Brandon Woodruff Update His Plans

Now that the season has ended, the best players in the state are continuing to improve their games with summer league ball. For most, the high level of baseball gives them a chance to work on areas of their game they feel need work in preparing for the season ahead. Brandon Woodruff is one of those players who is serious about improving his game during the summer.

There has been no down time for the hard working Woodruff as he seeks to take his game to the next level.

"Since the season has been over I have been taking batting practice each day," the rising senior from Wheeler High said. "I have just been trying to get better by lifting some weights, running, and just trying to get ready for the summer and senior legion."

Even though he hit .534 last season, Woodruff still sees room for improvement.

"I really want to focus on my fielding, and I want to improve my hitting," he said.

He was even more pleased with his performance on the mound last season.

"I felt like I pitched much better this year, I was real happy with the way my pitching has progressed," he said when asked to reflect on his performance.

In 49 innings, he had an ERA of 2.98 while holding opponents to a .186 batting average.

"This year I really stepped it up, and it was probably one of my best years pitching so far," he added.

He'll have plenty of time to continue to work on his game this summer in an action packed summer full of baseball.

"We just started our first senior legion games Friday," Woodruff noted. "I'll be doing that this summer, and going to Oklahoma (to play in the Junior Sunbelt Classic with Team Mississippi). After that, it will just be baseball, baseball, and more baseball."

Though Woodruff is solely focused on baseball this summer, he is a three-sport athlete, also playing football and basketball. However, he made it clear that there is one sport that is above the rest.

"Baseball is definitely my favorite, and the others just keep me in shape for baseball," he said. "I love to play them, but baseball is my sport."

Woodruff is starting to hear from in-state Division I schools recruiting-wise.

"I am hearing from Mississippi State, Ole Miss, and Southern Miss," he pointed out. "Southeastern Louisiana is also sending me some stuff."

Is the rising senior eyeing any school in particular?

"Definitely my leader would be Mississippi State, they are definitely my favorite," he said.

Summer ball will be a busy time, and MSH will be right there to bring you interviews, scouting, and the best inside information you'll find on baseball in the Magnolia state.

Drew White is a recruiting writer for, an independent website that covers Mississippi baseball, including high school, junior college and travel team ball. You can contact him by emailing

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