Nov. 14, 2013
Early Signing Day Central
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss baseball program announced two more signees for the 2015 season with the addition of a pair of high school players including infielder/pitcher Austin Millet (Prairieville, La.) and pitcher/outfielder Justin Steele (Lucedale, Miss.).
Millet, at 6-foot-2, 185 lbs., earned first-team all-district utility player last spring at East Ascension High School for coach Mike Toups. He batted .312 with 11 doubles, two triples and two home runs to go along with 18 RBI. Millet was a first-team all-district player as a sophomore and last summer helped lead his summer team, Gauthier and Amedee, to the American Legion World Series in Shelby, N.C.
In addition, Millet captured a pair of victories on the mound in eight appearances, which included two starts last spring.
"Austin is a great athlete with tremendous upside," said Southern Miss assistant coach/recruiting coordinator Chad Caillet. "As a pitcher, he has an 88-to-91 fastball with a plus slider."
Steele, at 6-foot-2, 185 lbs., was an all-district and all-state performer for coach Brandon Davis at George County High School. On the mound, Steele posted a 7-3 mark with a 1.94 earned run average in 12 starts. He fanned 98 in 61 1/3 innings for the district winners last spring.
A member of the honor roll at George County, Steele batted .326 with six doubles, a triple, three home runs and 23 RBI last season for the school.
"Justin is an exciting young player with a very projectable frame and a very loose arm," said Caillet. "He is one of the top left-handed pitching prospects in our region. His fastball has been clocked up to 93 at the East Coast Pro game last summer."
The duo join junior college first baseman Taylor Walker (Murfreesboro, Tenn.), along with high school catcher Blake Anderson (Meridian, Miss.) and shortstop Daniel Keating (Gulfport, Miss.), who will join the program for the 2015 season.