MSU Signee Greg Houston Update

Greg Houston, a hard-throwing righthanded pitcher who played his high school ball at Hoover (AL) High School, will be playing for Mississippi State next season. And several pro scouts will be keeping up with him while there.

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Greg is one of those type pitchers college recruiters and pro scouts project as having a good future. He's got some height on him - he's 6-2 - but is on the slim side, weighing in at 170 pounds. That combination means that he should continue throwing harder as he continues to physcially mature. Already throwing in the high 80's and even low 90's on occasion (his top velocity was 92), a few pro scouts, while not ready to draft him in a round that would take him away from his commitment to MSU, still like him enough to continue following him while in college.

"The pro scouts checked me out a little bit this year. I talked to a couple of pro scouts," said Greg, who was 5-4 with a 2.90 earned run average this past season. "They said they like my fastball and my movement. They said Mississippi State would be a good place for me and that they would be keeping up with me while I am there."

While anxously waiting for Mississippi State's fall baseball practice to begin, Greg will once again be playing with the same American Legion that he played with last summer.

"I'm playing for the Bessemer American Legion Post 141 team. I played with them last year," said Greg, who, in addition to MSU, had offers from Samford, UAB, Troy and Birmingham-Southern.

It should be a full summer for he and another Bulldog signee, Jason Nappi, who is on the same summer team.

"We played about 50 games last year," he said.

There's also an early opportunity for Bulldog fans to come out and watch them play next weekend.

"We are in Tuscaloosa next week, then I think we are in Dothan the week after that. I'll probably pitch sometime next weekend."

Look for updates throughout the summer on this talented pitcher.

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