Chrome Corner: 2008 Bowman Chrome Autograph Jarrod Parker

I’ve acquired quite a few quality chrome autographs and refractors over the last few months but I have not shown them on this blog yet.

I guess I have to get on top of that.

Let’s start here: 2008 Bowman Chrome Prospects Autograph Jarrod Parker.

I got this card in the mail the other day and noticed that the card is well-centered, the ink  looks good and there are no scratches on the surface.  Those lines you see on the card are from my scanner … they are digital wrinkles, signs of aging technology.

Then I flipped the card over, took note of the excellent condition and started reading the text.

Stuff about him having lightening quick stuff? Check.

Comparison to some other up and comer or seasoned veteran?  Check.

Something about where he played high school and some collegiate opportunity he seemingly passed on to pursue his big league dream?  Check.

Then I looked at the stat line.

And I looked at it again … and again … and again.

Does that really say what I think it says?

A 0.10 ERA?!?!?!

A POINT-TEN ERA over 70 innings?!

That is insane. And the fact that it came in high school really does not diminish the value of that feat one bit.

On that note, here’s another interesting tidbit worth mentioning:  Parker was the ninth overall pick in the 2007 draft and the fifth pitcher taken.

Who were the others hurlers taken before Parker? David Price (No. 1), Daniel Moskos (No. 4), Ross Detwiler (No. 6), and Casey Weathers (No. 8).

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