EMCC FR RHP Ryan Rigby Talks MSU Commitment

East Mississippi Community College freshman righthand pitcher Ryan Rigby talks one-on-one with GenesPage.com about his commitment to Mississippi State.

  • Name: Ryan Rigby
  • Classification: Freshman
  • Position: Righthand Pitcher
  • Ht: Wt: 6-foot-1, 185
  • Bats-Throws: R-R
  • Community College: East Mississippi Community College
  • High School: Kosciusko (MS) High School
  • Schools of Interest: Signed With Mississippi State over interest from Florida State, Ole Miss, Southern Miss and Vanderbilt

    "I committed to Mississippi State Monday morning (April 20th)," said Rigby.

    Despite being heavily recruited by several colleges, it was an easy decision for the talented righty.

    "I was thinking about going on all of the other visits but (Mississippi) State had always been my dream school and I wanted to go there," said Rigby. "Mississippi State had always been my dream school since I was in high school, so, I decided to go ahead and commit. I was pretty pumped (when they started recruiting me)."

    He named off the other schools that he was going to visit.

    "Vanderbilt, Ole Miss and Southern Miss were the other schools that I was going to visit," said Rigby, who, according to his head coach Chris Rose, was also being recruited by Florida State, although no visit had been scheduled.

    He pointed out what Mississippi State pitching coach Butch Thompson liked about him.

    "Coach Thompson said he likes me because I am a little different," said Rigby. "I guess I am different because I throw sidearm, plus my velocity (87-89, 90 miles per hour). I am also athletic and field my own position. That was pretty much what he said."

    According to Rigby, Thompson already has an idea where he will fit on the MSU staff next season.

    "Coach Thompson said I would be a reliever, a closer," said Rigby.

    Considering his success in that role at EMCC this season, that is not surprising. He has an ERA of 1.80, a 2-1 record with 5 saves and has only allowed 8 hits in 20 innings. He has not allowed a flyball out in his 20 innings of work.

    Rigby believes throwing sidearm 100% of the time is the reason for his success.

    "In high school I was pretty much throwing from two angles, from over the top and sidearm," said Rigby. "I would throw sidearm ever now and then to get a strikeout or a ground ball. I threw 87 to 88 (miles per hour) in high school but that was from over the top. When I got (to East Mississippi Community College) the pitching coach and I got to talking and he said I should stick to sidearm and being a closer. I figured I would have some success but not like this. And I never thought I would be throwing completely from sidearm."

    Although only a freshman, Rigby will be transferring to Mississippi State after the end of his spring season at EMCC and attending MSU beginning in the fall.

    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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