Manzano standout southpaw commits to Tennessee

Scott Hood, Staff Writer
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Albuquerque Journal

Unless he signs a pro contract next summer, one of New Mexico’s top 2018 high school pitchers is headed to Dixie.

Manzano rising senior Mitchell Parker announced Monday night he had decommitted from New Mexico. Just over 12 hours later, the lefthander declared on social media he had committed to the Tennessee Volunteers of the SEC, proclaiming “I will continue my academic and baseball career at the University of Tennessee.

Soon, his Twitter profile described him as a “Tennessee Baseball Commit.”

Last season, Parker tossed a pair of no-hitters for Manzano, striking out 117 batters while allowing just 29 hits and 22 walks in 57.2 innings. He finished with a 4-5 record and 1.82 ERA for a Monarchs team that went just 10-14 and failed to qualify for the state playoffs, minimizing Parker’s exposure on a statewide level.

Parker is pitching this summer for the Evoshield Canes, a premier AAU traveling team consisting mainly of players committed to Division I programs throughout the country.

Last month, Parker pitched in the Perfect Game National Showcase and consistently reached the low 90’s with his fastball.

Parker has been selected to compete later this summer in the Area Code games, a showcase for some of the top high school talent in the country.

A year ago, former Carlsbad lefthander Trevor Rogers’ national profile skyrocketed with a stellar appearance in the Area Code games, which are scheduled for Aug. 6-10 in Long Beach, Calif.

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