Jarrett Parker has posted a .158 batting average in his first 15 games (57 at-bats) of the season with Triple-A Sacramento.
In 21 games with San Francisco last season, Parker played some of the best baseball of his career as he had an uncharacteristically high batting average of .347 and hit six home runs. However, he has regressed to a much lower level of play in Triple-A Sacramento this season. Not only is his batting average an alarmingly low .158, Parker has struggled to make contact with the ball as he's striking out in 49 percent of his at-bats. Because of San Francisco's strong outfield cast, they won't be in a rush to bring him up from Triple-A in the near future, so Parker will have time to recover from his disappointing start.
Jarrett Parker was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento on Sunday, the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Parker and Mac Williamson were thought to be competing for a roster spot, but neither will be with the team on Opening Day, as the San Francisco Giants have instead decided to carry 13 pitchers. The 27-year-old Parker struck out 23 times in 67 at-bats this spring, albeit with three home runs, a triple and two doubles.
Jarrett Parker is 8-for-34 (.235) with two homers and six RBI through 11 Cactus League games as he competes with Mac Williamson for one of the final spots on the San Francisco Giants ' 25-man roster.
Both outfielders could begin the season at Triple-A, depending on the health of the three starters and veteran backup Gregor Blanco come Opening Day. Williamson has been the more productive of the two outfielders this spring, but Parker is already 27 years old, which may ultimately leave the front office more comfortable with him in a part-time role as it may be prudent to give Williamson everyday playing time in the minors.
Parker, who entered the game with a career total of three homers, now has five home runs in the last three games, and is hitting an absurd .500 with a 1.556 SLG in just 18 at-bats since being called back up in September.
While the Giants' bullpen would eventually squander the lead, the home run was Parker's second of the season - with each long ball coming off the bench.
Parker isn't exactly a prospect at 26-years-old, but had an excellent season at Triple-A Sacramento and is providing a lasting impression in a reserve role with the big league club.
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