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Baseball America honors two Rockies prospects

Baseball America honors two Rockies prospects

Baseball America honors two Rockies prospects
SAN DIEGO -- Two Rockies' prospects -- outfielder Kyle Parker and catcher Will Swanner -- were honored by Baseball America as Minor League All-Stars on teams for each classification level, the team announced Friday. Parker is MLB.com's No. 7 Rockies prospect and Swanner ranks ninth.

The 22-year-old Parker hit .308 with 23 homers and 73 RBIs for High-A Modesto this season, a year after hitting .285 with 21 homers at Low-A Asheville. The Rockies made Parker the 26th overall pick in the 2010 draft. He was the starting quarterback at Clemson in the fall of 2008, starting all 14 games at quarterback for the Tigers.

It's not the first time Parker has been honored by Baseball America, as he was a first-team freshman All-America after hitting .303 with 14 home runs in his first season with Clemson's baseball team.

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Swanner, 21, hit .302 with 16 homers and 24 doubles for Low-A Asheville this season. He was also a Rockies' selection in the 2010 draft, a 15th-round selection out of La Costa Canyon High School in Carlsbad, Calif. Swanner played 75 games behind the plate and 13 as the DH for the Tourists. He spent the previous two years in rookie ball, playing a combined 61 games over 2010 and 2011. Like Parker, he's among Colorado's top ten prospects according to the MLB.com rankings, at No. 9.

Both Parker's High-A Modesto club and Swanner's Low-A Asheville squad are playing in the championship series for their respective leagues. Modesto plays the Lancaster Jethawks Friday night, to whom they lost in Game 1 of the California League Championship Thursday. Asheville leads its South Atlantic championship series vs. the Greensboro Grasshoppers, 2-1, coming into Friday night's game four.

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