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Greenbrier (AR) High School class of 2017 left-handed pitcher Hunter Milligan, a MSU commitment, played on Dudy Noble Field Saturday

Greenbrier (AR) High School class of 2017 left-handed pitcher Hunter Milligan, a Mississippi State commitment, played on Dudy Noble Field Saturday.

  • Name: Hunter Milligan
  • Classification: 2017
  • Position: LHP/1B/OF
  • Ht, Wt: 6-foot-4, 205
  • Bats-Throws: L/L
  • High School: Greenbrier (AR) High School
  • Travel Team: East Coast Baseball
  • Schools of Interest: Committed to Mississippi State

    "This is a great stadium, one of the best in the country," said Milligan, who played first base for his team during the game. "I am just excited to get here. I am excited about the new stadium. It is going to be sweet."

    Bulldog coaches Butch Thompson and Nick Mingione stay in contact with Milligan.

    "Coach Thompson and Coach Mingione keep in touch with me," he said. "We talk about how I have been doing and how they have been doing. We talk about the future and how ready I am to get down here."

    Speaking of ready, Milligan has gone through rehab with him arm and is now just about finished with his throwing program.

    "After I got through with my rehab, I have been going through a throwing program with my personal trainer," said Milligan. "I have been throwing off the 60-foot mound for about three weeks. That program ends next week, right before we go to (a Perfect Game event at) Fort Myers (Florida). After Fort Myers, I am going to take a break until about December."

    In addition to the throwing program, Milligan has been working hard off the mound.

    "I have been working out a lot since I haven't been able to play," he said. "I've been working more on my legs and getting them stronger. Getting my legs stronger makes it easier on my arm. It makes you feel like you can go a lot farther in a game."

    He has seen his fastball velocity jump significantly since he last threw off the mound as a freshman.

    "My 9th grade year I was probably throwing 86-88," said Milligan. "Last week, I was (throwing) 90-93 (miles per hour). That was my consistent (velocity). I think my lowest (velocity) pitch was 89. I'm also throwing with less effort now."

    He's adding in his other pitches as well during his throwing program.

    "I have been working on a changeup and it has gotten a lot better," said Milligan. "It use to be my third best pitch. I'm just now started throwing a curveball. It's been something like a year since I have thrown it."

    Milligan is currently ranked the 3rd best prospect in the class of 2017 by The Scouting News and the 7th best prospect by Perfect Game.

    Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the website, the source for Mississippi State sports on sports network.

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