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Robert Allen Parnell (born September 8, 1984 in Salisbury, North Carolinamarker) is an Americanmarker pitcher for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball. He was drafted by the Mets in the ninth round of the 2005 MLB Draft after attending college at Charleston Southern Universitymarker.

Professional career

Minor Leagues

2005-2007

Parnell worked as a starter for the minor league teams in the Mets organization, pitching for the Brooklyn Cyclones, St. Lucie Mets, Binghamton Mets, and New Orleans Zephyrs. In three different leagues, Parnell has been named a mid-season All-Star. He earned the honor in the New York-Penn League in , the Florida State League in ,

Major Leagues

2008

Parnell earned Eastern League All-Star honors again in . Despite having a poor record since being promoted to the Triple-A New Orleans Zephyrs, Parnell was rewarded with a call-up to the New York Mets on September 1, . He made his Major League debut on September 15.

2009

Parnell earned a spot in the Mets bullpen to start the 2009 season. He got his first win May 8, 2009 against the Pirates; he pitched a scoreless eighth inning. On August 5, he got his first major league hit in his first career at-bat, as he pitched three innings for the save. After Mets pitcher Jon Niese suffered a season-ending injury in the same game, Parnell was tabbed to replace Niese in the rotation. He made his first Major League start on August 8 against the San Diego Padres. He earned his first Major League win as a starter in his second start on August 14, pitching six innings, giving up only three hits, and striking out seven.Parnell was terrific on September 4, shutting down the Cubs that battered him in his last start. Parnell pitched a career-high seven innings, shutting out the Cubs on five hits while striking out seven.[705830]

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