MSU Baseball Class of 2015

Class of 2015 Mississippi State University baseball signees and invited walk-ons.

MSU BASEBALL CLASS OF 2015

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. B-T High School

Luke Alexander, SS/RHP, 6-foot-0, 175, S-R, Belmont (MS) High School
Projects as a 9.5 on a scale of 1-10 by Perfect Game, which means he is considered a highest to elite level college prospect and a 5th to 10th round MLB draft pick ... Selected to the 2014 National Showcase Rawlings Top Prospect Teams ... During the 2015 season he hit .505 with 4 home runs and 25 RBI. During the 2014 season he hit .362 with 3 home runs and 15 RBI ... Made the 2010 USA 14U National Baseball team as a 13-year-old... A 2015 Perfect Game Preseason Senior High Honorable Mention All-American. A 2014 and 2013 Perfect Game Underclass All American High Honorable Mention selection ... Chose Mississippi State over interest from LSU and Ole Miss.

Keegan James, RHP, 6-foot-3, 205, R-R, Desoto Central (MS) High School
Projects as a 9.5 on a scale of 1-10 by Perfect Game, which means he is considered as a highest to elite level college prospect and a 5th to 10th round MLB draft pick ... Selected to the 2014 National Showcase Rawlings Top Prospect Teams ... During the 2015 season he was 7-2 with a 0.91 ERA. He struck out 54 in 61.1 innings. He had a 6-2 record with a 2.26 ERA during the 2014 season. He struck out 33 in 49.2 innings ... During 2013, he was 1-1 with a 4.52 ERA ... A 2015 Perfect Game Preseason Senior High Honorable Mention All-American. He was a 2014 and 2013 Perfect Game Underclass All American High Honorable Mention selection ... Chose Mississippi State over interest from Georgia, LSU, Memphis and Ole Miss.

Austin Riley, 3B/RHP, 6-foot-3, 225, R-R, Desoto Central (MS) High School
Projects as a 10 on a scale of 1-10 by Perfect Game, which means he is considered an elite college prospect and a possible early round draft pick in the MLB draft ... Selected to the 2014 National Showcase Rawlings Top Prospect Teams ... A 2015 Louisville Slugger High School Baseball Preseason All-American 1st Team selection. A 2015 Perfect Game Preseason Senior 2nd Team All-American. A 2014 Perfect Game Underclass 1st Team All-American, a 2013 Perfect Game Underclass All American High Honorable Mention selection. He was chosen to the MaxPreps 2013 Baseball Underclass All-American Team, one of 30 sophomores to make the team. He also played in the 2014 Under Armour All-America Baseball Game, which was played August 16, 2014 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL ... As a senior (2015 season) he hit .439 with 11 home runs and 31 RBI. On the mound he was 7-2 with a 2.70 ERA. Hit .465 with 9 home runs and 35 RBI in the 2014 season. On the mound he was 8-3, with a 1.51 ERA. He struck out 79 in 60.1 innings. During the 2013 high school season, he hit .434 with 7 home runs and 42 RBI. As a pitcher, he was 10-1 with a 0.51 ERA and 78 strikeouts ... Chose Mississippi State over interest from LSU and Ole Miss.

Hunter Stovall, Catcher/MIF, 5-foot-10, 170, R-R, Pelham (AL) High School
Chosen the 2014-2015 Gatorade Alabama Baseball Player of the Year ... Projects as a 9.5 on a scale of 1-10 by Perfect Game, which means he is considered a highest to elite level college prospect and a 5th to 10th round MLB draft pick ... Selected to the 2014 National Showcase Rawlings Top Prospect Teams ... He was chosen to the MaxPreps 2013 Baseball Underclass All-American Team, one of 30 sophomores to make the team ... He was also selected to the Alabama Sports Writers Association Class 6A All-State Team and was also selected the Birmingham News All-Shelby Player of the Year ... During the 2015 season he hit .441 with 10 home runs and 56 RBI while stealing 24 bases. In 2014 he hit .357 with 3 home runs and 27 RBI. For the 2013 season, he hit .339 with 3 home runs, 16 stolen bases and knocked in 23 RBI ... He was a 2015 Perfect Game Preseason Senior High Honorable Mention All-American. He was also a 2013 Perfect Game Underclass All American High Honorable Mention selection ... Chose Mississippi State over an offer from Auburn and interest from Alabama, LSU and South Carolina.

Jake Mangum, LHP/OF, 6-foot-0, 175, S-L, Jackson Prep (MS)
His honors include being selected a 2015 Louisville Slugger High School Baseball Preseason All-American 1st Team selection, a 2015 Perfect Game Preseason Senior High Honorable Mention All-American. a 2014 Underclass All-American Team as a High Honorable Mention selection and to the 2013 Perfect Game Underclass All-American Team as an honorable mention selection. He was also named to the Perfect Game 2013 World Wood Bat Association 16U National Championship All-Tournament team after batting .522 in the event... As a senior, he batted .504 with 2 home runs and 41 RBI. On the mound he was 8-0 with 4 saves and a 1.48 ERA. During his junior season (2014) he hit .457 with 1 home run and 17 RBI. He was 16 of 16 in stolen base attempts. On the mound he was 4-1 with 1 save and a 2.25 ERA. He struck out 36 in 18.2 innings ... As a sophomore, he hit .414 with with 37 RBI, 6 doubles, 4 triples and 1 home run. He also stole 20 bases. Pitching-wise, he was 5-0 with a 1.83 ERA and struck out 50 hitters in 30.2 innings ... Plays for one of the elite travel teams, the Dulin Dodgers ... Chose Mississippi State over offers from Alabama, Auburn and Ole Miss.

Noah Hughes, RHP, 6-foot-2, 170, R-R, Jackson Prep (MS)
A 2015 Louisville Slugger High School Baseball Preseason All-American 1st Team selection. A 2015 Perfect Game Preseason Senior High Honorable Mention All-American. He was selected to the 2014 Underclass All-American Team as a High Honorable Mention selection and to the 2013 Perfect Game Underclass All-American Team as an Honorable Mention selection ... As a senior he was 12-0 with a 1.38 ERA. He struck out 112 in 76 innings. During the 2014 season he was 11-1 with an ERA of 1.21. He struck out 101 batters in 75.1 innings ... As a sophomore (2013 season), he was 11-0 with a 2.45 ERA and struck out 76 hitters in 68.2 innings ... Plays for one of the elite travel teams, the Dulin Dodgers ... Chose Mississippi State over offers from Auburn and Ole Miss.

Brant Blaylock, OF, 6-foot-2, 195, R-R, Desoto Central (MS) High School
A 2015 Perfect Game Preseason Senior High Honorable Mention All-American. Also selected to the 2014 Perfect Game Underclassmen Preseason All-American Team as an Honorable Mention selection ... During his senior season he hit .349 with 2 home runs and 16 RBI. He was injured for a third of the season. As a junior, he hit .372 with 2 home runs and 28 RBI ... Plays for one of the elite travel teams, the Dulin Dodgers ... Chose Mississippi State over interest from Ole Miss, Southern Miss and Memphis.

Jared Padgett, LHP, 6-foot-4, 200, L-L, Graceville (FL) High School
One of the top players in the class of 2015, he was selected to the 2015 Perfect Game Preseason Senior High Honorable Mention All-American team as well as to the 2014 Perfect Game Underclassmen All-American Team as an Honorable Mention selection. He also competed in the 2014 Under Armour All-America Preseason Tournament in Tucson, AZ in January, 2014 ... Projects as a high draft pick, possibly in the 3rd to 6th round of the MLB draft ... During his junior season, he was 7-5 with a 0.91 ERA and struck out 157 in 76 innings. .As a junior, he struck out 115 batters in 51 innings ... He chose Mississippi State over offers from Florida, Florida State and South Carolina.

Kale Breaux, LHP, 6-foot-0, 170, S-L, Sulphur (AL) High School
Chosen the 2014-2015 Gatorade Louisiana Baseball Player of the Year ... Chosen to the 18U USA National Team, one of just 20 players nation-wide selected to the team. They won a gold medal at the 2014 COPABE Pan American Championship, going 12-0 during the championship ... A 2015 Perfect Game Preseason Senior High Honorable Mention All-American. Also a 2014 Perfect Game Underclass All American High Honorable Mention selection ... During his senior season he was 9-0 with a 0.12 ERA and struck out 99 in 56 innings. As a junior, he was 9-3 with a 0.67 ERA and struck out 114 in 73 innings. During his freshman and sophomore years, he was a combined 11-8 with 182 strikeouts in 102.1 innings ... Chose Mississippi State over an offer from LSU and interest from Houston, Ole Miss, Rice, TCU, Tulane.

Konnor Pilkington, LHP, 6-foot-3, 215, L-L, East Central (MS) HIgh School
A 2015 Perfect Game Preseason Senior High Honorable Mention All-American. A member of the 2014 Perfect Game Underclass All-American team as an Honorable Mention selection ... A first-team all-state pick as junior ... Rated an 8 by Perfect Game, which means he is a possible draft pick and an excellent college prospect ... As a senior, he was 8-2 with a 1.50 ERA. He struck out 107 in 65.1 innings. Recorded a 9-2 record with a 1.01 ERA and 104 strikeouts in 62.2 innings during the 2014 season. Chose Mississippi State over interest from Ole Miss, Southern Miss, South Alabama, Samford, and Southeastern Louisiana.

Parker Ford, RHP, 6-foot-3, 210, R-R, Lufkin (TX) High School
Projects as a 10 on a scale of 1-10 by Perfect Game, which means he is considered an elite college prospect and a possible early round draft pick in the MLB draft ... Fastball velo is consistently 89-94, tops 94 ... A 2015 Perfect Game Preseason Senior 2nd Team All-American. Selected to the 2014 National Showcase Rawlings Top Prospect Teams ... Ranked 53rd by Perfect Game in the 2015 class ... Chose Mississippi State over offers from Ole Miss, Texas A&M, Florida State, Arkansas, Oklahoma State, Duke, Oklahoma, the University of Houston, FAU, the University of Louisiana-Monroe.

Ryan Cyr, RHP, 6-foot-3, 200, R-R, Blue Valley (KS) High School
A 2015 Perfect Game Preseason Senior High Honorable Mention All-American. A 2014 Perfect Game Underclass All American Honorable Mention selection ... During his senior season he was 4-2 with a 0.66 ERA. In 42.2 innings he struck out 64. His fastball velo during the season averages 89 mph with a top of 92. During the 2014 season he was 5-2 with 2 saves and a 1.46 ERA. Helped his team win the 2014 Kansas 6A baseball championship against Maize with his second save of the season ... Chose Mississippi State over offers from Kansas State and Pittsburgh and interest from Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma.

Elih Marrero, C, 5-foot-9, 190, S-R, Coral Gables (FL) High School
Projects as a 10 on a scale of 1-10 by Perfect Game, which means he is considered an elite college prospect and a possible early round draft pick in the MLB draft ... Selected to the 2014 National Showcase Rawlings Top Prospect Teams ... Chosen to the 18U USA National Team, one of just 20 players nation-wide selected to the team ... A 2015 Perfect Game Preseason Senior 2nd Team All-American. Selected to the Perfect Game 2014, 2013 and 2012 Underclass All-American team as an Honorable Mention selection ... During the 2014 season batted .424 with 2 home runs and 20 RBI ... Chose Mississippi State over offers from Miami, FAU, FIU and USF,

Greg Pickett, OF, 6-foot-4, 220, L-R, Legend (CO) High School
Projects as a 10 on a scale of 1-10 by Perfect Game, which means he is considered an elite college prospect and a possible early round draft pick in the MLB draft ... Selected to the 2014 National Showcase Rawlings Top Prospect Teams ... A 2015 Louisville Slugger High School Baseball Preseason All-American 1st Team selection. A 2015 Perfect Game Preseason Senior 1st Team All-American. A 2014 Perfect Game Preseason Underclass 1st Team All-American ... As a junior he hit .389 with 5 home runs and 19 RBI ... Chose Mississippi State over his other finalists UC Santa Barbara, the University of Arizona and the University of South Florida,

Delvin Zinn, MIF, 5-foot-11, 170, R-R, Pontotoc (MS) High School
As a junior he hit .346 with 0 home runs and 17 RBI ... A 2015 Perfect Game Preseason Senior High Honorable Mention All-American ... Chose Mississippi State over offers from Ole Miss, Southern Miss and Pittsburgh.

Trysten Barlow, LHP, 6-foot-3, 200, L-L, Dyer County (TN) High School
A 2015 Louisville Slugger High School Baseball Preseason All-American 1st Team selection. A 2015 Perfect Game Preseason Senior High Honorable Mention All-American. Selected as a 2014 and 2013 Perfect Game Underclass All-American as a High Honorable Mention selection ... Chose Mississippi State over offers from Ole Miss and Alabama and interest from Coastal Carolina, Kentucky, LSU, Missouri and South Carolina.

Gray Fenter, RHP, 6-foot-1, 200, R-R, West Memphis (AR) High School
Projects as a 10 on a scale of 1-10 by Perfect Game, which means he is considered an elite college prospect and a possible early round draft pick in the MLB draft ... His fastball velo is in the mid to upper 90s, topping out at 98 ... Selected to the 2014 National Showcase Rawlings Top Prospect Teams ... A 2015 Perfect Game Preseason Senior 2nd Team All-American. A 2014 Perfect Game Underclass 1st Team All-American. A 2013 Perfect Game Underclass High Honorable Mention selection ... Selected to the 18U USA National Team, one of just 20 players nation-wide selected to the team ... He also played in the 2014 Under Armour All-America Baseball Game, which was played August 16, 2014 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL ... Chose Mississippi State over offers from numerous school.

Ethan Small, LHP, 6-foot-3, 180, Lexington (TN) High School
During his senior season he was 3-2 with a 1.35 ERA. He struck out 99 in 53.2 innings. As a junior, he was 4-2 with a 0.65 ERA. Struck out 80 in 43 innings while giving up 28 hits and walking 15 ... During the late October 2014 Perfect Game WWBA World Championship, he consistently threw his fastball 87-92, topping out at 93 miles per hour. Has hit 94 mph during his 2015 senior season ... A 2015 Perfect Game Preseason Senior 2nd Team All-American. A member of the 2014 Underclass All-American Team as a High Honorable Mention and also the 2013 Underclass All-American Team as a Honorable Mention.

Alex London, LHP, 6-foot-1, 175, L-L, Northridge (AL) High School
As a senior, he was 3-1 with 72 strikeouts in 41 innings. He battled tendinitis in his right elbow during the early portion of his senior year ... Throws his fastball in the mid-80s, topping out at 87 mph ... He is a 2015 Perfect Game Honorable Mention All-American Southeast - All Region 2nd Team ... Chose Mississippi State over Alabama.

Ryan Rigby, RHP, 6-foot-1, 185, R-R, East Mississippi Community College via Kosciusko (MS) High School
As a freshman at EMCC, he was 3-1 with 5 saves and a 0.90 ERA. EMCC's closer this season, he threw 30 innings in 17 games, allowing 13 hits and 16 walks while striking out 24. Teams hit .138 against him. He only allowed 5 flyball outs during his 30 innings of work ... He was chosen to the MACJC's 24-man All-State First Team ... Chose Mississippi State over interest from Florida State, Ole Miss, Southern Miss and Vanderbilt.

Nate Lowe, 1B, 6-foot-4, 235, L-R, St. John's River State College in Mercer, FL via Pope (Marietta, GA) High School
Hit .372 with 17 home runs and knocked in 53 RBI as a sophomore at SJRSC ... He was chosen the Mid-Florida Conference Player of the Year, First-Team All-State JUCO in Florida, Florida JUCO Player of the Year and First-Team JUCO All American ... The 2013 5A State Player of the Year in Georgia ... Chose Mississippi State over Indiana, South Carolina, Florida State, South Florida and Central Florida.

Tanner Poole, OF, 6-foot-4, 190, R-R, Itawamba Community College via Amory (MS) HIgh School
After hitting .378 with 6 home runs and 39 RBI as well as stealing 26 bases, he was selected to the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) All-State team and earned National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-Region 23 honors.

Blake Smith, RHP, 6-foot, 195, R-R, Shelton State Community College via Fort Payne, AL
This past season Smith was 1-1 with 4 saves and a 1.69 ERA while striking out 31, in 32 innings of work. He allowed 16 hits and walked 6.

Jacob Barfield, INF, 6-foot, 215, R-R Wharton County (TX) Junior College via Pearland (TX) High School
As a freshman this past season, Barfield hit .400 with 11 home runs and 42 RBI in 37 games before breaking the hamate bone in his left hand ... His uncle is former MLB great Jessie Barfield.


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