We continue the list today with number 76 in our countdown with Clemson junior outfielder Kyle Parker. He is from Jacksonville Florida and Bartram Trail High School where he played four years of baseball and football. He was named All-State and All-County as a junior as he skipped his senior season of baseball to enroll in the winter of 2008 as he accepted a football scholarship to play for the Tigers.
Parker made an immediate impact on the Clemson baseball team in the spring of 2008 as he played in 57 games making 55 starts. He finished the season with a .303 average, 14 homers, and 50 RBI. He also had a slugging percentage of .559. He picked up several awards for his stellar play including First-team freshman All-American by Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball. He was one of only two freshmen on that was named first team All-ACC in 2008.
Kyle had a minor sophomore slump in 2009 as he appeared in 63 games (60 starts) while missing a three game set against Boston College for a spring football game. He finished the season with a .255 batting average with 12 homers and 52 RBI. He finished the season with a .442 slugging percentage while striking out 52 times and getting 29 walks.
In last season’s Top 50 countdown that I did, we had Parker as the 32nd best player in the country. We dropped him lower this season due to the fact that Kyle has been the starting quarterback for the Clemson football team this season. He is currently listed as playing baseball in the upcoming spring and should be drafted pretty high in the 2010 MLB Draft but will his football responsibilities start to affect his play on the baseball field. It affected him during the 2009 season, so we expect that his commitments on the football field will continue to affect him mentally and physically.
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