Parker Michael Markel (born September 15, 1990) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has played in MLB for the Seattle Mariners and Pittsburgh Pirates .

Parker Markel
Los Angeles Angels
Born: (1990-09-15) September 15, 1990 (age 29)
Newport Beach, California
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 12, 2019, for the Seattle Mariners
MLB statistics
(through 2019 season)
Win–loss record0–1
Earned run average7.77


Markel attended Mountain Ridge High School in Glendale, Arizona.[1] He was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 32nd round of the 2009 MLB draft but did not sign.[2] He attended Yavapai College in Prescott, Arizona in 2010.[2] He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 39th round of the 2010 MLB draft, and signed with them.[2]

Markel spent the 2010 through 2016 seasons in the Rays organization.[3] During his time with them, he played for the Gulf Coast Rays, Hudson Valley Renegades, Bowling Green Hot Rods, Charlotte Stone Crabs, Montgomery Biscuits, and the Durham Bulls.[3] He signed with the Lotte Giants of the KBO League during the 2016 offseason, but asked for and was given his release on March 27, 2017, after appearing in only one exhibition game for the Giants.[4]

Markel signed a minor league contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks on December 18, 2017, but was released on March 25, 2018.[3][2] He signed with the Sioux City Explorers of the independent baseball American Association, and spent the 2018 season with them.[1]

Seattle MarinersEdit

Markel signed a minor league contract with the Seattle Mariners on September 28, 2018.[5] He opened the 2019 season with the Arkansas Travelers and the Tacoma Rainiers.[3] On May 12, Markel's contract was selected and he was called up to the major leagues for the first time.[2] He made his major league debut that day versus the Boston Red Sox.[6] On July 23, 2019, Markel was designated for assignment.[7]

Pittsburgh PiratesEdit

On July 27, 2019, Markel was claimed off waivers by the Pittsburgh Pirates.[8]

Los Angeles AngelsEdit

On October 31, 2019, Markel was traded to the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for cash considerations.[9]

Personal lifeEdit

Markel requested his release from the Lotte Giants in 2017 due to anxiety issues.[10] He was out of professional baseball for the rest of 2017, and worked for a time at a Lululemon store and for a hot air balloon company.[10] Markel suffered a concussion and a ruptured right eardrum after being struck by a batted ball during live batting practice, in spring training with the Sioux City Explorers in 2018.[10]


  1. ^ a b "Explorers add two talented pitchers". April 18, 2018. Retrieved May 12, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Mariners Recall Dan Altavilla and Select Parker Markel". Seattle Mariners PR. May 12, 2019. Retrieved May 12, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d "Parker Markel". Retrieved May 12, 2019.
  4. ^ "Baseball club releases American pitcher". Yonhap News Agency. March 27, 2017. Retrieved May 12, 2019.
  5. ^ "Sioux City's Markel has contract purchased by Mariners". September 24, 2018. Retrieved May 12, 2019.
  6. ^ "Seattle Mariners at Boston Red Sox Box Score, May 12, 2019". Baseball Reference. Retrieved May 13, 2019.
  7. ^ MarinersPR (July 23, 2019). "Mariners Select INF Tim Lopes from AAA Tacoma". Seattle Mariners. Retrieved July 23, 2019.
  8. ^ Nubyjas Wilborn (July 27, 2019). "Pirates claimed right handed pitcher Parker Markel off waivers from the Seattle Mariners". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved July 27, 2019.
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  10. ^ a b c Corey Brock (May 15, 2019). "After detours to South Korea, Lululemon and indy ball, Parker Markel chases his dreams all the way to the majors". The Athletic. Retrieved May 15, 2019.

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