Blake Parker Emerging As Key Piece in Angels Bullpen

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Updated: March 24, 2017

The Angels will be without closer Huston Street for the beginning of the regular season. That has made the closer role in Anaheim up for grabs. Relief pitchers Cam Bedrosian and veteran Andrew Bailey remain favorites for the job.

Blake Parker as emerged as an interesting candidate for a late inning bullpen role. The 31-year-old pitcher was invited to Angels camp as a non-roster player, but has pitched his way into the bullpen and possibly the closer role.

This spring Parker has pitched in eight games with 12 strikeouts and one save. He’s allowed just two walks, and one earned run. Parker has a 1.08 ERA, and has yet to allow a home run this spring.

The veteran has bounced around the last few years, but might have found a home in the Halos bullpen. Parker has four years of Major League experience. Most recently with the Seattle Mariners and New York Yankees.

It was a rough season for Parker last year, posting a 4.67 ERA in 17 games allowing nine walks. Command has been a big issue for Parker, but from the looks of Spring Training he’s regained his command.

In 2013 he pitched in 49 games with the Chicago Cubs, posting a 2.72 ERA and recorded one save. Parker only has two career saves, but his outstanding work this spring should get him a look as closer.

At the very least Parker should receive a bullpen role with the Halos. His effort this spring has opened the eyes of the Angels, as many did not believe he’d have a legitimate shot to make the roster. Injuries and a fantastic start to Spring Training have given Parker another shot at the Major Leagues.

 

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