OF Parker designated for assignment
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.