Jason Nappi: Had a Great Season

Mississippi State baseball signee Jason Nappi, who played for Mountain Brook (AL) High School, had a great junior season, batting .490 with 10 home runs and 42 RBI in 36 games. Even though he was a marked man, he actually saw improvement his senior season.

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"I ended up with a batting average of .505 with 9 home runs this year," said the 6-1, 195-pounder. Although he wasn't sure of his RBIs, he thought he was around the 40 range. And he did this in 30 games, six less games than last season.

For his performance, he was named the Jefferson County Player of the Year and the Over the Mountain Player of the Year. He also is one of the finalists for the Alabama Mr. 6A Baseball award and will probably be named 6A All-State.

And not only is he a great hitter, he's also very versatile in the field.

"I played shorstop (this season), but I've played just about every position. I've actually pitched a little bit, too," said Jason.

He will continue his playing career this summer with an American Legion team.

"I'm playing on the Bessemer American Legion 141 Post team," said Jason. "We play our first game next Thursday in Tuscaloosa. (MSU RHP signee) Greg Houston plays on the same team."

Although the pro draft is fast approaching, Jason will definitely be wearing the Maroon and White next season.

"I think signing with Missisisppi State kind of scared the scouts all off of me to be honest with you," said Jason, who also had a scholarship offer from Auburn and officially visited South Alabama, as well as MSU and Auburn, among others. "I got invited to the Gameday Prospects (scouting event). That was the last pro combine before the actual draft, but I didn't go due to it being close to my graduation."

We'll keep you up-to-date on how Jason does this summer with his American Legion team.

Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the Dawgs' Bite, Powered by 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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