Blake Parker
Blake Parker
34-Year-Old PitcherRP
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Parker started the season as the closer for a playoff team. He saved 10 games for the Twins early in the season but was designated for assignment in late July after posting a 7.11 ERA in his final 19 innings for the team. He was picked up by the Phillies but didn't do much in the final two months of the season, recording a 5.04 ERA in 25 innings of work. His peripherals improved significantly over that stretch, however, as his strikeout rate rose from 21.7% in Minnesota to 31.6% in Philadelphia while his walk rate fell from 10.2% to 6.1%. If he can keep up those numbers over a full season (without the 25.0% HR/FB rate that came with it), he can be a shutdown reliever, as he was for the Angels in 2017 when he posted similar strikeout and walk numbers. He'll turn 35 in June, though, so continuing to slide into a lower-leverage role seems more likely than him returning to the ninth inning. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a contract with the Phillies in July of 2019.
Refuses outright assignment
PFree Agent  
November 4, 2019
Parker became a free agent Monday after refusing an outright assignment to the minors.
ANALYSIS
Parker saved 10 games early in the season for the Twins, but it wasn't a great year overall for the 34-year-old, who finished with a 4.55 ERA. He'll be looking for a new team this winter.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
17
Last 10 Games
18
Last 5 Games
17
How many pitches does Blake Parker generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
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81-90
 
91-100
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Blake Parker generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-10%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-17%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-14%
BAA vs RHP
2017
 
 
-5%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .232 361 89 28 76 13 0 11
Since 2017vs Right .209 424 132 29 80 14 1 21
2019vs Left .260 112 23 12 25 3 0 3
2019vs Right .215 143 42 10 28 4 0 10
2018vs Left .269 129 30 10 32 7 0 5
2018vs Right .231 147 40 9 31 4 1 7
2017vs Left .168 120 36 6 19 3 0 3
2017vs Right .176 134 50 10 21 6 0 4
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-49%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-19%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-40%
ERA at Home
2017
 
 
-84%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 2.38 0.91 105.2 6 3 16 11.2 2.0 1.0
Since 2017Away 4.63 1.31 89.1 2 4 16 9.1 3.3 2.0
2019Home 4.09 1.33 33.0 2 2 5 11.2 2.7 1.6
2019Away 5.08 1.09 28.1 1 1 5 7.6 3.8 2.2
2018Home 2.50 0.94 36.0 2 1 6 11.0 2.0 1.3
2018Away 4.15 1.58 30.1 0 0 8 7.7 3.3 2.1
2017Home 0.74 0.49 36.2 2 0 5 11.3 1.5 0.2
2017Away 4.70 1.24 30.2 1 3 3 11.7 2.9 1.8
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Stat Review
How does Blake Parker compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 30 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
2.95
 
K/9
9.5
 
BB/9
3.2
 
HR/9
1.9
 
Fastball
91.2 mph
 
ERA
4.55
 
WHIP
1.22
 
BABIP
.270
 
GB/FB
1.19
 
Left On Base
75.7%
 
Exit Velocity
88.9 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
8.0%
 
Spin Rate
1814 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
40.1%
 
Swinging Strike
11.3%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Parker had a tough time following up on his surprise success in 2017. His strikeout rate dropped nine percentage points (to 25.4%) while his home-run rate skyrocketed with 12 long balls allowed in 66.1 innings of work. Despite those issues, he kept his ERA as low as it was thanks to an abnormally high 89.4% left-on-base rate. The other concerning part of his game was a groundball rate that dropped from 47% in 2017 to 33.7% in 2018, turning him from a groundball pitcher to one with many risky flyballs. His home-run-to-flyball rate was mostly in line with 2017, so it was the change in batted-ball types that led to the surge in home runs more than any kind of unfortunate HR/FB fluctuation that we would normally look for when someone's home-run rate spikes this much. What looked like a nice, closer-worthy skill set pre-2018 is now a risky profile that should properly set his value for 2019.
Reliever volatility is a tough thing to forecast. Look at the seasons Parker put up in 2013 and 2017; very similar seasons across the board except that he was an extreme flyball pitcher in 2013 and was more groundball heavy in 2017. The time in between was marred by Tommy John surgery, but Parker made the most of his opportunity, striking out 17 of the final 18 guys he faced in spring training to earn and then keep a job in the bullpen all season. He is already 32 years old and has pitched for four different organizations; Parker looks a bit like Jason Grilli and has had a similar career path. A ceiling such as what Grilli did in his mid 30s is not a bad deal and he should enter camp as the favorite to win the closer role for 2018 after finishing the season in August and September striking out 33 percent of the batters he faced while holding them to a .155 average.
Someone in your NL-only league may have speculated on Parker for saves last year, and that owner would have done well if he were in a Triple-A league, as Parker saved 25 games for Iowa in 2014. To be fair, Parker did have a nice 21-inning run with the Cubs. Ignore the 5.14 ERA and look at some of the other numbers: 24:4 K:BB ratio, an inflated .374 BABIP, and a low 64 percent strand rate. It may not look like it, but Parker may have pitched better than teammate Neil Ramirez last year. Throw in his strong performance with the Cubs in 2013, and we may have a decent sleeper on our hands. If you don't believe in Hector Rondon or whoever the Cubs trot out there in the ninth inning this April, throw your dart at Parker, not Ramirez.
After starting the year in the minors, Parker pitched in relief for the Cubs during the last four months of the season and proved he belonged in the big leagues. A 55:15 K:BB ratio helped contribute to a 2.72 ERA and 1.165 WHIP in just 46.1 innings. He had a particularly-good six-week midsummer run when he got six holds and his only save, but despite pitching well the rest of the way, he only got one more hold, indicating that his team maybe didn't trust him in key situations. With a new manager in town and no established closer signed yet, Parker could get the opportunity to win the ninth-inning job, so keep an eye on him this spring.
The Cubs' Triple-A closer, Parker struck out 58 in just 51 innings and racked up 22 saves. He also did a fine job of keeping the ball in the park with just three home runs allowed. His biggest weakness is command - 27 walks is higher than we would like, but so long as the ball stays in the park, and the strikeouts are there, we can live with it. He'll vie for a bullpen role this spring with the big-league club.
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Opening season finale
PPhiladelphia Phillies  
September 29, 2019
Parker is opening Sunday's game against the Marlins.
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Opening Game 1 of twin bill
PPhiladelphia Phillies  
September 23, 2019
Parker will serve as the opener for Game 1 of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Nationals, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.
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Strong showing in extra innings
PPhiladelphia Phillies  
August 3, 2019
Parker threw two scoreless innings in Friday's loss to the White Sox, striking out four batters while not allowing a single baserunner.
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Latches on with Phillies
PPhiladelphia Phillies  
July 30, 2019
Parker signed a major-league contract with Philadelphia on Tuesday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
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Hits open market
PMinnesota Twins  
July 29, 2019
Parker declined an outright assignment to Triple-A Rochester and elected free agency Monday, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports.
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