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Blake Parker | Relief Pitcher

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (28) / 6/19/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Contract: view contract details

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Cubs recalled RHP Blake Parker from Triple-A Iowa.
He's taking Chris Rusin's spot in the bullpen. Parker failed to earn an Opening Day 'pen job even after posting a 2.72 ERA and 55/15 K/BB ratio over 46 1/3 frames for the Cubs last season. He'll work in middle relief. Apr 13 - 9:39 AM

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Cubs optioned RHP Blake Parker to Triple-A Iowa.

The 28-year-old right-hander was terrific in a bullpen role for the Cubs in 2013, so this move comes as a mild surprise. He struggled in Cactus League play though, posting a 9.00 ERA, 2.00 WHIP and 3/6 K/BB ratio in his six innings of work. He'll get an opportunity with the Cubs at some point this season.
Mar 22 - 12:40 PM

Cubs manager Dale Sveum indicated Saturday that Blake Parker could be the favorite to take over at closer if Kevin Gregg is traded.

"(He would be) tough to replace," Sveum said of Gregg. "He has done a great job. Maybe you could look at (Blake) Parker because he has done it in Triple-A if that comes to (pass). But obviously you have to use somebody, so it'll be a wait-and-see situation." Gregg will almost surely be dealt, so those in deep leagues should consider stashing Parker now. The 28-year-old holds a 2.19 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and 15/5 K/BB ratio over 12 1/3 innings since being called up at the beginning of June. Sveum could also consider using James Russell if he decides to play the matchups.
Sun, Jun 30, 2013 08:55:00 AM

Cubs purchased the contract of RHP Blake Parker from Triple-A Iowa.

Parker has spent all season at the Cubs' Triple-A affiliate, where he had a 2.04 ERA in 16 games. The 27-year-old will serve as a middle reliever with Rafael Dolis on the disabled list.
Sat, Jun 1, 2013 01:50:00 PM

Cubs re-signed RHP Blake Parker to a minor league contract.

Parker appeared in seven games with the Cubs and finished the season on the 60-day disabled list. The 27-year-old will need to prove he's fully healthy if he hopes to compete for a spot on the Opening Day roster.
Sun, Nov 18, 2012 05:47:00 PM

Cubs sent RHP Blake Parker outright to Triple-A Iowa.

The 27-year old right-hander posted a 6.00 ERA, 2.50 WHIP and 6/5 K/BB ratio over six innings of work with the Cubs during the season before being placed on the DL with a bone contusion in his right elbow.
Fri, Oct 26, 2012 10:37:00 PM

Cubs placed RHP Blake Parker on the 60-day disabled list with a bone contusion in his right elbow.

It's the same injury that landed him on the disabled list earlier this year. The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for the newly-claimed Jason Berken.
Fri, Sep 7, 2012 04:48:00 PM

Cubs activated RHP Blake Parker from the 60-day disabled list.

Parker had a 5.06 ERA and 13/1 K/BB ratio over 10 2/3 innings during his rehab stint with Triple-A Iowa. The 27-year-old right-hander has been sidelined since early June with a stress reaction in his elbow.
Tue, Aug 28, 2012 05:27:00 PM

Blake Parker (elbow) struck out one over a scoreless inning of work Monday in his first minor league rehab appearance with Triple-A Iowa.

Parker has been sidelined since early June with a stress reaction in his elbow. Barring any setbacks, he should join the Cubs' bullpen in September.
Tue, Aug 7, 2012 12:11:00 AM

Cubs placed RHP Blake Parker on the 60-day disabled list, retroactive to June 2, with a stress reaction in his right elbow.

Parker can't pick up a baseball for 30 days and can be ruled out until the early part of August. The 26-year-old right-hander has allowed three runs over 4 1/3 innings at the big league level this season. Manny Corpas has been called up from Triple-A Iowa to replace him on the active roster.
Wed, Jun 6, 2012 03:53:00 PM

Blake Parker returned to action on Sunday, tossing a scoreless inning of relief against the Pirates.

Parker had missed more than a week with a tight right hamstring. He allowed a hit and struck out one.
Mon, May 28, 2012 02:54:00 AM

Blake Parker has a tight right hamstring and will be re-evaluated Sunday.

Parker was pulled during Saturday's game with the injury. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Sat, May 19, 2012 10:26:00 PM

Blake Parker was removed from Saturday's game against the White Sox in the eighth inning after being examined by a trainer.

Parker struck out Brent Lillibridge and then threw three straight balls to Alejandro De Aza. After examination, Parker "came off mound awkwardly," according to's Carrie Muskat. Michael Bowden came on in relief. We'll update you on Parker's status when the Cubs announce his prognosis.
Sat, May 19, 2012 09:41:00 PM

Cubs purchased the contract of RHP Blake Parker from Triple-A Iowa.

The corresponding roster move isn't yet known. Parker, 26, had a 2.08 ERA and 9/5 K/BB ratio over his first 13 innings at the Triple-A level this season. Look for him in middle relief.
Thu, May 17, 2012 04:42:00 PM

The Cubs are calling up reliever Blake Parker.

It's not clear what the corresponding roster move will be. Parker has posted a 2.08 ERA in 13 innings this year at Triple-A and should do well in middle relief.
Thu, May 17, 2012 12:02:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Welington Castillo
2John Baker
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Darwin Barney
2Emilio Bonifacio
SS1Starlin Castro
3B1Mike Olt
2Luis Valbuena
LF1Junior Lake
CF1Ryan Sweeney
RF1Nate Schierholtz
2Justin Ruggiano
3Ryan Kalish
Starting Pitcher
S1Jeff Samardzija
2Travis Wood
3Edwin Jackson
4Jake Arrieta
5Jason Hammel
6Carlos Villanueva
7James McDonald
Relief Pitcher
R1Jose Veras
2Pedro Strop
3James Russell
4Wesley Wright
5Hector Rondon
6Kyuji Fujikawa
7Justin Grimm
8Blake Parker