December 9 - Healthy again after not playing in 2018, Colonial Forge graduate Jarrett Parker took a step towards a return to the Major Leagues by signing a minor league contract on Thursday with the Los Angeles Angels.
Parker, who will turn 30 next month, missed this past season while recovering from a shoulder injury suffered when he slammed into the wall at AT&T Park in April 2017 while making a catch as a member of the San Francisco Giants. The former Eagles and University of Virginia standout broke his right clavicle on the play.
In parts of three seasons with the Giants, Parker hit .257 with a .335 on-base percentage, 15 home runs and 51 RBI in 382 plate appearances. He is expected to be in big league camp with the Angels, but will likely start the season at Triple-A Salt Lake.
Other area players could sign contracts in the coming days during MLB’s winter meetings in Las Vegas. First baseman Justin Bour (Westfield) and outfielder Brandon Guyer (Herndon) are likely to land with a Major League club after not being retained by the Philadelphia Phillies and Cleveland Indians, respectively, and Brandon Snyder (Westfield) and Paul Clemens (Robinson) could sign minor league deals similar to Parker’s.
Photo of Jarrett Parker courtesy of USATSI