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10/30/1982 (34 y, 3 m, 24 d)
2001 June Amateur Draft - Round: 26, Pick: 12, Overall: 778, Team: Milwaukee Brewers
$0.2M / 1 Years (2016)
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Year in Review:
Parra is frustrating. Typically, a pitcher who strikes out close to eight per nine and induces grounders on about 50% of balls in play is going to be fantastic. Consider: In 2009, Adam Wainwright posted an 8.19 K/9 and 50.7% GB rate. He was a clear Cy Young candidate (and not just because of his high win total). Parra, meanwhile, posted a 7.46 K/9 and 48.1% GB rate – i.e. only slightly worse in each category. And while maybe he was in the running for Nicest Eyes or Class Clown or something like that, no one was thinking of him as Cy Parra. The reasons? Well, one of them is probably Parra's inflated BABIP of .365. That number is due to go down. But the other reason – Parra's walk rate of 4.95 BB/9 – is of greater concern. By comparison, Wainwright walked only 2.55 per nine. Those two-plus free passes every nine innings are the difference between elite status and borderline replacement level.
The Year Ahead:
The book on Parra going into this season is disturbingly similar to what it was last year: lefty with good velocity; gets ground balls; gets strikeouts; needs to work on control. Parra had youth and inexperience to excuse him last offseason. This time around? A little bit, but not as much. And where Parra needed to work on his control, it actually got worse. He walked almost one more batter per nine in 2009 than 2008. The year 2010 marks Parra's age-27 season. He showed few signs of improved control at the end of last season, walking 10 in his last 17 IP. For now, consider Parra a talented pitcher with insufferable control problems. If he comes out of the gate walking 3.5 or fewer per nine, pick him up. (Carson Cistulli)
Manny Parra started the 2010 season as a reliever, was a starter at the beginning of June, and ended the season as a reliever. As a starter, opponents hit .293/.379/.494 off of Parra. Starting pitching numbers of a 6.19 ERA and 1.74 WHIP are not what you want anywhere near your fantasy roster, although he did strike out 129 in 122 IP. Still, expect the Brewers to look for other options in the starting rotation or in free agency. Don’t expect Parra to start the season as the No. 5 starter, as the Brewers may have found him a place in the bullpen. Parra’s control problems and hittable pitches are a last resort for the Brewers, and he may get a spot start every now and then if the Brewers strike out in the hot-stove league or multiple starters get injured. The once-promising lefty with good velocity and strikeout ability has not shown any sign of a turnaround in control. Expect much of the same this season, which means 4.5 walks per 9.0 innings and a 5.00 ERA. (Albert Lyu)
The Quick Opinion:
Parra will not start in the rotation to begin the 2011 season unless the Brewers run out of options. Control problems still hamper the pitcher, so expect 4.5 BB/9 and a 5.00 ERA.
Manny Parra quietly enjoyed a tremendous 2013 season. His fastball velocity increased from 92.6 mph to 93.4 mph, he struck out a career high 29.8% of the batters he faced, and his 2.79 SIERA illustrates his overall dominance. Unfortunately, he re-signed with the Reds and will be behind perhaps three or four relievers for any shot at the ninth inning. He's a good source of strikeouts for a reliever and could marginally help ratios, but with only 45-to-50 projected innings, that's not something worth drafting. (JP Breen)
After a much improved 2013 season, fueled by an uptick in velocity, Parra gave back some of the velocity gains and saw his increased strikeout go with it. Even if the velocity and strikeouts come back, he's 32 and walks more than ten percent of batters. He's not fantasy relevant. (Brett Talley)
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