LOS ANGELES - The Colorado Rockies announced today that the club has recalled first baseman/outfielder Kyle Parker from Triple-A Colorado Springs. To make room on the active roster for Parker, the Rockies have optioned right-handed pitcher Juan Nicasio to Triple-A. Parker (#16), who will be looking to make his Major League debut, will be available for tonight's Rockies at Dodgers game (8:10 p.m. MDT) at Dodger Stadium.
Parker, 24, has spent the entire season at Triple-A Colorado Springs to date. In 66 games during his first experience at Triple-A, Parker has hit .292 (74-for-253) with 20 doubles, 3 triples, 7 home runs, 38 RBI, 38 runs and an .825 OPS (.347 OBP, .478 SLG). Parker was originally drafted by the Rockies in the first round (26th overall) of the 2010 First-Year Player draft out of Clemson University. The right-handed hitter and thrower has hit at least 20 home runs in each of his first three professional seasons, including 23 HR in each of his last two seasons at High-A and Double-A.
Nicasio, 27, began the season on the Rockies Opening Day roster. In 14 starts, Nicasio is 5-5 with a 5.92 ERA (73.0 ip, 48 er), 26 walks and 46 strikeouts. This is the fourth-straight season that Nicasio has been a member of the Rockies starting rotation at some point, and in 69 career Major League starts he has gone 20-21 with a 5.12 ERA (360.1 ip, 205 er). Nicasio was originally signed by the Rockies as a non-drafted free agent out of the Dominican Republic on August 21, 2006.
The Rockies currently have a full 40-man roster.