New Baseball Commitment

One of Mississippi's best class of 2010 baseball players has verbally committed to play his college baseball at Mississippi State.

"I committed to Mississippi State two Sundays ago," said Northwest Rankin High School multi-position player Taylor Stark. "I liked the coaches and felt very welcomed there."

Stark, an exceptional athlete who runs a 6.5 sixty-yard dash, recently was selected by Major League Baseball scouts to play in the East Coast Pro Showcase, a non-profit event run by Major League Baseball scouts that allows MLB scouts to evaluate the premier baseball players across the eastern United States. Normally, only 150 to 160 players are selected to play in this prestigious event.

Stark will be joined on the Padres team (LA, MS, AL, AR, FL Panhandle players) by another Mississippi State commitment, Sumrall High School's Chase Lewallen.

The event is held from July 31st through August 4th in Lakeland, Florida.

Last year's Padres showcase team included four Mississippi players, including Mississippi State signees Ethan Bright and Billy Hamilton (football) as well as Ole Miss signee David Renfroe. Mississippi State signees Luke Bole and C.C. Watson, both from Alabama, also made the same team.

The 6-0, 168-pound Stark joins Mississippi State class of 2010 commitments Sumrall HS Chase Lewallen (INF), Oak Grove HS James McMahon (RHP), Fairhope (AL) HS Garrett Pitts (INF), Pace (FL) HS C.T. Bradford (OF), Wheeler (GA) HS Evan Mitchell (RHP) and Oconee (GA) HS Adam Frazier (INF/RHP).

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