2013 Gable Butler Update

Tishomingo County (Iuka, MS) High School outfielder Gable Butler, a member of the class of 2013, has seen his game really pick up this season after starting as a freshman during the 2010 season.

Butler, after the first eight games of this season, is hitting .552 with 5 doubles and 2 home runs and 14 RBI. He set a school record with 9 RBI against Biggersville March 11th in a game where he had a 2-run double, a 3-run home run and a grand slam.

In his game against Belmont High School this past Friday night he hit the ball hard every time at bat, including a couple of hits and a line drive out to the third baseman.

Butler, who is quietly confident when he speaks to you, explained what his strengths are as a ball player.

"I'm fast and have pretty quick hands," said the 5-10, 155-pounder. "I run the forty (yard dash) in 4.6 (seconds). I can hit the ball real good. And I'm a pretty good (defensive) outfield. I just go out and do what I have to do to help my team."

You might think a baseball player from a small 4A school in the northeast corner of Mississippi would not receive the attention players from other parts of the state receive. Not so in the case of this hard-hitting youngster. One of the top travel team baseball programs in the southeast already has him on their roster.

"This coming season will be my second year to play for Dulins Dodgers," said Gable. "I play for the 16 and under team."

Also taking notice of him is a college from one of the top baseball conferences in the nation, the Southeastern Conference's Mississippi State Bulldogs.

"I have been talking to Mississippi State a little bit," said Gable. "I went to their (baseball) camps."

The Bulldog coaches, while he was at their camp, talked to him about some things they like about his game.

"They told me that I have good, quick hands and that I hit the ball real good," said Gable. "It's something they said they haven't seen from many people my age."

While the MSU coaches liked what they have seen from this very talented youngster, it appears that feeling is mutual.

"I have liked Mississippi State pretty much all my life," said Gable.

Look for additional updates on this very talented sophomore in the months ahead.

Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the GenesPage.com website, the source for Mississippi State sports on Scout.com sports network. You can contact him by emailing swindoll@genespage.com.

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