A 22-year-old Junior, Benak underwent Tommy John Surgery his senior year of high school and then was plagued with injuries throughout most of his career at Rice. His sophomore year he needed surgery to remove bone spurs from his elbow. He finally got healthy this season and put together an impressive season. In 66.2 innings he had a 2.70 ERA, 72 strikeouts, and 18 walks.
His college coach explained that his “devastating” changeup is what made him so effective this year.