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Blake Parker | Relief Pitcher | #53

Team: Los Angeles Angels
Age / DOB:  (32) / 6/19/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Arkansas
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 16 (0) / CHC
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Blake Parker slammed the door on the Astros in the ninth inning on Sunday, recording his seventh save of the season.
Parker was tasked with protecting a two-run lead and facing the top three hitters in the Astros' lineup, but he carved them up without issue. The 32-year-old has come out of nowhere this season to blossom into a lock-down option at the back end of the Angels' bullpen. He now boasts a 2.31 ERA, 0.81 WHIP and 84/16 K/BB ratio across his 66 innings on the season. Sep 25 - 12:00 AM

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After coming in with the bases loaded in the eighth, Blake Parker got six outs for his sixth save Friday against the Rangers.

Parker inherited Cam Bedrosian's mess in a 7-4 game in the eighth. He did allow two of the runners to score, both on sac flies, but he retired all six batters he faced and the Angels held on to win 7-6. He might not get all of the saves from here on in, but we imagine Mike Scioscia now realizes that he's the ace of the pen.
Sep 16 - 1:37 AM

Blake Parker took a blown save after giving up two runs in the ninth Monday against the Athletics.

The good news for Parker is that the Angels went on to win in 11 innings. Still, the blown save might hurt his cause, given how skeptical Mike Scioscia seemed to be about him as a closer before handing him the job just over a week ago. Parker did convert his previous four save chances before blowing the one today, so maybe he'll get the call next time out. Still, the door could be ajar. Kenyan Middleton ended up getting the save in this one by getting the final two outs of the 11th.
Sep 4 - 9:22 PM

Blake Parker was picked to pitch the ninth Monday and struck out three of the four batters he faced for a save against the A's.

Parker's save Saturday could have been an accident on Mike Scioscia's part; it seemed highly unlikely that the Angels would have a lead in the ninth until they scored four times and erased a three-run deficit in the bottom of the eighth. This time, though, Scioscia deliberately picked him over Bud Norris and Cam Bedrosian. Which is a good thing, since Parker has been the team's best reliever all year long. Pick him up in any leagues in which he's still unowned.
Aug 29 - 1:17 AM

Finally given a ninth-inning lead, Blake Parker turned in a perfect frame for a save in a 7-6 game against the Astros on Saturday.

Parker has been the Angels' best reliever all year long, but Mike Scioscia has never trusted him to close, even with all of the uncertainty they've dealt with in the ninth. For some reason, that changed tonight (perhaps Scioscia was just so shocked to have a lead after the Angels scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth). Since Parker did the job quickly, retiring all three batters he faced, perhaps more save chances are on the way. It'd be worth trying him in mixed leagues.
Aug 27 - 1:27 AM

Blake Parker boasts a 45/9 K/BB ratio over 30 relief innings for the Angels this season.

He's also unscored upon over his last 17 appearances, putting up a 23/4 K/BB ratio over 17 frames during that stretch. Parker ranks 14th among all relievers with his 36.9 percent strikeout rate this season. He's been the Halos' best reliever, but with Bud Norris pitching well as the current closer and Cam Bedrosian (groin) likely back before long, Parker is, at best, third in line for saves.
Jun 13 - 8:51 AM

Angels purchased the contract of RHP Blake Parker from Triple-A Salt Lake.

Parker was removed from the Angels' 40-man roster in January, but he earned a spot back with a fantastic spring that included a 0.73 ERA and 24/2 K/BB ratio over 12 1/3 frames. He'll work in middle relief.
Apr 2 - 8:29 AM

Angels outright RHP Blake Parker to Triple-A Salt Lake.

Parker cleared waivers after being designated for assignment lat week. The 31-year-old put up a 4.67 ERA over 17 appearances between the Mariners and Yankees in 2016.
Jan 24 - 3:26 PM

Angels designated RHP Blake Parker for assignment.

The move clears a spot for Juan Graterol on the 40-man roster. Parker was just claimed off waivers from the Brewers about a month ago, but he could soon be on the move once again. The 31-year-old posted a 4.67 ERA over 17 appearances in the majors in 2016.
Jan 19 - 5:11 PM

Angels claimed RHP Blake Parker off waivers from the Brewers.

The Brewers had claimed him off waivers from the Angels a month ago, and he's now headed back the other direction. Parker will try to win a spot in the Halos' bullpen.
Fri, Dec 23, 2016 02:46:00 PM

Brewers claimed RHP Blake Parker off waivers from the Angels.

Parker was designated for assignment over the weekend. The Angels had previously claimed him off waivers from the Yankees in early October. In 17 appearances this past season (one with the Mariners, 16 with the Yankees), the 31-year-old right-hander pitched to a 4.67 ERA with a 1.50 WHIP over 17 1/3 frames.
Wed, Nov 23, 2016 04:17:00 PM

Angels designated RHP Blake Parker for assignment.

That takes Parker off the 40-man roster. He was claimed off waivers from the Yankees about a month ago. The veteran reliever posted a 4.67 ERA across 17 major league outings in 2016.
Sat, Nov 19, 2016 11:00:00 PM

Angels claimed RHP Blake Parker off waivers from the Yankees.

This will be his third organization in the past two months. Parker, 31, made 16 appearances with the Yankees down the stretch while posting a 4.96 ERA and 15/8 K/BB ratio over 16 1/3 innings.
Wed, Oct 5, 2016 03:18:00 PM

Yankees claimed RHP Blake Parker off waivers from the Mariners.

Parker was designated for assignment by Seattle last week to free up a roster spot for Arquimedes Caminero. The 31-year-old right-hander will be added to the Yankees' 25-man roster as soon as he reports. He owns a decent 3.63 ERA in 74 1/3 career major league frames.
Tue, Aug 9, 2016 03:57:00 PM

Mariners designated RHP Blake Parker for assignment.

The M's acquired Arquimedes Caminero from the Pirates on Saturday and needed to free up a spot on the 40-man roster, so Parker got the boot. He could attract interest on waivers.
Sat, Aug 6, 2016 12:46:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Martin Maldonado
2Juan Graterol
3Carlos Perez
4Curt Casali
1B1C.J. Cron
2Jefry Marte
2B1Ian Kinsler
2Kaleb Cowart
3Colin Walsh
SS1Andrelton Simmons
2Nolan Fontana
3B1Luis Valbuena
LF1Justin Upton
CF1Mike Trout
2Michael Hermosillo
3Jared Hoying
RF1Kole Calhoun
DH1Albert Pujols
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Garrett Richards
2J.C. Ramirez
3Matt Shoemaker
4Tyler Skaggs
5Parker Bridwell
6Alex Meyer
7Andrew Heaney
8Troy Scribner
9Nick Tropeano
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Cam Bedrosian
2Blake Parker
3Jim Johnson
4Keynan Middleton
5Jose Alvarez
6Blake Wood
7Noe Ramirez
8Eduardo Paredes
9Luke Bard