The Colorado Rockies made a move Monday afternoon regarding their sixth best prospect according to MLB.com; 6th best 1st base prospect as well. Kyle Parker, the former Clemson Tiger standout, would get removed from the first inning in a match-up between the Salt Lake Bees and Colorado Springs Sky Sox. The corresponding move was sending starter Juan Nicasio to Triple-A Colorado Springs.
Crazy 1st inning. Bees score 3 runs, 2 unearned. Tomko pulled w/ 2 outs after throwing 37 pitches. Kyle Parker pulled from the game as well
— Sky Sox PR (@SkySoxGameDay) June 16, 2014
Parker was batting at a line of .292/.347/.478 with the Colorado Spring Sky Sox, collecting 20 doubles, 3 triples, 7 home runs, and 38 RBI’s. It you recall, Parker played both football and baseball at Clemson where he was the first player in NCAA history to throw for 20 touchdowns and collect 20 home runs in the same year.
Parker showed tremendous pop at each level he played at in the minors.
Asheville Tourists (A): 117 games: 23 doubles, 21 home runs, 95 RBI’s.
Modesto Nuts (High-A): 102 games: 18 doubles, 3 triples, 23 home runs, 73 RBI’s.
Tulsa Drillers (Double-A): 123 games: 23 doubles, 3 triples, 23 home runs, 74 RBI’s.
Colorado Spring Sky Sox (Triple-A): 66 games: 20 doubles, 3 triples, 7 home runs, 38 RBI’s.
Kyle was drafted as an outfielder in the first round (26th overall) in the 2010 MLB June Amateur Draft but has been playing some first base. Below are his games played at each position at for the Sky Sox this season:
LF: 6 games
RF: 45 games
OF: 51 games
1B: 14 games
Parker is flexible and can play the corner outfield positions plus first base, adding depth to the roster. He will be in uniform for tonight’s series opener on the road against the Los Angeles Dodgers. First-pitch is scheduled for 10:10 PM ET, 8:10 PM MT.