CLASS OF 2011 MSU BASEBALL SIGNEES AND WALKONS(12)
Name Pos. Ht. Wt. B-T Hometown (high school)
Nic Ammirati C 5-10 185 S-R Panola (Community) College (Carthage, TX)
Played his high school ball for Seton Hall Prep (Sparta, NJ) where he was a three-year starter ... Drafted in the 46th round by the Florida Marlins out of high school ... Originally signed with Seton Hall before transferring to Panola College after his freshman season ... Hit .217 and .280 during his two years at Panola College.
HIGH SCHOOL/PERSONAL: Played three seasons under the tutelage of Mike Sheppard, Jr ... Drafted in the 46th round by the Florida Marlins in the 2009 MLB First Year Player Draft ... Was a two-time First Team All-County honoree while also earning First Team All-Non Public, First Team All-Conference, First Team All-Area, and Second Team All-State senior year ... Won the County, Conference, State, and National Championships sophomore year while catching former teammate and current Detroit Tiger pitcher Rick Porcello ... Was a high school teammate of current Pirates Jake Porcello, and Henry Warner ... Communications major ... Born July 31, 1991.
Matthew Britton SS 6-1 185 L-R Cullman, Ala. (Cullman HS)
HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year starter and four-time letter-winner at Cullman high School ... Anchored the CHS defense at shortstop for coach Brent Patterson ... Hit .317 as a starter in all 46 games, collecting 45 hits with 30 RBI and 14 extra-base hits ... Belted seven home runs and was success on 19 of 20 stolen base attempts ... Tabbed for the 2010 North-South All-Star Game ... Earned first-team all-state honors as a sophomore, leading the Bearcats with 65 hits and a .389 batting average while belting 25 extra-base hits ... Scored Cullman's state championship-clinching winning run in 2008 ... Also a four-year standout as a defensive back for the Bearcats' football team ... Member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
PERSONAL: Born Matthew Bryan Britton on May 13, 1993 - Son of Patricia and Mark Britton of Cullman, Ala.
Phillip Casey SS/2B 6-1 170 L-R Sugar Land, Texas (Clements HS)
HIGH SCHOOL: Two-year starting shortstop and leadoff hitter at Clements High School ... Played for coach Israel DeLosSantos ... Hit .366 with 37 hits, 22 RBI and 13 extra-base hits, including five home runs ... Helped the CHS Rangers post a 32-8 record, win area and region titles and earn a berth in the state semi-finals ... Also pilfered 23 bases in 28 attempts ... Second-team Texas Sportswriter's Association All-State selection as a shortstop ... Also tabbed for second-team all-district honors ... Chosen to play in the Houston Area Baseball Coaches Association (HABCA) All-Star Game ... Earned second-team All- District 23-5A and district newcomer of the year honors as a sophomore in 2009 ... Hit a career-best .426 with 23 hits and 16 stolen bases in 18 attempts ... Member of the DECA Club and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes ... Played summer league baseball the past three summers with the Columbia Angels, coached by Mark Machales, Ronnie Thames and Ricky Watkins.
PERSONAL: Born Phillip Casey on October 31, 1992 in Houston, Texas - Son of Melissa and Jim Casey of Sugar Land, Texas.
Will Cox RHP 6-3 210 R-R Amory, Miss. (Amory HS)
HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year regular at Amory High School playing for coach Chad Williams - Starred on the Panther team that advanced to the 2010 4A state championship series ... Compiled a 13-1 record with a save and a miniscule 0.72 earned run average en route to all-state, all-division and Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal Player of the Year honors .. Registered 142 strikeouts in 96.2 innings of mound work ... Also paced the Panthers at the plate with a .435 batting average, five home runs and 35 RBI.
PERSONAL: Born William G. Cox on November 1, 1992 in Amory, Miss. - Son of Christine and Kenny Cox of Amory, Miss.
Trevor Fitts RHP 6-2 205 R-R Helena, Ala. (Pelham HS)
HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year starting pitcher at Pelham High School ... Coached by Jeff Mauldin ... Earned first-team Louisville Slugger High School All-American and Alabama Baseball Coaches Association Pitcher of the Year honors as a junior in 2010 ... Compiled a 14-0 worksheet with three saves, a state-record seven shutouts and an 0.91 earned run average in helping the PHS Panthers post a 39-6 record ... Recorded 151 strikeouts while walking just 19 batters in 92 innings of mound duty ... Set school single-season records for appearances (18), wins (14), strikeouts (151) and shutouts (7) and with a senior season remaining has established school career marks for wins (25), strikeouts (282) and shutouts (9) ... Honored as the Birmingham News Player of the Year, an Alabama Super All-State Pitcher, the Alabama 6A Pitcher of the Year, the Shelby County Player of the Year ... Tossed three one-hitters and four two-hitters and reached double figures in strikeouts eight times ... Held opponents to .146 hitting ... Runner up to 2009 MSU signee Daryl Norris as the 2010 Alabama Sports Writers Association Mr. Baseball ... Honorable mention All-Shelby County selection as both a freshman (6-0, 1 save, 1.71 ERA) and sophomore (5-2, 2 saves, 2.37 ERA ... Member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Leaders of Life, a D.A.R.E. role model and a Wendy's Heisman Athlete of the Year at Pelham HS.
PERSONAL: Born Trevor Glen Fitts on November 4, 1992 in Birmingham, Ala. - Son of Angie and Danny Fitts of Helena, Ala.
Tyler Fullerton INF/OF 5-10 160 R-R Murfreesboro, Tenn. (Siegel HS)
HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year starter at Siegel High School ... Coached by Craig Reavis ... Starting centerfielder who also saw playing time as a middle infielder ... Led the 2010 SHS Stars at the plate as a junior with a .351 batting average, 40 hits, 17 doubles, six triples and four home runs ... Also placed his team with 21 stolen bases in 22 attempts ... Earned all-district and all-region honors and was tabbed the District 7-3A MVP ... Hit a team-leading .414 with 46 hits, 12 doubles and 17 stolen bases as a sophomore in 2009 ... Drove in 24 runs and totaled 21 extra-base hits ... Played summer league baseball with the Nashville Yankees, coached by Steve Ashcraft and Mike Allen, and the Murfreesboro Diamond Dawgs, coached by Terry Fawn and Mike Hill ... Also a two-year member of the SHS bowling team ... Member of the Beta Club and the Spanish Club.
PERSONAL: Born William Tyler Fullerton on February 4, 1993 in Antioch, Tenn. - Son of Lorie and Steve Fullerton of Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Jonathan Holder 1B/RHP 6-3 225 R-R Gulfport, Miss. (Gulfport HS)
HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year starting first baseman/pitcher at Gulfport High School ... Coached by Tim Dowdy ... Paced GHS with a .429 batting average, 40 hits, 43 RBI, 12 doubles and 10 home runs as a junior in 2010 ... Also compiled a 3-5 with a 2.62 ERA and a staff-best 51 strikeouts in 48 innings of mound duty ... Named to the Sun Herald All-South Mississippi team ... Two-time member of the District 8 baseball team in the State Games and was selected to play in the 2010 South Mississippi Futures Game ... Hit .313 and posted a career-best 7-3 record with a 2.26 ERA and a staff-leading 48 strikeouts in 68 innings pitched his sophomore season in 2009 ... Member of the Gulfport High School Key Club and an honor roll student ... Played summer league baseball with Marucci Elite, coached by Chad Raley, and the Gulf Coast Hurricanes, coached by Rick Caver.
PERSONAL: Born Jonathan Blake Holder on June 9, 1993 in Gulfport, Miss. - Son of Sindy and Herbie Holder.
Jacob Lindgren LHP 6-0 180 R-L Bay Saint Louis, Miss. (St. Stanislaus HS)
HIGH SCHOOL: Multi-sport standout and second-team all-state pitcher at St. Stanislaus High School ... Coached by Mark Logan ... Compiled a 6-2 record and a staff-leading 1.45 ERA as a junior on the Rockachaw's 2010 4A state championship team ... Registered 69 strikeouts in 43.1 innings and held opponents to a .141 batting average ... Also starred at the plate, hitting .407 with 33 hits, 12 extra-base hits, 30 RBI and a .505 on-base percentage and compiled a .991 fielding percentage ... Earned second-team all-state and all-district honors as a junior ... Also a four-year letter-winner in football, playing on the 2009 Rockachaw's 4A state championship team.
PERSONAL: Born Jacob Stephen Lindgren on March 12, 1993 in Biloxi, Miss. - Son of Jacqueline and Stephen Lindgren of Kiln, Miss.
Bret Marks RHP 6-3 185, R/R Blessed Trinity Catholic (Roswell, GA)
HIGH SCHOOL: Coached by Andy Harlin .... During his senior season Marks was 7-3 with a 2.90 ERA, striking out 67 in 58 innings while giving up 52 hits and walking just 14 ... Helped lead his team to a 24-10 overall record and the Class-AA semifinals ... During his junior season Marks was 9-1 with a 2.56 ERA ... Helped lead his team to a 24-11 overall record and the Class-AA semifinals.
Trey Porter 1B 6-2 210 L/L Mississippi Gulf Coast CC (Perkinston, MS)
JUNIOR COLLEGE: At MGCCC he was coached by former Mississippi State baseball player Gary Rath ... A 2011 NJCAA Second-Team All-American ... As a sophomore, Porter hit .434 for the Bulldogs in 2011 with nine home runs and 28 RBI ... His batting average and home run total were both ranked among the NJCAA'S top 30 ... He was a 2011 Region 23 All First-Team honoree and a member of the 2011 All MACJC First-Team ... In 2010, as a freshman, Porter batted .379 with nine home runs and 36 runs batted in for the MGCCC Bulldogs.
HIGH SCHOOL: Played his high school ball at East Central High School ... Helped East Central High School win the 4A state championship as a junior in 2008, then led the Hornets back to the state finals as a senior.
PERSONAL: Born on June 22, 1991 ... Son of Barbara and Mackie Porter ... Major: Engineering.
Mitchell Slauter C 6-1 195 R-R Kansas City, Kans. (Olathe North HS/Barton Co. [KN] CC)
JUNIOR COLLEGE: Starting catcher as a freshman in 2010 at Barton County (Kans.) Community College ... Coached by Mike Warren ... Drew starts in 49 of 50 games played, hitting .343 with 58 hits and a team-leading eight home runs and 47 RBI ... Also collected 12 doubles and four triples ... Posted a team-best .604 slugging percentage and a .459 on-base percentage ... Threw out 14 base-runners in 2010 ... Second-team All-Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference selection as a catcher.
HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year veteran and three-year starter as a catcher and infielder at Olathe North High School ... Coached by Jason Herman ... Hit .333 with two home runs and led the Eagles with 16 RBI ... Named to the All-Olathe Baseball Team and second-teamer on MaxPrep's All-Sunflower team.
PERSONAL: Born Mitchell Slauter on May 10, 1991 in Grand Rapids, Mich. - Son of Tresa and Darryl of Kansas City, Mo.
Brandon Woodruff OF 6-4 220 L-R Wheeler, Miss. (Wheeler HS)
HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year starter as an outfielder/pitcher at Wheeler High School ... Played for coach John David Horn ... Left-handed hitter with a team-best .534 batting average ... Also paced the Eagles with 31 hits, 21 RBI and 16 extra-base hits, including five home runs ... Recipient of 21 intentional walks, tops in the state ... Also compiled a 5-3 pitching mark as a junior with 10 saves, a 2.98 earned run average and 100 strikeouts in 49.1 innings pitched ... Enjoyed a career-best sophomore campaign in 2009, hitting .565 with 31 RBI, nine home runs, a 3-3 record with a 1.20 ERA and 46 strikeouts in 18 innings of pitching ... 30 stolen bases, 15 home runs and 101 RBI in four seasons at WHS ... Four-year letterman and first-team all-division selection in basketball and a three-year letterman and first-team all-division honors and a quarterback ... Member of the FFA, the Beta Club, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Wheeler HS's Higher Flight Chorus ... Played summer league baseball for two seasons with the Booneville Braves, coached by Shane Sanderson, and in 2010 with the Tupelo 49ers, coached by Kirk Presley.
PERSONAL: Born Brandon Kyle Woodruff on February 1, 1993 in Tupelo, Miss. - Son of Belinda and Richard Woodruff of Wheeler, Miss.
Nick Flair 3B 6-3 180 R-R Belle Chase, LA (Belle Chase HS)
HIGH SCHOOL: A four-year starter and three-time all-district performer at Belle Chasse, starring at shortstop in 2011 while helping lead the Cardinals to a 23-6 record and a third consecutive district championship... Hit .421 with six home runs en route to first-team Louisiana All-State honors as a junior in 2010... A consensus prep all-American and honored as New Orleans' metro player of the year following his senior campaign at Belle Chasse High School... He ranked second in the state with a .619 batting average in 2011, leading coach Nathan Stockman's BCHS Cardinals with 60 hits, 62 RBI, 18 doubles, 33 extra-base hits and a 1.237 slugging percentage... He also belted 12 home runs, legged out three triples and registered 13 stolen bases...The Pittsburgh Pirates selected the 6-3, 180-pound, right-handed hitting Flair in the 26th round in Major League Baseball's 2011 First-Year Player Draft in June.
PERSONAL: Son of Lisa and Gus Flair of Belle Chase, La. His grandfather, the late Al Flair, played professional baseball with the New Orleans Pelicans and later with the Boston Red Sox.
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