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...and the player to be named later in the Cessa/Willson trade to the Reds is apparently...
3 months ago  ::  Aug 30, 2021 - 7:47PM #1
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Jason Parker, a short righty the Reds drafted in the 16th round in 2019.

A scouting report from the time he got drafted:

Height: 5′ 11″

Weight: 197 lbs.

A community college transfer from Louisburg College, Jason Parker spent his junior season starting 14 games for North Carolina State. He posted a 4.04 ERA with 60 strikeouts and 27 walks in 69.0 innings for the Wolfpack.

He throws his fastball in the low 90’s. He also mixes in a slider in the low 80’s. His second breaking ball is a curveball that is in the mid-to-upper 70’s. His best pitch is his change up, which flashes above-average in the low-to-mid 80’s.


Obviously, as this is his first year in the minors, he won't have to be put on a 40-man roster for a couple of seasons. He's 23 (and will turn 24 in October). He spent this year in the low A Southeast (what used to be called the Florida State League) pitching for Daytona. 18 starts, 80 innings, 64 hits, 7 HR, 33 BB and 91 K. ERA was 4.05, and his WHIP was 1.200. Keep in mind that this somewhat decent minor league record was accomplished against hitters who were an average of 1.1 years younger than he is.

As a sheer speculation, I assume the Yanks think they can add a couple of MPH to his FB (they've been able to do that with multiple pitching prospects over the past several years) and think they have a chance to turn him into a usable relief pitcher in the next 2-3 years. Either that, or he's just organzational filler.


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3 months ago  ::  Aug 31, 2021 - 10:55AM #2
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Looks like organizational filler to me.  The FSL is no longer what it once was, where you'd see high end prospects spending an early year there.  As a college graduate draftee, the fact that he didn't get to High-A in his first season tells you a lot.

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