Chase Nyman has left the Ole Miss baseball program “for personal reasons” a University spokesman confirmed this morning.
Nyman was a member of Ole Miss’ star-filled 2012 signing class that also included first-round draft picks Gavin Cecchini, Stryker Trahan and Ty Hensley.
All three of the picks signed professional contracts, and a fourth member of the class, Madison Central left-hander Zach Irwin, did not qualify.
While Nyman wasn’t one of Ole Miss “big three” and went undrafted in the June’s Major League Baseball First-Year Players Draft, he was a player the program was hoping could step in and contribute early in his career.
“To be honest, I think he’s going to be a guy that will hit and (Ole Miss) will find a spot for him,” Pascagoula High head coach Richie Tillman said in April. “He can definitely play on the corner. He can definitely play at second and play in the outfield. He’s very versatile and that’s something that’s going to help him down the line.”
As a senior at PHS, Nyman hit .341 with three home runs, 26 runs scored, a .426 on-base percentage and a .585 slugging percentage. He also stole 11 bases in 13 attempts.
According to RebelGrove.com’s Chase Parham, Nyman, who verbally committed to Ole Miss March 17, 2011 and signed a National Letter of Intent in November, left the program due to a scholarship misunderstanding.
Nyman confirmed this morning that he has transferred to Chiploa (Fla.) Community College.
In 2011, Perfect Game gave Nyman a “10.0” grade, a “potential very high draft pick and/or Elite level college prospect” according to the scouting service’s grading scale.
UPDATE (1:29 p.m.): According to a source close to the Chipola baseball program, Nyman is already attending classes at Chipola. The way the draft works, the former Ole Miss signee will immediately be eligible for the 2013 MLB Draft, whereas if he had stayed at Ole Miss he would have had to wait until 2015. (August 24, 2012, Page 6A)