It was expected that, after the end of the Mobile BayBears season, that the Arizona Diamondbacks would call up two of their top prospects – First-round draft picks Jarrod Parker (2007) and Trevor Bauer (2011).
Well, it turns out the reports were half-right.
Parker, who spent his first days as a professional baseball player with the Missoula Osprey after signing his contract in 2007, was promoted to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday.
With nine games left, the likelihood that Parker – who is now close to two years removed from Tommy John surgery – will pitch in a game for the D-backs is small, but manager Kirk Gibson did leave the door open for the possibility.
Parker was 11-8 in his first full season back from the arm injury that shelved him in late 2009, making 26 starts and posting a 3.87 ERA. He, along with Bauer, Tyler Skaggs, Patrick Corbin and former Osprey Charles Brewer (2009), made up a starting rotation which helped the BayBears dominate in the second half of the Southern League season, survive a five-game series with Birmingham in the South Division Playoffs and take down Tennessee in four games to help Mobile claim its first Southern League crown since 2004, and their first outright crown since 1998.