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16 Kyle Parker 1B
Height/Weight: 6-0/200 | Birthdate: 9/30/1989 | Birthplace: Fort Thomas, KY | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Colorado | College: None | MLB Experience: 1 | Owned/Started%: 4/0 | Average Draft Position: 291.90
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Kyle Parker optioned as Brett Anderson returns


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/13/2014) As expected, Rockies starting pitcher Brett Anderson (finger) was activated off the disabled list to start Sunday's game vs. Minnesota. To clear a roster spot, Kyle Parker was optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Kyle Parker added back to Rockies' roster


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2014) Rockies outfielder Kyle Parker was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs Tuesday. Parker, who was hitless in six at-bats with four strikeouts in his first appearance with Colorado, is batting .262 with one home run, two doubles and four RBI in his last 10 games for Colorado Springs.

Kyle Parker sent down Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/21/2014) Rockies infielder Kyle Parker has been optioned to the minors Saturday.

Parker was sent down in order to make room for starting pitcher Christian Friedrich. Parker received just six at-bats in the majors. 


Kyle Parker could fill Michael Cuddyer's role for Rockies


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2014) Rockies manager Walt Weiss said outfielder/first baseman Kyle Parker, who was promoted from Triple-A Colorado Springs Monday, could fill Michael Cuddyer's role in the lineup, while the veteran major leaguer is out until August with a broken left shoulder socket.

"Potentially it could be a nice fit with Cuddy being out, but we'll see how it all plays out," Weiss said, per The Denver Post.

Although Parker won't be considered a starter, Weiss will try to find at-bats for the 2010 first-round pick. Parker hit .293 with a .370 on-base percentage, .504 slugging percentage and .874 OPS in 409 games in his minor-league career.

"This is a good opportunity for Kyle. He's been on our radar since spring training," Weiss said. "We feel like he's going to be in impact offensive player in this league."


Rockies promote Kyle Parker from Triple-A


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2014) The Rockies have officially promoted outfield/first base prospect Kyle Parker from Triple-A Colorado Springs, MLB.com reports. Parker batted .292 with a .347 on-base percentage, .478 slugging percentage and .825 OPS in 66 games for Colorado Springs. 

Kyle Parker's playing time in question


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/16/2014) My initial reaction to the news of Kyle Parker's promotion Monday was "well, where do the Rockies play him?" They seem to have too many outfielders at it is, often sitting Charlie Blackmon or Corey Dickerson to get Drew Stubbs or Brandon Barnes more involved. Will Parker only added to the clutter without making a real impact of his own?

It's possible. It's also possible he's manager Walt Weiss' excuse to sit Justin Morneau against lefties since Wilin Rosario at first base may not be a valid answer.

Then again, with Carlos Gonzalez and Michael Cuddyer both out for an extended period of time, Parker could end up getting the majority of the at-bats in right field, where he was playing most often at Triple-A Colorado Springs. Prior to their injuries, Stubbs and Barnes played almost exclusively against lefties, so if Weiss were to "force the issue" with one, it would presumably be the one with the most upside.

Then again, Weiss has done some nutty things with his lineup so far this season, so instead of trying to get in his head, perhaps I should just reflect on Parker's upside. He's certainly not on the level of Gregory Polanco or Oscar Taveras, but he's a legit prospect with some power potential. His arrival shouldn't send you rushing to the waiver wire outside of NL-only leagues, though.


Report: Rockies promoting prospect Kyle Parker


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2014) The Rockies are expected to callup outfield/first base prospect Kyle Parker from Triple-A Colorado Springs, according to The Denver Post

The 2010 first-round pick and former Clemson quarterback is batting .292 with a .347 on-base percentage, .478 slugging percentage and .825 OPS in 66 games for Colorado Springs. He also has three triples, seven home runs, 20 doubles and 38 RBI.


Rockies send four down to minors


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/13/2014) The Rockies have optioned left-hander Christian Friedrich, infielder Cristhian Adames, first baseman Kyle Parker and outfielder Kent Matthes down to the minors on Thursday, MLB.com reports.


Kyle Parker 'in a good place' as spring camp opens


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/23/2014) Although he's likely destined to start the year in the minors, Rockies prospect Kyle Parker is going to get his chance to leave an impression on the coaching staff this spring.

Parker, who is considered the team's fourth-best prospect by Baseball America, has surpassed 20 home runs in each of his first three seasons in the minors and has a career .510 slugging percentage.

"It's a right-handed power bat -- not a lot of those running around, I mean legit power," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said, per MLB.com. "So he's going to get the opportunity to play the outfield and play some first base. Kyle has done a nice job. He's in a good place."


Kyle Parker 'needs a little time' before MLB debut


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/11/2014) Rockies chairman and CEO Dick Monfort was asked on Twitter Tuesday his thoughts about prospect Kyle Parker joining the roster in 2014. Though, Monfort indicated Parker's major-league debut might not be that close to happening.

"Parker is coming to (his) second major-league camp," Monfort responded. "(He) has had two good years. Scary power. Projects more as first baseman for us. Needs a little time."


Kyle Parker 'getting close' to making MLB debut


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/2/2014) Rockies senior vice president of major-league operations Bill Geivett told MLB Network Radio prospect Kyle Parker is "getting close" to being on the major-league roster. Parker is considered the Rockies' fourth-best prospect by Baseball America.

"He will be in camp as a 40-man roster player. We'll see how things go in this camp," Geivett said. 


Rockies add seven to 40-man roster


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2013) The Rockies added infielder Rosell Herrera, outfielders Kent Matthes and Kyle Parker and pitchers Jayson Aquino, Raul Fernandez, Tyler Matzek and Kraig Sitton to the 40-man roster Wednesday.

Herrera hit .343/.419/.515 with 16 home runs, 76 RBI and 21 stolen bases in 472 at-bats with Class A Asheville last season. Matthes .281/.334/.503 with 20 home runs, 63 RBI and 17 stolen bases in 431 at-bats between Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Colorado Springs. Parker hit .288/.345/.492 with 23 home runs and 74 RBI in 480 at-bats with Double-A Tulsa.

Aquino went 0-10 with a 4.34 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 73:26 K:BB ratio in 87 innings between low Class A Tri-City and Class A Asheville. Fernandez went 2-2 with a 6.29 ERA, 1.49 WHIP and 55:11 K:BB ratio in 34 1/3 innings with Class A Asheville. Matzek went 8-9 with a 3.79 ERA, 1.57 WHIP and 95:76 K:BB ratio in 142 1/3 innings for Double-A Tulsa. Sitton went 6-5 with a 2.93 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 63:27 K:BB ratio in 67 2/3 innings with high Class A Modesto.


Rockies not rushing Kyle Parker


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/4/2013) Rockies vice president of baseball operations Bill Geivett said Sunday it's too soon to consider giving outfield/first base prospect Kyle Parker a taste of the majors in 2013, according to MLB.com. The 2010 first-round pick is batting .278 with 20 home runs and 55 RBI in 97 games for Double-A Tulsa.

"That's part of the thing, especially coming to the big-league level -- you've got to make the club first, before you can worry about playing time," Geivett said, per MLB.com. "We want him to have that ability of playing the outfield or playing first base, with the big thing being a right-handed hitter with power -- that's a difficult thing to find. We're happy with his progress. We'll see how it goes from there, but he's someone we're keeping a very close eye on."


Kyle Parker 'on the right path'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2013) Rockies outfield prospect Kyle Parker has homered twice in his last eight games for Double-A Tulsa, sending his season total to six. Parker is batting .281 with a .500 slugging percentage through 29 games.

Parker also has one triple, five doubles, 14 RBI and 17 runs. He checks in as the Rockies' fifth-best prospect, according to MLB.com. 

"I'm good here," Parker told MLB.com. "I think I'm on the right path. I'm in the right place. I feel good about it."


Can Kyle Parker get a little respect?


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2013) I don't feel Rockies outfield prospect Kyle Parker is receiving the attention he deserves. Granted, outfield is a deep position and there are many quality prospects at the position, but Parker's minor-league numbers are impressive.

The former Clemson quarterback, who is not considered a top-100 prospect by MLB.com or Baseball America, is batting .296 with a .390 on-base percentage, .520 slugging percentage and .909 OPS through his first two minor-league seasons. Even if he was a poor defender, Parker's offensive numbers should play big enough to consider him an elite prospect, but for some reason he hasn't garnered a ton of attention yet.

That's surprising, too, since Parker showed more plate discipline in his second pro season. As a rookie in low Class A, Parker struck out 133 times and walked 48 times in 117 games. Last season at high Class A Modesto, he struck out 88 times and walked 66 times in 102 games.

Parker hasn't had great numbers this spring, but he's not major-league ready, so it's not a major concern. However, the 2010 first-round pick is a legit long-term keeper and someone worth keeping tabs on.


Players tumble from Rockies' list


by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2013) The Colorado Rockies made their first cuts of the spring Monday and moved the following players to their minor-league camp: pitchers Chad Bettis, Parker Frazier, Daniel Houston, Tyler Anderson and Erick Threets, catcher Lars Davis, shortstop Cristhian Adames and outfielders Rafael Ortega and Kyle Parker.