2012 (Freshman): Named to Big 12 All-Newcomer Team ... Also selected to the Athletic Director's and Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Rolls ... Made 15 starts, going 5-7 with a 3.54 ERA and 54 strikeouts in 94 innings pitched ... His five wins were the most by a KU freshman since 2009, while his 3.54 ERA was the lowest by a freshman qualifying pitcher since 1993 ... Earned first collegiate win in first career start against Bowling Green (Feb. 18), allowing one run on five hits over seven innings ... Pitched 6 1/3 shutout innings at Mississippi State (Feb. 24), receiving a no-decision ... Received another no decision, tossing nine innings while, allowing one run on three hits against Stony Brook (March 9) ... Earned first conference win against Texas Tech (March 31), allowing two runs over seven innings ... Fanned a season high eight hitters against the Red Raiders ... Won last three starts of the season ... Tossed a complete game shutout at Kansas State (May 12), allowing no runs on six hits ... Matched a season high with eight strikeouts against K-State ... His victory over the Wildcats marked the first complete game shutout by a KU freshman since 1986 ... Clinched KU's trip to Big 12 Championship with victory over Missouri (May 18), allowing two runs on four hits over 7 1/3 innings ... Defeated Texas at Big 12 Championship (May 24), allowing one run over six innings ... Went 3-1 with a 1.61 ERA in four starts in the month of May.
At St. Charles East HS: Lettered three seasons for head coach David Haskins ... Named Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association All-State and North Central Illinois All-Area team following junior season ... Tabbed Up-State Eight All-Conference ... Selected Player of the Year by the Kane County Chronicle and Athlete of the Year by The Illinois Republican ... Ranked No. 9 prospect in the state of Illinois by Prep Baseball Report ... Posted a 13-2 record with a 1.26 ERA and 112 strikeouts in 83 1/3 innings during his junior season ... Also played football and basketball during his high school years ... Played for the Pro Player Academy during the summer of 2010 and the Cincinnati Reds Midwest Scout Team during the fall of 2010 ... Named academic all-conference as a sophomore and junior ... A member of the German National Honor Society.
Personal: Wesley Scott Benjamin was born in Winfield, Ill. ... Son of Scott and Jan Benjamin ... Father, Scott, played football at Shippensburg (Pa.) University ... Mother, Jan, played lacrosse at Ohio University ... Has one older sister, Kristen ... Drafted in the 48th round by the New York Yankees in the 2011 MLB Amateur Draft ... Plans to major in physical therapy.