Baseball Roster Update

The Arkansas State Red Wolves baseball roster for 2014 is in the final stages.

In recent weeks, ASU has received commitments from Crowder (Kan.) Community College pitcher Cody Jackson, Northeast Mississippi CC pitcher Tanner Gaines, Walnut Ridge standout Eric Wilcoxson, Garden City (Kan.) CC pitcher Ryan Kibler, who is from Valley View, former Little Rock Central two-way standout Kevin Garner, and infielder Luke Feddersen from Crowley (Kan.) CC.

Jackson is a 6-foot-4, 210-pound hard-throwing right-handerfrom Royal Lake Hamilton, He was was shut down on April 13 but compiled some impressive numbers to that point. He is considered a back-of-the-bullpen player. In 14.2 innings, he was 4-0 with 1 save and an ERA of 0.61. He allowed 1 run, two walks, 11 hits and struck out 20.

The right-handed Gaines, 6-0, 172, pitched his first two seasons at Mississippi State. Last season he was at Northeast Mississippi, where he was 7-3 with a 1.96 ERA. The right-hander had 50 Ks in 64.1 innings and allowed 55 hits. He sat out 2011 as a redshirt and in 2012 posted a 1-0 record with a 1.08 earn run average. In 8.1 innings, he allowed one run, and had eight strike outs.

Kibler is a 5-foot-9 right-hander pitcher who led GCCC with seven saves and a 2.89 earned run average. He was 1-4 on the season.

In his freshman season, Kibler was 4-0 with two saves and a 1.78 ERA.

Garner is a left-handed pitcher/outfielder.

"In my opinion, possibly the most overlooked player in the state. He has great raw tools,'' said former Central coach Ronnie Goodwin, who played at Ole Miss. "He went to the Area Code games last summer and had some Division I schools calling and again after Perfect Game when he ran a 6.9 60.

"He has a strong arm, has great power to the opposite field. He has a lot of room to grow. He just needs at bats and he will probably get more next fall than he got for us in high school.

"He was our No. 3 pitcher. He had a game against Van Buren where he gave up two hits and had 16 strikeouts. He has been hitting 88 this summer. He did not throw that for us. But he was the kind of guy who could carry a high school team."

Feddersen is a 5-9, 170-pounder middle infielder who played at Crowley (Kan.) Community College. From Conroe, Texas, Feddersen batted .379 with 40 RBIs, 49 runs and 16 stolen bases.

Walnut Ridge's Eric Wilcoxson signed with 3 Rivers (Mo.) CC but changed his mind in recent weeks and will now attend Arkansas State. A participant in the AHSCA All-Star game with other ASU newcomers Tyler Zuber, Coulton Lee, Bryan Ayers and Dylan Howell, Wilcoxson hit .480 his senior season and stole 26 bases. As a junior he batted .266 with 27 stolen bases

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