Rockies' top pick Parker ready for pro ball

Rockies' top pick Parker ready for pro ball

DENVER -- Clemson right fielder Kyle Parker made clear to the public what he essentially made clear to the Rockies:

He is ready for professional baseball.

Draft Central

Of course, big money will have to be involved for him to give up football, where he is a star quarterback, or even sign with the Rockies while continuing to play football at Clemson. But if all goes right, Parker expects to soon be a part of the Rockies' organization.

"Before the Draft, we made it clear what we wanted and what we were going to sign for, what it was going to take," Parker said in a conference call. "Once we get into those conversations, it's already been thrown out there. I'm not really too worried about it as of now."

Parker, 20, has another priority -- the NCAA Super Regional starting Saturday against Alabama, which features the Rockies' third-round choice, shortstop Josh Rutledge. Parker's three-run homer helped Clemson eliminate Auburn, 6-3, on Monday night.

Additionally, the Rockies selected Dana Hills (Calif.) High School righty Peter Tago with the 47th pick, a compensation choice between the first and second rounds because Colorado lost pitcher Jason Marquis to Washington via free agency during the winter.

Parker enters the Super Regional hitting .356 with 20 home runs and 63 RBIs. He threw 20 touchdown passes for Clemson in 2010 -- he was a freshman in football eligibility -- and was the first Division I athlete in history to pull off such a 20-20 feat.

But it's possible he's thrown his last pass in college.

"I think it's tough to say right now," said Parker, who hasn't talked to the Rockies directly about playing both sports but believes the Rockies want him to play strictly baseball. "I had a lot of fun doing it here and I enjoyed it, but I think we made it clear that I wanted to pursue a baseball career, and if everything works out, that's what I intend to do."

Interestingly, Parker isn't the only Atlantic Coast Conference quarterback to show up on the Rockies' Draft list. The club selected North Carolina State second baseman Russell Wilson in the fourth round.

The Rockies had talked to Parker before the Draft and given an indication that they would take him.

Parker said his parents will be helping him, but the decision will be his. He said the family is being advised by Career Sports Entertainment of Atlanta.

For comparison, last year's 26th overall pick, Eric Arnett of the Brewers, received a $1.2 million signing bonus.

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.