Add Cody Satterwhite's name to the long and impressive list of excellent baseball players to arrive at Ole Miss after attending Hillcrest Christian.
Satterwhite, a 6-foot-4, right-handed pitcher, began classes this week along with his Ole Miss baseball teammates. Satterwhite joins several Rebel pitchers hoping to become weekend starters by February.
"I've really been anticipating coming here and seeing what it's all about," said Satterwhite, by most accounts one of the top pitchers in the state in the high school ranks for the past couple of years and also a member of the Clarion-Ledger's Dandy Dozen baseball squad. "I'm looking forward to the atmosphere for baseball here. I'm ready for the season."
Of course first things first. Satterwhite and his teammates have a few weeks of strength and conditioning to go through and then it's the start of fall baseball practice in September.
Satterwhite is proud to be another in the line of alums who have joined Ole Miss baseball after their Hillcrest years. Other Rebels from there include Seth Smith, Stephen Head, Logan Power, and Bradley Lum.
"It's a great program down there that we've grown up with," Satterwhite said. "I grew up with a lot of these (other Hillcrest) guys."
Satterwhite said he knows he will have a shot at starting this season if he shows the coaches in the fall and in the preseason that he is worthy.
"There were a lot of pitchers drafted," he said of last year's Rebel squad. "I knew playing time was a good possibility. Them being drafted means we've got a great program here, and that was important to me."
Satterwhite, drafted in June in the 37th round by the Indians, said he had pretty much decided early on that he would pitch at Ole Miss and not go pro, even before the draft came along.
"I just felt like this is what I needed to do," he said.
So that being the case, he plans to help the Rebels for the next several seasons and also continue to improve his pitching.
"My fast ball is good but I need to work on some offspeed and changeup stuff," he said. "In high school I never really had a changeup since I just threw hard."
Starting with fall baseball in the weeks ahead, Satterwhite will get his opportunity to do all that and more as the Rebels look for pitchers to replace so many from the last couple of years.
"It's exciting," Satterwhite said. "I'm looking forward to it."
*** One other baseball note from this week. Infielder JoJo Tann of Jackson Prep had wrist surgery recently and will miss fall practice. Tann redshirted last season, his freshman year at Ole Miss.
Satterwhite ready for some baseball
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