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Craig Westcott, the former Belhaven star and Ferriss Trophy winner, went 13-4 with a 3.42 ERA this season for San Jose, San Francisco’s high Class A club. Westcott, a big right-hander, finished fourth in the California League in ERA and made the postseason All-Star team. … This past season’s Ferriss Trophy winner, Southern Miss outfielder Tyler Koelling, hit just .228 with five homers for Minnesota’s short-season A club Elizabethton. … Koelling’s 2011 USM teammate Todd McInnis ranked second in ERA with a 1.90 in the short-season New York-Penn League. Pitching for St. Louis’ Batavia club, McInnis went 3-2 in 13 games (11 starts). … Petal’s Anthony Alford, an outfielder who also stars in football, was the only Mississippian in the Top 50 of Baseball America’s early 2012 MLB draft projection. Alford ranked 49th. … The New York Yankees held a tribute on Saturday honoring the 50th anniversary of Roger Maris’ 61-home run season. Yes, there was a Mississippian on that 1961 Yankees team: Silver City native and Ole Miss alumnus Jack Reed, who played in 28 games as an outfielder, often being used as Mickey Mantle’s defensive replacement.

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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