Rebs commit Virginia's top baseball prospect

Baseball is a program that is constantly building for the future as your junior college players are eligible for the draft each and every year and the high school players are eligible after their third year in the program.

The class of 2010 has gotten off to a tremendous start with the additions of four nationally rated high school prospects but none of them are ranked as high as the 6' 3", 195 pound hard throwing right handed pitcher out of West Springfield (VA).

"Perfect Games rates me as the #1 player in Virginia and the #51 overall player in the country," stated Bobby Wahl. "I am a preseason All-American, but really, I do not care about all of that stuff. I just try and take care of my business on the mound each time I go out there."

What separates Bobby from the pack is not only can he throw it hard (touches 94 MPH almost every time he goes on the mound and pitches it between 89 to 92 MPH), it is the number of pitches in his arsenal.

"I throw a fastball, slider, change up, curveball, and a splitter. I just experimented with a few things and it just kind of happened."

Throwing five different pitches is very unusual for not only a high school pitcher, but any pitcher on any level. What is his out pitch?

"I would go with my slider. It is working pretty well. I throw it about 82 MPH so it is hard to pick up out of my hand."

What else makes Wahl so special?

"I just go out there and throw strikes and trust my stuff. I am competitor. I love working hard and that is how I pitch. I am a grinder out there."

Another thing that stands out about Bobby is his control. As a sophomore, he went 6-1 on the mound with a 1.89 ERA. In 40 innings of work, he struck out 65 and only walked 9 batters. This season, he is 6-0 on the mound with 35 innings of work and has 54 k's and only 6 walks."

"I came up my sophomore year, and I was the #2 pitcher behind Mike Kent who signed with Clemson. I made my way up the lineup, and around the playoffs, I solidified myself. This year I have worked my way up to the #1 slot, but me and Mike (Kent) are really Co #1's. My fastball is coming in pretty good, and I can control it pretty well and locate it where I want it. That keeps my walks down because I do not have to throw it in the dirt and waste too many pitches. I just go right after the batters."

Bobby is currently gearing up for the playoff stretch at West Springfield.

"Right now, we are undefeated in the State of Virginia, and we have a real good team. We have great players and a great staff. I think we have a chance to go real far. We are just about to start the district playoffs next week."

Wahl started making a name for himself this past summer at the East Cobb games.

"I went down with the Junior Barmstormers in the East Cobb league. I threw a complete game one hitter with 15 strike outs in front of all of the scouts. That got me noticed, and then I played for Jeff Petty for the North Hurricanes and threw in the championship game at the World Series (in South Carolina) for the Impact games, and we won it. Everything started happening after that."

The "happening" was scholarship offers from some of the more prestigious baseball programs in the country.

"It started with the instate programs. Virginia and Virginia Tech got on me. V.T. was my first offer, and then North Carolina, Clemson, and pretty much the rest of the ACC programs started offering me."

How the Rebels were able to get a foot in the door comes down to those Snyder twins once again.

"Matt and Mike's (Snyder) father is my pitching coach, so I told him to put out a feeler on me to Ole Miss. I have always wanted to play in the SEC all of my life, and Ole Miss is the premier program in the SEC, so that is where I wanted to go. Mr. Snyder told Ole Miss about me, and they came and scouted me in the Jupiter tournament in Florida last summer. I threw another complete game in front of Coach Rob and had like 14 K's, and he offered me right after the game. I guess they liked what they saw (laugh)."

Bobby came down on an unofficial visit in January and fell in love with not on the baseball program, but the overall school. A commitment took place right before he left.

"Ole Miss is just the perfect school for me. I can not explain it. The place is just beautiful. The facilities are unreal. The coaching staff is awesome. The players are just like me, and it does not hurt that they have the most beautiful women in the country. Who wouldn't want to be at Ole Miss? I took visits to North Carolina, Virginia, Clemson, South Carolina, and Virginia Tech, and it was cool and everything, but it was not Ole Miss."

The expectations will be huge when Bobby steps on campus, but the staff at Ole Miss has only told him one thing.

"They told me that nothing is guaranteed at Ole Miss. You have to work hard to get a spot. I know that. They told me that there is a good chance I will play early if I continue to work hard, whether that is in the bullpen or starting, I do not know. We will see. They just want me to keep working hard."

To view a video interview with Bobby, click here.

To view the complete list of baseball commitments for the '09/'10 class, click here.

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