Nov. 15, 2013
Early Signing Day Central
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss baseball program announced the signings Friday of junior college left-handed pitcher Mark Reyes (Hot Springs Village, Ark.), along with high school outfielder Byron Murray (Wellington, Fla.) and third baseman Hunter Slater (Mobile, Ala.) for the 2015 season.
Reyes, at 6-foot-1, 200 lbs., redshirted last season at Crowder College in Neosho, Mo., after pitching his first collegiate season at Arkansas. He appeared in six games, including one start, and had a 1-0 record with a 9.39 ERA for the Razorbacks in the spring of 2012.
Prior to enrolling at Arkansas, Reyes prepped at Jessieville High School where he was taken in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft following his senior season in the 46th round by the Baltimore Orioles. In addition, Reyes garnered Arkansas Democrat-Gazette All-Arkansas Team as well as earning all-state and all-state tournament honors in 2010 and 2011. He led his team to a state championship in his senior season, including a 17-strikeout performance in the state title game to go along with a two-run homer.
Reyes finished his senior campaign with a 10-1 record and a 0.48 ERA and hit .382 with 11 homers and 35 RBI, getting him a selection to play for the East team in the 2011 Arkansas High School All-Star Game.
"Mark is one of the top junior college lefthanders in the country," said Southern Miss assistant coach/recruiting coordinator Chad Caillet. "He will bring Division I experience to our staff and will be an immediate impact for our pitching staff."
Murray, at 5-foot-11, 200 lbs., batted .408 last spring with five doubles, two triples, seven home runs and 24 runs batted in for coach Miguel Cuello at Trinity Christian High School in Lake Worth, Fla. He was an honorable mention all-area performer last season by the Palm Beach Post.
"Byron is a very talented centerfielder with speed, power, and strength," said Caillet. "He will be another great addition to our 2015 team."
Slater, at 6-foot, 195-lbs., has lettered four seasons for coach Doug Leffard at Bayside Academy. The 3A all-state selection at designated hitter also earned Press-Register All-Region selection at first base on the strength of batting .498 last season with five homers and 44 RBI as his team were the Region 1 runners-up last spring, reaching the playoffs for the 10th consecutive season.
In addition, he plays quarterback for the Admirals' football team. His father, Rick, lettered in football for the Golden Eagles during the 1985 and 1986 seasons.
"Hunter is one of the top left-handed hitters in our region," said Caillet. "He plays the game with great presence and poise."
The Golden Eagles have now added eight players for the 2015 roster including first baseman Taylor Walker (Murfreesboro, Tenn./Jackson State Community College), along with high school catcher Blake Anderson (Meridian, Miss./West Lauderdale High School) and shortstop Daniel Keating (Gulfport, Miss./Gulfport HS), infielder/pitcher Austin Millet (Prairieville, La./East Ascension HS) and pitcher/outfielder Justin Steele (Lucedale, Miss./George County HS).