Jarrett Parker started out the season terribly in San Jose, hitting .211 in April. By hitting .282 in May and .320 so far in June, he has brought his numbers back up to a respectable .268/.383/.424.
Parker also started his final year of college poorly, one in which he was hyped as a potential first rounder. He finished the season strong, though, and appears to be on a similar trajectory in his first minor league year.
Taken in the second round of the 2010 draft, Parker has great speed which make him a top-of-the-order base-stealing threat and a superb defensive center fielder.
He has stolen 12 bases in 14 attempts, but has made five errors in the field. Four have occurred in right field, the position he is temporarily manning because Gary Brown is playing center.
Parker will not last in right, as he has sub-par arm strength. A move back to center or possibly to left will likely be in store for the former University of Virginia standout.
Parker has some holes in his swing, which dropped him out of the first round. He also strikes out about twice as often as he walks.
However, he has continued to have excellent power to the gaps, as evidenced by his 14 doubles this year.
Jarrett Parker is one of the more intriguing Giants prospects, with tools to be an Andres Torres-type player. He might strike out a little too much, but he makes up for it with his extra-base hit potential.