By Daniel Paulling
South Western senior Parker Bean is playing well for the Mustangs basketball team, but on Saturday, he’ll showcase the right arm that has made him attractive to college coaches and professional teams as a baseball player.
Bean, who was elected as a finalist for the 24th Annual Hanover Rotary Sportsnight Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year, will participate in an audition with about 20 other players from the vicinity in a showcase for the Texas Rangers. He will just throw a bullpen session.
The audition comes after being chosen by the San Diego Padres for a high school baseball showcase. He has been working on rounding out his pitch selection, which now includes a four-seam fastball that reaches the low 90s, two-seam fastball, changeup, curveball and slider.
Bean, who is 6-feet-6, is considered one of the top high school players in Pennsylvania and was chosen for the Big 26 baseball tournament after his junior season. He has accepted an athletic scholarship from Liberty University.