#5

# 5

Manny Parra Milwaukee Brewers, LHP

 

What’s not to love about a tall, dark and handsome lefty?

I knew there was something about Manny when I watched him make his Major League debut on July 20, 2007. (The night the Sausages celebrated my birthday.) He only pitched 1 1/3 innings, but had 3 strikeouts and maaaaaan did those high socks look good!

 

See? He and Dave Bush know how to make ’em work!

Anyway, I know Manny’s had some not-so-shining moments in his short career. He broke his thumb in August 2007 after only pitching in 9 games and wouldn’t make another appearance for the Brewers until the following season. He bounced between the starting rotation and the bullpen in ’08, but ended 10-8 in 29 starts.

But you know something else? Manny can hit. He’s got a career .226 AVG, which is pretty good for a pitcher, I’d say. I remember feeling a little bit better leaving the 7-2 loss against the Cubs last July because Manny smacked a double and a triple. And guess what? He only had those 2 ABs. Nice. Now if only Yovani could teach him how to hit homeruns…

I hope that this season Manny really steps up for the Brewers because lord knows the starting pitching isn’t all it could be. I think, though, that Parra, along with Yovani Gallardo, could really be the front-running pitchers in the years to come. But Manny, especially, needs to shine as the only lefty in the rotation. And I think, with his track-record in the minors (Hello? He pitched a perfect game in only his 2nd triple-A start!) he’ll definitely be up to the task.

 

You know, just another pic to prove the hotness!

 

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