Austin Riley Pitcher/Infielder DeSoto Central | 6-3, 210 •The Mississippi State signee brings the heat with a 94 mph fastball and went 8-2 with a 1.14 ERA. A potential early draft pick, Riley hit .486 in 2014, including nine homeruns and 34 RBIs, earning him Perfect Game’s recognition as the state’s top player.
Belmont | 6-0, 180
•The Mississippi State signee has started every game on varsity since eighth grade and is a true switch hitter with a .393 career batting average. Ranked the top shortstop in Mississippi by Perfect Game.
DeSoto Central | 6-3, 190
•Blaylock’s stellar defense in the outfield is defined by his athleticism and arm accuracy. The Mississippi State signee also batted .387 last season, had 28 RBIs and stole 14 bases.
Petal | 6-4, 250
•Another potential draft pick in 2015, Evans has an electric 92 mph fastball and went 6-4 as a junior with a 2.38 ERA. The right-hander’s athletic build and mechanics on the mound earned him a Louisville Slugger Preseason All-American nod.
Jackson Prep | 6-2, 175
•The Mississippi State signee and Louisville Slugger Preseason All-American broke Jackson Prep’s single-season record for strikeouts with 101 while leading the Patriots to their second straight state title last year. The righty amassed an 11-1 record in 2014 with a 1.21 ERA.
DeSoto Central | 6-3, 215
•The hard-throwing right-hander has a 90 mph fastball. A Mississippi State signee, James went 6-2 with a 2.04 ERA and 33 strikeouts in 2014.
Jackson Prep | 5-11, 185
•The Mississippi State signee went 4-1 on the mound last season with one save. The switch hitter batted .457 as a junior, including nine doubles.
East Central | 6-3, 215
•Pilkington went 9-2 with a 1.01 ERA and 104 strikeouts as a junior. The Mississippi State signee had two home runs and 25 RBIs, while recording a .306 batting average and .448 on-base percentage.
DeSoto Central | 6-3, 210
•The Mississippi State signee brings the heat with a 94 mph fastball and went 8-2 with a 1.14 ERA. A potential early draft pick, Riley hit .486 in 2014, including nine homeruns and 34 RBIs, earning him Perfect Game’s recognition as the state’s top player.
Meridian | 6-2, 225
•The Louisiana Tech signee in football and baseball has speed on the mound to match his powerful bat, topped with a 90 mph fastball while going 4-1 with 30 strikeouts as a junior. Smith hit .436, including four home runs and 12 doubles, while stealing 18 bases in 2014.
DeSoto Central | 6-3, 205
•A Preseason Louisville Slugger All-American, Woolfork overpowers opponents on the mound with a 93 mph fastball. The Ole Miss signee recorded four saves in 2014 with a 0.84 ERA and 33 strikeouts.
Jackson Prep | 6-1, 175
•The Alabama commit provided power at the plate for the Patriots, hitting .606 in 2014, including six home runs and 50 RBIs, while accumulating a nation-best 68 runs as a junior. Prep’s starting second baseman was named a Louisville Slugger Preseason All-American after setting a school record for batting average and runs in 2014.
Pontotoc | 6-0, 175
•The Mississippi State signee’s offense is defined by his .866 OPS (on-base plus sligging percentage), coupled with a .346 batting average as a junior. Zinn recorded 27 hits and scored 19 runs in 2014.
The 2015 Baseball Dandy Dozen is comprised of the top 12 seniors in Mississippi. The list was selected by Clarion-Ledger high school sports editor Courtney Cronin (@CourtneyRCronin) and high school writer Brandon Shields (@BShields_CL). The picks were based on their evaluations, along with those from various high school and college coaches, and national scouts.