03 Feb

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Wade Wass first commanded attention at Meridian Community College, where the Florida native crushed 34 homers and hit .400 over two seasons (2011 and ’12). After two unspectacular years at Alabama, he signed as an undrafted free agent with the Los Angeles Angels in the summer of 2014. After two seasons in pro ball, the burly catcher (6 feet, 210 pounds) is commanding attention again. Wass has earned a non-roster invitation to the Angels’ big league camp. Scout.com has labeled Wass as “someone the Angels will be forced to take notice of” after a 2015 season that saw him hit .261 with 11 homers and 43 RBIs at two levels of A-ball. He also is reported to have made big strides defensively. Joining Wass as an invitee in the Angels’ Arizona camp will be former Ole Miss star Alex Yarbrough, a second baseman who had a disappointing 2015 season at Triple-A Salt Lake (see previous posts). P.S. A.J. Brown, the two-sport star from Starkville High, has signed with Ole Miss as a wide receiver. Brown, also a center fielder, could be a pro baseball draftee in June. He is one of only two players to ever participate in Under Armour All-America Games for both football and baseball.

Mike Christensen

Mike Christensen

A long-time sports fan and 30-year newspaper veteran muses on all things baseball in Mississippi. Contact: mwchristens@gmail.com
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