Parker with the New York Yankees in 2016
|Minnesota Twins – No. 38|
|Born: June 19, 1985|
|May 17, 2012, for the Chicago Cubs|
|MLB statistics |
(through June 17, 2019)
|Earned run average||3.40|
Richard Blake Parker (born June 19, 1985) is an American professional baseball relief pitcher for the Minnesota Twins of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Chicago Cubs, Seattle Mariners, New York Yankees, and Los Angeles Angels.
Parker attended Fayetteville High School in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and the University of Arkansas, where he played college baseball for the Arkansas Razorbacks. He was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 16th round of the 2006 MLB draft, being signed by scout Brian Milner.
He began his professional career in 2006 as a catcher, and didn’t start pitching until 07, splitting the season between the AZL Cubs (11 games) and Boise Hawks (8 games), going a combined 2-0 with a 2.39 ERA. Was an AZL post season all star in 2006. In 2008, he played for three teams - the Peoria Chiefs (23 games), the Daytona Cubs (20 games), and the Iowa Cubs (two games) - going 4-2 with a 2.13 ERA and 12 saves in 45 games combined. In 71 2/3 innings, he allowed only 50 hits while striking out 75 batters. He split the 2009 season between the Tennessee Smokies (10 games) and Iowa Cubs (45 games), going a combined 2-3 with a 2.70 ERA, saving 25 games in 55 appearances. In 63 1⁄3 innings, Parker allowed 44 hits and struck out 77 batters.
He began the 2010 season with the Iowa Cubs and split the year between Iowa (35 games) and Tennessee (13 games), going a combined 1-5 with a 4.21 ERA. In 2011, he went 4-5 with a 3.23 ERA in 53 games split between Iowa (37 games) and Tennessee (16 games). The Cubs promoted him to MLB on May 17, 2012. Parker was released from the Cubs in May 2015.
On December 17, Parker signed a minor league deal with the Seattle Mariners. The Mariners promoted Parker to the major leagues on August 4, 2016. On August 9, the New York Yankees claimed Parker off of waivers.
After the 2016 season, the Los Angeles Angels claimed Parker from the Yankees off of waivers. On November 23, 2016, Parker was claimed off waivers by the Milwaukee Brewers. The Brewers designated him for assignment in December, and he was claimed by the Angels on December 23. The Angels named Parker to their Opening Day 25-man roster for the 2017 season.  In his first season as an Angel, Parker enjoyed career bests in every statistical category while also saving eight games.
Parker signed a $1.8 million contract with the Angels for the 2018 season. Despite pitching to a 3.26 ERA in 67 games while also collecting 14 saves, he was non-tendered by the Angels in the offseason.
Parker and his wife, Jordan, have two sons: Jude and Richard Tyce.
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