01/31/2017 7:08 AM
From the West Coast Conference to the West Coast League, the Sweets are proud to announce the signings of three University of San Francisco Dons for the 2017 season. Redshirt sophomore LHP Scott Parker, sophomore RHP Benji Post and incoming two-way high school standout Haydn King, a dual threat as both a southpaw pitcher and a first baseman, will suit up for the Sweets in 2017.
Parker has shown that he delivers a big-time arm. Standing at just five-foot-eight, he made eight appearances for the Dons in 2016, including one start. He earned his first collegiate win in relief against Hawai’i on February 27th.
During the 2016 summer season, Parker parlayed his freshman success into an outstanding performance with the Wisconsin Woodchucks of the Northwoods League.. During the 72-game summer season, Parker posted an 8-1 record and a 3.85 ERA while tossing 67.2 innings in 13 appearances (11 starts). He was recognized as an All-Star on the circuit.
Now in his second full season with the Dons, Parker, a native of southern California and a graduate of Dana Hills HS, is looking to maintain the positive momentum he built in 2016. He cites his ability to command multiple pitches as the biggest factor in his success.
“I’m definitely not a power pitcher so I rely heavily on my off speed and movement,” Parker said. “I believe my biggest strength is being able to throw all my pitches for strikes.”
“This fall I developed a sinker and a cutter,” he added. “I had never thrown any fastball but a four-seam before so this is a nice change getting movement to both sides of the plate.”
Post, a true sophomore, had a strong debut for USF last year. In 14 appearances (3 starts), the sinkerballing righty hurled 32.1 innings and compiled a 1-2 record. His first collegiate win came on March 1st against UC Davis. However, a right shoulder impingement cut Post’s season short and knocked him out of summer ball altogether.
“That is something I don’t want to go through again,” said Post regarding his injury. “Over the summer of 2016 I started taking better care of my body, mainly through eating properly and taking my weight lifting very seriously. I wanted to prepare my body to be at its strongest so I could last through the entire season at the Division I level.”
Post’s efforts have not been in vain. He feels quite confident about his ability to compete at a high level and, more importantly, remain healthy throughout the entire 2017 season.
“Right now my body is feeling better than ever and I’m good to go,” said Post, who hails from Loyola HS in Los Angeles.
Both the Dons and the Sweets have high hopes for Post to be a solid contributor this year.
Rounding out the USF trio is one of the youngest Sweets. Haydn King, an all-around standout at Archbishop Mitty HS in San Jose, has committed to play at San Francisco following his high school graduation in June.
Although competing against older, more experienced players might be too daunting a task for many 18-year-olds, the fiery King relishes the opportunity to showcase his abilities.
“I am confident that I’ll be able to make an impact right away solely because I am competitive in every aspect of life,” King said. “I’ve adjusted on the run from a young age and I am accustomed to playing and excelling amongst older players. It doesn’t scare me, the bigger stage just makes me want it even more.”
King’s confidence will be one of his strongest assets as he squares off against a field of competition where almost every player possesses top-level talent. Although he pitches and plays multiple defensive positions for Archbishop Mitty, King figures to get the bulk of his playing time on the mound at both USF and Walla Walla.
“Right off the bat, I know I will give USF a lockdown lefty on the bump who is comfortable being a starter or even a late inning reliever,” said King. “I also think I will be able to make an impact with the bat and play anywhere defensively that’s asked of me.”
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