Blake Parker
Blake Parker
35-Year-Old PitcherRP
Philadelphia Phillies
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
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$Signed a one-year, minor-league contract with the Phillies in February of 2020.
Contract gets selected
PPhiladelphia Phillies
August 11, 2020
Parker's contract was selected by the Phillies on Tuesday.
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The Phillies shook up their struggling bullpen Tuesday, removing Nick Pivetta and Trevor Kelley from the active roster and replacing them with Parker and Connor Brogdon. There are very few reliable arms behind Hector Neris in the Phillies' pen, so Parker could presumably have the chance to add to his 34 career saves at some point this season, though he's hardly high-leverage material at this point, as he posted a mediocre 4.55 ERA and a 5.07 FIP last year.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-16%
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-17%
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-14%
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2018vs Left .265 241 53 22 57 10 0 8
Since 2018vs Right .223 290 82 19 59 8 1 17
2020vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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
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-29%
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-19%
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-40%
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2018Home 3.26 1.13 69.0 4 3 11 11.1 2.3 1.4
Since 2018Away 4.60 1.35 58.2 1 1 13 7.7 3.5 2.1
2020Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 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
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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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Joins 60-man player pool
PPhiladelphia Phillies
June 29, 2020
Parker will be part of the Phillies' 60-man player pool this season.
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Invited to Phillies' camp
PPhiladelphia Phillies
February 5, 2020
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Refuses outright assignment
PFree Agent
November 4, 2019
Parker became a free agent Monday after refusing an outright assignment to the minors.
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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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