.5245 0.2511
2012 1043 0.4458 0.4324 0.7738 0.6301 0.2734 0.9113 0.5190 0.2239
2013 761 0.4520 0.4625 0.6960 0.5872 0.3597 0.8267 0.5200 0.3040
2014 625 0.4672 0.4768 0.7148 0.6404 0.3333 0.8556 0.4775 0.2852
Career96180.48360.44230.76940.60590.28860.87680.55950.2285

Injury History

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 2011-03-22 On-Alr 0 0 Mid Back Inflammation Facet Joint -
2011-03-22 2011-10-17 60-DL 209 162 Left Elbow Sprain UCL and Flexor Tendon Strain -
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
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
6 yrPrevious$4,658,000
2011Current$2,000,000
7 yrPvs + Cur$6,658,000
1 yrFuture$3,500,000
8 yrTotal$10,158,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
6 y 63 dJoe Urbon2 years/$5.5M (2014-15)

Details
  • 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.

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 0 0 0 0 0 63.9 48 23 63 5 .277 1.11 2.82 3.06 0.0 0.0
80o 0 0 0 0 0 58.2 47 22 57 5 .291 1.19 3.19 3.47 0.0 0.0
70o 0 0 0 0 0 54.1 46 22 53 5 .301 1.24 3.47 3.77 0.0 0.0
60o 0 0 0 0 0 50.8 44 21 50 5 .310 1.29 3.71 4.03 0.0 0.0
50o 0 0 0 0 0 47.7 43 21 47 5 .318 1.34 3.93 4.28 0.0 0.0
40o 0 0 0 0 0 44.7 42 20 44 5 .327 1.39 4.16 4.53 0.0 0.0
30o 0 0 0 0 0 41.5 41 19 41 4 .336 1.45 4.41 4.8 0.0 0.0
20o 0 0 0 0 0 37.9 39 19 37 4 .346 1.51 4.71 5.12 0.0 0.0
10o 0 0 0 0 0 33.0 36 17 32 4 .360 1.61 5.13 5.57 0.0 0.0
Weighted Mean0000047.14220465.3171.333.914.250.00.0

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
20% 49% 20% 28% 84%

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
20153221048051482144649.3091.344.104.468.43.77.71.10.3
20163321038040381735449.3151.384.234.608.53.87.90.90.2
20173411030032311429449.3281.424.524.918.84.08.21.10.0
20183521034036351532449.3211.394.254.628.83.88.01.00.1
20193611028030291326349.3181.424.464.858.83.97.90.90.0
20203710022024241020349.3311.444.685.089.13.87.61.1-0.0
2021381001902020917249.3311.474.775.199.24.17.80.9-0.1
2022391001601717814249.3261.474.745.159.04.27.41.1-0.0
2023401001201213610149.3211.544.785.199.54.47.30.7-0.0

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
28.63210.921.634.220.8127.4

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 83)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 89 Casey Fossum 2009 2.25
2 88 Mike Cuellar 1968 3.15
3 88 Jorge De La Rosa 2012 11.81
4 87 David Cone 1994 3.15
5 87 Bob Lemon 1952 2.99
6 87 Todd Wellemeyer 2010 5.68
7 87 Mark Gubicza 1994 5.12
8 86 Mickey Lolich 1972 2.75
9 86 Rudy May 1976 4.33
10 85 Sonny Siebert 1968 3.33
11 85 Jorge Sosa 2009 6.85
12 85 Brett Myers 2012 4.13
13 85 Vicente Padilla 2009 4.64
14 85 Chuck Finley 1994 4.66
15 85 Ray Culp 1973 5.72
16 85 Steve Carlton 1976 3.35
17 85 Chris Short 1969 7.20
18 85 Nate Robertson 2009 6.16
19 84 Bruce Kison 1981 3.68
20 84 Grant Jackson 1974 2.43
21 84 Jay Howell 1987 6.09
22 84 Kenny Rogers 1996 4.88
23 84 Paul Abbott 1999 3.72
24 84 Camilo Pascual 1965 3.87
25 84 Mark Mulder 2009 0.00 DNP
26 84 Bill Singer 1975 5.28 DNP
27 84 John Hiller 1974 3.06
28 84 Kip Wells 2008 6.93
29 84 John Tudor 1985 2.23
30 84 Carl Erskine 1958 5.58
31 84 Bruce Ruffin 1995 2.12
32 84 Jason Schmidt 2004 3.32
33 83 Gary Bell 1968 3.70
34 83 Kevin Correia 2012 4.68
35 83 Ben Wade 1954 8.39
36 83 Bob Welch 1988 3.94
37 83 Steve Hamilton 1966 3.30
38 83 Pat Dobson 1973 4.72
39 83 Todd Stottlemyre 1996 4.03
40 83 Woody Main 1953 18.00
41 83 Aaron Sele 2001 3.89
42 83 Stu Miller 1959 3.54
43 83 Juan Guzman 1998 4.99
44 83 Windy McCall 1957 13.50
45 83 Jack Harshman 1959 5.09
46 82 Randy Wolf 2008 4.73
47 82 Andy McGaffigan 1988 3.05
48 82 Billy Hoeft 1963 4.44
49 82 Ted Lilly 2007 3.96
50 82 Alejandro Pena 1990 3.67
51 82 Pascual Perez 1988 2.82
52 82 Al Downing 1972 3.60
53 82 Mike Flanagan 1983 3.81
54 82 Tim Fortugno 1993 0.00 DNP
55 82 Frank Tanana 1985 4.65
56 82 Tommy Phelps 2005 4.63
57 82 Steve Farr 1988 2.83
58 82 David Wells 1994 4.37
59 82 Victor Santos 2008 0.00 DNP
60 82 Jim Rooker 1974 3.15
61 82 Jose Guzman 1994 9.15
62 82 Dave Burba 1998 4.42
63 82 Rick Sutcliffe 1987 3.94
64 82 Tom Underwood 1985 0.00 DNP
65 82 Gene Conley 1962 4.32 DNP
66 82 Dan Plesac 1993 5.31
67 82 Vida Blue 1981 2.89
68 82 Ray Narleski 1960 0.00 DNP
69 82 Mark Langston 1992 4.05
70 82 Bill Henry 1959 2.77
71 82 Joe Gibbon 1966 4.67
72 82 Ray Sadecki 1972 3.81
73 82 Dick Kelley 1971 4.06
74 82 Charles Nagy 1998 5.95
75 81 Don Drysdale 1968 2.38
76 81 Connie Johnson 1954 0.00 DNP
77 81 Wilson Alvarez 2001 0.00 DNP
78 81 Roy Thomas 1984 6.16
79 81 Tim Worrell 1999 5.06
80 81 Odalis Perez 2009 0.00 DNP
81 81 Frank Viola 1991 4.36
82 81 Norm Charlton 1994 0.00 DNP
83 81 Erik Hanson 1996 6.00
84 81 Wandy Rodriguez 2010 4.38
85 81 Bert Blyleven 1982 6.20
86 81 Jim Brewer 1969 3.06
87 81 Dick Tidrow 1978 4.22
88 81 Matt Young 1990 4.23
89 81 Don Elston 1960 4.01
90 81 Max Surkont 1953 4.10
91 81 Pete Vuckovich 1984 0.00 DNP
92 81 Dave Hillman 1959 3.96
93 81 Mark Davis 1992 7.47
94 81 Mike Krukow 1983 4.64
95 81 Bill Bonham 1980 4.74
96 81 Greg Harris 1987 5.89
97 81 Justin Miller 2009 3.18
98 81 Skip Lockwood 1978 3.57
99 80 Cliff Politte 2005 2.00
100 80 Bryn Smith 1987 4.85

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .210 .290 .307 .216
11 vs R (Multi) .296 .377 .464 .285
18 Split (Multi) -.086 -.087 -.158 -.069
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.026 -.032 -.063 -.030
30 vs L (2013) .167 .237 .238 .178
31 vs R (2013) .310 .370 .524 .280
38 Split (2013) -.143 -.133 -.286 -.101
39 LgAvg (2013) -.025 -.031 -.062 -.029

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 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. That’s 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 Parra’s frustrating career in Milwaukee’s 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 he’s started, Parra has held hitters to a .253/.340/.368 career line the first time they’ve 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. Parra’s episodes of competence and health have become fewer and farther between, so don’t hold your breath.
2009 Since lefties who throw in the low to mid-90s aren’t 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 weren’t 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.

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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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Manny Parra has thrown 10,041 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2007 and 2014, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Spring Training. In 2014, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (94mph) and Slider (84mph), also mixing in a Splitter (85mph). He also rarely throws a Sinker (94mph).