Parra with the Baltimore Orioles
|Colorado Rockies – No. 8|
Born: May 6, 1987|
Santa Barbara del Zulia, Venezuela
|May 13, 2009, for the Arizona Diamondbacks|
|MLB statistics |
(through July 31, 2018)
|Runs batted in||464|
|Career highlights and awards|
Gerardo Enrique Parra (born May 6, 1987) is a Venezuelan professional baseball outfielder for the Colorado Rockies of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played in MLB for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Milwaukee Brewers and Baltimore Orioles.
Major league career
On May 13, 2009 he was called up from AA (Double A) Mobile BayBears when left fielder Conor Jackson was placed on the disabled list. He was inserted 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.
In his first five games he had at least one RBI, becoming the second player since Mike Lansing (1993) in the last 30 years to accomplish this feat. Parra was named NL Rookie of the Month for May and reached base in each of his first 17 games.
In 2011, Parra broke out batting .292 with 8 home runs and 46 runs batted in. Not only did he do well offensively, he also established himself as a threat with his powerful throwing arm, throwing out runners on various occasions. He was a very underrated player in 2011 as he was a key ingredient in leading the Diamondbacks turnaround.
In an 18 inning game on 24–25 August 2013 at the Philadelphia Phillies, Parra collected a career-high five hits. The teams drew a combined 28 bases on balls, a National League record. The Diamondbacks' 18 walks tied the National League mark. The game lasted seven hours and six minutes, the longest in franchise history for both clubs.
On July 31, 2015, he was traded to the Baltimore Orioles for Zach Davies. After a slow start with the O's, Parra tied a career-high in hits with five on August 16 in an 18-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics. The five hits were the most hits he had collected in a nine-inning game.
On January 19, 2016, Parra signed a three-year contract with the Colorado Rockies. In his first season as a Rockie, he spent time on the disabled list. He played in 102 games, hitting just .253 with a strikeout to walk ratio of 73/9.
On April 13, 2018, Parra was suspended for four games due to his involvement in a brawl that occurred with the Padres two days prior.
- List of players with a home run in first major league at-bat
- List of Major League Baseball players from Venezuela
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