Rebs add 5th piece to junior baseball class
"I am a 6' 2", 170 pound right handed pitcher, and I also play shortstop for DeSoto Central," said Casey Green who moved to Southaven from Las Vegas in 8th grade. "I max out at 89 MPH, and I throw it consistently in the 85-86 range. I basically throw a fastball, curveball (12 to 6 break), and I have been working on my slider. I would say my out pitch is my curveball."
Which position is Ole Miss recruiting Casey to play?
"Coach Bianco said they would give me an opportunity to be a two way player. I played some 2B, 3B, as well as SS here, so I have some experience at most of the positions in the infield."
Green expands on his game.
"I would say as a hitter I am more of a gap to gap hitter. I do not put up a lot of power numbers. And on the mound, I have a solid right arm with good command."
This past season was not what Casey or DeSoto had hoped for, but it was a productive one nevertheless.
"We had a solid year. We lost a few close district games and came in second to Southaven. We got beat by Tupelo in the 1st round, but we were one of the top ranked teams in the state all year. Personally, I took over the number one slot for our pitching staff. Last year Ben Paullus was our ace and I was the closer. Ben signed with Memphis. It was really just an average year for me though. I did not really put out any outstanding stats. I just ate up innings and kept our team in the ball game. I think I was 5-3 with a 2.97 ERA on the year. I pitched in 50 innings, but I do not know my strikeouts to walks yet. At the plate, I do not know my exact numbers either, but I hit for a pretty good average."
This past summer, Casey began to make a name for himself at the State Games, Perfect games, and playing for the Mississippi Prospects in AAU.
"That is how Ole Miss found me. Coach Lafferty was at a good number of the Mississippi Prospect games. Clemson and LSU saw me at the Perfect games, and MSU saw me in the State games. Those were the main schools who were recruiting me."
Why did Green choose the Rebels?
"I visited this weekend on Saturday. They made me an offer, and I committed today (Monday). They are a great academic school as well as a great baseball program. I got to know Coach Lafferty well over the last few months, and I felt like it was just the right fit for me."
Now that the recruiting process is over; how does the Southaven resident feel?
"Relieved to be honest. I am just glad to get this out of the way where I can now just go play ball and not worry about all of that stuff. I am going to the Perfect Games in Las Vegas this summer, and I will play for the Dulin Dodgers with a couple of other players who signed with Ole Miss (David Renfroe and Preston Overbey). I just look forward to getting back out there and competing again."
Green scored a 30 on his ACT and carries an A average.
To view the complete list of baseball commitments for the '10/'11 class, click here.
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