Parker Taken on the Second Day of the 2007 MLB Draft
June 8, 2007
WASHINGTON, DC - George Washington senior shortstop Michael Parker (Newton, MA/Newton South) was chosen in the 24th round, 753rd overall, by the New York Mets, on the second and final day of the 2007 Major League Baseball draft, Friday afternoon.
With the selection of Parker, the Colonials have now had at least one player drafted in eight consecutive years. Parker joins last year's draftees, Derrik Lutz and Dan Pfau, who were selected in the 19th and 27th rounds, respectively. Other former GW baseball players to make it to the major leagues include pitcher Mike O'Connor '02, catcher John Flaherty `89, catcher Steve Korcheck `54 and infielder Sam Perlozzo `73, now manager of the Baltimore Orioles.
Parker, a member of the Louisville Slugger All-American third-team and Atlantic 10 All-Conference first-team, batted .373 with 60 RBI, 22 doubles and 10 home runs. Overall, he ranked in the league's top-five in seven separate offensive categories. In his last season at GW, he finished first on the team in slugging percentage (.604), on-base percentage (.434) and hits (84) and was second in home runs.
Parker was selected as conference Player of the Week on April 23, for a four-game stretch in which he recorded at least one hit, one RBI and one run scored in all four contests, and had two four-hit performances. The team's 2007 MVP finished his four-year career ranked seventh all-time at GW with 47 doubles and 10th with 43 stolen bases.
George Washington was 23-31-1 overall in 2007 and 14-13 in the A-10, finishing just one spot out of the conference tournament, despite ending the year with a season-best six-game winning streak. It was their 14th straight season with at least 20 wins.