Jarrod Parker was born November 24, 1988 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Jarrod is a retired professional baseball pitcher and owner of Parker Sports Performance located in Nashville, TN. He was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks as the 9th overall pick in the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft from Norwell High School in Ossian, Indiana. Parker played Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Diamondbacks and the Oakland Athletics. Parker jumped right in to Single-A in 2008 and held his own as a 19-year-old, pitching for the South Bend Silver Hawks. He had a 12–5 record with a 3.44 ERA, fanning 177 in 117 innings. After starting 2009 at high-A Visalia, he was promoted in April to the Diamondbacks Double-A affiliate, the Mobile BayBears. During a start on July 30, Parker injured his right elbow. He did not pitch again that season and ended up requiring Tommy John surgery and thus missed the entire 2010 season. He made his MLB debut on September 27, 2011, against the Dodgers. He pitched five-plus innings of shutout ball. Jarrod compiled a 25-16 W-L record as a starter for the Oakland Athletics. After retiring from baseball following multiple arm injuries, Jarrod moved to Nashville, TN where he met and married Lauren Medwed. Parker is now opening his own sports training facility in Nashville, specializing in baseball with a 7,000 sq. ft. of turf, indoor batting cages, bullpen mounds and a state-of-the-art weight room.