The Clearwater Threshers, David Parkinson is the full season minor league ERA leader according to MiLB, read HERE. He was brilliant this season pitching for the Threshers and the Lakewood BlueClaws with a 1.45 ERA.
With the Threshers, David served as the sixth starter in the Threshers August rotation but it looks like he will not pitch in the post-season. His turn came up last night in the semi-final FSL opener but No.1 starter Adonis Medina was on the mound for a no decision 7-6 Threshers win. Medina threw the quality start allowing only three runs in six innings. He left with a 6-3 lead but the bullpen could not hold it. The Threshers would go on to win 7-6, thanks to a Grenny Cumana home run in the eight inning.
Perhaps it is just as well. After being drafted in the 12th round in the 2017 draft, the 22 year-old out of Ole Miss pitched only 32.2 innings, mostly in relief for Williamsport in the NY-Penn League. So far this season, between Lakewood and Clearwater, he has thrown 124.1 innings and struck out 141.
He made a dramatic debut for the Threshers back on August 4th against the Bradenton Marauders, coming in after a two-inning rehab start by Jerad Eickoff. David pitched a 7-inning, two- hit shutout the rest of the way. Read HERE. He would go on in August and put up better numbers in the Florida State League than he even did in the South Atlantic League for Lakewood. He wound up 3-0 with a 1.24 ERA for the Threshers and prior to that he pitched to a 8-1 record and a 1.51 ERA with the BlueClaws.
For samples of how he pitches against the a right-handed and left-handed batters, watch HERE and HERE. He faced these two in his last home start against the Dunedin Blue Jays. Against the right-handed batter, he threw 90-91 fastballs and a 84 mph change-up. Against the left-handed batter, he threw a 85 MPH breaking ball and 92 MPH fastball.
David Parkinson has to be the Phillies surprise minor league starting pitcher of the year with a MiLB best 1.45 ERA for an 11-1 record.