Parra Becomes 3rd Baybear Promoted to Majors

In 2007, both Justin Upton and Mark Reynolds advanced straight from Mobile to the majors to key the Arizona Diamondbacks' improbable run to the NLCS. Now outfielder Gerardo Parra becomes the third Mobile BayBear to skip over Triple-A and advance to Arizona this week, joining starter Bryan Augenstein and reliever Clay Zavada.

Gerardo Parra ranked second in the FutureBacks.com Prospect Rankings this winter while Bryan Augenstein and Clay Zavada placed 12th and 39th, respectively.

At the time of Parra's promotion to the big leagues, he was third in the Southern League with a .361 batting average, first with a .469 on-base percentage, tied for second with 22 walks, and tied for third with 23 runs scored. That increased plate discipline was the last ingredient for Parra's big--league readiness, as the other skills have been present in him for a while now.

"He does a lot of things well and plays a controlled game on the field," Diamondbacks manager A.J. Hinch said. "He puts up consistent at-bats and is a tough out. Defensively, he covers ground well and throws very well. So, in essence, the fact that he is well-rounded is the best part of his game."

Parra played exceptionally well in big league camp for the second straight spring, going 12-for-30 with two homers, two doubles, seven runs scored, and 7 RBI (.400/.455/.667)

He also enjoyed a terrific winter. Parra paced Venezuela in hits (81) and doubles (20), plus finished runner up with 15 steals. The 21-year old prospect also finished among the top 10 in the league with a .329 batting average, a .404 on base percentage, 39 runs scored, and 44 RBI.

In the postseason, Parra batted .394 with three homers.

Parra has played almost exclusively in right field and centerfield due to his fantastic arm, but figures to see time in all three outfield spots under Hinch's guidance.


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