VMI Baseball Freshmen Class of 13 Announced

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LEXINGTON, Virginia – The VMI baseball program announced its 2022-23 recruiting class of 13 new Keydets on Tuesday. A total of 11 of the new arrivals are from the state of Virginia.

“This freshman class represents both quality and quantity for our program,” said new VMI head coach. Sam Robert. “We believe these young men represent what we are looking for both on and off the court and are the type of individuals that fit into our program. We look forward to seeing these future Keydets develop.”

Bryce Cooper
Position: Launcher
School: Cave Spring
Travel Team: Team Virginia
Hometown: Roanoke, Virginia.
Height/Weight: 6’4’/205
Overall PBR Condition Rank: 119
PBR State Position Rank: 45
Proposed major: Business
Before VMI:
* Had a 1.02 ERA as a senior and a 3-2 record
* Hit .338 with four homers and 19 RBI.
* Also played three years of college basketball and two years of college football.



Clark Driscoll
Position: RHP/Receiver
School: Clover Hill
Travel Team: Rise
Hometown: Midlothian, Virginia.
Height/Weight: 5’8/180
Overall PBR Condition Rank: 67
PBR State Position Rank: 8
Overall perfect game state rating: 103
Perfect Game State Positional Rating: 10
Proposed major: Business
Before VMI:
* Recorded a .452 batting average with eight doubles and 11 RBIs
* Drawn 13 steps
* 1-0 to the mound with a 0.87 ERA and just seven hits allowed in 13 innings with 16 strikeouts.



Grayson FitzwaterGrayson Fitzwater
Position: 1B
School: Nansemond River
Travel Team: Dirtbags
Hometown: Suffolk, Virginia.
Height/Weight: 6’1″/185
Overall PBR Condition Rank: 103
PBR State Position Rank: 5
Proposed major: Business
Before VMI:
* Winner of four years in baseball, three times in golf.
* Had a .426 batting average with two home runs and 24 RBIs.
* Seven stolen bases and with 11 steps.

Derrell FletcherDerrell Fletcher
Position: RHP
School: Benedictine Preparatory School
Travel Team: Virginia Seminoles
Hometown: Richmond, Virginia.
Height/Weight: 6’2″/210
Overall PBR Condition Rank: 112
PBR State Position Rank: 44
Overall Perfect Game Status Rating: 112
Perfect Game State Positional Rating: 44
Planned major: Business
Before VMI:
* 4-3 with a 4.63 ERA in 39.1 innings pitched and 51 strikeouts.
* Added two savegames.

JonesAndre Jones
Position: P
School: Midlothian
Travel Team: Virginia Cardinals
Hometown: Midlothian, Virginia.
Height/Weight: 6’0″/175
Overall PBR Condition Rank: 111
PBR State Position Ranking: 43
Planned major: business and economics
Before VMI:
* Had a 3.14 ERA, 3-2 record and 77 strikeouts in 49 innings pitched.
* Also saved a backup

JordanKazuya Jordan
Position: MIF/OF
School: Stafford
Travel Team: VA Rage
Hometown: Stafford, Virginia.
Height/Weight: 5’9/150
Planned major: Engineering CE
Before VMI:
*Reached .308 as a senior
* Had nine RBIs, eight doubles and seven stolen bases.

Cropped KozaJimmy Koza
Position: INF/UTL
School: IMG Academy
Travel Team: EVA 18U
Hometown: Carpentersville, Illinois.
Height/Weight: 5’9″/160
Overall Perfect Game Status Rating: 120
Perfect Game State Positional Rating: 23
Proposed major: Business
Before VMI:
* Hit .385 with 20 RBI and 14 stolen bases
* Connected for seven doubles and four trebles.
* Played for assistant coach VMI Ray Noah freshman at IMG Academy.

moore cultureWill Moore
Position of
School: Benedictine College Prep.
Travel Team: RBA West
Hometown: Richmond, Virginia.
Height/Weight: 6’0″/195
Proposed major: Mechanical Engineering
Before VMI:
* Transferred to Benedictine from Douglas Freeman High School prior to his freshman year
* Hit .343 with nine doubles, 23 walks and 16 RBIs.
* Stole five bases

prince owenOwen Prince
Position: C/OF
School: Lord Botetourt
Travel Team: Team Virginia
Hometown: Roanoke, Virginia.
Height/Weight: 5’10″/165
Overall PBR Condition Rank: 86
PBR State Position Rank: 10
Overall Perfect Game Status Ranking: 141
Perfect Game State Positional Rating: 14
Proposed major: Mechanical Engineering
Before VMI:
* Hit .403 as a senior with two homers, two triples and six doubles
* Stole seven bases and drove in 29 runs.



Slat cutHunter Sipe
Position: LHP
School: William Byrd
Travel Team: Dirtbags
Hometown: Vinton, Virginia.
Height/Weight: 6’1″/205
Overall PBR Condition Rank: 152
PBR State Position Rank: 14
Overall perfect game state rating: 109
Perfect Game State Positional Rating: 11
Proposed major: Mechanical Engineering
Before VMI:
*7-1 with a 1.77 ERA in 59.1 innings pitched with 67 strikeouts.
* A backup

Van AlstinMarcus Van Alstin
Position: RHP
School: Hannover
Travel Team: Rise
Hometown: Hanover, Virginia.
Height/Weight: 6’2″/190
Overall PBR Condition Rank: 90
PBR State Position Rank: 36
Overall Perfect Game State Rating: 106
Perfect Game State Positional Rating: 46
Proposed major: Business
Before VMI:
* Had a 1.62 ERA and a 6-1 record with 80 strikeouts in 54 innings
* Also had three saves
* Allowed only 30 shots

Roberto Velazquez
Position: P
School: Bryant and Stratton College
Travel Team: Western Branch Thunder
Hometown: Chesapeake, Virginia.
Height/Weight: 6’0″/205
Overall PBR Condition Rating: 80
PBR State Position Rank: 26
Overall perfect game state rating: 142
Perfect Game State Positional Rating: 23
Planned major: Psychology
Before VMI:
* Transfer from Junior College of Bryant and Stratton to Virginia Beach
* Had a 3.32 ERA with 51 strikeouts in 40.2 innings pitched.
* Went 1-2 with three saves.
* Literate for four seasons at Western Branch High School.

WrightMatthew Wright
Position: OF/P
School: Dalton McMichael
Travel Team: Dirtbags
Hometown: Stoneville, North Carolina
Height/Weight: 6’0″/195
Overall PBR Condition Rank: 168
PBR State Position Ranking: 31
Overall Perfect Game State Ranking: 133
Perfect Game State Positional Rating: 23
Planned major: History
Before VMI:
*Reached .428 with 26 RBI and 16 stolen bases as a senior
* Hit two homers with eight doubles and three triples.
* Went 8-2 as a pitcher with a 1.74 ERA and 86 strikeouts in 57 innings pitched.
* Also winner of four years on the football team and three on the basketball team.

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