Parker Alan Bridwell
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 4", Weight 190 lb.
- High School Hereford (TX) High School
- Debut August 21, 2016
Starting pitcher Parker Bridwell began his professional career in 2010, when he was 18 years old.
He was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 9th round of the 2010 amateur draft, one pick after pitcher Brandon Cumpton and ahead of future Rookie of the Year Jacob DeGrom. Scouted by Ernest Jacobs, he signed for a $625,000 bonus and began his professional career with a 1.59 ERA in 5 2/3 innings his first campaign, but soon struggled. From 2011 to 2013, his ERAs were 5.26, 5.98 and 4.73, respectively, and his record was 15-26. Though he wasn't a strikeout pitcher to begin his career, he averaged over a K per inning the latter two years of that run.
He made his major league debut with the Orioles in 2016, pitching 3 1/3 innings over two relief appearances, with an ERA of 13.50. In April of 2017, he was sent to the Los Angeles Angels in return for future considerations, which turned out to be a very good thing for him, as the Angels soon needed some starting pitching. He started his first game on May 30th, defeating the Atlanta Braves, 9-3, to earn his first major league win. It was a one-off outing, but he had impressed enough to warrant a second look, and starting on June 14th, he was inserted as a regular member of the starting rotation. On July 5th, he had a particularly strong game, giving up no runs to the Minnesota Twins over 6 innings to earn a 2-1 win, improving his record on the year to 3-1, 3.25.