Vollmuth

Top 100 Countdown: 46. BA Vollmuth (Southern Miss)

College Baseball Daily continues our countdown to the start of the 2011 College Baseball season by checking in on the Top 100 Players in the country. We will be providing one player per day until we reach number 1.

We continue the countdown today at number 46 with junior shortstop BA Vollmuth from Southern Mississippi. He is from Biloxi, Mississippi where he was a three year captain of the Biloxi High School baseball squad under Kevin Burdine. His senior season saw him hit .390 with six homers and 37 RBI while picking up multiple honors including being named A Clarion Ledger 1st team All-State Selection, Clarion Ledger Dandy Dozen Team and Sun Herald All-South Team.

He was even better in his junior year when he batted .423 with eight homers and 36 RBI. He was drafted in the 32nd round by the Houston Astros but decided to head to Southern Miss to play under Corky Palmer for a season and will be playing for Scott Berry this season.

Vollmuth say limited action as a freshman where he appeared in 37 games with 25 starts. He finished the season with a .237 average with eight homers in 28 RBI. He was a little disappointing in the field as he had made eight errors. He spent the summer of 2008 in the Cape Cod Baseball League with the Falmouth Commodores where he hit .230 average with five homers and 18 RBI. He participated in the CCBL All-Star game where he went 1-1 with a run scored for the Western Division. Baseball America rated him the 20th best prospect in the CCBL after the summer season.

As a sophomore in 2010, BA led the Golden Eagles with a .386 batting average with 20 homers and 76 RBI. His batting average was the sixth best in Conference USA while his 20 homers were good enough for fourth. He did end up finishing second in the conference with 72 runs scored. He did struggle on defense as he made 25 errors with a .924 fielding percentage.

He spent the summer of 2010 in the Cape Cod Baseball League for the second time. He continued to struggle with the wood bat hitting .175 with a homer and seven RBI. He struggled with a transition to third base as he made five errors for a fielding percentage of .926.

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