Now that the 2012 season has concluded for the New York Mets, we have taken a look at overall breakdowns for the offense, starting rotation, and bullpen this past season. We will now take a look at every player on the roster from A (Manny Acosta) to Y (Chris Young) as our Mets 101 Player Review series returns. In each review we will take a look at one player's 2012 performance and what role, if any, they can expect to have with the Mets in 2013. Today we will look at relief pitcher Bobby Parnell.
2012 Stats: 74 Appearances, 68.2 Innings Pitched, 5-4, 2.49 ERA, 7 Saves, 18 Holds, 1.24 WHIP (65 Hits/ 20 Walks), 61 Strikeouts
2012 Story: Bobby Parnell entered 2012 with lower expectations than previous years. The Mets had brought in three high priced veteran relievers (Frank Francisco, Jon Rauch, and Ramon Ramirez) to lock down the later innings. That would allow the Mets to move Parnell into the middle innings, allowing Parnell to develop in lower leverage situations. That plan didn't last too long as injuries and ineffectiveness forced Parnell back into the later innings. Parnell eventually returned to the closer's chair after Frank Francisco went down in June and struggled at first, blowing several save opportunities right after the All Star Break. Parnell eventually settled down and proved to be the most dependable member of the Mets bullpen down the stretch, yielding only one earned run over his final 17.2 innings pitched of the year. Parnell finished the year with seven saves in place of Frank Francisco and established career bests in ERA (2.49) and WHIP (1.24).
Contract Status: Arbitration Eligible (Second Time)
Odds of Returning: 90 Percent
2013 Role: Set up Man/Closer in Waiting
Bobby Parnell took a huge leap forward in 2012, and considering he was the most effective member of the pen it is a no brainer to bring him back. Parnell is young and should continue to develop, so his strong showing should leave him as a front runner for a set up role. Parnell should also be next in line for the closer's chair if Frank Francisco loses his grip on the job, but one thing to keep in mind is that relievers are not always consistent. If Parnell can display some consistency, he will be a huge part of the Mets bullpen for years to come.
Check back tomorrow for Mets 101's Player Review of Mike Pelfrey!
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