Chad Paronto

Team Houston Astros Houston Astros
Position Pitcher
Born Jul 28, 1975
Nationality United States United States
Team History
Houston Astros Houston Astros 2008 - present
Atlanta Braves Atlanta Braves 2006 - 2007
Cleveland Indians Cleveland Indians 2002 - 2003

Chad Michael Paronto is a professional baseball pitcher who plays in his home country, the United States of America. Paronto went to the Woodsville High School where he was a letterman in not just baseball, but also soccer and basketball. In fact, it was in basketball that Paronto gained most of his reputation after scoring more than 1,000 points for the school and grabbing All-State honours in the process.

In baseball, Paronto was named as the New Hampshire Player of the Year while also winning All-State honours. After graduating in 1993, Paronto went to the University of Massachusetts where he played baseball until 1996. After just 3 years in college, Paronto decided to forego his final year and declared for the 1996 MLB Amateur Draft. Picked in the 8th round by the Baltimore Orioles, Paronto was assigned to the minor league affiliates of the Orioles.

Paronto began in the Rookie League but was clearly too good for it. After just 9 games and a 1-1 record with an ERA of 1.69, Paronto was sent up to the Advanced A-Division for the remainder of the season. In 1997, Paronto began in the A-Division and played out the entire season with 28 appearances and a 4.74 ERA. In 1998, he was back in the Advanced A-Division, making headlines with his 7-6 record and 3.13 ERA. Starting all 18 games in the A-Division, Paronto moved up to the AA-Division where he struggled a bit.

In 1999, a similar pattern followed until his promotion to the AAA-Division in 2000. By the end of the 2000 season, Paronto had managed a 1-1 record in the AAA-Division and then proceeded to begin 2001 with the AAA-Division affiliate. A 3-3 record meant that he was considered good enough to grab a roster spot on the MLB team and he finally made his debut in 2001, for the Baltimore Orioles. 1-3 and a 5.00 ERA meant that he was not there to stay. 24 games later, Paronto was on the way to Cleveland to play for the Indians, who had claimed him off waivers.

After 9 games in the minors, one in the AA-Division and 8 in the AAA-Division, Paronto made his debut for the Indians and played 29 games that season. He had a 0-2 record to show for his endeavours and that, combined with a 4.04 ERA, accounted for an average year. In 2003, Paronto started with the Cleveland Indians and played just 6 games at an ERA of 9.46. This was probably the last the Indians wanted to see of Paronto and he was released at the end of the 2003 season. In 2004, Paronto signed for the St. Louis Cardinals however, without ever making it to the big league, he turned free agent at the end of the season and signed with the Milwaukee Brewers.

Paronto began in the AAA-Division and with the Nashville Sounds, he had a 2.75 ERA with a 3-1 win-loss record and 4 saves in 27 attempts. Despite this performance, Paronto was released in June that year and was picked up by the Atlanta Braves. His first role was to play in the AAA-Division with the Richmond Braves till the end of the season.

In 2006, Paronto started with the Richmond Braves and after 12 games, was called up to play in the MLB. For the next two seasons with the Braves, this pattern continued and in 2007, after being designated for assignment to make space for Mark Teixeira, Paronto decided to turn free agent and reject the designation. The Houston Astros decided to pick him up on a minor league contract.

In 2008, Paronto played 6 games for the Astros before the close of the season and in 2009, was given a new contract for the minor leagues with an invitation to spring training. While playing for the Round Rock Express, in July, Paronto’s contract was bought by the Astros and he was included in the MLB roster for the remainder of the season.

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