Posted: Oct 25, 2012 4:50 PM
Updated: Oct 25, 2012 5:58 PM
COLUMBIA -- As the Mizzou baseball team transitions to the SEC this season, it will be bolstered by a 2012 recruiting that ranks 24th nationally according to Aaron Fitt at BaseballAmerica.com. The Tigers ranked one spot ahead of defending NCAA National Champion Arizona, the same team that eliminated Mizzou from the NCAA Tournament last year. The class, put together by the Mizzou coaching staff includes 19 student-athletes.
Headlining the class is Baseball America's No. 72 overall recruit Alec Rash, a right-handed pitcher from Adel, Iowa. Rash was drafted in the second round of the MLB Draft by the Philadelphia Phillies but elected to enroll at Mizzou rather than take a big payday from the Phillies, making him the highest-drafted player to enroll in school this year. Fitt said this of Rash: ‘Long and lean, Rash works downhill with a 91-95 mph fastball with heavy life at his best, and he flashes a wipeout power slider, but he's still learning to repeat his delivery and command his stuff consistently.'
Fitt goes on to describe the rest of the Tiger signing class as a group ‘gritty, heady ballplayers' that should help make an immediate impact for the Tigers during their first season as members of the SEC. Fitt singles out utility man Keeton Steele, a 29th-round selection by the Tampa Bay Days in the MLB Draft, as another headliner. A utility infielder and right-handed pitcher, Steele could help the Tigers in a variety of ways this season. Fitt was also very high on Hutchinson Community College product Jace James, a 5-11 righty that, according to Fitt, could earn a spot as a starter for the Tigers this season.
Fitt identifies Kendal Keeton, an infielder from Walters State Junior College, as a potential starter up the middle and was high on Middle Georgia Community College catcher Dylan Kelly. He also listed Ryan Phillips of Columbia's own Rock Bridge High School as a potential utility player for the Tigers in the infield or a ‘fearless' pitcher that ‘attacks the zone with an 85-87 fastball and a slider.'
Shane Segovia, a third baseman from Northeast Texas Community College, was identified by Fitt as someone who could figure into the mix at third base for the Tigers while he predicted that Logan Pearson from Crowder Community College could make a huge impact for the Tigers in the outfield. Fitt was also high on Peter Fairbanks of Webster Groves, Mo., as someone who ‘works downhill with an 89-91 fastball and promising slider.'
Fans can get a look at the Mizzou baseball class and the rest of the defending Big 12 Champions next month when the annual Fall World Series begins on November 2.
Posted 2:58 PM 11/27/2015 by Nick Komisar & Amy Money, KOMU 8 Reporters
COLUMBIA - The moment the MU football team announced on Twitter that it wasn't going to play until former UM Systems President Tim Wolfe resigned, the Concerned Student 1950 movement was thrust into the national spotlight. A photo was tweeted by some members of the team locking arms, with (More)
Posted 1:52 PM 11/27/2015 by The Associated Press
BRANSON (AP) — Authorities say deputies have killed a man who shot his wife and pointed a handgun at the deputies.
KOLR-TV reports that 58-year-old Rick Gullickson was killed early Friday at a home in southern Stone County. The Stone County Sheriff's Department said (More)
Posted 1:18 PM 11/27/2015 by The Associated Press
HANNIBAL (AP) — Mark Twain's 180th birthday is being celebrated this weekend in his boyhood hometown.
The Hannibal Courier-Post reports that a mustache competition and a masquerade mask art show are among the activities planned for Saturday at the Mark Twain Boyhood (More)
Adv. - more news below
Posted 1:14 PM 11/27/2015 by The Associated Press
WEST PLAINS (AP) — A south-central Missouri man has been charged in a deadly crash.
The West Plains Daily Quill reports that 33-year-old Kevin Matthew Stephens, of Pomona, is jailed in Howell County on an involuntary manslaughter charge. No attorney is listed for (More)
Posted 10:29 AM 11/27/2015 by The Associated Press
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Local elected officials and state lawmakers are praising Gov. Jay Nixon for calling for settlement money to be spent in areas damaged by lead mining.
Nixon this week directed the state Department of Natural Resources to identify restoration (More)
Posted 10:11 AM 11/27/2015 by Ashton Day, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
JEFFERSON CITY - Despite the rain, Missouri State Parks and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources are encouraging Missourians to spend Black Friday outdoors.
Missouri State Parks is waiving all camping fees the evening of Nov. 27. The campsites will be first come, first (More)
Posted 8:40 AM 11/27/2015 by The Associated Press
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The $380-million Gateway Arch grounds overhaul in St. Louis has opened its first renovated park.
The Arch and its grounds are undergoing a $380-million renovation, which includes a planned 46,000-square-foot expansion of the visitor center and a redesigned Museum of (More)
Adv. - more news below
Posted 8:36 AM 11/27/2015 by The Associated Press
FESTUS (AP) — Administrators of a thrift store in suburban St. Louis are trying to reunite someone with $1,200 in cash that officials said appears to have been accidentally included in donated items.
As the interim (More)
Posted 8:31 AM 11/27/2015 by The Associated Press
COLUMBIA (AP) — A library science program at the University of Missouri has regained accreditation.
The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that the American Library Association has reinstated its accreditation of the (More)