Gerardo Parra, Outfield, Colorado Rockies
Date of Birth: 5/6/1987
Birthplace: Santa Barbara, Venezuela
Gerardo Parra, outfielder for the Colorado Rockies, started his professional baseball career in the Arizona Diamondbacks' minor league system in 2006. He made his first appearance with the Diamondbacks in 2009, playing in 120 games with them. That season, he batted .290 with 132 hits, 21 doubles, and a career high 60 RBIs.
Parra had a good 2011 season, both offensively and defensively. He batted .292 with 130 hits, 20 doubles, and 15 stolen bases in 141 games. He won his first Gold Glove award that year for his defensive skills in left field. In 125 games, he made 267 putouts and just 2 errors with a fielding percentage of .993.
In 2013, Parra batted .268 with career highs in hits (161) and doubles (43). He won his second Gold Glove, this time for his defensive play in right field.
On July 31, 2014, Parra was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers. He finished the 2014 season with 138 hits, 22 doubles, and a .261 batting average in 104 games with the Diamondbacks and 46 games with the Brewers.
Parra was traded to the Baltimore Orioles on July 31, 2015. He finished the season with 159 hits, 36 doubles, 14 home runs, 51 RBIs, and a .291 batting average in 100 games with the Brewers and 55 games with the Orioles. Defensively, he played 53 games in left field, 41 games in center field, and 63 games in right field.
Parra signed with the Rockies on January 20, 2016. He finished the 2016 season with 93 hits, 27 doubles, and a .253 batting average in 102 games. Defensively, he played 19 games at first base, 60 games in left field, 11 games in center field, and 16 games in right field.
In 2017, Parra batted a career high .309 in 115 games. He had 121 hits, 24 doubles, a career high 71 RBIs, and 67 strikeouts to 20 walks. Defensively, he played 6 games at first base, 82 games in left field, 1 game in center field, and 22 games in right field. In the Wild Card game, he had 2 hits and 1 RBI in 4 at-bats.
Career batting statistics for Parra through 2017 include:
- 1,205 games played
- 1,134 hits
- 233 doubles
- 421 RBIs
- 756 strikeouts to 261 walks
- .278 batting average