"I committed to Ole Miss," added Kyle Barback . "When I went down there the very first time on my official visit, I just fell in love with it. What caught my attention was the atmosphere of the football game (Missouri/Ole Miss football game), the atmosphere of the Grove, the atmosphere of the Square, just all of it. I also felt like I fit in with their players the best. We just clicked."
The campus of Ole Miss' was also a factor.
"It was by far the nicest campus I visited. It is also really nice for freshmen because it is all in one area and very convenient. I just loved it down there."
Who came in second place?
say it was a tie between Arizona State because of their program and Missouri because
it was close to home."
What are Barbeck's goals for his freshman season at Ole Miss?
"Hopefully I am just able to get to pitch. I am the only left handed pitcher they are signing in our class so that was important to me. I know they are losing a lot of arms this year, so hopefully I can get a weekend job. I just want to be able to pitch in the SEC. I would like to start, but I will do what ever they want me to do."
As a junior at Blue Springs High School, Kyle was 8-0 with a 1.41 ERA for the state champion Wildcats and followed that with a 9-0 record and 0.85 ERA for the State Champion Blue Springs Rod's Sports A's, who went 60-11 before falling in the Mid-South Regional in Paducah, Ky.
Barbeck closed the Legion season with a four straight wins - including three in postseason action - and 31 consecutive scoreless innings.
"I've coached and seen some awfully good baseball players," A's manager Mike Rooney told the Examiner, "but I haven't seen many kids have a season like Kyle." Barbeck, who shared Examiner American Legion Player of the Year honors with teammate Andrew Melanson, also led the A's regulars with a .450 batting average.
"I think my best pitch is my fastball," added Kyle Barbeck. "I top out at 93 MPH and pitch it in the 87-89 range consistently. I also throw a 4 seam and 2 seam fastball. A fun little pitch I throw is the knuckle curve and my circle change up is pretty good."
Kyle carries a 3.5 GPA / 23 ACT
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