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Former Cavalier Jarrett Parker Ready to Fly With Squirrels

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He was a big baseball star at UVa a few years back.

Jarrett Parker was a star in the outfield for the 'Hoos, as we as at the plate.

His best season was as a sophomore when he batted .355 with 16 home runs.

Parker was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the second round in 2010.

Jarrett Parker is continuing his career this season with the Richmond Flying Squirrels, who are the AA affiliate of the Giants.

Parker has a team best 11 home runs this season.

He's batting .232 with 33 RBI and nine doubles.

The Stafford County-native is back in Virginia this summer after two years in the minors out in San Jose, California.

This is considered a make-or-break season for Parker, and he's showing signs of potential in his quest to eventually get to the big leagues.

Parker says, "Every day I'm facing really talented arms, and it's tough ball, but adjusting to it and coming out each day is really helpful."

Richmond manager Dave Machemer says, "Here's a guy who has tremendous power, he moves well in the outfield, he runs well above average, and he has an above average throwing arm.  So he has all the tools to play in the major leagues.  He just has to put it all together like a lot of these young men here."

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