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2014 Rockies season review: Kyle Parker gets 3 cups of coffee, at least 2 of them taste bitter

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Kyle Parker made his major league debut for the Rockies in 2014, but so far there's not much to be excited about.

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Since Kyle Parker only played in 18 games this season, and it would be foolish to try and glean much from that minuscule  data set, here's 18 random facts about him and his season.

1) Kyle Parker was drafted by the Rockies in June of 2010 with the 26th overall pick.

2) Before committing to baseball, Parker was the quarterback at the University of Clemson. As a result, 2014 is only the third season in which he was able to enter spring fully prepared and concentrated on baseball and only baseball.

3) Over the last three seasons, Parker's wRC+ has collapsed at an alarming rate as he's moved up the minor league ladder. (152 in High-A Modesto, 135 in Double-A Tulsa, and 102 in Triple-A Colorado Springs)

4) Parker made his major league debut on June 16th, getting the call while the Rockies suffered through what may have been the worst wave of injuries in franchise history.

5) The situation was so desperate, Parker was actually pulled from the first inning of a Sky Sox game earlier that day, making him the first player in who knows how long to appear in a game for both the Triple-A and the parent club in the same day.

6) Unfortunately, Parker was unable to complete the wacky day story with a hit as he struck out against J.P. Howell during a pinch hit appearance in the eighth inning.

7) Two days later, Parker got his first major league start. It was the wrong game for this to happen though, as it was the night Clayton Kershaw threw his no hitter that would have been a perfect game if the Dodgers didn't have a guy who can't play defense at shortstop in Hanley Ramirez.

8) Parker was sent down before he could pick up his first major league hit, but he was quickly called back up in July where he appeared in one game; this time, a start against San Diego where he collected his first hit.

9) Parker would make just one more start all year, and it wouldn't come until September 27th against the Dodgers in the team's 161st game of the season. Here, he would pick up his first ever multi-hit game going 2-5 in the extra innings contest.

10) Speaking of the Dodgers, eight of the 18 games Parker has appeared in so far have been against the boys in blue.

11) 15 of the 18 games Parker has appeared in have only netted him one at bat as a pinch hitter.

12) This constant practice of pinch hitting may be a clue as to what the Rockies want Parker to become in the near future. A guy who can come off the bench and provide some pop. If it works, that's a nice piece to have, especially if he doesn't have the boom stick to play first base or right field every day.

13) Of course, the Rockies may also have been limiting his starts because they wanted to get him accustomed to life in a major league clubhouse without overwhelming him at the plate. In just 26 plate appearances this season, Parker struck out 14 times without walking once.

14) In many of these at bats, Parker got himself out. He swung at pitches out of the zone 43 percent of the time.

15) His final batting line in this incredibly short season totaled .192 / .192 / .231 (.423 OPS)

16) Defensively, Parker played 17 innings at first base, and 18.1 innings in right field.

17) On September 30th, Parker became a 25-year-old, meaning 2015 is looking like an extremely important make or break season for him.

18) At this point, Parker's raw power (even if it just means he's a doubles machine and not a home run hitter) must develop for him to become a useful player. He doesn't play up the middle, he doesn't possess blinding speed, and his defense is not going to save the team a ton of runs. The only way he can be a valuable major league asset is if he learns how to maximize his extra base hit potential.

2014 Grade with the Rockies: Incomplete

He's saved by only making three starts and 26 plate appearances, as that's way too small of a sample size to judge him on. However, he was on the fast track to an "F".

What to expect in 2015

If all goes well, Parker will take a big step forward at the plate in Triple-A Albuquerque and adjust to the level. This means cutting down his strikeout right, walking a little more, and tapping into some of his raw power with double and home runs. If this doesn't happen, he's likely going to end up being a failed pick, because his ceiling is just too low everywhere else.