When they drafted Kyle Parker, the Colorado Rockies had a plan.
Parker, the former Clemson baseball All-American and starting quarterback, continues to impressively follow through on the blueprint.
Midway through his third season in pro baseball, Parker was recently named to his third straight all-star game: this one for the AA Texas League as a member of the Tulsa Drillers.
Although he didn't get to play in the game because of a minor wrist injury, Parker earned his spot by batting .274 in his first 63 games, with 12 homers, seven doubles and 27 RBIs. He has a .458 slugging percentage.
As a rookie at Class A Asheville in 2011, Parker batted .285 with 21 homers, 23 doubles and 95 RBIs in 117 games. In 2012, playing for Advanced-A Modesto, he hit 23 homers, with 18 doubles and 73 RBIs.
The next step for Parker will be a call-up to AAA Colorado Springs, where former Clemson teammate Ben Paulsen is enjoying a stellar season.
Parker is one of four former Tigers playing at the Class AA level this summer, along with Mike Freeman, David Kopp and Marquez Smith.
In 69 games with the Mobile BayBears in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization, Freeman is batting .260 with eight doubles and one home run.
Kopp has an 0-2 record and a 6.48 ERA in 11 relief appearances with the Detroit Tigers' Erie Seawolves.
Smith is batting .281 with eight homers and 14 doubles for the Pensacola Blue Wahoos in the Cincinnati Reds organization.
Graham Stoneburner started his season with the New York Yankees' AA team at Trenton, but got an early-season call-up to AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. In nine starts, he's 2-4 with a 4.57 ERA.