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Tigers Look at John Parrish

At this point, I’m anxious for any Tigers news.  The latest came at the end of an “On the Beat” column by John Perrotto where he talks about the Tigers having an interest in left handed relief pitcher John Parrish.

Last year, Parrish was mediocre as a swing man for the Blue Jays.  His career 221/184 strikeout to walk percentage doesn’t grab me all that much considering those 221 strikeouts came over 271 2/3 innings.   He’s only pitched more then 52 major league innings in a season once and his only good season where he threw more then 30 innings was back in 2004 when he had a 3.46 ERA and 71 strikeouts (55 walks though) in 78 innings.

On top of that, his platoon split isn’t all that impressive.  Over his career, he has a .256 batting average against versus left handed pitchers (.271 versus righties).  To put that in perspective, Bobby Seay’s batting average against lefties is .266 so we’re not getting too much of an upgrade here when you factor in all of the walks.  I think the Tigers can do better then this by staying home.

With that, what’s the over/under for the date that Ryan Perry makes his major league debut?  He’ll probably start in Double-A but if the Tigers pen runs into problems and he has good numbers in the minors, you could see him up by the break.

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