Jarrett Parker Back and Still Swinging for the Fences
The San Francisco Giants promoted Jarrett Parker again to replace the injured Angel Pagan, and Parker was quick to leave his mark, hitting a two-run homer to center in last night’s game against the Padres. After Parker’s torrid September last season, a lot of people have been eager to see him get more opportunities at the highest level.
Parker got off to a slow start at AAA Sacramento this year after a fairly strong Spring Training, but he has been hitting more lately, now tied for the Pacific Coast League lead with 13 home runs and a slash line of .281/.366/.615.
After last night’s game, Parker’s major league slash line this season is .250/.400./.625 in ten plate appearances. In my mind, this is pretty much exactly what the Giants can hope for if things go right for Parker. He strikes out too much to be likely to maintain a batting average much above .250 in regular major league play, but he’ll take a walk, and his power is very real.
Parker was a tools draft pick, and it has taken him a long time to develop. He’s now 27, but he runs well, and he’s got that power, so there is still a reasonable chance for him to have an MLB career if he can take advantage of his opportunities this season. If he doesn’t, there’s a good chance he’ll end up in Asia in a couple of years.