Pastor Pareda Morales
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 5' 10"
Pastor Pareda pitched in Cuba and the Negro Leagues.
Pareda debuted for Azul in the Cuban Summer League in 1908, going 2-2 with a 2.77 ERA. In the Cuban Winter League, the country's top circuit, he debuted that winter, with Club Fé. He was 1-8 with a 4.18 ERA (54 ERA+ in a pitcher-dominant loop) for the last-place team. He led the league in losses. In the International League of Colored Baseball Clubs of America and Cuba in 1909, he was 1-4 with a 3.62 ERA for the Cuban Stars. He was 1-1 against the AL champion Detroit Tigers when they visited Cuba, beating Ed Willett 5-4 and losing 2-0 to Jack Lelivelt. He also beat Addie Joss and the MLB All-Stars, 5-0, that winter.
In 1910, he was 5-3 with a 2.75 ERA (94 ERA+) for Habana. He led the CWL with 72 innings pitched and 8 complete games (completing all eight of his starts) while finishing two wins behind future Hall-of-Famer José Méndez. He was 2-6 with a 3.51 ERA for Cuba against top black teams in the summer of 1910, actually faring better than teammate Méndez. He only walked 17 in 74 1/3 IP but led all pitchers in defeats. He had a busy time against teams visiting Cuba, losing 6-2 to the Leland Giants, 4-2 to Detroit and Willett and facing Chief Bender of the A's three times, winning a 2-0 rain-shortened game, losing 6-4 and winning 6-2.
The right-handed hurler was 3-1 with a 3.14 ERA for Habana in 1911, his first season with an ERA+ of better than 100. He had a 0-3, 4.71 record for the All-Cubans in 1911 in the Negro Leagues but beat the Phillies and Toots Shultz, 3-2. He had a 3-2, 4.70 record for Habana when they won the title in 1912. He twice beat the New York Lincoln Giants when they visited Cuba that year, topping Smokey Joe Williams (his ace teammate in Habana) 6-5 and Frank Wickware, 14-0.
The Havana native was 4-5 with a save and a 2.51 ERA (135 ERA+) for Habana in 1913; the rest of the staff was 7-16. He was 4th in ERA (between Dick Redding and Agapito Lázaga), tied José Junco for 5th in wins, 4th in strikeouts (40), tied for 4th in losses and tied for first in saves. He went 1-5 with two saves and a 4.48 ERA for the Cuban Stars in 1913 in the Negro Leagues. He tied Dicta Johnson for second in losses among top black teams in the Midwest.
In 1913-1914, he was a one-man staff for Club Fé, going 11-10 on a team whose other pitchers were 8-4, thus picking up 64% of his team's decisions. He had a 2.36 ERA (102 ERA+) and beat the champion Almendares team 7 times. He led the league in wins (one ahead of Méndez), losses (four ahead of Palmero), games pitched (21, 6 ahead of Eustaquio Pedroso), complete games (12, three more than Pedroso), innings pitched (141, 36 2/3 more than Pedroso), runs allowed (53, 18 more than anyone else), earned runs (37, 7 more than anyone else), hits allowed (127, 27 more than Pedroso), walks (56, 18 ahead of Luis Padrón) and strikeouts (52, 5 more than Pedroso). The only things he did not lead in were shutouts, saves, homers allowed or hit batsmen.
Following his 1-5 summer for the Cuban Stars, he turned things around in 1914, posting a 10-3, 1.79 ERA (211 ERA+). He tied String Bean Williams for second in wins among top black midwestern teams (two behind Johnson), was second to Wickware in ERA, was second to Johnson in complete games (13, two shy), led in shutouts (4), was third in IP (121) and was third with 66 strikeouts (trailing Johnson and Williams). Against US teams visiting Cuba that winter, he was not as sharp, losing to Redding and Dizzy Dismukes of the New York Lincoln Giants and twice to Carl Ray and the Birmingham Barons.
Pareda was 8-3 with a 2.10 ERA (147 ERA+) to help pitch Habana to the CWL title in 1914-1915. He tied Dolf Luque for second in wins (two behind Pedroso), was third in ERA (behind Pedroso and Palmero), tied for the lead in saves (1) and tied Pedro González for third in games pitched (16). He was 5-6 with a 3.27 ERA (96 ERA+) for the Cuban Stars in 1915, his last time pitching in the US. That winter, he beat Redding and the Indianapolis ABCs twice when they visited Cuba.
He had his last strong winter in 1915-1916, going 7-6 with a 2.76 ERA (119 ERA+) for Habana. He was 5th in ERA (between Luque and Pedroso) and 4th in wins but his 59 walks were second, only 3 behind Pedroso, while he only struck out 30 in 109 1/3 innings. He was 1-3 with a 2.84 ERA (65 ERA+) for the Red Sox (Habana being renamed briefly) in 1917. In 1918-1919, he was 2-1 with a 4.39 ERA for Habana (reverting to its old name). He resurfaced for one game for Habana in 1922-1923 but allowed six runs (five earned) in 2 1/3 IP and took the loss.
He was 51-52 with a 2.99 ERA (87 ERA+) in 133 games (91 starts) in Cuba, 19-27 with a 3.20 ERA (105 ERA+) in the Negro Leagues and 5-6 with a 2.21 ERA (99 ERA+) against major league teams (the individual game accounts here are from Cuban Baseball: A Statistical History, which has him at 4-5, while the career line comes from the Seamheads database). A typical light-hitting pitcher in an era when some Cubans were two-way threats (like Pedroso and Luque), he hit .144/.221/.156 in Cuba.