Honors and Awards
- 2012 All-Big 12 Freshman Team
- 2012 Bob Allison KU Rookie of the Year
- Three-time Athletic Director’s Honor Roll
- Three-Time Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll
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.