What to expect in the Spring Baseball Class

<BR>The late signing period started on April 13th and runs through May 15th.<BR><BR>To read more about what to expect during the Spring Signing Period, click here.

The following prospects signed with Ole Miss in the Fall of '04.

Knoxville (TN)
6' 2", 205
Madison Central
Madison (MS)
6' 3", 195


De Smet Julius
St. Louis, MO
6' 0", 180
Oxford (MS)
6' 2", 190
Devin Hicks
Bartlett (TN)
6' 3", 205
Simpson Aca
Mendenhall (MS)
6' 3", 225
Brownsburg, IND
6' 5", 255
Montgomery (AL)
6' 3", 200

Germantown (TN)

5' 8", 170
Craig Rodriguez
Pearl River CC
6' 4", 200
Hillcrest Christian
Jackson (MS)

6' 4", 185

St. Louis (MO)
John Burroughs
6' 5", 210
Olive Branch (MS)
6' 4", 190

Fall Analysis

Pitching, pitching, and more pitching. The Rebels inked 8 arms in the fall class for good reason, as Ole Miss could possibly lose all five of its starters in the draft this year in Mark Holliman, Stephan Head, Anthony Cupps, Matt Maloney, and Eric Fowler.

The Rebels could also lose two arms in their bullpen in Brian Pettway and Tommy Baumgardner.

This year's draft could be a major blow to the current pitching staff at Ole Miss.

This is why you saw Ole Miss sign 8 pitchers in the 2004 fall class, and they will most likely add a few more in the spring signing period.

Spring Class of '05

The Rebels inked Kyle Mills (1B) out of ICC this weekend.

The following article comes from the Daily Journal

ICC's Mills signs with Rebels
4/16/2005 3:38:20 AM
Daily Journal

FULTON - Kyle Mills was a big hitter in high school and junior college, and next year, he'll take his bat to the Southeastern Conference.

The former Tupelo High School star and current Itawamba Community College sophomore signed a national letter of intent Friday to play for Ole Miss. For Mills, taking this next step has a special meaning.

"I've been going to Ole Miss football and baseball games all my life," he said. "My dad went there and that's where I've always wanted to be."

Ole Miss is getting more than just a fan, the Rebels are getting a hitter who can provide instant offense. The past two years he's been one of the Indians' top hitters, and he's having another big year.

Mainly used as a designated hitter, Mills is batting .439 with nine home runs and a team-high 53 RBIs. His coach, Rick Collier, says he's been a steady force in the heart of the order.

"Kyle's held down the No. 3 hole for us the past two years and has done a great job," Collier said. "He's a great young man and is one of the hardest workers I've ever been around."

While Mills is still focusing on winning a national championship at ICC, he has bigger goals on the horizon.

"I just want to go to Ole Miss, work hard and try and help them get to the College World Series in Omaha," he said. "They've got a great program in the top league in the country. I know I'm going to have to go there and work on getting faster and spend a lot of time in the cage."

What else can we expect in the late signing period?

Jared Koon

The Rebels are looking to ink Kyle Mills' teammate at ICC, Jared Koon.

Jared Koon is a 6' 4 1/2", 210 pound RHP pitcher out of Tupelo, MS. Koon was on the same team and class as current Ole Miss players, Jon Jon Hancock (DH) and Will Klien (RHP). Jared will have 3 years to play 3 on the college level.

Jared was actually a basketball star for Tupelo High. Koon caught mono towards the end of his senior year and decided to ink a baseball scholarship with ICC.. But it has been his development in baseball since his arrival at Itawamaba CC that has caught the attention of the college recruiters.

This year, Koon is currently 8-1 with a 1.76 ERA. He has toped out at 94 MPH on several occasions this season and normally throws it in the 87 to 89 MPH range.

Tennessee, USM, Ole Miss, and MSU have all offered, but it looks like this is going to come down to either Ole Miss or MSU. Jared is coming to Oxford on Sunday with his parents to talk everything over. Jared's mother will probably meet with Coach Polk at MSU on Saturday. The amount of scholarship money given by both schools will be the determining factor in Koon's decision.

Jessie Simpson

Another pitcher that the Rebels are tracking is Jessie Simpson out of Zachery High (LA) in Baton Rouge. Jessie signed with Pensacola CC (FL) in the Fall so he would not lock himself down to a D1 school during the early signing period. He wanted to see which schools would need him the most before signing with a D1 program, therefore, he signed with a junior college in the fall. Very smart man, indeed.

Jessie is listed as 6' 0", 170 pound and is a RHP. Simpson tops out at 91 MPH and averages in the 88 MPH range.

This season, Jessie is 10-0 with 97 K's and 20 walks in 65 innings. Over the last two years, Jessie is 21 - 1 and has won back to back District MVP awards.

Ole Miss and LSU are the two main players for Simpson's services. Jessie will be taking an official visit to Ole Miss in May. He has already taken an official visit with LSU back in the fall. LSU has offered.

Simpson wants to see which players go in the draft before making a final decision. Earning a weekend spot in the rotation is the utmost importance for Jessie. This should give the Rebels the edge due to the probability of Ole Miss losing several, if not all, of their weekend starters to this year's draft.

Kyle Moore

A name that many Mississippians are familiar with is Kyle Moore, who happens to be the son of the former Attorney General, Mike Moore.

Kyle is a 6' 3, 185 pound right handed pitcher.

Moore entered his senior campaign at Jackson Prep with a 24-1 career record. Kyle has had some past arm troubles, but he simply knows how to pitch. He has a special mound's presence, and he will be given strong consideration for a scholarship if he makes it academically.

The last "hot" prospect on Ole Miss' Spring board is Brian Frichter out of New Orleans, LA.

Brian is a 6' 0", 190 pound pure hitter. Frichter attended a junior college in Alabama his freshman season ('03/'04) and transferred to Meridian CC last summer.

He is a tough kid who plays hard and likes to compete. Ole Miss really wants to ink Fritcher, but the SEC rules states that all signees must attend the same junior college for three straight semesters before signing with a SEC program.

The Rebels are trying to convince Brian to not sign with anyone this Spring, go back to Meridian next fall, and finish up his remaining courses so he can complete his eligibility requirements for D1 and the SEC.

Will this be enough arms for Ole Miss' future?

Not all is lost for the Rebels' pitching staff, as you have to remember, Ole Miss is redshirting three highly decorated pitchers

They are Jeremy Catoire (RHP), Justin Cryer (RHP) , and Brett Bukvich (LHP).

Add this to the equation that Ole Miss signed three bonafide blue chip prospects this fall, Craig Rodriguez (LHP), Cody Satterwhite (RHP), and Lance Lynn (RHP), and you can see why this will simply be a "reloading" mode and not rebuilding..

Craig Rodriguez, the 6' 4", 200 pound LHP out of Pearl River CC, is simply dominating everyone he is facing this year. He is widely considered the top juco pitcher in the state of Mississippi this year.

Cody Satterwhite

Cody Satterwhite, who stands at 6' 4" 190 and is currently attending Jackson Hillcrest, is mowing down everything in sight. Cody is averaging nearly 16 K's an outing!! He is going to be a special/special player in the Rebel's rotation. Satterwhite is consistently throwing it in the low 90's and his past arm troubles are just that, a thing in the past.

Lance Lynn

Lance Lynn, who stands at 6' 5", 250, just got his season cranked up at Brownsburg (IN). Northern schools do not start their baseball season until later on in the Spring, but from all of the reports we have received, he is off to a great start. Lance is blowing smoke and is showing why he was considered one of the Top 100 prospects in the '05 class according to Baseball America.

'06 Prospects

Jamie Johnson

Well, wouldn't you know it. The Rebels have committed one of Louisiana's elite rising seniors, Jamie Johnson.

Jamie is arguable the top hitter in Louisiana, and without a doubt, the top hitter in the northern half.

Johnson is a 5' 9" center field prospect who preps at West Ouachita, which is located right outside of West Monroe, where the Rebels have had some success in Robert Lane and Alex Presley.

Jamie is currently hitting .538, which leads North Louisiana in hitting. Johnson is West Ouachita's lead off hitter and led the state in walks last year with 41.

He is listed as one of the top 400 prospects in the Junior Class by Baseball America and was also recognized as one of the Top 15 Prospects in the State of Louisiana by the Louisiana Coach's Association. (Special Note - Neither poll list the prospects by a number ranking, just an overall team is selected).

Jamie had narrowed his list down to Arizona, Notre Dame, LSU, and Arkansas before deciding on Ole Miss.

Matt Holliman

Another key target for the '06 class is a familiar name, Matt Holliman. And by the way, yes, Matt is the little brother of current Ole Miss pitcher, Mark Holliman.

Matt is a special player in his own right and plays short stop for Germantown.

He is currently hitting .568 with 6 HR's and 26 RBI's. Holliman has hit safely in every game but one, and that was against MSU signee, Matt Lea.

Holliman was named MVP for the USSA and CABA World Series games. Matt is also a Shelby All-Metro member.

Ole Miss, MSU, Alabama, Notre Dame, and Auburn are all courting Holliman to take his talents to their program.

Lastly, another junior baseball prospect to keep your eye on is Dominic Brown.

Dominic is a 6' 6" left handed pitcher who also plays wide receiver for Pasco (FL).

Ole Miss' football team is actually hot and heavy after Dominic, as our sources tell us that Mr. Brown is one of the top two sports athletes in the state of Florida.

We will fill in the blanks as we learn more about Dominic, and we will be featuring each prospect that we went over tonight in the coming days.

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