Cards AFL Interview Series – Mike Parisi

We end our nine-part Arizona Fall League interview series with another Cardinals pitching prospect, right-hander Mike Parisi.

Right-handed pitcher Mike Parisi was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the ninth round of the June, 2004 First-Year Player Draft from Manhattan College.

The 6' 4", 215 pounder began his professional career making seven starts for short-season Class A New Jersey in 2004 before being promoted to low Class A Peoria where he posted a 3.28 ERA in six starts.

Parisi began the 2005 season with low Class A Quad Cities and went 5-5 with a 4.08 ERA in 14 starts, allowing 98 hits, striking out 66 and walking 25 in 86 innings. He was promoted to high Class A Palm Beach in June, and went 5-6 with a 3.23 ERA in 13 starts, allowing 79 hits, striking out 63 and walking 22 in 78 innings.

The right-hander was gold in the 2005 post-season, winning both his starts while yielding just four runs in 14 innings of work and fanning 12 in the process.

In 2006, Parisi pitched in Springfield (Double-A) the entire season. In 27 starts, he posted a 9-8 record with a 4.80 ERA. He struck out 107 in 150-2/3 innings, but walked 63.

Now 23, Parisi was selected to participate in the Arizona Fall League, pitching out of the bullpen. In the AFL, he was scored-upon in each of his first six outings, but only one of his last three. Parisi is carrying a 7.88 ERA, with 14 strikeouts in 16 innings, but also continues to walk too many - seven.

In this exclusive interview, the animated Parisi talked about his 2006 regular season, his AFL campaign and his aspirations for 2007.


This concludes our nine-part interview series from the Arizona Fall League. I hope you enjoyed them.

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