Former GW Baseball Player Michael Parker Named Appalachian League Player of the Week
Aug. 7, 2007
KINGSPORT, TN - Former George Washington University shortstop Michael Parker (Newton, MA/Newton South) has been named the Appalachian League Player of the Week, the league announced Monday night.
In six games last week, Parker hit .467 (7-for-15), slugged two home runs and drove in five. His week also included seven walks and six runs scored, to go along with a .867 slugging percentage. Parker recorded at least one hit in five of the six games and twice went 2-for-3 with a home run. The 22-year-old leads the Kingsport Mets with a .410 on-base percentage and is second with a .318 batting average.
Parker was chosen in the 24th round, 753rd overall, by the New York Mets, on the second day of the 2007 Major League Baseball draft.
As a senior at GW, Parker was named to the Louisville Slugger All-American third-team and the Atlantic 10 All-Conference first-team. He batted .373 with 60 RBI, 22 doubles and 10 home runs. Overall, he ranked in the league's top-five in eight separate offensive categories and finished first on the team in slugging percentage (.604), on-base percentage (.434) and hits (84), and was second in home runs. 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.
The Appalachian League is a Rookie-class minor league comprised of nine teams in two divisions, located in North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.
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.
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