Former Bucs Finding Success at All Levels of BaseballJuly 5, 2010
By CSU Sports Information
CHARLESTON, S.C. – Three former Charleston Southern pitchers are competing and finding success at every level of baseball, including Bobby Parnell, who has appeared in seven games for the New York Mets this season.
Jeff Hartsell of the Charleston Post and Courier wrote this about Parnell’s opportunity to move into the set-up role for the Mets. (Full article here)
Former Charleston Southern pitcher Bobby Parnell has been quite effective since being called up to the big leagues by the New York Mets.
Parnell, a 6-4, 200-pound right-hander, has appeared in seven games and pitched 7 2/3 innings with a 1.17 ERA. He has not figured in a decision, but has allowed just six hits and one run, walking two and striking out nine. Opponents are hitting just .207 off Parnell, a ninth-round pick of the Mets in 2005.
The Mets are looking for Parnell to fill the role as eighth-inning set-up man, especially against right-handed hitters.
New York Mets reliever Bobby Parnell, a former standout at Charleston Southern, has pitched himself into consideration for the set-up role with the New York Mets.
"He will get an opportunity to pitch that eighth, if the matchups are in favor of him," Mets manager Jerry Manuel told the New York Daily News.
Parnell appeared in 68 games with the Mets last season, starting eight, and was 4-8 with a 5.30 ERA. He started this year in Triple-A Buffalo, going 1-1 with a 4.14 ERA in 24 appearances.
CSU Hall of Famer R.J. Swindle is currently playing for the Triple-A club, the Durham Bulls in the Tampa Bay system. After becoming the first CSU player to pitch in a major league game, Swindle has bounced back and forth from the majors, but has put up impressive stats this season.
In 19 games, Swindle has pitched 29.1 innings and given up just three earned runs. Perhaps his most impressive stat is his 26 strike outs to just three walks. The lefty has a 0.92 ERA and opponents are hitting just .158 against him.
The newest addition to the minor leagues for CSU is Tyler Thornburg, who was drafted 96th overall in the recent 2010 MLB Draft by the Milwaukee Brewers. He was signed and sent to the Helena Brewers in the Rookie Pioneer League, where he has already made two appearances, pitching just two innings in each. He has given up six hits but has not allowed a run and in four innings has struck out seven while walking just two.