Parker, Matzek ranked among top South Atlantic prospects
Two Colorado Rockies prospects are among Baseball America’s top 20 prospects from the South Atlantic League.
Outfielder, the Rockies’ top pick in the 2010 draft who made his professional debut in 2011 at Asheville, ranked 12th on the list following a season in which he hit .285 with 21 home runs and 95 RBI. BA writes: “Asheville’s cozy McCormick Field helped Parker’s numbers, but he has legitimate plus power thanks to his strength and bat speed.”
Starting pitcher, who ranked 17th on the list, started the season with a disastrous stint at high Class-A Modesto in the California League and eventually returned to Asheville. After time off in July during which he returned to California to work with his youth coach, Matzek seemed to find his delivery again, going 5-2 with a 2.78 ERA, 35 walks and 64 strikeouts in 55 innings. From BA: “The Rockies tried to simplify his complicated delivery, and he still had trouble finding the zone after reverting to his high school mechanics.”