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Parker Enjoying Success as Pitcher

Blake Parker (PHOTO/DENNIS SIEVERS)

After being drafted as a catcher by the Chicago Cubs from the University of Arkansas in 2006, 23-year-old Blake Parker would make his pitching debut the following summer in the short-season Northwest League.

Parker spent his first season pitching at Low Class-A Boise last summer. In eight appearances, the right-hander was 1-0 with a 3.18 ERA, 10 strikeouts and seven walks in 11 1/3 innings. He also hit five batters and surrendered 15 hits. But this season, Parker has mowed down hitters since beginning his season in the chilly Midwest, where he would go on to garner a spot on the 2008 Midwest League...

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