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Jul 3, 2014 7:55 PM by Greg Smith

Parker's football background behind his development with Rockies

Sky Sox slugger Kyle Parker is the fifth-ranked prospect in the Rockies system right now. He has big time power at the plate, and with his arm, which almost led him to something else besides baseball.

One of the most promising rockies prospects almost chose a different sport altogether. Sky sock Kyle Parker spent his college baseball off-seasons throwing touchdown passes.

As a redshirt freshman at Clemson he started all 14 games at quarterback, setting records for touchdowns and wins, even earning all-conference and All-America honors. But he had even more success in three seasons on the baseball diamond.

"I played as a freshman, which, you know, not a lot of people do at Clemson," says Parker. "I played real well, so, I think after that I kind of realized that I could play pretty well at a high level."

After becoming the only player in NCAA history to throw 20 touchdowns and hit 20 home runs in one season, he was selected in the first round of the 2010 draft by the Rockies. He's been called up once already this season, and he says a lot of what he knows, he learned on the football field.

"How to handle pressure, how to, you know, handle expectations, playing in front of people," says Parker. "It's definitely something that I take over here to the professional level."

And just like any quarterback, the confidence never goes away.

"I still think I could go out there, and, you know, play possibly in the NFL," says Parker. "I feel like I was talented enough to do that. But, I also enjoy playing baseball. I love coming out here every day, and you know, I'm knocking on the door of where I've been working to get my whole entire career."



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