OF Parker des­ig­nated for as­sign­ment

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Pa­trick Saun­ders Pa­trick Saun­ders: psaun­ders@den­ver­post.com or @psaun­der­sdp

The prom­ise of Kyle Parker has come to an end, at least in a Rock­ies uni­form.

The club des­ig­nated the out­fielder for as­sign­ment Wed­nes­day, clear­ing room on the 40man ros­ter for new out­fielder Ger­ardo Parra, who of­fi­cially signed a three-year, $27.5 mil­lion deal with Colorado on Tues­day.

Parker, 26, the Rock­ies’ top pick in the 2010 draft, never fully de­vel­oped as a big-league hit­ter, and there is no longer room for him in Colorado’s crowded out­field.

Once a player is des­ig­nated for as­sign­ment, the club has 10 days to trade him, re­lease him or as­sign him out­right to the mi­nors. Also, an­other club may claim the player off waivers. Parker is ex­pected to spark in­ter­est from other clubs.

The right-handed-hit­ting Parker played in 64 big-league games over the last two sea­sons. He hit .182 with three home runs and 12 RBIs in 138 plate ap­pear­ances.

Parker spent the bulk of the 2015 sea­son at Triple-A Al­bu­querque, hit­ting .280 with nine home runs and 58 RBIs in 93 games.

The Rock­ies se­lected Parker out of Clem­son with the 26th over­all pick in 2010. Parker also was the start­ing quar­ter­back for Clem­son’s foot­ball team, play­ing as a fresh­man and sopho­more. He com­pleted 401-of-710 passes for 4,739 yards, 32 touch­downs and 23 in­ter­cep­tions. He played foot­ball through his 2010 sopho­more sea­son be­fore de­cid­ing to be­come a full-time base­ball player.

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