Rockies agree to terms with top pick Parker
The Colorado Rockies announced they have agreed to terms with first-round pick. Baseball America’s Jim Callis reports that Parker will receive a $1.4 million bonus.
The Rockies signed supplemental first-round pick Peter Tago earlier in the day.
Parker, the 26th overall pick, turned down an offer reportedly worth more than $2 million for a baseball-only contract earlier this summer and returned to Clemson where he was the starting quarterback last season. The deal likely will allow Parker to continue playing football.
Parker hit .344 (85-for-247) with 15 doubles, 20 home runs, 64 RBI and 85 runs scored.
The 6-1, 200-pound outfielder was rated as the 37th overall player available for the draft by Baseball America. He’s the first position player the Rockies have taken with their first overall pick since Troy Tulowitzki in 2005, although the team did take outfielder with their second first-round pick in the 2009 draft.
From MLB.com’s scouting report:
Parker has the chance to be a 20-20 athlete this college year: 20 home runs this spring following the 20 touchdown passes he threw for the Clemson football team last fall. He’s an elite athlete who has really put things together at the plate this year, hitting for average and power. He’s got the arm for right field, though he’ll have to improve his routes and reads in the outfield. He doesn’t have a long track record of success at the plate, so a team taking him will have to believe that this is the real Parker, not the one who hit .255 last season. That team will also have to think it can sign Parker — whose dad played in the NFL — away from his remaining years of football eligibility.
Read the full scouting report and see a video here.