So take a look at Parker Johnson, the 6-foot righthander from Staunton and Wake Forest. In 29 Valley League innings, Parker went 2-1, 3.10, with a 1.034 WHIP, 1.9 BB/9, and 13.7 K/9 in 29 innings. For those scoring at home, that’s allowing 6 walks and striking out 44 in those 29 innings. Among pitchers considered for this list, his BB/9 was 7th, and his K/9 was 3rd. He pitched in 2 games in the playoffs, and over 5 innings, allowed 4 hits, 3 earned runs, 1 walk, and struck out 8 more hitters.
Parker is a redshirt junior at Wake Forest. In 2015, his first season for the Demon Deacons (really?), he went 1-0, 9.14 in 21 games and 21 2/3 innings. He walked 9 and struck out 17. His workload was reduced quite a bit for 2016, when he appeared in only 11 games and threw 10 2/3 innings. He went 0-1, 9.28, with 5 walks and 15 strikeouts.
Parker also pitched in Staunton in the summer of 2015, when he went 2-2, 3.85, with 11 walks and 24 strikeouts in 17 relief outings covering 21 innings.
He has huge potential, that is obvious to see. His head coach, Tom Walter, said this about his ability: “He has a live arm and has shown the ability to pitch with his fastball on both sides of the plate with velocity and movement. If he can get his breaking ball and his change-up more consistent, he can be a big asset to us out of our bullpen.”
Congratulations on your outstanding summer, Parker!