Barry Parisotto

From BR Bullpen

Barry J. Parisotto

Minors BR page

Biographical Information[edit]

Barry Parisotto played in the Olympics and spent five years in the minors, but never made it past A ball.

Parisotto pitched for Team Canada in the 1987 Pan American Games and 1987 Intercontinental Cup. He starred for Canada in the 1988 Baseball World Cup, going 2-0 with a 1.10 ERA; he led the team in ERA and was second in wins, one behind Frank Humber (who would later be a minor league teammate). He also represented Canada in the 1988 Olympics. He was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the ninth round of the 1989 amateur draft. He had a superb pro debut with the Great Falls Dodgers, going 9-1 with a save and a 2.09 ERA. He was second in the Pioneer League in wins (behind Jamie McAndrew's 11) and 5th in ERA to help his team to the title, though he was left off the league All-Star team (McAndrew, Kiki Jones and Tony Valle were the pitchers selected). Baseball America named him as the league's #9 prospect, between Barry Winford and Tyler Houston.

Parisotto fell to 3-4, 3.93 for the Bakersfield Dodgers in 1990. His next two seasons were with independent clubs. In 1991, he was 7-3 with 7 saves and a 3.91 ERA for the Reno Silver Sox, battling control issues (38 BB in 50 2/3 IP). With the Salt Lake City Trappers a year later, he had a 7-4, 2.47 record. He tied for 6th in the Pioneer League in wins, was 6th in ERA (between Jason Kummerfeldt and Scott Eyre) and ranked third with 89 strikeouts (behind Richard Langford and Eyre).

Parisotto then signed with the new Florida Marlins. They sent him to play winter ball with the Melbourne Monarchs and was 5-1 with a 2.04 ERA and .198 opponent average in the 1992-1993 Australian Baseball League, throwing two two-hitters. He was among the league leaders in almost every category: wins (4th behind Adrian Meagher, Carlos Reyes and David White), opponent average (3rd behind Rick Krivda and Al Montoya), strikeouts (second to Reyes) and ERA (4th behind Graeme Lloyd, Jim Dedrick and Reyes). In game one of the finals, he struck out 11 to beat the Perth Heat, setting a ABL strikeout record (since broken). Melbourne won the title. He failed to make the league All-Star team as Reyes was the first-team starting pitcher and Meagher was picked for the second team. With the 1993 High Desert Mavericks, Parisotto closed out his career by going 6-5 with 3 saves and a 4.03 ERA.

In 104 minor league games (48 starts), Parisotto had gone 32-17 with 11 saves and a 3.26 ERA.