Draft pick Parker visits Coors Field

Draft pick Parker visits Coors Field

DENVER -- As the Rockies look to sign first-round Draft choice Kyle Parker this summer, his list of hobbies is a positive sign for the club.

He enjoys hunting and fishing.

Parker is spending part of his Fourth of July weekend in the Rockies' clubhouse, which is notorious for housing a band of outdoorsmen. He took batting practice with the team before Saturday's game -- hitting a few balls into the outfield seats -- while visiting with family and learning his way around Coors Field.

"I've enjoyed being out here and meeting a lot of the guys and the management and all the people in the front office," Parker said. "I see myself fitting in real well here. It'll be interesting to see -- I think I'm going to sit down in the next few weeks and figure out what I want to do."

Parker, the 26th overall choice in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, is a 6-foot-1, 200-pound outfielder from Clemson who also plays quarterback for the Tigers' football team. The Rockies have a history of success with former college quarterbacks, including outfielder Seth Smith and, most notably, first baseman Todd Helton.

Parker hit .344 with 20 home runs and 64 RBIs for the Tigers, who made it to the College World Series semifinals this season.

"I realized that I really enjoy playing over the last three years and I've had a really good experience at Clemson and I could really see myself playing baseball as a career," he said.

The first NCAA athlete to throw for 20 touchdowns and hit 20 home runs in a season, Parker has three years of football eligibility remaining and a tough decision to make.

"We know what we're getting involved with," said Bill Schmidt, Rockies vice president of scouting. "We're getting some athletes who bring some intangibles with them."

After being spotted by area scout Jay Matthews and evaluated by assistant scouting director Danny Montgomery, this gives more people in the organization a chance to meet Parker.

"He literally just got done playing last week," Schmidt said. "This was our first chance to have him come in, sit down and visit, for us to get a better feel for him and him to get a better feel for us and what we're all about."