Hunter Parsons, from Parkside High School in Salisbury, Md., may be the Terps' top high school prospect signee in a stellar 2015 class.
He measures 6-2, 185-pounds, and has filled out his tall frame dramatically in the past few months. And doctors believe he may still be growing.
Parsons throws in the 88-92 mph range with his fastball, and is developing control of a hard, sharp curve to complement his change-up. His future with the Terps may be on the mound or in the field, at shortstop or third base. He has excelled at each position, and with his tremendous work-ethic, has improved each year.
As a senior, Parsons increased his batting average nearly 100 points, his OBP over 150 and his OPS over 300 points to a stellar 1.204. Parsons' fielding improved from four errors to one error this past season, finishing with a excellent .988 fielding percentage.
Parsons has great, pure talent, and plenty of room to grow, too. Even with the impressive numbers above, he believes there is much more work ahead of him both with his pitching and his hitting. With his recent growth spurt, Parsons claims to have added 2-3 MPH to his pitches, which bodes well for the Terps' future, too.
Our opinion remains one of great optimism, with a cautious approach. If he is going to pitch, he may need a redshirt year, if possible, to refine the sometimes inconsistent location of his pitches. And the same holds true for his hitting and fielding. Parsons needs more patience at the plate with better selection. But if he follows the same path from his senior year of high school to his freshman year at College Park as he did this year, showing his passion and determination for the game, many believe little will slow Parsons.
Watching Parsons play, you get a strong sense of his leadership both on and off the field. His teammates rally around him and he accepts the role unconditionally. Parsons showed the same drive and effort in the classroom as well. He finished with a 4.1 GPA , consistently on the honor roll, and received the prestigious Minds in Motion Award, awarded to over-achieving scholar athletes each year.
The sky may be the limit for Parsons. Athletically, he was one of the top baseball players in Maryland. If Parsons continues on his current path, he will become even better in the very near future.
Meet Terps Baseball Signee Hunter Parsons
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