In order to make room for Gerardo Parra on the 40-man roster, the Rockies will designate outfielder Kyle Parker for assignment, according to a report released Tuesday night by beat writer Thomas Harding of MLB.com.
Parker was the first round pick of the team in 2010, and he hit .182/.217/.395 in 64 games across two seasons for the Rockies. Due to his role on the Clemson University football team, his professional baseball career didn't begin until the 2011 season, and though he's had minor league success at points, it has thus far not translated at the Major League level.
The Rockies have 10 days to trade, release or assign him to the minor leagues outright. As part of the move, Parker will be placed on waivers where he can be claimed by another team, and with his age and professional background, he's expected to draw interest from around the league. Due to a lack of service time, Parker is unable to refuse a minor league assignment, should he clear waivers.
We will update the situation with any new details that become available.