Michael Busby: One of Mississippi's Best

Porter's Chapel's Michael Busby, a 6-1, 185-pound senior-to-be righthanded pitcher/shortstop, has been on my radar screen since he was a freshman due to his great arm. I talked with him about how his recruitment is going.

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"Mississippi State and Ole Miss are sending me some letters. And LSU has also sent me some stuff. And I think I have a couple of things from Southern Miss," said Michael, who was 11-2 record with 3 saves and had a 0.82 ERA the past two season. "LSU, Mississippi State and Ole Miss want me to come to their camps."

As for the schools he is most interested, three of those four are at the top of his list.

"I kind of want to stay close to home," said Michael. "I have always liked Mississippi State. Growing up wanting to go somewhere, it's hard not to go there. And Ole Miss seems like the place to be right now. I like Mississippi State a whole lot and I like Ole Miss a lot. I am definitely interested in LSU. They are close to home, too. They have a history of good baseball teams, too. Anywhere in the SEC is great to go play baseball."

Michael recently was on the Mississippi State campus trying out for the prestigious East Coast Professional Showcase's southeast team. While he's not sure if he made the 20-man team, he still had a lot of fun playing in front of approximately 50 to 75 pro scouts and college coaches.

"I think that makes you want to do even better. It gives you such a charge to be out there with everybody watching you," said Michael. "I felt real good when I was at State. My arm felt great."

What about great enough to top out at 91 miles per hour and consistently clock in the 87 to 89 range? That's what I clocked his fastball on my Stalker gun.

One side benefit for Michael was the fact that he was able to visit with an MSU coach once the event was concluded.

"I talked to (MSU assistant) Coach (Tommy) Raffo after the showcase (tryout)," said Michael, who struck out 142 batters in 66.6 innings the past two seasons. "He wants me and my mom to come back up there one day this summer and sit down in (MSU head) Coach (Ron) Polk's office and talk about what they could do to get me up there."

Look for future updates on this very talented young pitcher.

Gene Swindoll is the publisher of Dawgs' Bite, Powered by GenesPage.com, the source for Mississippi State sports on the Scout.com sports network. You can contact him by emailing swindoll@genespage.com.

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