Prior to the 2009 season, Bobby Parnell knew that he wasùby no meansùguaranteed to make the Opening Day roster. Nevertheless, he worked hard and pitched very well in Spring Training, which him earned a spot on the 25-man roster. His role with the team was supposed to be the seventh inning bridge to J.J. Putz and Francisco Rodriguez , and for the first half of the year that's exactly what occurred. Parnell embraced his spot in the bullpen rather nicely, and in the first two months of the season he compiled a very impressive 2.13 ERA, in addition to a respectable K:BB ratio of 19:9. After getting roughed up a bit in the month of June, Parnell returned to form in July by pitching 10.1 scoreless innings. What impressed me the most about Parnell was his velocity. At times, his fastball was cl ...
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