Diamond Dogs Ink Nine During Early Baseball Signing Period
"Our needs for this recruiting class were pretty specific," said Cohen. "We are losing two senior catchers this year, so we needed to sign an exceptional catcher. And we wanted to continue the process of bringing in quality arms and players with great athleticism. We feel like we have accomplished all of these with this recruiting class."
Cohen's first two MSU baseball recruiting classes garnered top 25 rankings in 2009 and 2010.
Signing with Mississippi State are shortstop Matthew Britton of Cullman, Ala., middle infielder Phillip Casey of Sugar Land, Texas, right-handed pitchers Will Cox of Amory, Miss., and Trevor Fitts of Helena, Ala., infielder/outfielder Tyler Fullerton of Murfreesboro, Tenn., first baseman/pitcher Jonathan Holder of Gulfport, Miss., left-handed pitcher Jacob Lindgren of Kiln, Miss., junior college catcher Mitchell Slauter from Kansas City, Kans., and outfielder Brandon Woodruff of Wheeler, Miss.
2010 MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY FALL BASEBALL SIGNEES (9)
|Name||Pos.||Ht.||Wt.||B-T||Hometown (high school)|
|Matthew Britton||SS||6-1||185||L-R||Cullman, Ala. (Cullman HS)|
|Phillip Casey||SS/2B||6-1||170||L-R||Sugar Land, Texas (Clements HS)|
|Will Cox||RHP||6-3||210||R-R||Amory, Miss. (Amory HS)|
|Trevor Fitts||RHP||6-2||205||R-R||Helena, Ala. (Pelham HS)|
|Tyler Fullerton||INF/OF||5-10||160||R-R||Murfreesboro, Tenn. (Siegel HS)|
|Jonathan Holder||1B/RHP||6-3||225||R-R||Gulfport, Miss. (Gulfport HS)|
|Jacob Lindgren||LHP||6-0||180||R-L||Bay Saint Louis, Miss. (St. Stanislaus HS)|
|Mitchell Slauter||C||6-1||195||R-R||Kansas City, Kans. (Olathe North HS/Barton Co. [KN] CC)|
|Brandon Woodruff||OF||6-4||220||L-R||Wheeler, Miss. (Wheeler HS)|
SS • 6-1 • 185 • L-R • Cullman, Ala. (Cullman High School)
HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year starter and four-time letter-winner at Cullman high School ... Anchored the CHS defense at shortstop for coach Brent Patterson ... Hit .317 as a starter in all 46 games, collecting 45 hits with 30 RBI and 14 extra-base hits ... Belted seven home runs and was success on 19 of 20 stolen base attempts ... Tabbed for the 2010 North-South All-Star Game ... Earned first-team all-state honors as a sophomore, leading the Bearcats with 65 hits and a .389 batting average while belting 25 extra-base hits ... Scored Cullman's state championship-clinching winning run in 2008 ... Also a four-year standout as a defensive back for the Bearcats' football team ... Member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Born Matthew Bryan Britton on May 13, 1993 ... Son of Patricia and Mark
Britton of Cullman, Ala.
INF • 6-1 • 170 • L-R • Sugar Land, Texas (Fort Bend Clements High School)
HIGH SCHOOL: Two-year starting shortstop and leadoff hitter at Clements High School ... Played for coach Israel DeLosSantos ... Hit .366 with 37 hits, 22 RBI and 13 extra-base hits, including five home runs ... Helped the CHS Rangers post a 32-8 record, win area and region titles and earn a berth in the state semi-finals ... Also pilfered 23 bases in 28 attempts ... Second-team Texas Sportswriter's Association All-State selection as a shortstop ... Also tabbed for second-team all-district honors ... Chosen to play in the Houston Area Baseball Coaches Association (HABCA) All-Star Game ... Earned second-team All- District 23-5A and district newcomer of the year honors as a sophomore in 2009 ... Hit a career-best .426 with 23 hits and 16 stolen bases in 18 attempts ... Member of the DECA Club and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes ... Played summer league baseball the past three summers with the Columbia Angels, coached by Mark Machales, Ronnie Thames and Ricky Watkins.
PERSONAL: Born Phillip Casey on October 31, 1992 in Houston, Texas • Son of Melissa and Jim Casey of Sugar Land, Texas.
RHP • 6-3 • 210 • R-R • Amory, Miss. (Amory High School)
HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year regular at Amory High School playing for coach Chad Williams • Starred on the Panther team that advanced to the 2010 4A state championship series ... Compiled a 13-1 record with a save and a miniscule 0.72 earned run average en route to all-state, all-division and Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal Player of the Year honors .. Registered 142 strikeouts in 96.2 innings of mound work ... Also paced the Panthers at the plate with a .435 batting average, five home runs and 35 RBI.
PERSONAL: Born William G. Cox on November 1, 1992 in Amory, Miss. • Son of Christine and Kenny Cox of Amory, Miss.
RHP • 6-2 • 205 • R-R • Helena, Ala. (Pelham High School)
HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year starting pitcher at Pelham High School ... Coached by Jeff Mauldin ... Earned first-team Louisville Slugger High School All-American and Alabama Baseball Coaches Association Pitcher of the Year honors as a junior in 2010 ... Compiled a 14-0 worksheet with three saves, a state-record seven shutouts and an 0.91 earned run average in helping the PHS Panthers post a 39-6 record ... Recorded 151 strikeouts while walking just 19 batters in 92 innings of mound duty ... Set school single-season records for appearances (18), wins (14), strikeouts (151) and shutouts) and with a senior season remaining has established school career marks for wins (25), saves 96), strikeouts (282) and shutouts (9) ... Honored as the Birmingham News Player of the Year, an Alabama Super All-State Pitcher, the Alabama 6A Pitcher of the Year, the Shelby County Player of the Year ... Tossed three one-hitters and four two-hitters and reached double figures in strikeouts eight times ... Held opponents to .0146 hitting ... Runner up to 2009 MSU signee Darryl Norris as the 2010 Alabama Sports Writers Association Mr. Baseball ... Honorable mention All-Shelby County selection as both a freshman (6-0, 1 save, 1.71 ERA) and sophomore (5-2, 2 saves, 2.37 ERA ... Member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Leaders of Life, a D.A.R.E. role model and a Wendy's Heisman Athlete of the Year at Pelham HS.
PERSONAL: Born Trevor Glen Fitts on November 4, 1992 in Birmingham, Ala. • Son of Angie and Danny Fitts of Helena, Ala.
INF/OF • 5-10 • 160 • R-R • Murfreesboro, Tenn. (Siegel High School)
HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year starter at Siegel High School ... Coached by Craig Reavis ... Starting centerfielder who also saw playing time as a middle infielder ... Led the 2010 SHS Stars at the plate as a junior with a .351 batting average, 40 hits, 17 doubles, six triples and four home runs ... Also placed his team with 21 stolen bases in 22 attempts ... Earned all-district and all-region honors and was tabbed the District 7-3A MVP ... Hit a team-leading .414 with 46 hits, 12 doubles and 17 stolen bases as a sophomore in 2009 ... Drove in 24 runs and totaled 21 extra-base hits ... Played summer league baseball with the Nashville Yankees, coached by Steve Ashcraft and Mike Allen, and the Murfreesboro Diamond Dawgs, coached by Terry Fawn and Mike Hill ... Also a two-year member of the SHS bowling team ... Member of the Beta Club and the Spanish Club.
PERSONAL: Born William Tyler Fullerton on February 4, 1993 in Antioch, Tenn. ... Son of Lorie and Steve Fullerton of Murfreesboro, Tenn.
1B • 6-3 • 225 • R-R • Gulfport, Miss. (Gulfport High School)
HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year starting first baseman/pitcher at Gulfport High School ... Coached by Tim Dowdy ... Paced GHS with a .429 batting average, 40 hits, 43 RBI, 12 doubles and 10 home runs as a junior in 2010 ... Also compiled a 3-5 with a 2.62 ERA and a staff-best 51 strikeouts in 48 innings of mound duty ... Named to the Sun Herald All-South Mississippi team ... Two-time member of the District 8 baseball team in the State Games and was selected to play in the 2010 South Mississippi Futures Game ... Hit .313 and posted a career-best 7-3 record with a 2.26 ERA and a staff-leading 48 strikeouts in 68 innings pitched his sophomore season in 2009 ... Member of the Gulfport High School Key Club and an honor roll student ... Played summer league baseball with Marucci Elite, coached by Chad Raley, and the Gulf Coast Hurricanes, coached by Rick Caver.
PERSONAL: Born Jonathan Blake Holder on June 9, 1993 in Gulfport, Miss. • Son of Sindy and Herbie Holder.
LHP • 6-0 • 180 • R-L • Kiln, Miss. (St. Stanislaus High School)
HIGH SCHOOL: Multi-sport standout and second-team all-state pitcher at St. Stanislaus High School ... Coached by Mark Logan ... Compiled a 6-2 record and a staff-leading 1.45 ERA as a junior on the Rockachaw's 2010 4A state championship team ... Registered 69 strikeouts in 43.1 innings and held opponents to a .141 batting average ... Also starred at the plate, hitting .407 with 33 hits, 12 extra-base hits, 30 RBI and a .505 on-base percentage and compiled a .991 fielding percentage ... Earned second-team all-state and all-district honors as a junior ... Also a four-year letter-winner in football, playing on the 2009 Rockachaw's 4A state championship team.
PERSONAL: Born Jacob Stephen Lindgren on March 12, 1993 in Biloxi, Miss. • Son of Jacqueline and Stephen Lindgren of Kiln, Miss.
C • 6-1 • 195 • R-R • Kansas City, Kans. (Olathe North High School/Barton County Community College)
JUNIOR COLLEGE: Starting catcher as a freshman in 2010 at Barton County (Kans.) Community College ... Coached by Mike Warren ... Drew starts in 49 of 50 games played, hitting .343 with 58 hits and a team-leading eight home runs and 47 RBI ... Also collected 12 doubles and four triples ... Posted a team-best .604 slugging percentage and a .459 on-base percentage ... Threw out 14 base-runners in 2010 ... Second-team All-Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference selection as a catcher.
HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year veteran and three-year starter as a catcher and infielder at Olathe North High School ... Coached by Jason Herman ... Hit .333 with two home runs and led the Eagles with 16 RBI ... Named to the All-Olathe Baseball Team and second-teamer on MaxPrep's All-Sunflower team.
PERSONAL: Born Mitchell Slauter on May 10, 1991 in Grand Rapids, Mich. ... Son of Tresa and Darryl of Kansas City, Mo.
OF/RHP • 6-4 • 220 • L-R • Wheeler, Miss. (Wheeler High School)
HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year starter as an outfielder/pitcher at Wheeler High School ... Played for coach John David Horn ... Left-handed hitter with a team-best .534 batting average ... Also paced the Eagles with 31 hits, 21 RBI and 16 extra-base hits, including five home runs ... Recipient of 21 intentional walks, tops in the state ... Also compiled a 5-3 pitching mark as a junior with 10 saves, a 2.98 earned run average and 100 strikeouts in 49.1 innings pitched ... Enjoyed a career-best sophomore campaign in 2009, hitting .565 with 31 RBI, nine home runs, a 3-3 record with a 1.20 ERA and 46 strikeouts in 18 innings of pitching ... 30 stolen bases, 15 home runs and 101 RBI in four seasons at WHS ... Four-year letterman and first-team all-division selection in basketball and a three-year letterman and first-team all-division honors and a quarterback ... Member of the FFA, the Beta Club, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Wheeler HS's Higher Flight Chorus ... Played summer league baseball for two seasons with the Booneville Braves, coached by Shane Sanderson, and in 2010 with the Tupelo 49ers, coached by Kirk Presley.
PERSONAL: Born Brandon Kyle Woodruff on February 1, 1993 in Tupelo, Miss. • Son of Belinda and Richard Woodruff of Wheeler, Miss.