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Forrest City standout and University of Arkansas pitching signee Barrett Astin (6-1, 185), who fanned 130 batters in 66 innings as a senior, will be one of the stars on display Tuesday night at the Arkansas Coaches Association All-Star Games at Baum Stadium.

There is very little doubt that Forrest City standout and University of Arkansas baseball signee Barrett Astin will get into one if not both of tonight's games at Baum Stadium.

But Astin (6-1, 185) not only has his eyes on helping his East team win the Arkansas High School Coaches Association All-Star contests, but also stepping on the mound next season for the Razorbacks as a true freshman.

"I just want some innings once I get to Arkansas," Astin said. "That's all I ask. I am pretty confident I will, but I am looking forward to being a starter. That's my goal."

Astin is coming off a high school season where he was 6-3 with a 1.13 ERA. He had 130 strikeouts in just 66 innings.

"I topped out at 94 and I am consistent at 90 to 92," Astin said. "I am working on my change up right now. I feel like all of my other pitches are pretty good. But if I can get the change-up over like I want to, I feel like I can be a starter."

He will be on the field tonight with fellow Arkansas signees Brandon Moore of Van Buren, Springdale Har-Ber's Houston Pruitt and Bryant's Ben Wells.

The first two will be his roommates this fall at the UA.

"The (Razorback) team this year showed a lot of heart and I want to keep that going next year with the freshman class coming in," Astin said. "I have talked to a lot of guys and we want to kind of take control because we lost a lot of guys in the draft. We want to step up and continue the decision."

They'll first have the chance for one more night to compete as prepsters.

"I'm really excited to be on the field one more time with a lot of the high school players that I played against in-state," Astin said. "I am really looking forward to it."

Astin was recruited by several SEC teams, but decided there was no real good reason to leave the state.

"It was kind of an easy decision because I always wanted to be a Razorback," Astin said. "But LSU and Ole Miss were up there pretty high on the list. But with the coaching staff we have at Arkansas and the winning tradition, that made it an easy decision."

Arkansas has mine Forrest City lately with Marcus Britt on the basketball team and 2011 football prospect Davyon McKinney recently committing to the football program.

"We had a Razorback rally this winter and I think we had the biggest crowd of all the Razorback rallies," Astin said. "We have a lot of Arkansas supporters and alums and they love coming up and watching games. It is a great place to grow up a Razorback fan."

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