Rebel baseball program has a bright future

The Ole Miss baseball program was built on recruiting the top prospects throughout the country. This year's class is no exception, as they inked the Player of the Year from three different states. To view the accomplishments and awards from all of the '04/'05 signees, click here.

Brett Basham

Brett Basham (C, Knoxville, TN) - Brett is listed as 6' 2", 205. He hit .360 with 5 HR's, 7 doubles, and 29 runs scored as a senior. Bearden High made it to the state semifinals in Tennessee's largest baseball classification, Class 3A. Brett was named 1st Team All-District for his play on the field.

The following information comes from Perfect games report

(2003 Knoxville Yard Dogs) (Honorable Mention all district 4-AAA) (attending Perfect Game World Underclass Showcase in Fort Myers, Fl. Jan. 4-6 2004 - selected to play in the "Top Prospects" game) (Dec 2003 Yard Showcase, 1.92 Pop) (PG REPORT: Brett Basham -- Basham is a multi-tooled junior catcher who is sure to attract the attention of major college coaches and professional scouts. He has aggressive, polished actions behind the plate and can control a game defensively. Basham’s arm strength is big league average and he has quick feet, a smooth, accurate arm and he likes to throw. Basham’s game throws were just as quick as his workout pop times. Basham hits from a wide stance and generates very good bat speed with a level, strong swing. The ball jumped off his bat in BP and he projects to hit well down the road. Possible big time prospect! Brett is a good student. ) (2004 TBCA Team) (Team One South Showcase - Georgia Tech July 2004) (2004 Perfect Game National Showcase 6/18/04) (11/12/04 - Brett Basham of Bearden is expected to sign with Mississippi at a 10 a.m. ceremony today at the school. Basham hit .300 with two home runs, five doubles and 20 RBIs as a junior last season. "He's an exceptional defensive catcher with an extremely gifted throwing arm and a good body (6-foot-2, 185 pounds) for a catcher," Bearden coach Matt Buckner said. Basham's father, Bruce, was a catcher at Tennessee in the early 1980s. ) (11-16-04, Basham, 6-feet-2, 185 pounds, from Knoxville, Tenn., is a two-time honorable mention All-District IV selection at Bearden High School. He was listed by Team One Baseball as one of the south's top 30 prospects in 2004, and was rated as the No. 4 high school prospect by Baseball America magazine. He was also invited to participate in the 2004 Perfect Game National Showcase.)

Wade Broyles

Wade Broyles(RHP, Madison, MS) - The 6' 2", 190 pound prospect out of Madison Central helped his team to a national ranking before succumbing to N' West Rankin.

ade was named 1st Team All-State by the Clarion Ledger after he went went 11-0 with a 1.51 ERA in 65.2 innings pitched. He had 106 strikeouts and 44 walks for the season.

The following information comes from the Clarion Ledger

Mixing a fastball consistently clocked in the upper 80s with an effective curveball and change-up, Broyles was the heart and soul of a team that opened the season with 31 consecutive victories before falling to Northwest Rankin in the Class 5A semifinals. Also batted .373 as part-time DH. Signed with Ole Miss last fall.

"Wade is a very competitive kid who really likes to pitch in the big games," Madison Central coach Greg Perry said. "He could throw all three of his pitches at any time in the count and get them over for strikes. His breaking ball is one of the best around. Wade just brought a lot to our team as far as leadership."

Evan Button
Evan Button (SS, St. Louis, MO) - The 6' 0", 180 pound short stop product out of De Smet Julius led his division in hitting with a .490 batting average. He also collected 2 HR's, 6 doubles, .720 slugging percentage, 17 RBI's, and 20 scored runs.

Button was named as one of St. Louis' Top 5 prospects by the Riding Star Award, which is voted on by Missouri's Amateur Hall of Fame each year.

Wes Grilliette

Wes Grilliette (RHP, Oxford, MS) - The 6' 2", 180 pound pitching prospect helped Oxford to their 1st State Championship this season.

Grilliette was named 1st Team All-State by the Clarion Ledger after he went 14-1 with a 1.88 ERA this year. In 74.1 innings pitched, Wes collected 109 strikeouts and 28 walks.

The following information comes from the Clarion Ledger:

Playoff workhorse for the Chargers (36-4), winning both games in the Class 4A semifinals and twice more in the 4A championship series. Started the season slowly after bout with tonsillitis and a pulled oblique muscle. Fastball typically clocked at 87-88 although he hit 92 in 4A clincher against Petal. Change-up may be his best pitch. Ole Miss signee.

"Wes was born to pitch with his body type," Oxford coach Brian Harvey said. "He's got long arms and long legs. He just got stronger and stronger as the year went on. Wes is one of those guys with a rubber arm who can throw on back-to-back days. He wants the ball in pressure situations. He's the kind of guy who should do great at the next level."

Devin Hicks (Inf, Bartlett, TN) - Listed as 6' 3", 215.

The following information comes from the Perfect Games:

(2004 TBCA Worth Showcase) (2004 - Commercial Appeal All-Metro) (11-16-04, Hicks, 6-feet-3, 215 pounds, from Bartlett, Tenn., hit 16 home runs en route to earning all-state honors for Bartlett High School last spring. )


Cullan Kight
Cullan Kight (Inf/RHP, Magee, MS) - Mississippi's top hitting prospect did not disappoint this season as he was a repeat selection on the Clarion Ledger's All-State team.

The 6' 3", 220 pound 3B/RHP hit .466 with 11 doubles, 14 HR's, and 58 RBI's.

The following information comes from the Clarion Ledger:

Powered the Cougars to 29-6 record and second consecutive Academy AA championship. Demonstrated his versatility by moving from first base to right field at midseason to fill a gap in team's lineup. Longball potential figures in projections he'll settle in at first base in college. Signed with Ole Miss last November.

"I think Cullan was 33-3 on the mound over three years," Simpson coach Neill Bartling said. "He never dropped below .400 in three years. His homers increased every year. His bat speed and power from left side of the plate are probably his best attributes, but he's made himself into the player he is through his work ethic."

Lance Lynn
Lance Lynn (RHP/OF, Brownsburg, IND) - The 6' 5", 255 pound grizzly bear was named Indian's Gatorade Player of the Year this season.

Brownsburg is currently in the quarterfinals of the state sectionals.

Lance is hitting .415 with 13 HR's and 55 RBI's. On the mound, where he is projected to play on the next level, Lynn is 12-0 with 132 strikeouts in 62 innings of work.

Lance was a Preseason 1st Team All-American by Louisville Slugger and is ranked as one of the Top 40 overall prospect in the country by Baseball America.

Rory McKean
Rory McKean(RHP, Montgomery, AL) - The 6' 3", 210 pound pitching/first base prospect won the Bryant-Jordon Award for the State of Alabama. This award selects the top student/athlete each year.

On the mound this season, Rory went 6-4 with a 1.73 ERA. McKean pitched in 52 innings and collected 75 strikeouts.

Zach Miller
Zach Miller (SS, Germantown, TN) - The 5' 9", 185 pound short stop helped Houston to the State Championship this season.

Miller hit .522 with 61 runs scored on the season. He also collected 8 doubles, 5 triples, and 2 Hr's.

The following information comes from the Perfect Games Report:

(2003 Sophomore Sunbelt Team) (2003 All-Metro) (2003 TBCA Showcase) (2004 TBCA Worth Showcase) (2004 - Commercial Appeal All-Metro) (11-16-04, Miller, 5-feet-7, 170 pounds, from Germantown, Tenn., is a two-time Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association (TBCA) All-Region selection at Houston High School).

Kyle Mills (DH, ICC, MS) - The 5' 11", 200 pound Tupelo product was named the National Juco Player of the Month in May. He was also selected to the NJCAA All-American team after he came in second nationally in home runs (20) and led the nation in RBI's (93).

Kyle was named to the 1st Team Juco All-American Team by NJCAA.

Craig Rodriguez (LHP, Pearl River, CC) - Mississippi's top juco pitcher did not disappoint after turning in a 10-2 record and a 2.43 ERA.

The 6' 4", 200 pound prospect regularly hit in the Mid-90's. Craig is considered as having the best arm in the state of Mississippi.

Rodriquez was named to the 1st Team Juco All-American Team by NJCAA.

Craig was drafted by Tampa Bay and is a draft and follow prospect.

Cody Satterwhite
Cody Satterwhite (RHP, Hillcrest Christian, MS) - The 6' 4", 185 pound prospect was named the Gatorade Player of the Year in the state of Mississippi.

Satterwhite went 8-1 with a 1.68 ERA. If you want a power pitcher, look no further than Cody, as he had 119 K's in 58.1 innings of work.

Cody is rated as one of the Top 50 prospects in the country by Baseball America.

The following information comes from the Clarion Ledger:

Regarded by many pro scouts as the top prep prospect in the state. Possesses a blazing fastball regularly clocked in the low 90s, topping out at 96 this spring for the Cougars (17-12). Improved control and location after going 4-3 as a junior. Recorded four shutouts, highlighted by no-hitter against MRA. Ole Miss signee.

"Cody's a great athlete," Hillcrest Christian coach Shane Kelly said. "He could play anywhere on the field where you needed him to play. Watching a pitcher with such a live arm brought a lot of excitement. There were probably on average about 15 scouts per game when he was on the mound."

Scott Van Slyke
Scott Van Slyke (Of, St. Louis, MO) - The son of Andy Van Slyke was selected as the Gatorade Player of the Year in the State of Missouri.

For the season, the 6' 4, 200 pounder batted .482 with 7 Hr's, 21 walks, 30 runs, and 10 doubles in 65 at bats.

Van Slyke is widely regarded as Missouri's top baseball prospect.

Chase Ware
Chase Ware (RHP, Olive Branch, MS) - The 6' 4", 190 pound prospect was selected to the Preseason 1st Team All-American squad by the Louisville Slugger after going 10-1 with a 1.58 ERA as a junior. Ware had 77 K's in 70 innings of work.

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