Full name is John Henry Parrish...Graduated from J.P. McCaskey High in Lancaster, Pa...was an all-league performer in baseball as a pitcher and
outfi elder.2009Was invited to Major League camp for the Baltimore Orioles but did not pitch in a Spring Training or regular
season game due to a shoulder injury.2008Made 13 appearances, including six starts for the Blue Jays...Had his contract purchased from Syracuse (AAA) of the International League June 27 and made four starts and six appearances
before being optioned to Syracuse Aug. 12...Was recalled Aug. 23 for the balance of the season...The club won the first five contests in which he started and finished 5-1 overall...In his six starts he posted a 1-1 record with a 5.10 ERA...Held the Braves to one run on four hits in six innings in his Blue Jays debut, June 28...Appeared in seven games in relief, going 0-0 with a 1.46 ERA...Held batters to a .238 average...Appearance of 3.0 innings in relief Aug. 10 vs. CLE tied for the most by any Blue Jays reliever...Posted a 10-1 record with a 2.97 ERA in 17 appearances (13 starts) for Syracuse (AAA) of the International League...Recorded 100 strikeouts in 91.0 IP...Won his first 10 decisions for Syracuse...Allowed more than three runs in only one appearance all season2007Spent the first four months of the season with the Orioles before being assigned on a waiver claim to
the Seattle Mariners in August...His 5.71 ERA with Baltimore and Seattle was 4th highest among qualifying American League relief
pitchers...Allowed a .403 on-base percentage to opponents, the 6th highest mark among AL
relievers...Opponents had a .296 average against him, the 11th highest mark in the league.
wAllowed 16 of 38 inherited runners to score (42.1%), the 3rd highest percentage in the AL...Pitched 1.2 scoreless innings in the season opener on April 2 at Minnesota...Was his first big league
appearance since June 11, 2005...Did not allow an earned run in his first 10 appearances spanning 9.0 innings, April 2-20...Was charged with runs in only three of his last 12 outings for the Orioles, posting a 3.37 ERA (10.2IP,
4ER)...Was assigned on a waiver claim to Seattle in exchange for minor league OF Sebastien Boucher and a
player to be named or cash on August 9...Had spent all or part of 6 seasons with the Orioles...Went 2-2 with a 5.40 ERA in 45 games for the Orioles and 0-0 with a 6.97 ERA in 8 games for the
Mariners...Was assigned by Seattle to AAA Tacoma from August 23 until being recalled on September 2.2006Spent the entire season on the 60-day disabled list, recuperating from ulnar collateral ligament replacement ("Tommy John") surgery in July 2005.
wWorked out at the Orioles' minor league facility in Sarasota, FL throughout the season.2005Spent the first 2 1/2 months of the season with the Orioles before being optioned to AA Bowie on
6/13...Appeared in 5 games for the Baysox before undergoing ligament replacement ("Tommy John")
surgery on 7/15...The surgery was performed by Dr. Timothy Kremchek in Cincinnati...Ranked 3rd
among American League relievers with 12.98 strikeouts per 9.0IP at the time he was sent down...Struck
out 5 batters twice and 4 batters 2 times...Also was 2nd among AL relievers with 8.83 walks per 9.0IP
when he was optioned...Allowed 3 or more walks in a game 4 times...Pitched 2.2 scoreless innings on
6/4 at Detroit, striking out 5...Also struck out 5 batters in a season-high 3.1 scoreless innings on 5/20 vs.
Philadelphia...Made 5 appearances in the first 15 games of the season but pitched only once between
4/21 and 5/16, a span of 26 days...Earned the win on 5/17 at Kansas City, striking out 4 in 1.2 scoreless
innings...Allowed 7 of 15 inherited runners to score, including 3 games in which 2 inherited runners
crossed the plate...The Orioles lost 10 of the 14 games in which he pitched...Surrendered one run over
his first 8 games of the season (12.1IP) through 5/20...Appeared in 6 games of a two-week road trip at
the beginning of June and allowed 5 runs in 5.0 innings...Allowed 3 runs in 1.0 inning in his final outing
on 6/11 at Cincinnati...Was optioned to Bowie on 6/13 and allowed one hit in 2.1 innings for the Baysox
that night...Did not allow an earned run in 3 of his 5 outings for Bowie...Pitched 2.2 scoreless innings in
his last appearance on 6/23 at Altoona...Was placed on the disabled list on 6/29.2004Finished 2nd in the American League to teammate B.J. Ryan in relief innings pitched by left-handers
with 75.2...Also had the 7th-best ERA (3.45) and 8th-lowest opponents' batting average (.233) among
AL lefty relievers.
Appeared in a career-high 56 games in his first full season in the majors...Spent parts of his last 3 active
seasons with the Orioles, missing all of 2002 following knee surgery.
Had a 5.65 ERA in 8 games in April (14.1IP, 9ER)...Pitched to a 2.93 ERA (61.1IP, 20ER) over his last
47 relief outings beginning in May.
Beginning June 28, allowed runs in only 6 of 27 relief outings and allowed more than one run just
twice...Pitched to a 2.41 ERA (33.2IP, 9ER) in relief over that span.
Allowed only one earned run in 11 relief outings (15.2IP) from June 28 until August 14.
Made one spot start, July 7 vs. Tampa Bay, and allowed 3 runs (one earned) in 2.1 innings to take the
loss...It was his first start since 7/25/01 at Texas.
The start also was his only loss at Camden Yards, as he went 6-0 with a 2.41 ERA (41.0IP, 11ER) in 28
relief appearances at home...On the road, he was 0-2 with a 4.67 ERA (34.2IP, 18ER).
Recorded his first career save on May 29 at Detroit, pitching the final 4.0 innings and allowing one run
in an 8-4 victory.
Pitched 2.0 perfect innings on April 22 vs. Tampa Bay and earned his first win of the season in the O's
Pitched 3.0 hitless innings to earn his second win on April 28 vs. Seattle and got his 3rd win with 2.1
innings of one-hit relief on May 8 vs. Cleveland.
Pitched in all 3 games of a series vs. New York, May 25-27, his first consecutive outings of the season...
Worked back-to-back games on 7 other occasions, including both ends of a day-night doubleheader
on June 12 vs. San Francisco.
Had a 2.42 ERA (44.2IP, 12ER) in 32 relief appearances working on at least 2 days rest and a 4.94 ERA
(31.0IP, 17ER) in 23 outings working on one day's rest or less.
Took the loss on June 3 at New York, allowing 2 baserunners in 1/3 inning, both of whom scored after
he left the game.
Earned the win with 1/3 inning of work on June 9 vs. Arizona, leaving the inherited go-ahead run stranded
at second base before the O's broke a 2-2 tie in the 7th inning.
Earned the win in the 2nd game of the June 12 doubleheader vs. San Francisco with 2.0 scoreless
innings after working 1.1 perfect innings in the opener.
Retired all 4 batters he faced in the 2nd game of a doubleheader on July 22 at Boston, striking out the
side in the 9th inning.
Pitched September 17-18 at Minnesota, his first consecutive outings since August 16-17...Struck out
the last batter he faced at Minnesota on September 18, then struck out all 4 batters faced in his next outing
on September 23 at Boston.
Earned the win in a September 24 comeback vs. Detroit with a perfect 9th inning, striking out the first
2 batters to run his string to 7 straight strikeouts over 3 games...The 7 straight strikeouts was two shy of
Armando Benitez's club record of 9 set in 1998 and tied with Sammy Stewart, who struck out 7 straight
batters in 1978.2003Spent most of the season at Double-A Bowie ... Overpowered Eastern League batters, recording a 2.00 ERA and 85 strikeouts in 76.1 relief innings ... Had his contract purchased by the Orioles on Aug. 15 ... Posted a stellar 1.20 ERA in seven September outings.2002Was up with the Orioles for 3 separate stints, pitching primarily out of the bullpen...He worked as both a starter and reliever for AAA Rochester most of the season...Was first recalled by the Orioles on June 1 and made 9 relief appearances before being optioned back to Rochester on June 25...Went 0-0 with a 6.75 ERA (9.1 IP, 7 ER) and appeared in 7 of the O's last 11 games before he was sent back...Allowed a home run to Olmedo Saenz, the first batter he faced after his first recall, on June 3 at Oakland...Retired 8 of the next 11 first batters he faced after that before allowing a first-batter hit in his last 3 relief outings...Was recalled to make a spot start in the opener of a July 25 doubleheader at Texas...Allowed 6 runs (4 earned) in 6.0 innings and suffered the loss and was returned to Rochester between games of the doubleheader...Struck out Jose Cruz Jr. with 2 out and 2 runners on in the 6th inning on September 20 at Toronto, then earned the win when the O's came back with a 6-run 7th inning to take the lead...Took the loss on September 23 vs. New York, walking Bernie Williams with the bases loaded for the eventual game-winning run in the 10th inning...Opened the season in Rochester's starting rotation and went 2-3 with a 4.30 ERA (37.2IP, 42H, 18ER) in 7 starts...Moved to the bullpen in mid-May and went 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA (10.1IP, 2H) in 6 appearances, retiring 31 of 33 batters faced, before being recalled by the Orioles on June 1...As a starter for Rochester, he went 5-7 with a 3.92 ERA in 18 starts...Overall, he made 7 relief appearances, going 1-0 with a 0.87 ERA, allowing a home run to the only batter he faced in his last relief outing...Finished 5th in the International League with 126 strikeouts...His 8.44 K/9 IP was 4th best among IL starters...Worked 7.0 or more innings in 9 of his last 10 starts at Rochester, going 3-3 with a 2.60 ERA (72.2 IP, 57 H, 32 R/21 ER)...Opponents batted only .241 off him, tied for 5th best in the league...2000Made 8 appearances, all as a starter, in 2 stints with Orioles...His contract was purchased from AAA Rochester on July 19 when reliever Darren Holmes was released, and he stayed with Orioles for all but 6 days the rest of the season...Made his major league debut on July 24 at Camden Yards vs. the New York Yankees...He struck out 9 batters in 7 innings, matching Sammy Stewart's 1978 club record for most strikeouts in a major league debut...In his debut, Parrish struck out the side in the first inning, retiring the Yankees' Chuck Knoblauch, Derek Jeter and Bernie Williams...He was the first pitcher to strike out the first 3 major league batters he faced since Oakland's Blake Stein did it on May 10, 1998, fanning Chicago's Ray Durham, Magglio Ordonez and Frank Thomas...Began season at AA Bowie, going 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA in 3 starts before being promoted to Rochester on April 23...Through his first 10 starts at Rochester, was 2-4 with a 5.20 ERA (53.2IP, 31ER)...Over his next 7 starts, beginning June 16, he went 4-2 with a 3.09 ERA (43.2IP, 17R/15ER) before joining the Orioles...At the time he joined the Orioles, Parrish was 4th in the International League with 82 strikeouts, despite not joining the Red Wings until the third week of the season...He pitched at least 5.1 innings in each of his first 5 starts for the Orioles, going 2-1 with a 4.40 ERA (30.2IP, 16R/15ER)...Over his final 3 starts, however, he pitched a combined 5.2 innings, allowing 16 runs (14 ER)...He was optioned to Rochester on August 31 to make one start for the Red Wings, taking the loss September 3 at Buffalo (6.2IP, 3ER)...He was recalled on September 5 and made one start, September 12 at Texas, lasting 1.2 innings...Averaged 18.6 baserunners per 9.0IP (40H, 35BB, 36.1IP), which would have been
highest in the AL if he had enough innings to qualify...Teammate Pat Rapp led the league, averaging 15.1 baserunners per 9.0IP...He left games with a lead in 4 of his 8 outings with the Orioles...His first 2 major league starts came against New York's Roger Clemens and Cleveland's Chuck Finley, who had combined for 412 career victories entering the season...Parrish's debut vs. New York on July 24 marked the first start by an Orioles lefthander since Doug Johns started the next to last game of the season in 1999, October 2 vs. Boston.1999Pitched at Delmarva, Frederick and Bowie, striking out 96 batters in 102.1IP...Made 4 relief appearances at Delmarva before joining Frederick and going into the rotation...Won his final two starts with the Keys, striking out 17 in 13.2IP...Transferred to Bowie and had a 2.81 ERA (32.0IP/10ER) thru his first 6 starts, but did not receive a decision...Had a 6.15 ERA (21.2IP/15ER) over his next four starts...In 15 games with Bowie, opposing batters had a .525 on-base percentage to lead off innings.1998From 5/1 on, went 4-3 with a 2.26 ERA (63.2IP, 16ER) in 12 starts, with 66 Ks...Lefties hit .191 (9-47) off him on the season...Was a spring training invitee to major league camp and started for the Orioles in the Hall of Fame Game at Cooperstown, NY vs. Toronto on 7/27, allowing 1 run in 4.0IP.1997Combined to go 5-6 with a 4.23 ERA in 29 games (100.0 IP, 95H, 47ER, 50BB, 96K) for Delmarva, Frederick and Bowie...Called up for spot start for Bowie on 6/17 at Norwich and won, 5-1, allowing first inning run...Went 2-3 with a 5.06 ERA in 10 games for Maui in the Hawaiian Winter League following season.1996Combined to go 4-1 with 3 saves and a 2.20 ERA between Gulf Coast and Bluefield (32.2IP, 8ER)...Allowed 24 hits,
walked 20 and struck out 51...Led Gulf Coast relievers in strikeouts per 9.0IP (15.36).