2001 - Did not compete.
2000 - Did not compete while rehabbing a shoulder injury ... Pitched for the Melrose Indians over the summer, posing a 3-2 record with a 5.14 ERA.
1999 - Redshirt season.
High School - Lettered five times at Leyden: three times in baseball and twice in basketball ... Threw two no-hitters and once recorded 16 K's in one game as a prep pitcher ... Earned all-conference baseball accolades, along with being named to the West Suburban All-Star team ... A three-year academic all-conference pick in baseball.
Personal - Parents are Joe Parks and Carolyn Palmer ... Majoring in speech communications ... Favorite athlete is Nolan Ryan because of his work ethic ... Ken Davis, an assistant coach at Leyden, most influenced his athletic career ... Chose Illinois over Illinois State, Northern Illinois and Illinois Wesleyan.