Chad Paronto
Paronto pitching for the Braves in 2007
Relief pitcher
Born: (1975-07-28) July 28, 1975 (age 46)
Woodsville, New Hampshire
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 19, 2001, for the Baltimore Orioles
Last MLB appearance
September 29, 2009, for the Houston Astros
MLB statistics
Win–loss record6–12
Earned run average4.32

Chad Michael Paronto (born July 28, 1975) is an American former Major League Baseball player. Paronto attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst before being drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the eighth round of the 1996 Major League Baseball Draft. Paronto's best pitches include a 90–94 mph fastball and a heavy sinker which he uses mainly with men on base.[citation needed]

High school years

Paronto attended Woodsville High School in Woodsville, New Hampshire and was a letterman in soccer, baseball, and basketball.[citation needed] In basketball, he won All-State honors and scored more than 1,000 points during his high school career.[citation needed] In baseball, he won All-State honors and was named the New Hampshire Player of the Year.[citation needed] Paronto graduated from Woodsville High School in 1993.

Professional career

Baltimore Orioles

In his debut year with the Orioles, Paronto went 1–3 with a 5.00 earned run average (ERA) and 16 strikeouts in 24 games.

Cleveland Indians

On November 19, 2001, Paronto was claimed off waivers by the Cleveland Indians.

Paronto had a decent year in 2002 with Cleveland, compiling an 0–2 record, and a 4.04 ERA and 23 strikeouts. After going 0–2 with a 9.45 ERA and six strikeouts in 6⅔ innings pitched.

St. Louis Cardinals

Paronto became a free agent in the 2003 off-season and signed with the St. Louis Cardinals. He never made it to the Major Leagues with the Cardinals.

Milwaukee Brewers

Paronto signed as a free agent with the Milwaukee Brewers in December 2004.

Paronto began the 2005 season with the Triple-A affiliate of the Brewers, the Nashville Sounds. With the Sounds, he went 3–1 with a 2.75 ERA and four saves in 27 relief appearances. However, Paronto was released by Milwaukee on June 17.

Atlanta Braves

Paronto signed with the Atlanta Braves on June 21, 2005, and was assigned to the Triple-A Richmond Braves.

On May 9, 2006, the Braves called Paronto back up to the Majors.[1] He finished the season with a 2–3 record and a 3.18 ERA. In his first four appearances with Atlanta, he allowed one run.

On Opening Day 2007, Paronto recorded his first career save in a 5–3 extra-inning victory over the Phillies. On July 31, Paronto was optioned to Triple-A Richmond to make room on the roster for newly acquired first baseman Mark Teixeira. He finished the season with a 3–1 record and 3.57 ERA. On October 25, the Braves designated Paronto for assignment. Paronto refused an assignment to Triple-A and became a free agent.

Houston Astros

On December 18, 2007, he signed with the Houston Astros. On March 28, 2008, he was sent outright to the minors. He was called up to the majors on July 6, 2008, but was designated for assignment on July 31. He became a free agent after the season.

Paronto was re-signed to a minor league contract with the Astros on January 14, 2009, and was invited to spring training. Paronto's contract was purchased from Triple-A Round Rock on July 17, 2009.

Boston Red Sox

On January 20, 2010, Paronto signed a minor league contract with the Boston Red Sox.

Pittsfield Colonials

Paronto pitched for the Pittsfield Colonials of the Can-Am League in 2011, his final professional season.


  1. ^ Nobles, Charlie (9 May 2006). "Notes: Paronto back in the bigs". Retrieved 16 June 2010.