High School Baseball: Our Top 10 Players

By John Wilbert/NEMS Daily Journal

Tyler Beaty
New Albany, P/1B/RF, Senior
- Vitals: 6-1, 165
- Bats: Switch n Throws: Right
- Notable: 9-4 record, 2.02 ERA, 145K, 83 innings pitched, 10 CG, 4 SO, .157 opponents’ batting average, 47 hits allowed, 48 walks, batted .324, 3 HR, 42 RBIs, 34 hits, 16 doubles, 12 runs, .973 fielding percentage. … 2011 MHSAA Class 4A Coaches First-Team All-State. … 2011 MHSAA Division 1-4A “Super 15″ selection. … 2011 MHSAA Division 1-4A Pitcher of the Year. … Signed with Northeast Mississippi Community College.
- Quotable: “He’s a character. There’s no doubt about it. You can tell, that if he’s in his character, he’s going to be pretty good.” – New Albany coach John Walker

Will Cox
Amory, P/3B/1B, Senior
- Vitals: 6-4, 220
- Bats: Right n Throws: Right
- Notable: 12-1 record, 0.41 ERA, 147K, 851/3 innings pitched, 53 hits, 11 walks, 10 runs, 5 ER, batted .420, 5 HR, 28 RBIs, 88 at-bats, 37 hits, 27 singles, 5 doubles, 9K in 88 at-bats, 19 walks, 24 runs. … 2011 MHSAA Class 4A Coaches Co-Player of the Year. … NEMCABB Class 3A/4A/5A/6A Player of the Year. … 2011 MHSAA All-Division 4-4A. … 2010 Daily Journal Player of the Year. … Signed with Mississippi State.
- Quotable: “He’s a hard-worker who is very poised and is a great leader on the field.” – Amory coach Chad Williams

Ben Hudspeth
Tupelo, P/C, Senior
- Vitals: 6-1, 220
- Bats: Right n Throws: Right
- Notable: 9-2 record, 2.00 ERA, 112K, 77 innings pitched, 51 hits, 25 runs, 22 ER, 20 walks, batted .373, 1 HR, 34 RBIs, 118 at-bats, 44 hits, 10 doubles, .517 slugging. … 2011 MHSAA Class 6A Coaches First-Team All-State and Division 2-6A Player of the Year. … Signed with Itawamba Community College.
- Quotable: “Ben played with more confidence this year, and we relied on his arm and bat to carry us throughout the year.” – Tupelo coach Gary Enis

Collin Minga
Mantachie, P/3B, Senior
- Vitals: 6-3, 190
- Bats: Right n Throws: Right
- Notable: 11-2 record, 1.57 ERA, 105K, 89 innings pitched, .141 opponents’ batting average, 50 hits allowed, 16 walks, batted .280, 4 HR, 21 RBI, 33 hits, 7 doubles, 3 triples, 21 walks, .406 on-base, 4K in 143 PA. … 2011 MHSAA Class 2A Coaches First-Team All-State and All-Division 1-2A selection. … 2010 Daily Journal All-Area selection. … Signed with ICC.
- Quotable: “He has a good fastball, a good curveball and a good changeup. The changeup was his out pitch. … A super kid we rode all year long.” – Mantachie coach Scott
Collier

Jonathan Morrison
Ripley, P/SS, Senior
- Vitals: 6-1, 194
- Bats: Right n Throws: Right
- Notable: 7-1 record, 1.31 ERA, 105K, 582/3 innings pitched, 6 CG, 34 hits allowed, 12 walks, batted .437, 5 HR, 27 RBI, 31 hits, 16 runs, .481 on-base, .732 slugging. … 2011 MHSAA Division 1-3A Co-Player of the Year. … 2011 MHSAA Class 3A Coaches First-Team All-State. … Signed with Blue Mountain College.
- Quotable: “He’s a coach’s dream. He’s not only a great athlete; he’s one of the hardest-working kids we got. He did it at the plate and on the mound. He did it hurt all year round.” – Ripley coach Joel Gafford

Channing Nanney
Mooreville, P/SS, Senior
- Vitals: 6-3, 170
- Bats: Right n Throws: Right
- Notable: 9-5 record, 1 save, 1.95 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, 133K, 79 innings pitched, 61 hits, 31 runs, 22 ER, 16 walks, batted .462, 9 HR, 35 RBIs, 106 at-bats, 49 hits, 7 doubles, 1 triple, 20 walks, 48 runs, .590 on-base percentage, .802 slugging, 1.392 OPS. … 2011 MHSAA Class 2A Coaches First-Team All-State. … Division 2-3A MVP. … Signed with ICC.
- Quotable: “He’s an all-around great player. He’s got the mindset of a great player. He didn’t let a lot of stuff bother him; he just competed.” – Mooreville coach Jamie Russell

Chase Reeves
Hamilton, P/CF/1B, Senior
- Vitals: 6-0, 200
- Bats: Left n Throws: Left
- Notable: 6-1, 0.36 ERA, 84K, 52 innings pitched, batted .475, 8 HR, 32 RBIs, 28 walks. … 2011 MHSAA Class 2A Coaches Player of the Year. … 2011 MHSAA Division 2-2A Player of the Year. … Signed with Ole Miss.
n Quotable: “He does everything well. He covers the outfield really well. He’s the backbone of our ballclub.” – Hamilton coach Lewis Earnest

Kyle Robbins
North Pontotoc, P/1B/OF, Senior
- Vitals: 5-10, 185
- Bats: Switch n Throws: Left
- Notable: 10-3 record, 4 saves, 1.09 ERA, 132K, 44 walks, .106 opponents’ batting average, batted .301, 3 HR, 32 RBIs. … 2011 MHSAA Class 4A Coaches First-Team All-State. … 2011 MHSAA Division 1-4A Co-Player of the Year and “Super 15″ selection. … Signed with Northeast.
- Quotable: “Kyle is the most competitive player we have had. He always wants the ball in the pressure situations.” – North Pontotoc coach Chad Anthony

Will Robertson
Falkner, P/SS, Senior
- Vitals: 5-9, 195
- Bats: Right n Throws: Right
- Notable: 11-4 record, 4 saves, 2.06 ERA, 13 CG, 1 shutout, 216K, 102 innings pitched, 41 runs, 30 ER, 43 walks, batted .500, 8 HR, 29 RBIs, 92 at-bats, 46 hits, 11 doubles, 5 triples, 37 runs, 29 walks, 2K, 15 of 15 stolen bases, .626 on-base percentage, .989 slugging, 1.615 OPS. … 2011 MHSAA Class 1A Coaches Player of the Year. … 2011 NEMCABB Class 1A/2A Player of the Year. … 2011 MHSAA Division 1-1A Player of the Year and Co-Pitcher of the Year. … 2011 Daily Journal Player of the Year. … Signed with Northeast.
- Quotable: “Will has a workmanlike mentality at the plate and always has a good mental and physical approach. Also, on the mound, he has a bulldog mentality. He doesn’t like to get hit and he doesn’t like to fail.” – Falkner coach Chip Johnson

Brandon Woodruff
Wheeler, P/3B/OF, Senior
- Vitals: 6-4, 220
- Bats: Left n Throws: Right
- Notable: 1-1 record, 1.62 ERA, 51K, 13 walks, batted .618, 3 HR, 19 RBIs, 21 hits, 6 doubles, 1 triple, 1.118 slugging. … 2011 MHSAA Class 1A Coaches First-Team All-State. … Division 1-1A Co-Pitcher of the Year and First-Team All-Division. … 2010 Daily Journal All-Area. … Signed with Mississippi State. … Drafted in fifth round by MLB’s Texas Rangers.
- Quotable: “Brandon is one of the most natural and disciplined high school players you will ever see. He has a tremendous work ethic, and will only continue to improve as a player.” – Wheeler coach John David Horn