2011-2012 MSU Baseball Signees/Commitments

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2011-2012 Mississippi State University baseball signees and invited walk-ons.

CLASS OF 2012 MSU BASEBALL SIGNEES/WALK-ONS (10)

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. B-T High School

Daniel Garner, C, 6-1, 200, R-R, Sparkman (AL) HS
One of the top players in the state of Alabama as well as nation... As a senior, he batted .403 with 21 doubles and 6 home runs while knocking in 39 runs... At the conclusion of his senior season he earned numerous honors including 2012 Louisville Slugger All-American, 6A 1st Team All-State for Alabama and The Huntsville Times Hitter of the Year... Chose MSU over his other finalists Ole Miss and Alabama... Daniel received interest from over 40 schools throughout the nation... Plays for the prestigious Dulins Dodgers summer travel team, one of the top summer travel programs in the southeast... Top Tools: Hitting, Power, Arm Strength

John Marc Shelly, RHP, 6-0, 190, R-R, St. George High School (Collierville, TN)
One of the top pitchers in Tennessee as well as the southeast... Chose Mississippi State over offers from Tennessee, Ole Miss, Winthrop, Memphis, Austin Peay, Arkansas State and Air Force as well as strong interest from LSU and Alabama... Plays for the prestigious Dulins Dodgers summer travel team, one of the top summer travel programs in the southeast... His fastball velo is consistently 91-92, topping out at 94-95 ... Top Tools: Arm Strength, Breaking Pitch, Command

Cody Brown, OF, 5-11, 185, L-R, Biloxi (MS) High School
One of the top players in the state of Mississippi... 2012 Stats: .324 BA, 5 doubles, 2 triples, 2 HRs, 7 RBI, 19 walks, 4 hit by pitches and 21 stolen bases on 22 attempts ... 2012 season honors: He was selected a member of the Louisville Slugger Pre-Season All-American Team as well as being selected a member of the Clarion-Ledger's 2012 Dandy Dozen Team. In addition to Mississippi State, he was also offered by LSU... Top Tools: Hitting, Power

Brett Pirtle, INF, 5-10, 180, L-R, Panola (TX) College
2011 Panola College Stats - .325 BA, 10 Doubles, 12 RBI, 10 Stolen Bases ... As a senior in high school at Robert E. Lee in Tyler, TX. made the 2010 All-East Texas Baseball team as an infielder after batting .421 with three home runs, 29 RBI, 22 doubles, three triples and stealing 13 of 14 bases ... He was a Panola College 2011 teammate of current Bulldog catcher Nic Ammirati ... Top Tool: Hitting

Derrick Armstrong, OF, 5-8, 190, R-R, Columbia (TN) CC
During the 2012 season, he batted .404, with 4 home runs, 56 RBI and 17 stolen bases in 48 games ... As a freshman in 2011 he hit .391 with 3 home runs, 22 RBI, and 23 stolen bases ... Armstrong was a three-time all-district performer for coach Mark Pickle at Columbia Central High School, where he earned all-state and district MVP honors as a senior in 2010 ... Top Tools: Hitting, Footspeed

Wes Stokes, RHP, 6-3, 200, R-R, Meridian (MS) CC
His 2012 record was 7-0 with a 2.35 earned run average. He allowed 63 hits in 72.2 innings while striking out 50 and walking 18 ... His fastball velocity is consistently 88-90 miles per hour, topping out at 94 ... Top Tools: Arm Strength, Control

Alex Detz, MIF, 6-0, 185, L-R, Cuesta College (CA)
Played his high school ball at Mission Prep High School in San Luis Obispo, CA ... One of the top players in the California junior college ranks the past two seasons ... Redshirted his true freshman year while recovering from shoulder surgery ... As a sophomore he batted .316 with a .453 on-base percentage while hitting 8 doubles, 2 triples and 0 home runs, and knocking in 31 runs. He struck out just 20 times while walking 31 ... As a redshirt freshman he hit .331 with a .462 on-base percentage while knocking in 28 runs. Struck out just 17 while walking 26, selected to the All-Western State Conference First Team ... Top Tools: Hitting

Zach Randolph, C, 6-1, 190, R-R, Itawamba (MS) Community College
Played his high school ball at Amory (MS) High School ... One of the top defensive catchers in the Mississippi junior college ranks ... As a sophomore he batted .370 with 11 doubles, 0 home runs and 26 RBI ... As a freshman he had a .961 fielding percentage and threw out 22 of 27 base stealers while batting .283 with 15 RBI, six doubles, six runs scored to go along with his .333 on-base percentage ... Top Tools: Arm Strength, Defense

Jacob Robson, OF, 5-10, 175, L-R, Windsor, Ontario (Canada)
Drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 31st round of the Major League Baseball Draft (he did not sign with them)... He played on the Canadian Junior National Team and led the team in hitting with a .500 batting average, 3 doubles, 5 walks, 5-for-6 stealing, and 7 RBI in 10 games ... He has excellent speed and is also a gifted student in the classroom ... He is considered one of the top players in Canada's class of 2012 ... Top Tools: Speed, Defense, Hitting For Average.

Kyle Hann, MIF, 5-7, 180, R-R, Hillfield Strath Allen College (Ontario, Canada)
He is considered one of the top player in Canada's class of 2012... Played on the 2010 through 2012 Canadian Junior National Team... Chose Mississippi State over numerous colleges, including Oklahoma State, Oregon, Florida State, East Carolina, Florida Atlantic and Florida International... Top Tools: Defense, Arm, Hitting for Average.

Player who signed with MSU but was drafted and signed with the team that drafted him

William DuPont (Drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 16th round of the 2012 MLB Draft and signed with them), INF, 6-0, 175, L-R, Lafayette High School (Wildwood, MO)
One of the top players in the state of Missouri... Recently ran a 6.4 60-yard dash at a Perfect Game Showcase... 2011 Stats - .528 BA, 6 HRs, 35 RBI, 41 RS, 9 2B, 2 3B, 25 SB... 2011 Honors - MO HS Baseball Coaches Association 4A 1st Team All-State, Co-Suburban West Player of the Year ... In addition to Mississippi State, he was also offered by Wichita State, Oklahoma State and Missouri as well as being recruited by Nebraska, TCU and Arizona... Top Tools: Speed, Hitting, Defense


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