PISCATAWAY, NJ – Two Rutgers University baseball players – Shaun Parker (Westampton, NJ) and Jeff Frazier (Toms River, NJ) – have been rated among the top 50 players in the nation in their academic class in the most recent edition of Baseball America.
Parker, a senior left-handed pitcher, is rated the 35th-best senior in the country – and the second-best in the BIG EAST Conference. Parker was 4-3 last season for the Scarlet Knights, including a 4-2 mark in league play. He posted a 4-2 record with a 1.95 ERA for the New Jersey Pilots of the ACBL this summer. Parker pitched two seasons at Mercer County College before joining Rutgers in 2003.
Frazier, a junior outfielder, is rated the 16th-best junior in the country and the second in the BIG EAST behind BC pitcher Chris Lambert. Frazier was a First Team All-BIG EAST pick in 2003, when he batted .315 with eight home runs and 54 RBI, both team highs. The single-season home run leader at Rutgers (13 in 2002), Frazier was a Cape Cod League All-Star last summer with the Chatham A’s.
In addition, Frazier was rated the second-best professional prospect in the league (behind Lambert) and was also voted as the conference’s best power hitter, best defensive outfielder and best throwing arm.
The rankings for Baseball America are compiled by Allan Simpson and augmented by input from Major League scouts.
Rutgers opens its season on Friday, Feb. 20, when it travels to William & Mary
for a three-game series vs. the Tribe.