December 19, 1962|
|Batted: Right||Threw: Right|
|September 14, 1987 for the Seattle Mariners|
|Last MLB appearance|
|June 8, 1992 for the Seattle Mariners|
|Earned run average||4.42|
James Clayton (Clay) Parker (born December 12, 1962 in Columbia, Louisiana) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who played for the Seattle Mariners (1987 and 1992), the New York Yankees (1989–1990) and the Detroit Tigers (1990). Parker threw right-handed and was 6 foot 1 175 pounds.
Parker was drafted out of Louisiana State University in the 15th round by the Mariners in the 1985 Amateur Draft. He made his major league debut with the Mariners on September 14, 1987 against the Cleveland Indians, going 2.3 innings and striking out 5 while giving up 3 earned runs. On December 22, 1987, Parker was traded along with Lee Guetterman and Wade Taylor to the Yankees for Henry Cotto and Steve Trout. He had his most successful season in 1989 with the Yankees, going 4-5 with a 3.68 ERA. Parker was then traded again in 1990 with Lance McCullers to the Detroit Tigers for catcher Matt Nokes. He was released by the Tigers June 15, 1991 and signed with the Mariners to finish off his career.
He finished his career with 7 wins, 2 complete games, 121 strike outs, 78 walks, and a 4.42 ERA.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference