SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Rockies outfielder Gerardo Parra is hitting .371 after a 2-for-3 performance in Sunday's 9-2 victory over the Athletics.
Parra's mind is clear of the burdens he carried while hitting .253 and walking just nine times in 381 plate appearances last season, when he dealt with a left high-ankle sprain that cost him 46 games. He's reached a third of last season's walks total in 13 games this spring.
More hits, more walks, fewer strikeouts are all points the numbers make. But Parra, who turns 30 on May 6 and is in the second year of a three-year $27.5 million deal, has honed his thinking to a simple thought.