CHARLESTON, S.C. – Former Charleston Southern standout Bobby Parnell was on the
mound last night at Yankee Stadium to help the New York Mets close out a
four-game sweep of the Yankees with his ninth save of the season. The outing
comes as the latest highlight in what has been a breakout year for the 28-year
Parnell, who pitched at CSU from 2003 to 2005,
has excelled as the Mets' closer after earning the role in spring training.
Armed with a mid-to-high 90's fastball and a refined knuckle-curveball, Parnell
is currently 4-1 with a 1.85 ERA and nine saves. The former ninth round pick has
dominated hitters over his 24.1 innings, allowing just 14 hits and seven walks
while striking out 23 and holding opponents to a .173 batting
The Salisbury, North Carolina native also saved the
opener of the four-game set against the Yankees, and is a perfect 7-for-7 in
save opportunities during the month of May. His performance has more than
validated the Mets' decision to sign him to a one-year, $1.7 million contract
this past offseason.
Parnell has been a consistent contributor
near the back end of the Mets bullpen since making his Major League debut in
2008, and is coming off an excellent 2012 season. He helped the Mets to a 47-40
first-half record last year, and finished the season 5-4 with a career-best 2.49
ERA and 61 strikeouts in 68.2 innings.