Gerardo Parra
Gerardo Parra
33-Year-Old OutfielderOF
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2020 Fantasy Outlook
Parra's 11th major-league season was mostly forgettable as he registered the lowest batting average of his career (.234) in 119 games between San Francisco and Washington. In fact, his final numbers would have looked even worse if not for a 7-for-9 outburst that raised his average 19 points over the final weekend of the season. The veteran not only struggled to collect hits, he also posted a mediocre walk rate (6.3%) and produced very little power, registering a tepid 31.2% hard-hit rate and 85.4 mph average exit velocity. Even his usually strong split against righties deteriorated last season, as he hit only .236 against them, far below his .285 career mark. Parra did manage to swipe eight bags -- a decent amount considering his low number of plate appearances (301). He agreed to a one-year, $2 million contract with the Yomiuri Giants of Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball, so he is firmly off the radar. Read Past Outlooks
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November 20, 2019
Parra agreed to a one-year, $2 million contract Wednesday with the Yomiuri Giants of Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
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Though Parra didn't have a substantial role for the Nationals during the postseason in the club's run to its first World Series, he proved to be a useful reserve and fill-in starter in the outfield and first base in the regular season. Still, the 32-year-old put together a meager .234/.293/.391 slash line (74 wRC+) across 301 plate appearances, production that likely would have forced him to settle for a lesser salary had he elected to continue his career stateside. Instead, he'll head overseas on a deal worth up to $2.5 million in bonuses in 2020. The contract also contains a $3 million vesting option for 2021.
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+31%
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+7%
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+52%
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Since 2018vs Left .566 172 20 2 13 3 .212 .265 .301
Since 2018vs Right .742 572 70 13 88 16 .279 .340 .403
2020vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Left .650 69 8 1 6 2 .226 .279 .371
2019vs Right .694 232 30 8 42 6 .236 .297 .396
2018vs Left .510 103 12 1 7 1 .202 .255 .255
2018vs Right .776 340 40 5 46 10 .309 .369 .407
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Since 2018Home .680 360 43 7 55 5 .261 .312 .368
Since 2018Away .723 384 47 8 46 14 .266 .332 .390
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2019Home .677 165 22 4 26 1 .245 .293 .384
2019Away .692 136 16 5 22 7 .220 .294 .398
2018Home .682 195 21 3 29 4 .275 .328 .354
2018Away .739 248 31 3 24 7 .291 .354 .386
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By batting average, Parra is a serviceable piece against righty pitchers. Parra has hit higher than .295 in three of the past four seasons against righties. That is about where his offensive value ends as, despite the high average, Parra has been a below-league-average offensive contributor against righties in three of the four past seasons. The power is now purely gap power as he rarely reaches the fences. If you loved owning James Loney 10 years ago, here is your chance to relive those glory days. Parra could land with a club and play on the strong side of a platoon while hitting in the bottom of the lineup because all he is bringing to the table these days is an empty average and a handful of steals. That's assuming the hitting holds up. He has always had favorable home parks and has been terrible on the road. We do not yet know where his new home will be. Unless it is somewhere that favors lefties, he should be a fall-back plan rather than a target.
At the outset of 2017, Parra was expected to serve as the Rockies' fourth outfielder, but injuries prevented David Dahl from suiting up for the big-league club all year, opening up more playing time than expected for the veteran. After carrying a sub-.700 OPS during the second half of May, Parra started to heat up at the plate before a quad strain landed him on the DL in early June. Once he returned in July, Parra started 63 of the Rockies' final 74 games, hitting .303/.337/.437 with four homers in the second half while playing half his games in the most hitter-friendly park in baseball. Not surprisingly, his OPS at home (.872) was considerably higher than his mark on the road (.708). Parra is still an above-average defender in the outfield, but he hurt his hand early in spring training, and that could allow Dahl and Raimel Tapia to take on larger roles.
The initial returns on Parra's three-year pact with the Rockies leave something to be desired. Many fantasy owners were hopeful that the Gold Glover would get a boost in his offensive numbers given his new hitter-friendly home, and although his .805 home OPS did give this claim credibility, a putrid .532 OPS on the road put a damper on his season. The 29-year-old ended up posting the lowest batting average of his eight seasons in the big leagues, while also posting a horrific 9:73 BB:K ratio. He dealt with a number of injuries during the season that limited him to just 102 games, including a sprained ankle and a strained hamstring, so some of his struggles could be chalked up to that. However, his BABIP dipped below .300, and considering his lack of patience at the plate, Parra will have to bounce back in a big way if he wants to warrant his large contract and hold more than a fourth-outfielder role.
Parra was involved in a midseason trade for the second season in a row, moving from the Brewers to the Orioles. There was a huge juxtaposition between Parra's time with each team, as he slashed .328/.369/.517 with Milwaukee and .237/.268/.357 with Baltimore. His power/speed combo was a tick above his career norms in what was a contract year, with the 14 homers representing a new career high and his second double-digit homer season in the last three years. Parra, who played all three outfield positions last season, can be a full-time contributor or an ideal fourth outfielder. Although he has been an above-average fielder in his career, Parra had a negative UZR at each position he played in 2015. After signing a three-year, $26 million deal with the Rockies in January, Parra's stock is on the rise. He's expected to play primarily in left field with Corey Dickerson traded shortly after his signing was made official.
After spending five and a half seasons with the Diamondbacks, Parra was sent to the Brewers last season at the trade deadline. He settled into a part-time outfield role in Milwaukee, primarily splitting time with Khris Davis in left field. Parra’s defense remained excellent, but he finished the 2014 campaign with the lowest OPS of his career. Parra and Davis figure to share the left field duties for the Brewers again in 2015, which will limit Parra’s fantasy utility.
Parra came out of the gates hot last season, hitting seven of his career-high 10 home runs in the first half of the season. In the second half, he quickly regressed to close to his pedestrian career averages in both average and power. His true value is in his defense, which aided his outstanding 4.6 WAR, but unfortunately that does not show up in most fantasy leagues. He is arbitration-eligible and also a potential trade piece, but if he ends up back in Arizona, a base line expectation for his performance seems very clear.
Parra showed improvement against lefties in 2011, but he regressed back toward his career norms last season and looks to be better suited for platoon work as a heavily used fourth outfielder than an everyday player. Defensively, he's an asset capable of playing all three outfield spots, but there are still some questions about his ability to develop additional power at the plate as he's never hit double-digit homers as a professional in the D-Backs' organization. With the trade of Chris Young to Oakland, Parra could see a larger role in 2013, although it's expected that Adam Eaton will compete to handle the majority of playing time in center field this season. As a result, another 400 at-bat season from Parra seems like the most likely outcome.
Although Parra hasn't provided the power most teams look for from their left fielder, he continues to improve offensively and managed to capture a Gold Glove with his outstanding defense in 2011. In addition to cutting back on his strikeouts, Parra increased his walk rate and was much better against left-handed pitching than he was in his first two seasons in the big leagues. While Parra is a good contact hitter with the ability to use all fields, D-Backs hitting coach Don Baylor has worked with him to develop more pull power. Perhaps a 15-20 homer season down the road is attainable, but fantasy owners should look to him for double-digit steals given his success rate on the basepaths with the opportunity to rack up runs scored if he gets another look near the top of the batting order. That said, the Diamondbacks' signing of Jason Kubel clouds his future - clearly Chris Young and Justin Upton won't be sitting to make room for Kubel, so Parra will likely serve as the fourth outfielder in 2012 barring a trade.
Once upon a time, Parra was considered a top prospect in the D-Backs' system. Just 23, he's already being labeled as a fourth outfielder with limited offensive upside. Defensively, he helps himself by displaying both the range and the arm needed to handle all three outfield positions, but it's his surprising shortcomings at the plate that have left keeper league owners disappointed. Struggles against left-handed pitching have led to a platoon stamp, and there seems to be little weight given to his .285/.327/.416 line against righties the past two seasons. Consider Parra as an endgame plug-in for NL-only leagues that require the use of five outfielders, as there still is some growth potential here.
Parra erupted at Double-A Mobile to start the season, hitting .355/.448/.477 in 107 at-bats before getting the surprise callup to Arizona when Conor Jackson came down with Valley Fever and Eric Byrnes was slumping. Despite skipping Triple-A and being just 22 years old, Parra held his own during his rookie season. Long term, Parra's home appears to be in left field, but he showed a very strong arm and is capable of playing in center or right when needed. The biggest questions regarding his future right now are whether he'll develop enough power to be an everyday player and if he'll figure out lefties to the point where he'll avoid having to sit against them (.220/.250/.220 in 100 at-bats). He figures to be a fourth option in the crowded Arizona outfield to begin 2010, but an early-season slump could earn him a ticket for some time at Triple-A Reno.
Parra made the transition from High-A Visalia to Double-A Mobile last season and held his own with a .275/.341/.419 line in 265 at-bats after being promoted. Through his first three minor league stops, Parra has shown good plate discipline (.362 OBP) and promising speed on the basepaths. Considering his progress as a 21-year-old, there's still plenty of time for him to develop additional power, as he's lacked the pop necessary to occupy a corner outfield spot at the major league level. Despite the lack of home runs, Parra possesses very good bat speed and the ability to hit the ball to all fields. Even though his stock has dipped during his progression through the minors, trades have depleted Arizona's stockpile of minor league talent and Parra will likely see Triple-A at some point in 2009, with an eye towards breaking in with the D-Backs in 2010.
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Sizzling to finish regular season
OFWashington Nationals  F
September 30, 2019
Parra went 2-for-2 with three RBI in Sunday's 8-2 win over the Indians.
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Posts three hits
OFWashington Nationals  F
September 27, 2019
Parra went 3-for-3 with a double, a home run and four RBI in an 8-2 victory over the Nationals on Friday.
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Back to bench with Eaton returning
OFWashington Nationals  F
September 2, 2019
Parra is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Mets.
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Back to bench role
OFWashington Nationals  F
August 14, 2019
Parra is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Reds.
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Socks seventh homer
OFWashington Nationals  F
August 7, 2019
Parra went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Giants.
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