Jarrod Parker right where he belongs

The A's righty is finally fulfilling the promise everyone knew he always had

Updated: March 26, 2013, 4:11 PM ET
By Christina Kahrl | ESPN.com

PHOENIX -- Back in the day, the Talking Heads sang, "Same as it ever was," in their hit "Once in a Lifetime." Perhaps singer David Byrne hadn't anticipated Jarrod Parker, the once and future top gun who has already gone from touted ace-in-the-making in the Arizona Diamondbacks' farm system to 2010 Tommy John surgery to touted ace-in-the-making atop the Oakland Athletics' rotation.

Does that make Parker, 24, a rising star or a prodigy simply delivering on his promise? A bit of both, ...

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