The hard-throwing left-hander began his career as a starting pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers, but no success led him to his current job as a reliever. In 2013, Parra posted career bests across the boards, pitching to a 2-3 record with a 3.33 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP. Those numbers came in 57 appearances from the bullpen (46 IP). Only 17% of Parra's inherited runners (base runners on base when pitcher first appeared in the game) scored in 2013 (5-of-30). This shows his success as a reliever in 2013.
Parra looks to continue to be a good asset to the Cincinnati Red bullpen which posted the 7th best ERA in the MLB of all bullpens (3.29 ERA). He pitched well last year, and got a contract that reflected upon his good performance.