Kyle Parker giving Rockies consistent production, but not ready for MLB jump

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Kyle Parker (MLB Photo)

Kyle Parker (MLB Photo)

Consistent power from the righthand side.

That's what the Colorado Rockies were looking for when they drafted Kyle Parker out of Clemson in 2010.

Parker has delivered in a big way: 21 home runs and 95 RBIs at Low-A Asheville in 2011, 23 homers and 73 RBIs at High-A Modesto in 2012, and now 20 home runs and 55 RBIs this season at AA Tulsa, with more than 20 games still left in his third full minor league season.

Parker has consistently hit for average, as well: .285 at Asheville, .308 at Modesto, and .280 at Tulsa.

So he could be ready for a Brad Miller-like vault from AA to the Big Leagues, barely pausing to unpack his suitcase at the AAA level?

Not likely, Bill Geivett the Rockies senior vice president for major league operations told MLB.com over the weekend.

Geivett says it's too soon to even explore the idea of giving Parker a taste of the Majors this year. At this point, the Rockies are satisfied to appreciate Parker's stead development - all of which doesn't show up the home run column.

Importantly, Parker has worked this season on making the transition from full-time outfielder to part-time first baseball, rounding out a skill set the Rockies believe is essential to him

"We want him to have that ability of playing the outfield or playing first base, with the big thing being a right-handed hitter with power - that's a difficult thing to find," Geivett told MLB.com. "We're happy with his progress. We'll see how it goes from there, but he's someone we're keeping a very close eye on."

Parker, who has been selected for the mid-season all-star game in each of his minute league seasons, has also been working to improve his on-base percentage by cutting down on his strikeouts.

So far this season, he has a .333 on-base percentage. He struck out 133 times in 517 at Asheville in 2011, 88 in 463 plate appearances at Modesto last year, and 69 in 406 plate appearances so far this year.

"The biggest thing that I like is he's making adjustments to more advanced pitching," Geivett said. "He's facing guys that will throw off-speed pitches behind in the count. He's handling more experienced guys. People tell me he's right on track.

"But the pressure is not on him. You learn that through the years. You can try to have whatever timetable you want for a player, but the player will show when he's ready."

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