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Richard Blake Parker Bio Info
Blake begins his eighth pro season with Chicago after he was selected in the 16th round of the 2006 draft. has seen big league action in parts of the last two seasons, combining to go 1-2 with a 3.10 ERA (18 ER/52.1 IP) in 56 relief appearances for the Cubs. Made his major league debut with Chicago in 2012, but his campaign was cut short due to an injured right elbow. Selected to the major league roster, May 17, 2012. outrighted on October 17 and elected free agency, November 2. signed a minor league deal with Chicago, November 7. Was a non-roster invitee to major league Spring Training in 2010, 2012 and 2013. Owns a 14-17 career minor league record with 66 saves and a 2.98 ERA (114 ER/344.1 IP) in 257 games pitched exclusively in relief. His 41 saves with Triple-A Iowa are a franchise record. Has struck out 371 hitters in 344.1 minor league innings, good for a rate of 9.7 strikeouts per 9.0 innings. has walked 165. Selected as a Midwest League All-Star in 2008. Attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.
Blake pitched in 18 games for the Cubs, spanning seven stints, going 1-1 with a 5.14 ERA (12 ER/21.0 IP). Named a Pacific Coast League All-Star with Triple-A Iowa and finished 0-1 with a league-leading 25 saves and a 1.77 ERA (7 ER/35.2 IP) in 35 relief appearances for the I-Cubs. Walked just four batters and struck out 24, an average of six strikeouts per walk. Averaged 10.3 strikeouts per 9.0 innings with Chicago. Retired nine of 18 first batters faced with Chicago. Stranded all three of his inherited runners. Had a 3.09 ERA (4 ER/11.2 IP) in nine home games. Recorded a 7.71 ERA (8 ER/9.1 IP) in nine road outings. Tossed a career-high tying 2.0 innings of relief four times, and held the opponent scoreless in three of those outings. Last pitched 2.0 innings, September 7 vs. Pittsburgh. Finished his season with six-straight outings without allowing an earned run, September 9-27 (5.0 IP. Had a 6.75 ERA (12 ER/16.0 IP) in his first 12 games for the Cubs. Started the season with Iowa, and was recalled for the first time, April 13. Appeared in two games before he was optioned, April 24. Also had big league stints: May 27-29, July 6-10, July 26-30, August 1-5, August 21 and September 1 through the end of the season. Converted 25 of 27 save opportunities with Iowa. His 25 saves were seven more than the next closest reliever. Held Triple-A opponents to a .214 batting average.
Blake began the year at Triple-A Iowa, but was selected to Chicago on June 1 and went on to post a 2.72 ERA (14 ER/46.1 IP) in 49 games for the Cubs, going 1-2 with a save and seven holds. Averaged 10.7 strikeouts per 9.0 innings pitched, punching out 55 in 46.1 innings. Had a 1.67 ERA (5 ER/27.0 IP) in 28 home games. posted a 4.19 ERA (9 ER/19.1 IP) in 21 road games. Recorded a 0.87 ERA (2 ER/20.2 IP) in 21 day games. had a 4.21 ERA (12 ER/25.2 IP) in 28 night games. In 26 games against N.L. Central opponents, had a 2.31 ERA (6 ER/23.1 IP) with a 1-1 record. Retired 36 first batters faced in his 49 relief appearances. Stranded 15 of 21 inherited runners. six times entered a game with multiple inherited runners and stranded all of them. Kept the opponent off the board in 35 of his 49 games. Recorded at least one strikeout in eight-straight games, June 11-July 2 (11 total). Struck out a career-high three batters on three occasions: June 13 vs. the Reds, August 2 vs. the Dodgers and August 28 at the Dodgers. Recorded his first career save, June 29 in Seattle, protecting a 5-3 lead with a scoreless 11th inning. Earned his first career win, August 10 in St. Louis, throwing a scoreless seventh inning in the team’s 6-5 win. Tossed a career-high 2.0 innings of relief four times, most recently done August 25 in San Diego. Allowed just two walks in his final 16 outings, August 22 through the end of the season, while striking out 20. Posted a 2.04 ERA (4 ER/17.2 IP) and recorded seven saves in 16 relief appearances with Iowa to begin the season. struck out 26 and walked 10.
2012 Blake made his major league debut, but his season was cut short due to an injured elbow. began the year at Triple-A Iowa, and was promoted to the Cubs, May 17 – made seven relief appearances. twice landed on the 60-day disabled list: June 6-August 28 with a right elbow stress reaction and September 7-October 26 with a bone contusion in his right elbow. Had no record and a 6.00 ERA (4 ER/6.0 IP) in his seven outings with Chicago. stranded all four inherited runners. Posted a 1.59 ERA (1 ER/5.0 IP) in his first six relief appearances prior to allowing three earned runs in 0.1 innings pitched, September 5 in Washington. Made his major league debut, May 17 vs. the Phillies. allowed three unearned runs in 1.2 innings pitched out of the bullpen. Broke camp with Triple-A Iowa, and went 1-0 with five saves and a 2.08 ERA (3 ER/13.0 IP) in 13 appearances prior to his promotion to Chicago. Along with an eight-game injury rehabilitation appearance with Iowa from August 6-28, finished 1-1 with six saves and a 3.42 ERA (9 ER/23.2 IP) in 21 games for the I-Cubs. Limited right-handed hitters to a .143 batting average (7-for-49) while at Triple-A. Recorded a 0.79 ERA (1 ER/11.1 IP) in his first 11 relief appearances for the I-Cubs, April 7-May 8. 2011 Blake combined to post a 4-5 record with seven saves and a 3.23 ERA (27 ER/75.1 IP) in 53 games between Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa. the 75.1 innings pitched were a career high, surpassing the 71.2 he tossed in 2008. His 53 relief appearances were just two shy of his career mark, set in 2009. Began the campaign with Tennessee, posting a 4.13 ERA (11 ER/24.0 IP) in 16 games. however, allowed seven of his 11 earned runs in one game – he pitched to a 1.64 ERA (4 ER/22.0 IP) in his 15 other outings. Started the year with a 1.62 ERA (3 ER/16.2) in nine April games. Promoted to Iowa, May 18, and went on to go 3-3 with four saves and a 2.81 ERA (16 ER/51.1 IP) in 37 games for the I-Cubs. Held left-handed hitters to a .154 batting average (12-for-78) at the Triple-A level. right-handed batters posted a .236 average (25-for- 106). In nine August contests, pitched to a 1.38 ERA (2 ER/13.0 IP) with four saves. struck out 19 in 13.0 frames. Twice spun a season-high 3.0 innings of work. 2010 Began the season with Triple-A Iowa and was transferred to Double-A Tennessee, July 30. all told, went 1-5 with seven saves and a 4.21 ERA (31 ER/66.1 IP) in 48 games out of the bullpen. Started the year with Iowa, and had a 1.04 ERA (2 ER/17.1 IP) in his first 13 games through May 20. posted a 6.75 ERA (24 ER/32.0 IP) in his final 22 outings for the I-Cubs. Crafted a 2.65 ERA (5 ER/17.0 IP) in 13 games for the Smokies, picking up five saves in five chances. Limited Double-A batters to a .183 batting average (11-for-60), walking just six while striking out 25 in 17.0 innings. Allowed just three hits in 18 opponent at-bats with runners in scoring position (.167). Stranded all seven of his inherited runners while with Tennessee. 2009 Split time between Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa, going a combined 2-3 with 25 saves and a 2.70 ERA (19 ER/63.1 IP) in 55 relief appearances. Opened the season at Tennessee, posting an impressive 1.46 ERA (2 ER/12.1 IP) with no record and three saves in his first 10 appearances. fanned 19, while issuing just eight free passes. went 3-for-3 in save opportunities. Held the opponent scoreless in nine of his 10 outings with the Smokies. surrendered two runs in 2.0 innings of work April 28 vs. Carolina. Was promoted to Triple-A Iowa May 11, where he spent the rest of the season. compiled a 2-3 mark with 22 saves and a 3.00 ERA (17 ER/51.0 IP) in 45 relief outings. Allowed just three homers in 51.0 innings of work, striking out 58 compared to 27 walks. Led the I-Cubs, and ranked fifth in the Pacific Coast League, in saves. the 22 saves tied for second-most among Iowa’s single-season leaders with Marc Pisciotta in 1997. converted his final 15 save opportunities with Iowa, July 2 through the end of the season. Right-handed batters hit just .160 (16-for-100) with 35 strikeouts against him. held opponents to a .143 (6-for-42) average with runners in scoring position. 2008 Combined to go 4-2 with a 2.13 ERA (17 ER/71.2 IP) and a .197 (50-for-254) batting average against in 45 games with Single- A Peoria, Triple-A Iowa and Single-A Daytona. Posted a 3-0 ledger with three saves and a 1.33 ERA (7 ER/47.1 IP) in 23 games with Peoria, April 4-June 24. Boasted a miniscule 0.38 ERA (1 ER/24.0 IP) in 12 home games with the Chiefs. Saw Triple-A action in just his second professional season, June 27-28, with Iowa. surrendered two runs on one hit and two walks, while fanning three in 3.0 innings of work (two games). Tossed a 1.47 ERA (3 ER/18.1 IP) in nine June appearances between Peoria and Iowa, including a miniscule 0.59 ERA (1 ER/15.1 IP) in seven outings with the Chiefs. Joined the Daytona Cubs, June 30 and remained with the squad for the rest of the campaign. went 1-2 with nine saves and a 3.38 ERA (8 ER/21.1 IP) in 20 relief appearances. Held left-handed batters to a .179 (5-for-28) batting average with the Cubs. 2007 Began his professional career going 2-0 with a 2.39 ERA (7 ER/26.1 IP) in 19 relief outings between Rookie-League Mesa and Single-A Boise.