The road to the next level continues at Chattahoochee Valley as three Pirate sophomores inked their deals for the next two seasons by signing baseball scholarships with Division I institutions. Catcher Cody Walker, RHP Ben Taylor and LHP Will Thomas secured their baseball futures last week during the NCAA’s early November signing period, as Walker is headed to Mississippi State University, Taylor to the University of South Alabama, and Thomas to Tennessee Tech University.
Cody Walker, a native of Columbus, GA and a Columbus High School graduate has signed his letter of intent with Mississippi State University. Walker is, without question the premier catching prospect in the ACCC in 2013. After a solid freshman season in which he hit .312, he blossomed over the course of the spring and summer as one of the top junior college catchers in the country. Although a good hitter, Walker’s strengths come by way of his defense, as he has an absolute rocket for an arm and handles a pitching staff like none other.
Ben Taylor, a graduate of Brewbaker Technical High School in Montgomery, AL signed with the University of South Alabama. Taylor was one of only two freshmen pitchers on the 2012 pitching staff last season. He made his mark early, though, and made the most of his opportunities, posting a 4-3 record with a 3.02 ERA and striking out 29 batters in 29 innings. Like Walker, Taylor has developed tremendously over the course of the summer and fall and will be one of the most dominant pitchers in the ACCC in 2013, as he serves as the Pirates ace this upcoming season.
WillThomas, a native of Alpharetta, GA, and a graduate of Milton High School, has signed with Tennessee Tech University. The athletic lefty joined Taylor as the only other freshman pitcher in 2012. Used primarily as a reliever and spot starter last season, Thomas looks to fill a similar role in 2013, as he has the potential to dominate both left and right handed hitters with an upper 80’s fastball and knee buckling curve. In 12 games last year, Thomas posted a 1-0 record and struck out a staggering 22 batters in 17 innings pitched.