The kid had an unbelievable rookie season that got swept under the rug with all the attention that was constantly on Mike Trout and Bryce Harper, but Parker still should have been in contention for Rookie of the Year. Trout easily won the AL award, but a little more attention for Parker would have been nice to see.
JP finished with a very respectable 13-8 record. Parker even boasted a 3.47 ERA and 1.26 WHIP in 181.1 innings of work last year. He didn’t skip a beat moving from the Arizona Diamondbacks to Oakland, which is very promising from a kid in his first major league season.
Not many 24-year-old prospects step into a major league rotation to throw over 180 innings either. Parker looked very poised on the bump and will be an amazing top of the rotation fantasy arm this year. He pitched like a veteran and showed that he can be an ace for Oakland GM Billy Beane for years to come.
Parker can be drafted as a third or fourth fantasy starter in standard formats and will be one of the most sought after arms in any dynasty league this spring.