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Parisi attempts comeback in AFL

One time Cardinals prospect Mike Parisi is making an impressive showing in the Arizona Fall League as he tries to make a comeback from Tommy John surgery.





Parisi is 1-1 with a 2.57 ERA. In 14 innings pitched, he has struck out more hitters -- 10 -- than he has allowed to reach base safely -- 9. Opponents are batting only .188 against him.





He was 8-2 with a 3.86 ERA in Class AAA Memphis in 2008 before injuring his elbow.





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RHP Mike Parisi





When he came back with Carolina of the Gulf Coast League in 2009 he was 0-1 with a 1.77 ERA in 7 2/3 innings against weak, less experienced competition. There he struck out nine and walked four. But Parisi, 26, struggled to an 0-1 record with an 8.22 ERA when he was promoted to Advanced Class A Palm Beach where he gave up 15 hits in 7 2/3 innings. He struck out three and walked four.





Parisi told mlb.com that he has developed a cutter in his comeback and he believes he could be better than ever.





"Hopefully the Cardinals will keep me going here," Parisi told mlb.com. "I'm one of the oldest guys in the league, so sometimes it doesn't seem like the scouts are interested. I'm here so everyone can see I'm healthy."





Parisi had a cup of coffee with the Cardinals in 2008. He was 0-4 with an 8.22 ERA, giving up 37 hits in 24 innings pitched.

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