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Former Pittsburgh Pirates prospect Joe Parsons signed with the Boomers on February 10, 2012.
Parsons, 23, returns to the Boomers after a stellar 2012 season as a dominant arm in Manager Jamie Bennett’s bullpen. Versatile enough for short appearances or stretched out over a couple innings, Parsons led the Boomers in earned run average with an outstanding final mark of 1.57. The right-hander earned a 3-1 record over 51.1 innings while allowing just 34 hits over his 37 appearances. Parsons collected 56 strikeouts against just 28 walks to round out an impressive stat line.
Prior to joining the Boomers, Parsons played one season with the Gulf Coast League Pirates after signing as an undrafted free agent with the rookie-league affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. The 6-foot-1-inch right-hander appeared in 25.1 innings in 2011 and earned a 5.33 ERA with two saves, 19 strikeouts, and eight walks.
The Carmel, Calif. native completed his college career with two seasons as a member of the Hokies Baseball Team at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). As a junior in 2010, Parsons pitched just 5.1 innings and allowed six earned runs but thrived as a senior the following season. In 75.2 innings, which included 13 starts, a complete game and a shutout, Parsons earned a 7-3 record for the Hokies and added 54 strikeouts to 29 walks. Parsons allowed 76 hits and just 27 earned runs in 2011, which was good for a 3.21 ERA in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).
After an outstanding 22-3 career record at Carmel High School including a senior year highlighted by a paltry 2.20 ERA, 90 strikeouts and an all-county nomination, Parsons attended the University of Hawaii, where he made one appearance as a freshman. Parsons transferred to Cuesta Community College in San Luis Obispo, Calif. where he was named Western State Conference Pitcher of the Year after going 8-1 with a save in 107 innings pitched. Parsons tossed three complete games and finished with a 3.41 ERA and 76 strikeouts before transferring to Virginia Tech to complete his collegiate career.