Prospect Mail Day!

Another day, another card from my 2011 priority purchase list. This one is from the list of prospects that I’m trying to load up on before the season starts. The card pictured is a 2008 Bowman Chrome Prospects Autographs Jarrod Parker graded BGS 9.5 gem mint.

This is my first gem mint copy of this card. I already owned a BGS 9, but have been looking for a 9.5 ever since I picked up the 9. I also have six ungraded copies of this card, one was purchased on eBay a couple days before I picked up the 9.5.

Parker was selected 9th over in the 2007 MLB Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks. He was on the fast track from high school to the majors like fellow 2007 draftee Rick Porcello before injuring his elbow and getting shelved with Tommy John surgery. Parker is back, healthy and ready to resume his career at AA Mobile in 2011. The DBacks have stated that Parker can earn a spot on their roster coming out of spring training if he can demonstrate that he’s back to 100%. I don’t see that happening. The DBacks aren’t going anywhere this year and have no reason to rush Parker.

Baseball America has rated Parker as the DBacks #1 prospect since 2009. It says a lot about his talent that they kept him at #1 in 2010 despite his elbow injury. Their 2011 DBacks Top 10 isn’t releasing until January 17th. Parker will almost assuredly be #1 again.

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