2006 Ranking: 24
School: Manhattan College
Cardinal: Selected in the ninth round of the June, 2004 First-Year Player
Draft. Received a $60,000 signing bonus. 2006 G W-L IP H BB K ERA WHIP
Jason Scott (18): Looking back, I have thought that maybe my No. 18 ranking for Parisi was too high. However, I do recall seeing a report about some who believe Parisi is better than Chris Lambert.
With a low 90's fastball and one of the better curveballs in the organization, Parisi struggled for Springfield in 2006. He will be 24 in April so a return trip to the Cardinals Double-A affiliate wouldn't hurt his development too much, but he is going to have a to turn it up a notch if he wants to remain in the rankings for next season.
Leonda Markee (NR): Mike Parisi is another pitcher that plummeted in my rankings from 2005. Then I ranked him at 23rd and this season he missed my Top 40 entirely. He was my 27th-ranked pitcher with only the top twenty-three making my Top 40. In fact I ranked Parisi as the sixth-best pitcher at AA Springfield behind Hawksworth, Lambert, Pomeranz, Worrell and Cavazos. He compiled a 1.53 WHIP, 1.70 K/BB and walked 3.8 batters a game while striking out just over six. Parisi's 9th-round draft slot was not enough to compensate for a mediocre season since he came out of the 2004 draft. That draft is turning out to be of fairly questionable quality. His reported bulldog competitiveness will be needed, along with some on-the-mound improvement, if he is to remain in the rotation.
Ray Mileur (21): Mike has to learn to pitch before he moves up in the rankings and gets any closer to the majors. He doesn't have the stuff to blow away batters, even at Double-A. He has a 91-92 fastball, a decent curve and change-up and a slider that he needs to work on.
Last year Palm Beach pitching coach, Derek Lilliquist, spent a lot of time with Parisi to wean him off of his dependency of striking out batters and allowing the defense to play behind him. This is something that Mike needs to continue to work on.
If Parisi can get out of the first inning he usually settles down and pitches well enough to keep him in our Top 25. This season he was 9-8 with a 4.60 ERA for Springfield and he'll have to put together a better season in 07 to stay on our Top 40 list.
Brian Walton (32): The ninth-rounder from 2004 has achieved all along the way. He has a most determined demeanor, which usually is to his benefit. Parisi has a full complement of pitches, including a low-90's fastball and a change-up that has potential.
In 2006, Parisi pitched in
Parisi's durability is proven as he has thrown over 150 innings two consecutive seasons. Now 23, he was selected to participate in the Arizona Fall League, but struggled against elite competition. For me, the jury is still out.
STAFF COMMENTS KEY: Staff Member (Individual Ranking), NR = Not Rated
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