The past two seasons, Connor Powers, who has played 1B/3B/OF for his high school team, has hit 12 home runs combined, 4 his sophomore season and 8 his junior season. This season, his power hitting has shot through the roof.
"We still have some games to play (in the playoffs), but I think I'm right at .490 with 15 home runs and 65 RBIs in 32 games," said the two-year All-State selection. Look for him to be named All-State again this season.
Don't think those home runs are due to a small field, either. In the 2006 Schaumburg Flyers High School Baseball Classic earlier this year, he hit two home runs, one was over the left field fence which was 355' and the other was over the 390' sign. For his efforts, he was selected the tournament's MVP.
And it appears the pro scouts have liked what they have seen from this 6-3, 205-pound youngster.
"(The scouts) have been coming to my games pretty good throughout the whole season," said Connor, who turned down scholarship offers from Purdue, Iowa and Illinois State to sign with MSU. "There are some clubs who like me and some that don't. They like my power. They send me letters and a few have started calling me the past few days. But who knows what they think. Right now, I'm assuming I will go to college. I would have to go relatively high to get the money to skip out on an opportunity like Mississippi State."
Assuming he does stick with MSU, and right now it appears he will based on all that he said, he will be playing with Top Tier, a traveling team based out of Lake Forest, Illinois, this summer.
And we'll keep you updated on how his summer season goes.
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