The Meridian Community College baseball program has built a solid tradition of developing players for the next level and the Eagles added another name to its impressive list of players to join a Division I program.
Mitchel Babb signed his national letter of intent Wednesday afternoon in front of family and teammates to continue his collegiate baseball career next season with the Ole Miss Rebels. The signing also marked another player from the MCC baseball program to sign with a school from the Southeastern Conference. MCC had four players from its 2012 sophomore to sign with SEC schools and those included: Wade Wass (Alabama), Johnny Tolson (Arkansas), Jackson Lowery (Arkansas), and Wes Stokes (Mississippi State).
“We are very proud of him (Babb) for signing early with a great baseball program such as Ole Miss,” said MCC head coach Dillon Sudduth. “We know that he will be successful in such a competitive league as the SEC. He is a great young man to have in our program and he represents what it means to be an MCC Eagle and he will bring a ton of experience back to the mound this spring for our team.”
Babb compiled a 3-1 record during his freshman season at MCC and collected 47 strikeouts in 32 innings of work to help MCC claim the 2012 Miss-Lou Conference Championship. Babb is a native of Batesville, MS and played his high school baseball at South Panola. Babb lettered in baseball at South Panola from 2008-2011 and received many different honors during his high school career. Babb was named a member of the All-State Team in his senior season and was named a USSA All-American. Babb was named Team MVP, Crossroads All-Star, and was named the District Pitcher of the Year.
Babb is a member of Phi Theta Kappa at Meridian Community College and was also named a Lindy Callahan Scholar Athlete Award winner in high school. Babb is the son of Michael and Tina Babb, and he is a chemical engineering major.