Could Blake Parker Sneak Into Angels Bullpen?

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Updated: February 10, 2017

The Los Angeles Angels could have a sleeper hit in right-handed relief pitcher Blake Parker. He’ll be a non-roster invitee to Spring Training.

The Angels claimed 31-year-old Blake Parker off waivers from the Milwaukee Brewers in December. Parker most recently played with the Seattle Mariners and New York Yankees in 2016. He’ll look to grab a bullpen role with the Halos in 2017.

Parker went 1-0 4.67 ERA in 17 games with one save in 2016. He made his Major League debut with the Chicago Cubs in 2012, but hasn’t seen much MLB action since 2014. Parker is 3-3 3.87 ERA in 91 games with two saves in parts of four Major League seasons.

Struggling mostly in the Majors, besides his one breakout season in 2012. Parker went 1-2 2.72 ERA in 49 games with 55 strikeouts in 2012. Proving that he can be a solid Major League relief pitcher, but has not been the same since that season.

This is how the current Angels bullpen looks right now. Huston Street will most likely start the season as the closer. Veteran righty Andrew Bailey and Cam Bedrosian are the setup pitchers. Jose Alvarez as the left-handed reliever out of the pen. The long relief spot will be given to a starter that does not win a rotation spot. That leaves at least two spots open for competition in Spring Training.

Many of the other possible bullpen options struggled heavily last season. Which gives Parker a fair chance heading into Spring Training. Parker has good command and an ability to keep the ball in the park. He could take a path similar to Bailey and reinvent himself with the Halos.

 

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