28-Year-Old Outfielder – Cincinnati Reds
2018 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
There was no outlook written for Kyle Parker in 2018. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
Kyle Parker Contract Information:
Agreed to a minor league deal with the Reds in April of 2016.
Parker signed a minor league deal with the Reds on Tuesday, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.
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Kyle Parker: MLB Games Played By Position
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Cincinnati Reds Roster
MajorsBailey, Homer (P)
AAAquino, Aristides (OF)
A+Collymore, Malik (OF)
AArmstrong, Mark (P)
RookieCase, Cash (SS)
Kyle Parker: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
There was no outlook written for Kyle Parker.
Formerly a top prospect, Parker had some trouble in 2015. In 112 plate appearances, he hit three homers and drove in 11 runs, but he struck out a whopping 37 times to go with only six walks. This produced a putrid .179/.223/.311 slash line, which has lowered his stock in the Rockies' organization when paired with his brief-yet-poor cameo with the big club in 2014. The 26-year-old still has some time to become a nice right-handed power bat for the Rockies, but he'll have to cut down on the strikeouts if he wants to see any significant playing time.
One of the more highly-regarded prospects to debut with the Rockies last season, Parker was a bust across his three stints in the majors. He gathered just five hits over 26 plate appearances, failing to draw a walk while striking out on 14 occasions. The small number of at-bats makes it difficult to make any sweeping conclusions about Parker, but it followed a pattern of offensive decline as heís gradually moved up the ladder from High-A Modesto. His .289/.336/.450 line in 542 plate appearances at Triple-A Colorado Springs in 2014 would normally seem impressive; however, it was production only marginally better than the average hitter (102 wRC+) after adjusting for his league and park. The 25-year-old will battle for a reserve role at first base and the corner outfield for the Rockies this spring and badly needs to show a resurgence in power in order to avoid a trip back to Triple-A -- and create more optimism that heíll eventually develop into a lineup regular in the majors.
Moving up to Double-A Tulsa last season, Parker came close to maintaining the power production he displayed in the California League, finishing 2013 with 23 homers and a satisfying .288/.345/.492 batting line. He didnít stop hitting in the Arizona Fall League, but what was more significant was that he saw most of his AFL duty at first base instead of the corner outfield spot he manned throughout the minors. With Todd Heltonís retirement creating an opening at first base for the first time, it appears the Rockies view Parker as a worthy long-term successor, though he probably wonít be handed the gig out of spring training this season. Instead, the Rockies will likely have Parker begin 2014 at Triple-A Colorado Springs to gain more defensive experience at first and improve his pitch recognition after his walk rate noticed a sizable dip at Tulsa. He should make his debut with the big club at some point later in the season.
Parker's decision to forego a potential football career has been the Rockies' gain, as the former Clemson quarterback turned in his second impressive campaign, this time for High-A Modesto. Perhaps the most encouraging sign in Parker's development was his increased plate discipline, as he finished the season with a 88:66 K:BB ratio. As anticipated, Parker also demonstrated above-average power with 47 extra-base hits, but Parker's biggest challenge this season will be proving that he was not merely a product of the California League like so many prospects before him. If Parker quickly finds success at Double-A, he could earn an early promotion to Triple-A and even merit consideration as a September callup.