A family vacation had to be postponed as Kyle Parker and his family traveled to Colorado just a few days after returning home from the College World Series. The Colorado Rockies flew Kyle and his family out to Colorado last Thursday to show the No. 26 draft pick what the Rockies had to offer.
“We were very impressed with everything we saw. They really rolled out the red carpet for us. The Rockies are a first class organization. We were impressed with everyone we met. It was clear that the Rockies do it the right way,” said Carl Parker.
The Rockies obviously believe Kyle is a very talented player on the field, but the reason Kyle was selected with the No. 26 overall pick wasn’t because of what he did on the field.
“They told Kyle the reason they selected him with the No. 26 selection was not just for what he did on the field, but for his character. We have always told Kyle and our other children how important character is. It sure was nice for him to see that it paid off,” said Carl Parker.
During the visit Kyle and his family had the opportunity to tour all of the facilities and spend time with many in the Rockies organization. Kyle even had the opportunity to do some batting practice at Coors Field.
“He was a little nervous at first, but by the third time around he was hitting them in the cheap seats,” said Carl Parker.
The General Manager for the Rockies, Dan O’Dowd , told the Parker’s that they believe he has a “huge upside”. Kyle finished his junior season ranked in the top 25 in the nation if four categories, fifth in total runs scored, 15th in walks and 25th in homeruns. Those numbers are outstanding, especially for a part-time baseball player. Most players that are drafted in the top rounds have played baseball year round since they were very young. Kyle has been splitting time between football and baseball for year. The Rockies believe Kyle will continue to reach new levels as he focuses on baseball year round.
The trip quickly paid dividends for the two-sport star. On Wednesday the Rockies filed papers with Major League Baseball to have the decision date for Kyle moved up from August 14 to July 20. As of Wednesday evening the filing had not yet been approved.
The Rockies understand that Kyle and his family would like to make their decision as soon as possible so that they can let the football staff and his teammates know the final decision. Major League baseball must approve all contracts before they are final. If Major League Baseball agrees with the date movement it will allow negotiations to precede quicker as the league does not typically accept contracts significantly over the slotted amount until the deadline is close.
Carl Parker spoke with coach Swinney on Wednesday to update the staff on where things currently stand.
Kyle is spending the week with some friends at the beach while he tries to recharge his mind and body. This is the first time since Kyle arrived at Clemson where he hasn’t quickly moved from one sport to the next at the conclusion of a season.
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