Andrew Hutchinson is a multimedia reporter for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas.
Cubs call up Parker
Blake Parker, former Fayetteville High School and University of Arkansas standout and current Chicago Cubs relief pitcher, left, speaks with Fayetteville High assistant coach Scott Gallagher Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, during a celebration for the newly completed artificial playing surface at the Bulldogs' baseball field at Fayetteville High.
Blake Parker was called up to the Chicago Cubs from Class AAA Iowa Sunday.
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This will be the former Arkansas pitcher's third stint with the Cubs this season, as he has split time between triple-A and the big leagues.
Last season, Parker was one of the Cubs' top middle relief pitchers, with an ERA of 2.72 in 46 1/3 innings pitched, but he has struggled in 2014. In his previous stints with Chicago this season, he has allowed three runs in 2 2/3 innings pitched across three appearances.
With the Iowa Cubs, Parker owns a 1.44 ERA this season and leads the Pacific Coast League with 18 saves. He is Iowa's all-time leader in saves with 59.
The call-up follows Chicago's trade of starting pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the Oakland Athletics on Friday.