A rash of injuries have led to the Colorado Rockies promotion of 1B/OF prospect Kyle Parker, according to the team's PR Twitter feed. It remains to be seen how Parker will be used or how much he will play, but it's plausible to think that he may be paired with Corey Dickerson in a temporary left field platoon. He could also spell Justin Morneau at first base against left-handed pitching.
Parker is one of the top prospects in the Rockies farm system, but gets generally overlooked on a national scale, largely due to his lack of tools and limited profile. He's a right-handed power hitter who is limited defensively to left field or first base, where the Rockies just began to work him out this season.
Parker's best tool, and his only plus tool, is his power, and he was on his way to a fourth straight 20-home run season before the promotion. His ascent through the minor leagues has been methodical, with a full year at each full-season level, but his production is difficult to ignore. In addition to hitting for good (but not elite) power, Parker does not have high strike out numbers. Part of it is due to his aggressive approach at the plate, but Parker has not broken the 100 strikeout mark since his first year in Low-A Asheville.
Because of his defensive, throwing and base running limitations, Parker will have to hit to justify everyday playing time. Right-handed power is at a premium, so Parker's best skill is in demand, but in order to be more than a second-division regular, he'll have to hit at least 25 home runs a year. That's within range for Parker, but it's not a given.
Parker isn't likely to be an impact player for the Rockies, but there's a role for a player who can hit for power without being susceptible to high strike out totals, even if he is relegated to left field.