Parker selected in first round by Rockies

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Clemson fans may have seen the last of Parker in a Clemson football uniform

AUBURN, AL – The buzz surrounding the potential draft status of Clemson’s Kyle Parker reached a crescendo Monday evening as Parker was standing on second base during Clemson’s three-run seventh inning.

While Auburn coach John Pawlowski made a pitching change, Parker ambled over to first, and then was called over to the Clemson dugout, fueling speculation that with the Colorado Rockies to be shortly on the clock, Baseball America’s prediction that Parker would be selected by the NL West club was about to come true.

Sure enough, 11 minutes later, the Rockies made Parker the 26th overall pick of the draft, and now Clemson fans will sit back and wait to see if Parker gets the “life-changing” money that his father, Carl Parker, said it would take to keep Kyle away from football so he could concentrate solely on baseball. Estimates of the amount of money it will take for Parker to leave Clemson are reported to be in the $3.25 to $3.50 million dollar range.

He is the 10th first-round draft selection since Jack Leggett came to Clemson in 1994.
Parker leads the Clemson baseball team in home runs, runs scored, slugging percentage and on-base percentage this year. He hit his 20th home run of the season on Monday night in the first inning of the NCAA Regional against Auburn. The two teams are playing for the right to advance to the NCAA Super Regional.

This past football season Parker threw 20 touchdown passes as Clemson’s starting quarterback, helping the Tigers to a 9-5 record, the Atlantic Division championship of the Atlantic Coast Conference and a #24 final ranking in the Associated Press poll. Parker tied for first in the nation in wins by a starting freshman quarterback with nine.

Parker is the first Division I athlete to record 20 touchdown passes on the gridiron and hit 20 home runs in baseball in the same academic year. He was also the first ACC athlete to play on a Division champion in football and baseball in the same year.
The two-time first-team All-ACC player was hitting .358 entering tonight’s game with 58 RBIs. His three-run homer in the first inning gave him 61 RBIs for the year. For his three-year baseball career, he has 46 home runs, eighth best in Clemson history and he is just 13 short of the Clemson career record. He is also just the eighth player in Clemson history to hit at least 20 home runs in a season.
Parker is the first Clemson player taken in the first round since Daniel Moskos was the fourth pick of the 2007 draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Parker is the fourth Clemson player drafted by Colorado in the last two years. Last year the Rockies drafted Tigers Ben Paulsen in the third round, Matt Sanders in the 41st and Clinton McKinney in the 48th round.

“I am happy for Kyle,” Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said in a statement released by the school. “He has worked hard all season. He has had a tremendous baseball season after he had a terrific year at quarterback for us in the fall. Being the first 20-20 (TD passes and home runs) athlete in college sports history is really quite an accomplishment.

“It is not surprising that he was drafted by Colorado because they have had great success with Todd Helton, who also played quarterback at Tennessee. We will sit down with Kyle and his family some time after the baseball season ends. We won’t do anything to disrupt our baseball team in post season play. At least now we know where he stands. Kyle is a fine young man and we will respect whatever decision he makes. I feel he has a bright future in football as well and certainly hope he will be under center for us this fall.”

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Parker selected in first round by Rockies
Take the money and run! Good luck to you!***
Only an insane person wouldn't take 3 mil.
So that's why I always have to stay after sound check!***
Re: Take the money and run! Good luck to you!***
Oh right, he needs to conform his life to your needs as a
Re: . I know that IF is a big big word when you are talking
Re: . I know that IF is a big big word when you are talking
Parker's NFL prospects are dim. He need to go. Here's why...
Your concluding paragraph gave me a vicarious rush!***
Drew Brees 5'11 weak arm 1st round pick, superbowl champ***
I noted Brees who is 6' was a 2nd-rounder & a VERY rare case
he can't come back unless he didn't play football at all....
Dang! There goes my fantasy.***
Clemson is indeed a fine coledge.***
Re: Clemson is indeed a fine coledge.***
Re: Clemson is indeed a fine coledge.***
He meant to say "universitty"..........:~)***
Kyle.......the Tax Man from the IRS is on Line One !***
If those figures are correct then congrats to KP
THS Athlete 50®
Re: If those figures are correct then congrats to KP
Goodbye and good luck, Kyle. We hardly knew ya!***
Filo Betto
I doubt he will be offered 3 million.
By IPTAY?***
Re: Parker selected in first round by Rockies
Where does the $3M figure come from? Last year's #26 pick...
Re: Where does the $3M figure come from? Last year's #26 pick...
I think you're right...26th doesn't get 3.5 mil
Tajh Boyd & the Parkers celebrate. Only $1-2M, but he's GONE***
... and Willy Korn laments his decision to go to Furman.***
Marshall, Furman, whatever. 2nd rate football program.***
Whatever huh?
Also, the last time we played Marshall...we lost (1999)******
Re: Also, the last time we played Marshall...we lost (1999)******
KP could be one of those athletes who truely loves ...

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