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Jarrod Parker (Linda Woodward/Journal Gazette)


Biographical Data
Player Name:Jarrod Parker
Position:Starting Pitcher
School:Norwell HS, Ind.
School Type:High School
Academic Class:Senior
Birthdate:11/24/88
Height:6'1"
Weight:175 lbs.
Bats:Right
Throws:Right
Report Date(s):04/19/07
Game(s):Blackford HS

Focus Area
Comments
Fastball:Parker's fastball ran in the 94-97 mph range.
FB Movement:Parker had above-average life on the inner half of the plate.
Curve:Parker threw his curve around 78-79 mph, but he doesn't use it a lot in games. It's an average offering, at best, on occasion, but has the chance to be a good pitch.
Changeup:Parker didn't throw many changeups, but when he did they were around 81-82 mph. The pitch has a chance to be above average.
Control:Parker had an oustanding ability to command his fastball on both sides of the plate. The ability to have command to the extension side of the plate isn't common for high school right-handers.
Poise:Parker is extremely competitive and had outstanding mound presence. He was commanding from his first pitch to his last.
Physical Description:Parker is an athletic, yet undersized right-hander in the Roy Oswalt mold.
Medical Update:Healthy.
Strengths:Parker has a smooth, no-effort delivery. He's an oustanding athlete. He's got a plus fastball with plus command and the chance to have two above-average secondary pitches.
Weaknesses:He's a little undersized and his secondary offerings are behind his fastball, mostly because he hasn't needed them.
Summary:Parker has a good combination of skills, a big fastball, two potentially good secondary pitches, clean mechanics, outstanding command and mound presence. He has the chance to be a frontline starter in the future.