With Horacio Ramirez going back on the disabled list, the Braves were in need of another pitcher to fill out the twelve-man pitching staff. Monday the Braves purchased the contract of right-hander Chad Paronto from AAA Richmond.
Paronto wsa 1-1 with Richmond along with a 1.02 ERA in 12 games. The 30-year-old had four saves, had allowed 17 hits in 17.2 innings, 2 earned runs, only 3 walks, and 15 strikeouts.
The Braves moved John Foster to the 60-day disabled list to make room for Paronto on the 40-man roster. Ramirez, who had been activated Saturday, was placed back on the 15-day disabled list and will pitch a rehab start for the Richmond Braves tonight.
Originally drafted by the Orioles in the 8th round of the 1996 draft, Paronto spent six years in Baltimore's organization, making the big leagues for the first time in 2001. He pitched in 24 relief appearances with the Orioles and had an ERA of 5.00.
The Indians claimed Paronto off waivers in November of 2001. He pitched in 29 games for Cleveland in 2002, posting an ERA of 4.04, allowing 34 hits in 35.2 innings, 11 walks, and 23 strikeouts.
Paronto spent most of 2003 in Buffalo, saving 18 games for the Indians' AAA affiliate. He also pitched in six games for Cleveland, losing two of them and posting a 9.45 ERA.
The Cardinals then signed Paronto before the 2004 season. He would spend the entire year in Memphis, with a 2.13 ERA in 47 games. Then the Brewers signed him prior to the 2005 season. Paronto pitched in 27 games with Nashville and had an ERA of 2.75, plus 38 strikeouts in 39.1 innings.
After the Brewers released him on June 17, Paronto was signed by the Braves' AAA team in Richmond. He would spend the rest of the 2005 season in the Richmond bullpen. After a rough start, Paronto settled into his role and had a 3.95 ERA in 26 games.
The Braves invited Paronto to big league camp this past spring. He pitched in five games in big league camp and had an ERA of 4.00 in nine innings. Paronto allowed five runs, four earned runs, eleven hits, two walks, and seven strikeouts.
To replace Paronto on Richmond's roster, the Braves activated Tyler Yates, who had been signed last week. Yates is a former Mets' farmhand who is coming back from rotator cuff surgery.
Bill Shanks is the author of Scout's Honor: The Bravest Way To Build A Winning Team, a look at the Braves’ traditional front office philosophies. Email Bill at email@example.com.