Notes From The Ball Park

Mississippi State notes from the Mississippi High School Baseball State Championships being played at Trustmark Park in Pearl, MS.

I'm covering the baseball championship series, 1A to 6A, this week. Here are some notes from the games and from things I have heard while at the games that are related to MSU baseball or could be depending on whether State ends up recruiting some of the underclassmen.

1) MSU signee Chase Lewallen was 0-2 with a walk, hit by pitch and a stolen base in Sumrall's first game of the 3A championship series. He scored a run. And one of his outs was a line shot to left field. Played great defense at shortstop. He was hoping to hit .600 this season and could have done it if he had gone 7-for-8 in the championship series. I talked to him several times the past couple of days. He is extremely excited about coming to State next year and he's also very excited about the recruiting class he is coming in with. He believes they could be ranked among the top five in the nation. They stay in contact with each other.

2) MSU invited walk-on hitter/pitcher Brayden Jones lost a heart-breaker to Petal Wednesday night depite only allowing 2 runs in the 6 innings that he pitched. His team, Madison Central, was shut down by Petal lefty Taylor Byrd. Byrd allowed just 2 hits. One of the hits belonged to Jones. BTW, Jones was consistently throwing in the 85-87 range during his first three innings, but started tiring in the 5th and 6th due to the number of pitches he was throwing. He wound up throwing 119 pitches.

3) Keep an eye on St. Aloysius freshman third baseman Reed Evans. He's a very good fielder, has a good arm and can hit the ball. He also pitches some and can play first base as well. And he's already 6-1, 200 pounds.

4) Ridgeland has a sophomore Collin Carroll who has a chance to be really good. He's in the 6-2, 220 range and can really hit the ball well and runs well, too. He also plays football. His dad is former MSU football player Herman Carroll.

5) I was told that MSU signee Taylor Stark has really impressed the pro scouts of late. He recently topped out in the 92-93 range with an 80-83 mph slider in front of scouts. It's possible that he could wind up being drafred in the round 10 range. But I have also heard he wants a lot of money, the kind of money you get if you are draffed in the top 2 rounds.

6) I also heard while at the games, another MSU signee, Daryl Norris, has an asking price that would require him to be drafted in the first couple of rounds. While scouts really like his high 80s to low 90s fastball, they think he needs to add more movement to it. And he can do that while in college. They are looking at him more as a pitcher than hitter on the pro level, but they said he can really hit and should do very well in college.

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