RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Until he was drafted by the Giants in 2010, Jarrett Parker always called Virginia home. He grew up in Stafford, playing high school baseball at Colonial Forge, and then played three years of college baseball at Virginia, where he was a three year starter and helped lead the Cavaliers to their first College World Series.
Parker was taken in the second round by the Giants and has spent the last two years playing in San Jose, but his third season of professional baseball will mark a return to his home state. The former Cavalier has been assigned to AA and will play for the Richmond Flying Squirrels.
The Giants' prospect is excited about being in Richmond. It's about 45 minutes from his parents' home, and about an hour from his college coaches. Parker never attended any Richmond Braves games growing up, but remembers playing at The Diamond when Virginia played VCU during his days as a Wahoo.
Parker will begin the season as the Squirrels' starting right fielder, according to manager Dave Machemer. He hopes to shake off some offensive struggles that have haunted him during his first two years as a pro.
The Flying Squirrels open their season on Thursday when they host New Britain at The Diamond. First pitch is set for 6:35pm.