Parker to start Wednesday
A’s manager Bob Melvin announced Sunday that top pitching prospect Jarrod Parker will be called up this week to start Wednesday’s afternoon matchup with the visiting White Sox.
The right-handed Parker, who missed out on a rotation spot at season’s start because of command issues that plagued him all spring, has worked his way through those and, as a result, is 1-0 with a 2.18 ERA with 21 strikeouts next to just six walks in 20 2/3 innings, spanning four starts.
“He’s been pitching well,” Melvin said. “We’ve always envisioned him being here at some point in time, especially with the stuff he has.”
Parker’s looming promotion comes in the wake of Graham Godfrey’s return to Triple-A. The 23-year-old righty was the key piece of December’s trade that sent All-Star Trevor Cahill to Arizona, where Parker was considered the D-backs’ top prospect.
Following rehab from his 2010 Tommy John surgery, Parker posted an 11-8 record and 3.79 ERA for Arizona’s Double-A club last year. He was called up to the big leagues for the first time in September and impressed greatly in just one start, tossing 5 2/3 scoreless innings and earning a spot on the club’s postseason roster.
Parker will be pitching on three days’ rest, but he utilized just 48 pitches in his Saturday start.