OXFORD, Miss. – The Ole Miss baseball team added a trio of Mississippi standouts to its ranks with the signing of Hawtin Buchanan, Josh Laxer and Chase Reeves, head coach Mike Bianco announced on Thursday.
The trio is a part of the 2011 signing class for the Rebels and will be eligible to join the Rebels for the 2011-2012 academic year.
All three signees from Mississippi are ranked among the top 10 players in the state according to Perfect Game.
“We’re very excited about the class we’ve signed in the early signing period,” said Ole Miss assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Carl Lafferty. “It has a chance to be one of the most talented classes we’ve had here at Ole Miss. When you look at the in-state talent, certainly they are all guys who can make an impact immediately.”
Hawtin Buchanan comes to Ole Miss from Biloxi High School in Biloxi, Miss., where he was a two-way player – playing first base and pitching. The 6-8 Buchanan hit .324 as a junior with four home runs and 20 RBI and the right-handed hurler posted a 5-3 record on the mound for Biloxi last season. He posted a 0.89 ERA with 85 strikeouts in 55.1 innings of work as a starter.
Buchanan is rated as the No. 2 player in the state of Mississippi by Perfect Game and is the 65th-ranked player in the nation.
He was also named to the Mississippi Coaches Association All-State Baseball Team as a second team selection last season.
Josh Laxer signs with the Rebels from Madison Central down in Madison, Miss., where he helped lead the Jaguars to a runner-up finish in the state championship as a junior after Madison Central claimed the championship in his sophomore year.
The 6-1 right-handed pitcher posted a 6-1 record with a 1.71 ERA in his junior season, including a win in an elimination game of the state championship playoff series to get Madison Central to a winner-take-all final game.
Laxer is rated as the No. 9 player in the state by Perfect Game.
Chase Reeves comes to Ole Miss from Hamilton High School. An outfielder, left-handed pitcher and a first baseman, Reeves helped lead Hamilton to a runner-up finish at the state championships this past season.
The 6-0 tall junior from Caledonia, Miss., has had a solid career for Hamilton, batting .418 with 24 home runs and 158 RBI. On the mound, he was named a Louisville Slugger All-America selection following his sophomore season when he posted an 8-1 record with an 0.11 ERA. He struck out 99 and walked only 25 in his time on the mound.
Reeves is rated the No. 7 player in the state according to Perfect Game.
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