Parks Named Prospect

Adam Parks Hickory 2015In our 14th, and final, look at Valley League alums who have been named as prospects, we have former Liberty Flame and Charles Town Cannon (2013) Adam Parks!

Adam was a 33rd round draft pick of the Texas Rangers in 2014, after only a few innings pitched at Liberty (17 1/3 in 2013, and 9 2/3 in 2014). Clearly, though, the Texas brass saw something they liked, as Adam’s done little but strike out opposing batters in pro ball.

In 2014, he struck out 31 in 25 2/3 innings at Spokane in the Northwest League. In 2015, he struck out 86 in 73 1/3 innings over three levels, and so far (through Saturday, April 23) in 2016, he’s struck out 10 in 5 2/3 Double-A innings.

Fangraphs named him a “quick hit,” and said this:

RHP Adam Parks has a potential excellent slider with the ability to throw strikes. He could factor into the big-league bullpen picture with another solid season in the minors after scuffling a bit in his first taste of Double-A last year.

In the interest of full disclosure, I had a lovely chat with Adam’s dad and other family members at a minor league game in Hagerstown, Maryland, in the summer of  2015. (Although it didn’t feel like summer, as I recall.)

At any rate, good luck this year, Adam!

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