Position: Second Baseman
Taken in the 11th round of the '06 draft, Parrott was viewed as a bit of a sleeper by the Tigers. His college commitment was not considered strong, but it was enough to deter some teams. Parrott was an elite player for Desert Mountain High School during his final two seasons. His senior season was absolutely dominating, as he posted an unreal .491/.528/1.098 line in 33 games. That's right, a 1.626 OPS as a high school senior! His season included 15 doubles, 4 triples, and 15 homeruns. As a junior, Parrott notched ten doubles in only 70 at-bats, along with a .400 batting average. In each of his final two seasons, Parrott was named 1st Team All-Region, and was also named 1st Team All-Arizona as a senior.
After signing late, the Tigers assigned Parrott to the GCL for the tail end of the season. He appeared in only ten games for the GCL Tigers, but made his presence felt; notching a .429/.474/.600 line in his first taste of pro ball. In 35 at-bats, he collected five extra-base hits and collected three walks, versus only six strikeouts. After a fine start to his career, Parrott continued his impressive showing during the fall instructional league, impressing organizational onlookers.
Parrott's bat is his only standout tool, as his defense lacks polish and instinctual ability. He is an aggressive hitter that has an innate ability to make consistent, hard contact. This comes so easy for him, that his pitch recognition and selection suffer as a result. He'll need to tighten up his strike zone to be highly successful further up the ladder. He has surprising power to all fields, but excels when he has the ability to pull the ball to left field. Hayden is an average runner, and he's likely to fall a touch below as he fills out his frame.
Parrott manned the keystone in high school, and did the same for most of his first ten professional games, but his future is at third base. He has an above-average arm with good accuracy on his throws, and should be able to handle throws across the diamond. His range is adequate at the hot corner, and it could improve as his instincts become more refined at the position. He has struggled thus far with the transition, but there is a belief that he can become an average defender, allowing his bat to carry him.
Hayden's bat will likely have to carry him through the first couple seasons in pro ball. He should hit for average and solid power quickly, even this season, and the power should continue to develop as he matures. Offensively, Parrott has a ceiling in line with Jeff Kent, but that's a long ways off, and shouldn't be expected until he does it against stiffer competition.
Performance Level Team AB AVG 2B HR RBI SO BB OBP% SLG% R
Parrott is in great physical condition, and his health has been solid to this point.
Despite the impressive performance of his bat, Parrott started the '07 campaign back with the GCL Tigers for a full season. With his position change, there was little reason to push him too hard, too early. His bat has proven it can handle the competition in the GCL, and his offensive game would likely welcome a new challenge. Defensively, he's simply not ready for such a challenge. He has had his share of struggles at third this season, and needs extensive work to become an adequate third base defender.
Parrott has developed almost exactly as expected at this point. He continues to hit everything hard, but he hasn't been able to field the ball and make accurate throws. As long as he continues to work diligently on his defensive development, Parrott should quickly become a legitimate prospect. The Tigers lack legitimate third base options at the minor league level, and Parrott has an opportunity to become the leading candidate to slide in behind Brandon Inge when his tenure at the hot corner is done.
Mark Anderson is TigsTown's Managing Editor and feature Minor League writer. He can be reached at Mark@TigsTown.com.