With his team eliminated from the postseason by in-state rival South Carolina this past weekend, Clemson junior right-fielder Kyle Parker has a decision to make: Return to campus and re-join the football team where he is the starting quarterback or put down his football helmet and focus solely on baseball. Parker was selected in the first round of this year’s MLB draft, picked 26th overall by the Colorado Rockies.
According to a report in The Greenville News Parker won’t make a decision for at least a month telling the paper he plans on going on vacation before making the decision. “I’ve been going for about 1½ years straight with no break,” he said. “No matter what I’m going to do, I’m definitely taking probably a month or so off just to rest my body.”
Clemson fans, both baseball and football, certainly hope that Parker opts for the same decision as Washington starting quarterback Jake Locker who signed a Major League contract with the Angels but is returned for his final two seasons of football. There is one big difference in Parker’s situation however and that is financial. Parker was a first round pick in the MLB draft while Locker was a 10th round pick in the draft.
Clemson fans will have to wait at least a month to find out his decision.