Rockies select outfielder/quarterback Kyle Parker in first round

The Rockies have had success with southern quarterbacks in the past, picking Todd Helton and Seth Smith in prior drafts. Adding to their collection of quarterbacks on Monday night, the Rockies took Clemson's Kyle Parker with the 26th overall selection in the MLB draft.

Parker, as a baseball player, is a big time right-handed power bat (he's hit a home run tonight in his college playoff game) that the Rockies may see in the Matt Holliday mold of corner outfielder. The Rockies didn't pick some other players they liked, including Nick Castellanos and Aaron Sanchez.

Here's an interesting quote on Parker from an April article at FanHouse:

One professional baseball team official told FanHouse he expects Parker to be a high draft selection and that he boasts the skills "to hit for average, hit for power, he's going to be a run-producing bat." He added that Parker, also a catcher in high school, might be moved behind the plate in professional baseball and "could have been this year's Buster Posey" if he had caught at Clemson.

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