Wednesday, December 10, 2008

34. Garrett Parcell

34. Garrett Parcell -RHP - 6'5 - 220lbs
(last year: 46)

Garrett Parcell was one of seven San Diego State Aztecs to be taken in the 2007 amateur draft. There were some that believed the Marlins selected him too high, as he was expected to last past the 12th round. In his final season at SD State, he only threw 9.2 innings, giving up 7 runs on 11 hits while walking 5. The low inning total was due to an arm injury which hampered him throughout the season. Before transferring to San Diego State, Garrett spent two seasons at Cypress Junior College, leading the team in saves both seasons, striking out 25 batters in 24 2/3 innings pitched his sophomore year. He was named to the All-Orange Empire Conference second team during his junior college career. Prior to the Marlins drafting him in 2007, Parcell was drafted in the 41st round by the Seattle Mariners in 2004 before deciding to attend SDSU.

The 6′5 Parcell has an easy delivery with a classic 3/4 arm slot that allows him to repeat his throwing motion. His fastball runs in the high 80s, low 90s range but it’s his 2 other pitches which allow him to miss as many bats as he does. He can throw his changeup as low as 69mph and his curveball in the mid 70s. He mixes all 3 pitches in well and that led to him to great success in his first tour of duty in Jamestown in 2007.

As the Jammers’ closer, Garrett went 4-1 with a 1.24era and a 0.99whip in 36.1 innings. He gave up 26 hits, walked just 10, while striking out 36. Like many collegiate pitchers, Jamestown was easy work for Parcell, while the SALLY would provide him a much bigger challenge. He struck out just under 9 per 9 innings and kept lefties to a .196baa (righties hit .300). He will go into 2009 as the Hammerheads closer and could see time in Carolina based on team need.

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