Jarrett Parker

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Jarrett Parker
San Jose Giants - Jarrett Parker 10-Apr-2011.jpg
Parker with the San Jose Giants
Free agent
Outfielder
Born: (1989-01-01) January 1, 1989 (age 29)
Fort Belvoir, Virginia
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
June 13, 2015, for the San Francisco Giants
MLB statistics
(through 2017 season)
Batting average .257
Home runs 15
Runs batted in 51
Teams

Jarrett Paul Parker (born January 1, 1989) is an American professional baseball outfielder who is a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the San Francisco Giants.

Amateur career

Born in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, Parker attended Colonial Forge High School in Stafford, Virginia. Parker later attended the University of Virginia from 2008 to 2010. After struggling as a freshman, Parker led his team to the College World Series as a sophomore in 2009, hitting .355 with 16 home runs.[1] As a junior, Parker hit .333 with ten home runs.[2]

Professional career

Parker was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the second round (74th overall) of the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft.[3] Parker spent 2011 and 2012 with the Single-A San Jose Giants and was promoted to the Double-A Richmond Flying Squirrels for 2013 and 2014.

The Giants promoted Parker to the major leagues for one day in August 2014, but he did not appear in a game before being optioned to Triple-A Fresno. Because he was on the Major League roster for part of the season, Parker received a 2014 World Series ring, even though he did not play in the majors.[4] In his first four minor league seasons, Parker hit 61 home runs and stole 73 bases, hitting .255 and striking out over 100 times each season.[5]

2015

Parker was promoted for the second time on June 10, 2015,[6] and made his major league debut on June 13, 2015, playing right field and batting 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.[7] On June 14, 2015, Parker got his first major league hit with a single against Rubby De La Rosa of the Arizona Diamondbacks.[8] In four games, Parker batted .111 (1-for-9) with five strikeouts. He was optioned back to Triple-A Sacramento when Gregor Blanco returned from the disabled list on June 19.[9]

Parker was recalled on September 11, 2015, and hit his first RBI that night against the San Diego Padres.[10] On September 25, Parker hit a home run into the center field seats at the Oakland Coliseum estimated at 474 feet (144 m).[11] On September 26, in a 14–10 Giants victory over the Oakland A's, Parker became the first rookie in Giants franchise history to hit three home runs in one game, and the first Giant with three homers and seven RBIs since Willie Mays in 1961.[12] Over three games, Parker hit five home runs (including 1 grand slam) in nine at-bats.[12]

2016

Parker opened the 2016 season with Triple-A Sacramento.[13] He was called up to the Giants on May 9, but was sent back down a few days later.[14] He was recalled again on May 24 following an injury to Ángel Pagán.[15] Parker was optioned again on July 29 to clear a roster spot for Eduardo Nunez.[16] Parker was activated again on August 28.[17] For the season, Parker appeared in 63 games, batting .236 with 5 home runs and 14 RBIs.

2017

Parker was expected to compete with Mac Williamson for the starting left field job in 2017.[18] He was named to the opening day 25-man roster for the first time in his career, platooning with Chris Marrero.[19] On April 15, Parker suffered a broken right collarbone after making a running catch against the outfield wall.[20]

He was released by the Giants on March 30, 2018.[21]

References

  1. ^ Kolenich, Eric (April 4, 2013). "Return to Virginia could be blessing for Squirrels' Parker". Richmond Times-Dispatch. 
  2. ^ http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/profile.asp?P=Jarrett-Parker
  3. ^ Jenkins, Jay (August 16, 2010). "Parker gets deal done". The Daily Progress. 
  4. ^ Schulman, Henry (June 12, 2015). "Jarrett Parker 'ridiculously excited' to be back with Giants". San Francisco Chronicle. 
  5. ^ Ritzo, Joe (November 5, 2014). "Next Crop Of Former SJ Giants Look To Debut In 2015". MLB Advanced Media. 
  6. ^ Schulman, Henry (June 10, 2015). "Giants Splash: Updates on Blanco, Pence and Cain". San Francisco Chronicle. 
  7. ^ Shea, John (June 13, 2015). "Giants struggle again at home, lose 4-2 to Diamondbacks". San Francisco Chronicle. 
  8. ^ Schulman, Henry (June 15, 2015). "Giants blanked again, lose 8th in a row at home". San Francisco Chronicle. 
  9. ^ Shea, John (June 19, 2015). "Blanco's return gives Giants more flexibility in outfield". San Francisco Chronicle. 
  10. ^ Kawahara, Matt (September 12, 2015). "Peavy sharp as Giants beat Padres, 9-1, and gain a game in N.L. West". The Sacramento Bee. 
  11. ^ Kawahara, Matt (September 26, 2015). "Parker steals spotlight with three homers in Giants' 14-10 win over A's". The Sacramento Bee. 
  12. ^ a b Shea, John (September 26, 2015). "Wow, wow, wow — Jarrett Parker hits three homers for Giants". San Francisco Chronicle. 
  13. ^ "River Cats announce 2016 Opening Day roster" (Press release). Sacramento River Cats. April 6, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Giants recall OF Parker; option Williamson to Triple-A". CSN Bay Area. May 9, 2016. 
  15. ^ Haft, Chris (May 25, 2016). "Pagan goes on DL; Giants call up Parker". MLB.com. 
  16. ^ Schulman, Henry (July 29, 2016). "Hunter Pence ready to return to Giants' lineup". San Francisco Chronicle. 
  17. ^ Baggarly, Andrew (August 28, 2016). "UPDATED: Panik, Giants bash their way into franchise record books while taking rare home series victory over Braves". Bay Area News Group. 
  18. ^ Schulman, Henry (December 24, 2016). "Giants give Morse a shot to come out of 'retirement'". San Francisco Chronicle. 
  19. ^ Pavlovic, Alex (April 2, 2017). "Giants Set Opening Day Roster, DFA Two Hard Throwers". NBC Sports Bay Area. 
  20. ^ Schulman, Henry (April 15, 2017). "Giants lose game and left fielder Jarrett Parker to injury". San Francisco Chronicle. 
  21. ^ "Giants release Jarrett Parker". NBCS Bay Area. March 30, 2018. Retrieved March 30, 2018. 

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
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