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Mississippi State baseball class of 2017 signees

Included is a list of the Mississippi State baseball class of 2017 signees.

Tanner Allen, OF/INF, L-R, 6-0, 180, UMS-Wright Prep (Mobile, AL)
Rated the 151st best prospect in the class of 2017 by Perfect Game ... 2016 Perfect Game Underclass All-American First Team ... Made the CBS MaxPreps All National team ... Part of the USA Baseball 18U 40-man roster ... Hit .451 with 5 homre runs and 38 RBI as a junior ... Chose MSU over offers from LSU and Auburn.

Jordan Anderson, OF, R-R, 6-1, 190, James Clemons (AL) High School
He was a Perfect Game 2016 Underclass 3rd Team All-American ... Perfect Game rates him a 10, which means he is a potential very high draft pick and/or Elite level college prospect ... Ranked by Perfect Game as the 99th best prospect in the 2017 class ... As a junior, Anderson hit .385 with five triples and 29 RBIs in 39 games ... During the summer of 2016, he ran the 4th fastest 60-yard dash, 6.25, at the Perfect Game National Showcase ... MLB.com rates him the 17th best pro prospect in the 2017 high school class ... He chose Mississippi State over Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, Alabama and Vanderbilt.

Troy Bacon, RHP, 6-1, 190, Santa Fe Junior College (FL) (Sickles (FL) High School)
As a freshman at Santa Fe JC, Bacon threw 44 innings, striking out 59 while allowing 19 hits and 11 walks. In 24 appearance he had a 4-2 record with 15 saves and a 1.23 ERA ... He throws 92-95 mph and has an excellent slider ... He was drafted in the 37th round by the Colorado Rockies after his freshman season at Santa Fe ... Bacon signed with Florida out of high school ... He was a 2015 Perfect Game Honorable Mention All-American ... Perfect Game rated him a 9.5 out of 10. That is a potential top 10 round pick and/or highest level college prospect ... Chose MSU over offers from LSU, Texas, South Carolina and Florida.

Chad Bryant, RHP, 6-0, 200, Thomasville (AL) High School
He was a Perfect Game 2016 Underclass 1st Team All-American ... Perfect Game rates him a 10, which means he is a potential very high draft pick and/or Elite level college prospect ... Rated the 80th best prospect in the class of 2017 by Perfect Game ... Throws his fastball 88-92, topping out at 94 ... As a junior, he had an 8-1 record with a 1.62 ERA. Also struck ou t86 batters in 47.2 innings ... Committed to Mississippi State as a sophomore. Also has offers from Southern Miss and Jacksonville State.

Justin Foscue, INF, R-R, 6-0, 170, Grissom (AL) High School
He was a Perfect Game 2016 Underclass Honorable Mention All-American ... As a junior, he hit .423 with 5 home runs and 26 RBI. Also stole 37 bases in 38 attempts ... Chose Mississippi State over Alabama, Troy, Samford and Jacksonville State.

Marshall Gilbert, C, R-R, 6-1, 210, John A. Logan College (IL) (Westosha Central (WI) High School)
As a freshman, he hit .406 with 20 doubles, 5 triples and 12 home runs while knocking in 67 runs in 52 games ... He was a 2016 NJCAA Division I 2nd Team All-America ... Chose Mississippi State over Alabama, Missouri, Michigan State, Illinois and Western Kentucky.

Josh Hatcher, OF, L-L, 6-2, 180, Lee County High School (Albany, GA)
As a junior, he batted .343 with 7 doubles, 2 triples, 4 home runs while knocking in 15 RBI in 29 games ... He was a Perfect Game 2016 Underclass 3rd Team All-American ... Perfect Game rates him a 10, which means he is a potential very high draft pick and/or Elite level college prospect ... Rated the 135th-best high school prospect in the class of 2017 by Perfect Game ... He chose Mississippi State over Alabama, Auburn and Florida State.

Quentin Holmes, OF, R-R, 6-2, 180, Monsignor McClancy Memorial (NY) High School
He was a Perfect Game 2016 Underclass 1st Team All-American ... Perfect Game rates him a 10, which means he is a potential very high draft pick and/or Elite level college prospect ... Perfect Game ranked him the 26th-best player in the class of 2017 ... MLB.com rates him the 17th best pro prospect in the 2017 high school class. They also rate him as a plus-plus runner ... Selected to the Team USA 18U National Team, 1 of just 20 players chosen to the team .... Played in the 2016 Under Armour All-America Game ... Chose MSU over offers from Vanderbilt, Virginia, Miami, and others.

Bryson Hutchinson, 1B/RHP, R-R, 6-6, 255, Spruce Creek (FL) High School
He was a Perfect Game 2016 Underclass 1st Team All-American ... Perfect Game rates him a 10, which means he is a potential very high draft pick and/or Elite level college prospect ... Ranked by Perfect Game as the 99th best player in the 2017 class ... A power hitter at the plate, he also throws in the low 90s off the mound ... He chose Mississippi State over Kentucky, West Virginia, University of Florida, South Florida and Florida International.

Rowdey Jordan, INF, S-R, 5-11, 180, Auburn (AL) High School
He was a Perfect Game 2016 Underclass High Honorable Mention All-American ... Batted .379 with 10 doubles, 2 triples, 5 home runs and knocked in 33 RBI in 44 games in his junior season ... Chose Mississippi State over Auburn and Georgia Tech.

Jared Liebelt, RHP, 6-0, 165, Waubonsee Community College (via Villanova University) (West Aurora (IL) High School)
As a freshman at WCC, he was 9-4 with a 2.11 ERA in 13 games, all as a starter. He struck out 100 batters in 81.0 innings, while allowing 56 hits and 24 walks ... Throws his fastball in the 92-94 miles per hour range ... Chose Mississippi State over Arizona, Kentucky, Southern Illinois, Neveda and New Mexico.

Owen Lovell, OF, R-R, 6-4, 225, Cullman (AL) High School
He was a Perfect Game 2016 Underclass 2nd Team All-American ... Perfect Game rates him a 10, which means he is a potential very high draft pick and/or Elite level college prospect ... Rated by Perfect Game as the 144th best player in the class of 2017 ... As a junior, he batted 392 with 15 doubles, 2 triples and 14 home runs while knocking in 64 runs in 55 games ... He was selected the state of Alabama's 2016 Mr. Baseball by the Alabama Sports Writers Association ... He chose Mississippi State over Alabama.

John Mason, RHP, 6-1, 200, Wallace Community College-Dothan, AL (Newsome (FL) High School)
Was redshirted his sophomore season after undergoing Tommy John Surgery ... Throws his fastball in the 94-96 miles per hour range ... Chose Mississippi State over Alabama, South Florida and Florida State

Pearson McMahan, RHP, 6-3, 195, St. Johns River State College (FL) (Middleburg (FL) High School)
As a freshman at SJRSCC, he was 6-1 with 1 save and a 2.76 ERA. He threw 42.1 innings, allowed 35 hits, walked 25 and struck out 61. ... Throws his fastball in the 92-96 range... Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 19th round of the 2016 MLB First-Year Player Draft in June ... Chose Mississippi State over Arizona State, Florida State, Alabama, Miami, Kentucky, the University of Central Florida and the University of Houston.

Alex Pener, 1B, S-R, 6-0, 205, Scottsdale (AZ) Community College (Blue Valley Northwest (MO) High School)
As a freshman, he hit .321 with 11 home runs and 48 RBI in a wood bat conference. He earned 2016 NJCAA Division II 2nd-Team All-American honors and he was also chosen to the All-ACCAC Baseball Team as a 1st Team selection ... Chose Mississippi State over New Mexico, Alabama, Arizona State and Louisiana Tech.

Reynaldo Rivera, 1B/OF, L-R, 6-6, 250, Chipola (FL) College, (International Baseball Academy High School (Ceiba, Puerto Rico))
During his sophomore season at Chipola, Rivera is hitting .447 with 15 home runs and 63 RBI ... As a freshman, Rivera hit .397 with 10 home runs and 67 RBI in 56 games for Chipola (FL) College ... Rated a 9.5 by Perfect Game coming out of high school ... Drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 24th round of the 2016 MLB First-Year Player Draft ... Chose Mississippi State over Florida International, Auburn and Alabama.

Zane Stephens, RHP, 6-1, 165, Suwannee High School (Live Oak, Florida)
He was a 2016 Underclass High Honorable Mention All-American ... As a junior, he was 5-2 with a 2.80 ERA ... Throws his fastball in the high 80s to low 90s ... Chose Mississippi State over Troy, Florida Atlantic, Florida State, Clemson, South Florida and Central Florida.

Cameron Voss, LHP, 6-2, 210, Niagara County Community College (Fredonia (NY) High School)
As a freshman, he was 4-1 with 2 saves and a 1.60 ERA. He allowed 16 hits and walked 24 in 45 inning while striking out 71 ... Throws his fastball in the 86-90 miles per hour range ... Chose Mississippi State over Western Kentucky and Canisius.

Jordan Westburg, INF, R-R, 6-2, 190, New Braunfels (TX) High School
He was a Perfect Game 2016 Underclass High Honorable Mention All-American ... As a junior, batted .407 with 4 home runs and 22 RBI ... Chose Mississipi State over Texas, Houston, Kentucky and Baylor.

Cole Marsh, RHP, R-R, 6-2, 200, Mississippi Delta Community College, (Neville (LA) High School) - Lightly recruited out of high school ... As a freshman at MDCC, he increased his fastball velocity from the mid-80's to the high-80's/low-90's... As a freshman at MDCC in 2017, Marsh currently has a 10-1 record with 1 save in 14 appearances, six that have been starts. He has allowed 56 hits and walked 31 while striking out 89 in 76.1 innings ... He chose Mississippi State over offers from Tulane, Louisiana Tech, Southern Miss and Northwestern State and interest from Alabama and LSU.


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