PHOENIX, Ariz. -- Jarrod Parker had a spectacular rookie campaign in which he tied an Oakland rookie record with 13 wins and started Game One of the American League Division Series. But based on his 2011 spring training performance, you might not have expected it.
In 11 spring innings last season, Parker struggled with his command and walked 13 batters. He ended up starting the season in Triple-A.
This spring appears to be the same story. The 24-year-old righty has a 10.00 ERA in three starts and has allowed 16 hits and 10 earned runs in nine innings. The one difference is that he isn't walking too many batters, with just two walks in three starts.
"You look at the results, he's been good about throwing the ball over the plate and I think that's important for him," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "That's the reason he wasn't here at the start of last year, he was walking guys and mechanically a little bit out of whack."
The spring stats aren't there, but the A's are confident that Parker, who is expected to throw the second game of the season, will be one of the better pitchers in their rotation. He finished last season with a 3.47 ERA, 140 strikeouts, and 63 walks in 29 regular season starts.
In other words, with a guy like Parker you can throw away the spring stats.
"My guess is if he continues to use all of his pitches, progresses into the season, continues to throw the ball over the plate, I'll feel very good about his chances to have a good year," Melvin said.
A's lineup and expected pitchers:
Coco Crisp CF
Scott Sizemore, 2B
Josh Reddick, RF
Yoenis Cespedes, DH
Chris Young, LF
Derek Norris, C
Brandon Moss, 1B
Hiro Nakajima, SS
Adam Rosales, 3B
Jarrod Parker, Pat Neshek, Pedro Figueroa, Chris Resop, Jordan Norberto, Evan Scribner