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1.26 Colorado Rockies - Kyle Parker, OF, Clemson

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The Rockies selected Kyle Parker. Here's his profile:

 

Kyle Parker   Position: OF   School: Clemson   State: SC   Year: Jr.   Height: 6’1’’   Weight: 200

Bats: R   Throws: R   Birth Date: 9/30/89   Seiler Rating: 1C2   Last Drafted: Never

 

Year

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

CS

BB

SO

AVG

OBP

SLG

2008

57

211

44

64

12

0

14

50

2

1

32

48

.303

.400

.559

2009

63

231

48

59

7

0

12

52

6

0

29

52

.255

.352

.442

2010

56

206

74

75

14

0

19

57

4

1

48

48

.364

.496

.709


Kyle Parker is an intriguing collegiate outfielder from Clemson University. Parker originally came to Clemson from Bartram Trail High School in Jacksonville, Florida. Having one of the more interesting backgrounds in this draft class both helps and hurts Parker, as it’s hard to gauge his priorities, but the attention he gets only helps the draft and college baseball in general. As Clemson’s starting quarterback during the baseball offseason (yes, that’s what it is), he’s become known as a big name nationally. However, having graduated early from high school just to join the baseball team in the spring of 2008, he sends mixed messages about which sport he prefers. After performing well as a freshman that spring, he slipped as a sophomore, but he really exploded this spring at the same time as he waffled back and forth between the two sports, going as far as playing a Friday baseball game, flying to play in a spring football, then flying back to play the final baseball game of the weekend. He has the tools to be a Major League regular at a corner outfield spot, but that may be the wrong way to approach his credentials this June. At the plate, he’s somewhat of a mistake hitter, having an average hit tool and plus raw power. He’s quite patient at the plate to a fault, and he goes through spurts where he’s overly passive. He’s an average runner, and when that's combined with an average arm and fringe-average range in right field, it comes together into an average corner outfielder. As you can tell, his talent has been blown a little out of proportion due to the attention, but he still has enough talent to go in the first fifty picks, though he could last into the second round on talent alone. His signability is a big question mark at this point, and no one knows what might happen.