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Jarrod Parker to Be New #5 Starter

April 23, 2012

The A’s will call up top prospect Jarrod Parker to make the start Wednesday versus the Chicago White Sox. This move is not really surprising as once the Graham Godfrey demotion was announced, Parker was pulled early from his start in Sacramento. To me it never ceases to be amazing how someones break in the Majors can be entirely based upon how their minor league starts line up with a vacancy in the MLB rotation but that’s how it seems to go. Brad Peacock and he were pretty even statistically but he was lined up poorly and so that made the difference and Parker is in.

Parker overcame a miserable control problem-filled spring to pitch pretty well for the River Cats in his four starts (including the one very shortened on Saturday in which he only threw two and two-thirds innings) he has thrown 20 2/3 innings of 9.2 K/9, 2.6 BB/9 and 0.9 HR/9 baseball for a 2.18 ERA and still decent but higher 3.30 FIP – all this despite the fact that he has allowed a very high .345 BABIP. Hopefully Parker can stick around do well and start making his way to being the #1 starter many – including myself – envision he could become.

I still don’t understand why the A’s felt it was best to send Godfrey packing, first of all he had limited playing time to make a decision in my mind and wasn’t nearly as horrible as such a dramatic demotion warranted. I would have preferred to put him in a swingman/spot-starter role which to me has been left vacant by the A’s entirely too long. To me that is an integral role on a pitching staff, including one as fragile as the A’s. If there were to be an injury to a pitcher while warming in the bullpen, not altogether unlikely or even someone being felled early in the game like Tyson Ross was just last season, what would Bob Melvin do with this club? He’d go to one of these several relievers throwing two innings a piece thing that’d hurt the A’s for the week ahead. Poor planning to not have someone to bite the bullet and go a few innings. Someone needs to be sent packing once Parker is added and my guess is that person will be none other than the last call up, Pedro Figueroa.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Drew W permalink
    April 23, 2012 7:08 pm

    I’m looking forward to watching Parker develop this season. Perhaps Godfrey comes back if Colon or McCarthy gets traded. You are exactly right about the A’s not having a swingman/spot starter; a few nights ago Norberto went two innings and threw almost 50 pitches, so I guess he is the default guy, but it is curious that the A’s bullpen has three (now four) lefties and none of them seem to be the “loogy” type.

    • April 23, 2012 11:12 pm

      Yeah, I don’t like the idea of Norberto as a long man really, especially since his pitch counts can rapidly increase due to his control struggles. But, here is hoping that Parker develops into something special before our eyes here!

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