Name: Wes Stokes
Junior College: Meridian (MS) Community College
HT: 6-3, WT: 220
School Of Interest: Committed to Mississippi State
"I told (assistant) Coach (Lane) Burroughs (that I was committing)," said Wes. "He said how excited he was and that he looked forward to getting me up there."
Wes explained why he decided to play baseball for the Bulldogs next season.
"I thought it would be the perfect fit for me personally," said the 6-3, 220-pounder. "Both of my parents went there. Pretty much everybody in my family went there. I have been a fan of MSU baseball all my life. So I thought it would be a great place for me to be."
His current coach, MCC head coach Chris Curry, believes Mississippi State got a steal.
"He is going to walk on and it is a heck of a steal for them," said Curry. "I think last year he took official visits to State and Alabama but neither one of them offered. But he is a State guy and he wanted to go to State because he is a Bulldog at heart and he wanted to pitch in the SEC. They didn't have any athletic money left (this year) because they had given it out or offered it (to prospects) but he is an outstanding academic guy. He has earned a lot of academic money through his grades. And they worked it out so he can come (on academic scholarships)."
Wes talked about what the MSU coaches like about him as a pitcher.
"They said that they like that I'm a hard worker and that I have experience pitching (on the college level)," said the youngster. "They just thought that I could help them out a lot next year. They told me that I would have to come in and earn my spot. They said everything I do next year will be up to how I perform in the fall."
Curry talked in detail about the type pitcher Wes is.
"He looks like an SEC pitcher right now (because) he's a big righthanded horse (on the mound) with classic arm action downhill," said Curry.
Curry explained how well Wes has progressed this season.
"The reason he has gotten better this year is because he has developed a sharper curveball and a changeup," said the coach. "He has become a three-pitch guy now. His curve is more of a slurve. His changeup has earned him a lot of success this year.
"Coming out of high school he tried to overthrow. When he got to our campus he was throwing up to 94 (milers per hour), but the problem was he couldn't command it as well. His pitch counts would get up high and we would have to pull him out in the 4th or 5th inning. Now he's turned it down a notch so he can locate (his pitches). His velocity is still 88 to 90."
For MCC this season, Wes is currently 3-0 with a 2.90 earned run average. In 49.2 innings he has given up 49 hits, walked 13 while striking out 31.
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