Paronto was probably the Braves’ most valuable reliever last year. That says more about the Braves’ bullpen than Paronto, but Wickman only threw 26 innings, Villarreal was used almost entirely in low-leverage situations, McBride was awful in the first half, and everyone else sucked, so that just leaves Chad. Well, I guess Wickman’s 26 innings will have to do, but Paronto was the most valuable reliever to spend at least half the season in a Braves uniform.
Paronto never got into the closer role, unlike everyone else, but pitched a lot of seventh and eighth innings, mostly pretty well. He struck out 41 and walked 19, in 56 2/3 IP, a pretty good mark; only Wickman, of the primary relievers, had better control and power numbers. Paronto’s 3.18 ERA seems a little low, and I’d expect he’ll wind up in the mid threes. That’s not bad for a guy who should be no more than the #3 righthander in the pen. He’s not great, but he’s a guy you can use.