The West Coast League’s Moss Adams Player of the Week and Pitcher of the Week, as announced by Commissioner Rob Neyer, are Walla Walla Sweets outfielder Ben Parker (William & Mary) and Cowlitz Black Bears right-hander Jaron DeBerry (Dallas Baptist).
Last week, Parker went 13 for 21 in five games while scoring eight runs for the Sweets. He has been one of the WCL’s top hitters this summer, producing a .394 batting average in 26 games. This spring the rising senior was named to the ABCA’s All-America Second Team and earned fourth-team D3baseball.com All-America honors for Whitman College after hitting .378 with 15 home runs. The grad transfer is set to continue his college career next season with William & Mary.
Friday against the defending WCL champion Corvallis Knights, Cowlitz’s DeBerry delivered one of the WCL’s most masterful pitching performances in recent years, twirling a complete-game shutout while allowing only two hits and no walks. In four outings this summer, DeBerry is 2-0 with a 1.89 ERA for the Black Bears. This spring as a junior he appeared in 20 games with a 3-1 record for Dallas Baptist.
About the West Coast League: The West Coast League is the West’s premier summer collegiate baseball league. Encompassing Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, and now Alberta, the WCL showcases pro prospects from major collegiate conferences around the nation. Every summer, the League features unparalleled fan and player experiences, with North America’s best baseball weather and a mix of classic and modern ballparks, all backdropped by the sport’s most stunning scenery. The 2019 MLB amateur draft began with former Corvallis Knight Adley Rutschman selected with the overall No. 1 pick by the Baltimore Orioles, and the 2022 draft featured two West Coast League alumni, Brooks Lee and Gabriel Hughes, among the first 10 picks.