On Saturday, lefty David Parkinson made his Florida State League debut for the Threshers against the Bradenton Marauders on MiLB-TV. It was a gem. He came on in the third inning after Jared Eichoff rehabbed for the first two innings. Parkinson pitched seven shutout innings allowing only two hits and two walks, striking out seven to earn a 1-0 win. Read HERE.
Back in 2003, a 19-year-old Cole Hamels made his professional debut pitching in Lakewood and Clearwater. In 101 innings combined he pitched to a 1.34 ERA striking out 147 and walked 39 for a 6-3 record.
This year along comes a 22-year-old David Parkinson debuting in the same towns as Hamels did 15 years ago. In 102.1 innings he is pitching to a 1.41 ERA after yesterday’s game. Parkinson has struck out 122 and walked 27 for a 9-1 record.
Both of them throw in the low 90’s with a change-up and breaking pitch. As we all know Hamels’ change-up was his strikeout pitch. Parkinson appears to have a better breaking ball. Watch HERE Parkinson’s seventh strikeout to get the first out in the bottom of the ninth inning in Saturday’s game against Bradenton.
Can David Parkinson become the next Cole Hamels for the Phillies? So far he is on a track to do just that. I would not be surprised to see him pitch in Reading before the end of August and maybe even pitch a game in the International League playoffs for Lehigh Valley in September.