NEW YORK--Adrian College's Tommy Parsons is noted in a story that appears today on MLB.com written by staff writer Jordan Shusterman, who writes about the top professional prospects who aren't playing at the NCAA Division I level.
To read Shusterman's piece "These college prospects didn't play in Division I, but may still hear their names called in the MLB Draft", please click on the link. Parsons is one of only two pitchers and four players overall out of NCAA Division III that Shusterman cites.
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Parsons wrapped up his senior year with two All-America citations from the American Baseball Coaches' Association/Rawlings (First Team) and D3baseball.com (Second Team). The Mideast Pitcher of the Year by both organizations, he posted an 11-0 mark with one save while leading the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association in earned-run average (1.72), victories, strikeouts (109), shutouts (2), complete games (10) and innings pitched (94.0). Opponents hit just .232 against him. Among NCAA Division III leaders, Parsons is first in complete games, third in strikeout-to-walks ratio (15.57), fifth in strikeouts and walks allowed per nine innings (0.67), 21st in WHIP (0.95) and 32nd in ERA.
Parsons is the NCAA all-Divisions active career leader with 40 wins against only four losses, including a personal 23-game winning streak. Among current Division III all-time leaders, Parsons is first in complete games (24), second with seven shutouts and fourth with 288 strikeouts.
Parsons also is on the national ballot for Google Cloud Academic All-America® consideration from the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
During his career, the business management graduate is a three-time MIAA Pitcher of the Year, six-time first-team all-region choice and recipient of four All-America citations. He holds numerous school records for a game, season and career.
On the Division III all-time ranks, he is fourth with 40 victories. As a junior, Parsons pitched 44-1/3 consecutive innings without allowing a walk, which is believed to be a record according to a survey of sports information directors.
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