Friday, June 28, 2013

RBI (152) A Frontline Starter...

A key part to the surging and surprising success of the Oakland A's is a lockdown rotation with young arms that make the entire rotation loaded with frontline talent, and starting pitcher Jarrod Parker is a large part of that success.

Parker was taken with the 9th overall pick out of the 2007 MLB draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks. He was included as a key part of the deal that sent Trevor Cahill from the A's to the Diamondbacks to help push both teams to playoff relevance. In his first year he was part of the upstart A's season taking the AL West by storm going 13-8. His sophomore season started with some difficulties, but he's turned his struggles around and is again being an anchor in the rotation to help the A's pushing to be the top of the AL West.
I was able to get Parker to autograph this 2012 Topps Heritage card for me after he pitched in the Angels home opener for the 2013 season. For those of you curious about different signing habits of specific players every time I've seen Parker sign autographs he is firmly a "one per" kind of player so don't go out with a big stack expecting him to knock them out or hope to get a ball and card done.

1 comment:

  1. Jarrod said this year that he doesn't sign baseballs and refused all the fans that wanted a baseball signed...really weird.