Kyle Parker got a look; or a glimpse, anyway.
Maybe next time the Colorado Rockies should give Ben Paulsen a try.
Parker, a week after receiving his first Major League call-up, was optioned back to AAA Colorado Springs on Saturday, making room for a starting left-handed pitcher with a 1-8 AAA record and a 7.89 ERA.
The Rockies, struggling toward mid-season with a 34-40 record, were hoping for a power boost from Clemson's former two-sport star. But Parker went 0-for-6 in one start and several spot appearances, and thus claimed a ticket down the interstate as Colorado again shuffles its deck.
Four seasons into his professional career, Parker is into a solid season with Colorado Springs, batting .292 with seven homers and 38 RBIs in 66 games. In 409 games as a minor leaguer, he's batting .293 with 74 homers and 280 RBIs.
For the 2014 season so far, Parker hit .292 with seven homers and 38 RBI over 66 games at Colorado Springs. In total, he has batted .293 with 74 homers and 280 RBIs in 409 games in the minors.
Parker has played primarily in left field for the Sky Sox this season, but got his Major League start at first base for the Rockies.
The Sky Sox' regular first baseman is former Clemson standout Ben Paulsen, who like Parker, has worked his way up through the Rockies' farm system to his currrent AAA assignment.
Paulsen has been one of Colorado Springs' most effective and consistent players this season, with a .296 batting average in 73 games, a .551 slugging percentage and a .347 on-base percentage, with 13 homers, 19 doubles and five triples.
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