Arizona Diamondbacks Gerardo Parra Will Try To Hold Onto His OF Spot In 2013

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Monday, February.11, 2013

Gerardo Parra is an underrated player.

Gerardo Parra has a Career 3 Slash Line of .280/.332/732.  He is an exceptional defender.  He won a Gold Glove in 2011.  He hits best at Chase Field – with a 3 Slash Line of .300/.353/.804.

By Chris Lacey (Diamond Backs Correspondent)

Gerardo Parra was signed by the Arizona Diamondbacks as an amateur free agent in 2004. Parra received the call up to the show on May 13, 2009 from Double AA Mobile Baybears when Left Fielder Conor Jackson was placed on the disabled list. He was put into the starting lineup the same day, and in his first Major League  At-Bat,  he became the 100th player in MLB history to hit a Home Run in his first at bat. Parra recorded at least one RBI, in his first five games, by doing this he became the second player since Mike Lansing (1993) in the last thirty years to accomplish this feat.

He was also named NL Rookie of the Month for May and reached base in each of his first 17 games. Parra broke out in 2011 by hitting with a .292 Batting Average, 8 Home Runs, and 46 RBI. He also showed that he could a defensive weapon with his powerful arm by throwing out runners on various occasions; he recorded 12 Outfield Assists in 2011. He capped off this stellar year by winning the Gold Glove in the National League for Left Field.

Gerardo Parra Highlights:

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Parra will turn 26 in May.  He is under club control until 2015.

The 2012 season started with Parra being the 4th OF, due to the signing of Jason Kubel in the off-season.  He managed to get playing time when another Arizona OF Chris Young went to the Disabled List with a shoulder injury in first week of the season. While Young was nursing his injury he played in Center Field for the team. This season was tough on Parra because it was tough for him to find some consistency due to his limited number of at bats. Parra did not let his struggles on offense carry over to his defense; he recorded 8 Out Field Assists. Parra would very often be brought in as a defensive replacement in late innings for his prowess as a defender. He got 445 At-bats in the 2011 season, but in the 2012 season he got 385 AB. He would end the 2012 season by hitting for a Batting Average of .273, 7 Home Runs  and 36 RBI.

Parra has a very high value to the team in that he is an excellent defender and can use his arm as a weapon, because opposing teams know he has a history of throwing out runners. Another high value to the team is where he hits in the batting order. In 2011, when he hit 8th in the batting order – he had a Batting Average of .330; but in 2012 he would hit for just a Batting Average of just .212 – when he would hit 8th in the lineup. This is key for the Diamondbacks moving forward because having a player that can hit 8th in the batting order with a high average will change how teams strategically compete against them. Another value that he has to the team is that in his short career he has a higher Batting Average at home as opposed to on the road; he has a career Batting Average of .300 at home, but on the road he only hits .265. Another value Parra has is that he is versatile; he can play all three OF positions.

The competition for the OF spots will be for starting CF position and the 4th OF. The Outfield situation became clearer when Arizona traded away RF Justin Upton & 3B Chris Johnson to Atlanta Braves for 3B Martin Prado & SP Randall Delgado.  Parra will be – competing with Adam Eaton for this spot. Eaton did very well when he was called up and showed that he all the tools to be a starting CF in the Majors, but this was a small sample size. Whereas Parra has played three seasons so the team knows what kind of player he is. If Parra wins the starting job, then the team can send Eaton back to Reno to get some more at bats. If Eaton earns the starting job, then Parra would be the 4th Outfielder. Parra could also play on the days Gibson decides the other Outfielders a day off.

Parra will compete for an OF

Parra is better suited to start a baseball game in the OF (3 Slash Line of .288/.340/752) – rather than replacing an Outfielder defensively or as a PH (where he had a line of .174/.222/.461.  He will likely fill out an Outfielder core with Cody Ross and Jason Kubel.

*** The views and opinions expressed in this report are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of or their partners.***

A big thank-you goes out to our ”Diamond Backs Correspondent’ Chris Lacey. Chris has been a fan of the Arizona Diamondbacks ever since he started watching baseball at the age of 13. Now he does like all sports – but his favorites after baseball are  hockey and basketball.  Chris is very good with computers and is a college graduate.  He is excited for this season to see what Arizona can do – and believes they will win the west.  Chris is very active on Twitter and especially during the baseball season chatting with other Diamondbacks fans. Be sure to follow him and talk about the great game of baseball.

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