Baseball Commitment by Jeff Roberson
Wade Broyles (RHP, Madison Central, MS) - The Ole Miss baseball program received its second baseball commitment for the 2004/2005 class when one of their top pitching prospects inside the state of Mississippi committed at the Senior Camp.
Broyles puts it plain and simple when you ask him why he is going to play baseball for Ole Miss.
"I've been an Ole Miss fan all my life," said the 6-3, 195, RHP from Madison Central High. "I just wanted to go to Ole Miss."
And that's that.
Broyles, who attended baseball camp at UM this week, said he's glad to have the decision - or what little decision it actually turned out to be - behind him as he heads into his senior season.
"It feels great that I don't have to be stressed out about a decision this year," said Broyles, the second player to commit to UM this summer, joining Cody Satterwhite of Hillcrest Christian as Rebels of the future. "I knew I wanted to come here anyway, and it was best for all to get it over with."
Broyles' specialty is his curve ball. It's been called by some as the best in the state.
"But I'm still working on it," said Broyles, whose former Jaguar teammate Travis Bogue is already on the Rebel roster. "I'm also still working on my fastball and on my changeup. I want everything to get better."
Broyles has put up some impressive numbers over the years. His record in high school the past two seasons is 11-3. As a sophomore he was 6-0.
In one game this past year, a playoff game against Northwest Rankin, Broyles pitched 8 and 2/3 innings, had 16 strikeouts, and allowed only one hit. Problem was, his team lost 2-1.
This summer he has played for the famous Jackson 96ers team. He also plans to play fall baseball with a team in Jackson.
Broyles says he hopes to have a good next few months before arriving at Ole Miss for the 2005-06 school year.
"I want to have a low ERA this year," he said. "I need to work on having less walks. I want to continue to improve my pitches. I need to work on better control, especially with my fastball and changeup. My curve ball is pretty much there already."
Broyles, who also played outfield and first base and is a good hitter, batting .315 this past season, was being recruited by several schools, including instate schools like Mississippi State and Southern Miss. Now that it's all behind him, Broyles is ready to look toward the future.
"I'm happy it's over and I know I'm coming to Ole Miss," he said.
"It's what I've always wanted."
The Rebels added two signees to their Spring class in the past week.
C. J. Ketchum (Inf, Crowder, MO) - listed as 6' 3", 205. Ketchum bats and throws from the right side. CJ is from Joplin (MO), and he will have 3 years to play 3.
Cody Overbeck (Inf, Munford, TN) - Listed as 6' 0" 185 and throws
and bats from the right side.
Batted .486 BA, 15 2B, 1 3B, 13 HR, 48 RBI, 1000 S%, 9-1, 2.09 ERA, with 54 K's this past year. He was recently voted Player of the Year by "Best of the West". Cody was also Player of the Year in District 14AAA and MVP of the District 3A tournament.
Overbeck went 9-1 on the mound with a 2.09 ERA this past season. He is a Finalist for Player of the Year by the Commercial Appeal.
Final Baseball '03/'04 Signee List
1. Tommy Baumgardner (LHP, Indian River CC, FL)
2. Brett Buckvich (LHP/Inf, N' West Rankin, MS)
3. Jeremy Catoire (LHP, LaPlace, LA)
4. Justin Cryer (RHP, Leesville, LA)
5. Zach Cozart (SS, Collierville, TN)
6. Rhyne Hughes (OF, Pearl River CC, MS)
7. C. J. Ketchum (Inf, Crowder, MO)
8. Chris Moffett (RHP, Meridian CC, MS)
9. Cody Overbeck (Inf, Munford, TN)
10. Van Pope (Inf, Meridian CC, MS) - Signed with the Atlanta Braves.
11. Logan Power (OF, Hillcrrest Christian, MS)
12. Chris Rayborn (RHP, Meridian CC, MS) - Signed with Tampa Bay.
13. Stoney Stone (RHP, Texarkana, TX)
14. Jo Jo Tann (2B, Jackson Prep, MS)
Pictures from a few of the top prospects at the Senior Camp
(OF/1B, Oxford, MS)
6' 3", 205
(OF, Jackson Aca, MS)
6' 3", 185
(RHP, Oxford, MS)
6' 2", 190
(3B/RHP, Simpson Aca, MS)
6' 3", 205
(RHP/1B, Trinity, AL)
6' 3", 195
(RHP/SS, Picayune, MS)
6' 1", 175
(2B, Vancleave, MS)
5' 9", 155
We will have the interviews from the prospects in the pictures above in the near future.
We will also be releasing the 2004/2005 baseball database when our new section to The Insiders network is completed.