Scouting Parker's baseball value

May, 17, 2010
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Clemson quarterback Kyle Parker has been hitting the snot out of the ball this spring for the Tigers' baseball team, but just how good of an MLB prospect is he?

I asked our resident expert, Keith Law, the senior baseball analyst for Scouts Inc. Before joining ESPN, Law was a special assistant to the general manager of the Toronto Blue Jays and a writer for Baseball Prospectus.

The guy knows his baseball. And he doesn't have Parker ranked among his top 100 prospects for the 2010 draft. It's a player ranking, not a projection of where the players might go. Law will reveal that later this month.

But Law told me that the buzz on Parker seems to be somewhere from the second to fourth rounds, based on his performance, raw power and the fact that he plays football, which is usually good for a bonus to a baseball prospect's grade. Still, Law doesn't see Parker as "the typical two-sport guy who's fast and flexible."

"Parker's a below-average runner with an awkward throwing motion for baseball, and he's only going to play first base or maybe left field in pro ball," Law wrote in an e-mail. "He's also more of a mistake hitter whose power is more evident in BP than in games."

So there you have it -- a few more reasons to believe coach Dabo Swinney when he says he's convinced Parker will return to football.

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