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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
Contract: view contract details
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Blake Parker was called up to close out Sunday's win over the Rays, striking out two in a scoreless ninth inning to earn the save.
Nobody really has any idea what to make of the back end of the Angels' bullpen with Keynan Middleton now sidelined, so it's worth noting that Parker got the call to protect a three-run lead. He did it with little drama, allowing a hit but striking out two, including Johnny Field to end it, for his second save of the year. Parker is perhaps the most talented option that exists for manager Mike Scioscia, one who could provide some strikeouts and good ratios for fantasy owners along with saves. If he's available in your league, it's worth speculating that Sunday was a harbinger for things to come. May 20 - 8:12 PM

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Blake Parker coughed up a run with two hits and a walk allowed in the ninth inning of Friday's game at Oakland, but he hung on for his first save.

On a positive note, Parker recorded two strikeouts and threw 16 of his 27 pitches for strikes, but on a negative note he needed 27 pitches to get that first save. The 32-year-old did a decent job in 2017, and as previously mentioned, he enters 2018 as the first choice in the ninth inning. However, his name is penciled in, not penned in, as the ninth-inning man, so owning stock in Cam Bedrosian isn't a bad idea, either.
Mar 31 - 1:50 AM

Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register noted Monday that Blake Parker "likely enters the season as the first choice to pitch the ninth inning" for the Angels.

Parker has had a disastrous spring, but the 32-year-old right-hander registered a stellar 2.54 ERA, 0.83 WHIP, and 86/16 K/BB ratio over 67 1/3 innings in 2017 and he got most of the Angels' save opportunities down the stretch. Cam Bedrosian would appear to be next in line and makes for a smart stash.
Mar 27 - 1:18 AM

Blake Parker struggled again in Monday's Cactus League outing against the Mariners, allowing a run on two hits in his lone inning of work.

Parker surrendered a solo homer to Kirk Nieuwenhuis. The 32-year-old owns a disastrous 16.20 ERA on the spring and is doing his best to lose the closer's job before the regular season begins.
Mar 20 - 12:51 AM

Blake Parker came undone in Wednesday’s Cactus League loss to the Indians, allowing four hits and three runs in only one inning of work.

Parker’s spring debut was an utter disaster. He let up hits to three of the first four batters he faced including a two-run triple to Bobby Bradley. After getting Ryan Hanigan to line out, Parker then yielded a single to Erik Gonzalez, allowing Bradley to score from third base. Parker then threw a wild pitch before Francisco Lindor mercifully ended the inning with a fly ball to right field. The 32-year-old is the early favorite to close for the Halos but he’ll need to show better than this if he wants to hold off Cam Bedrosian.
Feb 28 - 7:14 PM

Angels and RHP Blake Parker avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.8 million contract.

This was the first foray into salary arbitration for Parker, who registered an impressive 2.54 ERA, 0.83 WHIP, and 86/16 K/BB ratio over 67 1/3 innings last season while earning just over the MLB minimum. The 32-year-old right-hander is in position to serve as the Angels' primary closer in 2018.
Jan 11 - 2:29 PM

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.
Mon, Sep 25, 2017 12:00:00 AM

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.
Sat, Sep 16, 2017 01:37:00 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.
Mon, Sep 4, 2017 09:22:00 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.
Tue, Aug 29, 2017 01:17:00 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.
Sun, Aug 27, 2017 01:27:00 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.
Tue, Jun 13, 2017 08:51:00 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.
Sun, Apr 2, 2017 08:29:00 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.
Tue, Jan 24, 2017 03:26:00 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.
Thu, Jan 19, 2017 05:11:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Martin Maldonado
2Rene Rivera
1B1Luis Valbuena
2B1Ian Kinsler
SS1Andrelton Simmons
3B1Zack Cozart
2Jefry Marte
LF1Justin Upton
CF1Mike Trout
2Michael Hermosillo
RF1Kole Calhoun
2Chris Young
DH1Albert Pujols
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Garrett Richards
2Shohei Ohtani
3Matt Shoemaker
4Andrew Heaney
5Tyler Skaggs
6Nick Tropeano
7J.C. Ramirez
8Alex Meyer
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Keynan Middleton
2Cam Bedrosian
3Blake Parker
4Jim Johnson
5Jose Alvarez
6Noe Ramirez
7Blake Wood
8Justin Anderson
9Ian Krol