The Milwaukee Brewers headed into the MLB trade deadline knowing that they needed at least one arm to bolster the pitching staff and one player to create a spark off the bench. The hope is that outfielder Gerardo Parra can be an upgrade over Logan Schafer and Elian Herrera in a backup/bench role.
Milwaukee acquired Parra from the Arizona Diamondbacks for prospect outfielder Mitch Haniger and left-handed pitcher Anthony Banda. Haniger is the real loss as he was a top-10 prospect in the Brewers’ farm system. However, Milwaukee understands that they must make some moves in order to help propel them to the postseason. Parra certainly does that.
The 27-year-old batted .274 with 39 home runs and 250 RBI in five and a half seasons with the Diamondbacks. He is not going to bring a lot of power to the lineup, but he should be able to create opportunities off the bench more than Schafer has been able to this season. The fact is Milwaukee had little hope late in games due to the lack of a quality bat to go to in a pinch-hit situation.
Even though Parra has struggled at the plate this year, he has historically shown promise on offense. That is all the Brewers can ask for at this point. The hope is that a change of scenery, specifically one that will be with a contender down the stretch, will spark Parra’s interest to return to his 2011 form when he batted .292 with 46 RBI. More importantly, what the average fan may not realize is that Parra is an extraordinary defensive outfielder. In fact, he won two Gold Glove Awards (2011, 2013) for his performance.
It may not be the big name Brewers fans were looking for, but there is no denying that Parra has the potential to be a tremendous asset for Milwaukee.