Found June 05, 2012 on RotoStars.com:
The road to the Major Leagues is not always a smooth ride, as many top prospects that appear to be destined for greatness stumble on their quest to make it to the show. Struggles to adjusting to professional baseball in the minor league ranks and incumbent stars blocking a promotion have derailed the careers of many young players, while elbow and shoulder injuries can stunt the growth of promising young pitchers. Such was the case of Oakland Athletic righty Jarrod Parker, a former first round pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2007 amateur draft. The former Norwell High School start from Ossian, Indiana showed all the promise in the world before missing the entire 2010 season due to Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. At just 19 years of age, Parker delivered a modest 3.44 ERA in 117.9 innings of work in Single-A ball, but flashed signs of brilliance with a 8.8 SO/9 rate, while walking just 2.5 batters per nine innings. Parker joined the Oakland Athletics on December 9, 2011...
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