Junior second baseman Alex Yarbrough has been named one of three finalists for the C Spire Ferriss Award which is presented annually to the top collegiate baseball player in Mississippi, the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum announced on Monday.
Joining Yarbrough on the list are Mississippi State pitcher Chris Stratton and Delta State pitcher Colton Mitchell.
The trophy is named in honor of the legendary Boo Ferriss, who played for Mississippi State and the Boston Red Sox and was the long-time baseball coach at Delta State.
One of the three finalists will be presented the trophy at a C Spire Wireless-sponsored luncheon May 14 at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum.
Yarbrough was also recently named to the Golden Spikes Award midseason watch list, honoring the top college baseball player in the nation.
Yarbrough has been one of the premiere players in the nation’s top baseball conference this season, ranking in the top 10 in the Southeastern Conference in seven offensive categories. He is second in the league in hitting with a .407 average and also ranks among the league leaders in slugging percentage (.557; 9th), on base percentage (.453; 6th), hits (79; 2nd), RBI (40; 8th), doubles (16; 4th) and total bases (108; 5th).
The second baseman has also been stellar defensively, committing only one error on the season to post a .995 fielding percentage through 48 games. His only error of the year came in the second game of the season at No. 10 TCU. (May 8, 2012, Page 6)