Memphis Redbirds 2009 Reliever of the Year

Pete Parise might have started the year in middle relief at Double-A but he finished the season closing out games for the Triple-A Pacific Coast League Champions.

Pete Parise started the 2009 season working in middle relief at Double-A Springfield. The right-hander made 25 appearances for the Cardinals, posting a record of 3-1 with a 2.88 ERA. Promoted to Memphis, Parise took advantage of the opening created when closer Jess Todd was traded.

The Redbirds were in need of a closer and the 24-year-old took hold of the opportunity and never looked back. He finished the season with eight saves and a 2-1 record. His ERA of 4.17 is deceiving. Under closer examination, if not for the month of July (7.36 ERA), the former Pittsburgh Panther would have finished with an ERA of 2.86 during his Triple-A debut.

During his stay at Double-A this season, Parise posted a groundball-to-fly ball ratio of 1.4-to-1. After getting to Memphis, that ratio jumped to a fantastic mark of 2.4-to-1.

Untouchable is possibly the best way to describe Parise during Memphis' exceptional run to the Pacific Coast League Championship. He was credited with the save in four of the team's six wins. The right-hander made five appearances and allowed only one hit and walked no one. Also, he continued his trend of keeping the ball on the ground. During the post-season, he posted a groundball-to-fly ball ratio of 2-to-1.

Honorable Mention

Royce Ring was second on the team with 51 appearances and led the team's relievers with a 3.04 ERA. The 28-year-old logged four saves while posting a 1.5-to-1 groundball-to-fly ball ratio. The southpaw was especially tough on left-handed hitters, holding them to a .208 batting average. Especially tough during the month of May, Ring made nine appearances without allowing an earned run. During the month, he posted a 2.5-to-1 groundball-to-fly ball ratio and held hitters to a .129 average. Ring led the team and the PCL with 16 holds and was credited with four saves in 2009.

After breaking camp with the big league club, Josh Kinney returned to Memphis to find his way after posting an ERA close to nine this season in the big leagues. In Triple-A, he posted an ERA of 3.86 in 44.1 innings. Kinney notched 52 strikeouts while walking 20 in 38 appearances.

Matt Scherer led the team with 52 appearances covering 73.2 innings for the Redbirds. The 26-year-old struck out 50 compared to 18 walks while holding opponents to a .271 average.

Jess Todd had logged 24 saves before being traded to the Cleveland Indians. That total would stand as the third best total in the Pacific Coast League.

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