Gene's Page, after a great deal of consultation with a couple of Major League Baseball scouts who cover the state of Mississippi extensively, has come up with a list of the premier high school baseball seniors in the state of Mississippi. Gene's Page proudly presents the 1st Annual Kings of the Diamond.

Pictured: Player of the Year Edward Easley
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Pictured: Player of the Year Edward Easley
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Kings of the Diamond

<img src="http://www.genespage.com/images/highschool/baseball/2003-2004/easleyedward.jpg" align="left">Gene's Page, after a great deal of consultation with a couple of Major League Baseball scouts who cover the state of Mississippi extensively, has come up with a list of the premier high school baseball seniors in the state of Mississippi. Gene's Page proudly presents the 1st Annual Kings of the Diamond.<P> <h6>Pictured: Player of the Year Edward Easley</h6>

The Kings of the Diamond Player of the Year is Edward Easley, a catcher who plays for Olive Branch High School. Edward, who has signed with Mississippi State, has all the tools, including hitting for average, hitting for power and a very good arm. Edward, one of the top 100 high school seniors in the nation according to Prospect Plus, is expected to be a high draft pick in the June Major League Baseball Draft. Both scouts feel he is not only the top player in the state but also the top Major League Baseball prospect in the state.

Running an extremely close second to Edward was hard-throwing righthanded pitcher Terrell Young of Grenada High School. Terrell, who throws in the low-90's, signed with Meridian Community College. Terrell, like Edward, is considered one of the top 100 seniors in the nation and is also expected to be a high draft pick.

The player who is projected to be the third best Major League Baseball prospect on the list is lefthanded pitcher James Jackson, a 5-foot-10, 160-pounder who plays for Vicksburg High School. Like Terrell, James signed with Meridian Community College.

Other top players include two pre-season high school All-American selections, MRA's Chad Crosswhite and Amory's Mitch Moreland, both of whom signed with Mississippi State.

Southern Miss, which has four players on the list, signed a player who is relatively unknown but has unlimited ability, Ben Wade of North Forrest High School. Ben is a 6-foot-3, 180-pounder who throws in the high-80's and hits 90+ on occasion.

The other Southern Miss signees include two of the top hitters in the state, Bo Davis of West Lauderdale and Trey Sutton of West Jones, as well as Northwest Rankin righthanded pitcher Jonathan Johnston.

Ole Miss also snared several players off the list, including Northwest Rankin lefthanded pitcher Brett Bukvich, middle-infielder Jo Jo Tann from Jackson Prep and outfielder Logan Power from Hillcrest Christian. Recovering well from off-season surgery, Brett has excellent projectivity and should become a hard-thrower in college. Tann and Power are considered two of the top hitters in the state.

Delta State, like Ole Miss and Mississippi State, signed three off the list, including two excellent hitters, Horn Lake third baseman/catcher Clay Sartain and Seminary catcher/third baseman Derek Norris. They also signed Ridgeland righthanded pitcher Justin Smith, one of the most effective pitchers in the state.

Meridian Community College also signed a few other players other than Young and Jackson. Michael Robbins, a lefthanded pitcher from Southaven High School, throws in the mid-80's. Another lefthanded pitcher who signed with them is Greene County's Taylor Kimble. The last player MCC signed is Matt Welch, a righthanded pitcher from Northwest Rankin. Matt throws in the 86 to 87 miles per hour range.

Other players who made the list include speedy New Hope High School outfielder Brantley Clay who signed with the University of Montevallo, Long Beach High School pitcher/first baseman Pat Ferrell, a Gulf Coast CC signee and Picayune High School outfielder J.P. Moreaux, a Pearl River CC signee.

The complete list is shown below in alphabetical order except for Edward Easley, the Kings of the Diamond Player of the Year.

KINGS OF THE DIAMOND

NAME HIGH SCHOOL POS B-T HT WT SIGNED WITH
EDWARD EASLEY Olive Branch C R-R 6-2 190 MSU
Brett Bukvich Northwest Rankin LHP/1B L-L 6-4 220 Ole Miss
Brantley Clay New Hope OF L-R 6-0 175 Montevallo
Chad Crosswhite MRA 3B/RHP R-R 6-2 200 MSU
Bo Davis West Lauderdale SS R-R 6-1 175 USM
Pat Ferrell Long Beach LHP/1B L-L 6-3 225 Gulf Coast
James Jackson Vicksburg OF/LHP L-L 5-10 160 Meridian
Jonathan Johnston Northwest Rankin RHP R-R 6-1 180 USM
Taylor Kimble Greene County LHP R-L 6-1 210 Meridian
J.P. Moreaux Picayune OF L-L 5-11 185 Pearl River
Mitch Moreland Amory LHP/1B L-L 6-3 220 MSU
Derek Norris Seminary C/3B R-R 5-11 185 Delta State
Logan Power Hillcrest Christian OF R-R 6-0 185 Ole Miss
Michael Robbins Southaven LHP R-L 6-0 160 Meridian
Clay Sartain Horn Lake 3B/C R-R 5-10 180 Delta State
Justin Smith Ridgeland RHP R-R 6-4 185 Delta State
Trey Sutton West Jones SS L-R 6-0 170 USM
Jo Jo Tann Jackson Prep SS/2B L-R 5-11 170 Ole Miss
Ben Wade North Forrest RHP R-R 6-3 180 USM
Matt Welch Northwest Rankin RHP R-R 5-11 180 Meridian
Terrell Young Grenada RHP S-R 6-3.5 185 Meridian


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