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Kyle Parker talks playing a new position

by Tony Crumpton - Associate Editor - Sunday, June 15, 2014 9:19 AM
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Pos: OF   Height: 6-1   Weight: 200   Hometown: Jacksonville, FL (Bartram Trail HS HS)  
Years Played: 2008 - 2010
Former Clemson outfielder Kyle ParkerKyle Parker
Outfielder (2008 - 2010)
#11 6-1, 200
Jacksonville, FL

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was interviewed by the Examiner's Kevin Henry about his transition in 2014 from Double-A to Triple-A.

For the season, Parker is batting .291 with 7 home runs and 37 RBIs with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox.

Parker: The guys who are playing here have been all around for a while. There are guys pitching here who have been in the big leagues so it’s going to be a challenge every night. But that’s to be expected. Every level you go up, the level of competition increases. Here, you know you’re going to see better pitchers on a daily basis.

Henry: Your offseason included a stint in the Fall League. How was that for you?

Parker: I played a lot of baseball in the offseason, and I learned how to play first base. That was a whole new world. It took me a while to figure it out because it’s a completely different position than I was used to playing, but it was a good experience.


Here is his official bio from the mlb.com:

Was a Texas League Post-Season All-Star after batting .288 with 23 doubles, 23 home runs, 74 RBI and 70 runs in 123 games in his first season at the Double-A level... Finished 5th in the Texas League in home runs and 2nd on the team, only one HR behind teammate Kiel Roling...his .492 slugging percentage was the 4th-highest mark in the league... Finished the season strong, as he hit .304 (73-for-240) with 16 doubles, 2 triples, 11 home runs and 47 RBI following the All-Star break...owned a .525 SLG after the break and slugging .458 prior to the break..had 22 RBI in July and 23 RBI in September... Spent the majority of the season in left field and also saw action in right...finished the season seeing the majority of his playing time at first base, which was his first action of his professional career at the position... Played for the Salt River Rafters in the Arizona Fall League following the season...hit .278 (27-for-97) with 9 doubles 2 triples, 4 home runs and 18 RBI in 24 games for Salt River.

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