Fresh Faces of Ole Miss Baseball - Florida Rebs
Oct. 21, 2015

With fall practice underway, the Ole Miss baseball team is already gearing up for the 2016 campaign. The fall season is also the time when the incoming recruiting class goes through official practice for the first time. This season features 17 newcomers beginning their Ole Miss careers. As practices and intrasquads continue, will introduce you to some of the newest Diamond Rebels each week through the remainder of the fall season.

This week, we meet three new Rebels from the state of Florida that decided to continue their baseball careers at Ole Miss. Check out the video below to learn more about the `Fresh Faces' of Ole Miss Baseball.

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#28 Ray Alejo | IF | Orlando, Fla. - Boone HS
As a three-year letterman at Boone High School, Alejo hit .322 during his prep career with 30 doubles, seven triples and five home runs. The Orlando, Florida native was tabbed a Perfect Game Third Team All-American and first team all-region honoree following the 2015 season. Alejo also led his team to a pair of district championships in 2013 and 2014. He earned all-metro and Perfect Game Underclass All-American Third Team accolades as a junior, hitting at a .330 clip.

#7 Nick Fortes | C | Deland Fla. - Deland HS
One of two catchers in this year's class, Fortes was named No. 95 overall prospect by He posted a .385 batting average with two homers and 32 RBI as a senior, collecting 2015 Second Team All-American and First Team All-Region honors by Perfect Game. Fortes was a two-time Bright House Networks Player of the Year and Florida Athletic Coaches Association (FACA) All-Star. During his junior campaign, the Deland, Florida native hit an incredible .512 with six home runs and 40 RBI to earn Perfect Game Underclass First Team All-American accolades. Fortes was also named the Dayton Beach News-Journal Player of the Year and the FACA Player of the Year for his successful 2014 season. Not only did the catcher shine on the field and behind the plate, but he excelled in the classroom by claiming a spot on the honor roll all four years at Deland High School.



#2 Ryan Olenek | IF/RHP | Winter Springs, Fla. - Trinity Prep
After playing as a middle infielder and pitcher throughout high school, Olenek brought his versatility to Ole Miss. The Winter Springs, Florida native was tabbed as the 13th-best shortstop in the state of Florida by Perfect Game., and the baseball media outlet also named him honorable mention All-American and honorable mention all-region. At the plate, Olenek hit .365 throughout his four-year career, including .385 as a sophomore. He always produced in the biggest games, having been selected to the WWBA All-Tournament Team twice as well as the FCSL All-Tournament Team on three occasions. On the mound his senior season, Olenek struck out 44 hitters in 43 innings over a span of nine appearances to go along with a 1.14 ERA. He was named the team's most valuable player as a junior and senior, posting a .365 batting average as a junior to earn Perfect Game Underclass Third Team All-American honors. Olenek is another one of the many new Rebels that was also a star academically, making the Trinity Prep honor roll every year.




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