Fast-rising Pine Bluff right-hander Jaylon Deshazier has committed to Tommy Raffo’s Arkansas State Red Wolves.
Mainly a starting pitcher, Deshazier also plays infield for the Zebras.
“I really like playing both,’’ he said. “I was a utility player but mainly played shortstop. I like to hit. Arkansas State talked to me about being a dual player.”
But it has been on the mound where Deshazier (6 foot, 2.5 inches, 185 pounds) has made big strides.
“My goal was the get into the top 10 in the state,’’ he said. “I set that as a goal.”
Not only did Deshazier land in the state’s top 10 -- he’s No. 6 in Prep Baseball Report-Arkansas’ ranking -- he landed at No. 292 for all high school players in the country by Prep Baseball Report.
“That was nice,’’ he said. “I was pretty excited.
It was also the first summer for Deshazier, who played Babe Ruth baseball in Pine Bluff, to play showcase ball. He was a member of the Extra Innings Sticks.
A power arm, he hit 88 miles per hour several times this summer. He also throws a curveball and a change up.
“I’ve been up to Arkansas State several times; we’ve played several tournaments up there and I really liked the field, the coaches and the town.”
Deshazier joins outfielder Pierce Mitchum (Heber Springs), RHP Hot Springs’ Korey Wasson, Genoa Central’s RHP/OF Tyler Moreland, catcher Armorel’s Andrew Lannon, Canadian infielder Andrew Leggo, California infielder Jacob Jablonski, St. Louis RHP Noah Stone and Jackson, Tenn. RHP Carter Holt as the Red Wolves’ 2017 recruiting class.
National signing period begins on Nov. 9.