It's been a five year drought, but a local kid is now recognized as one of the best baseball player's in the state of Mississippi. Brandon High School pitcher, JT Ginn, was awarded the Mississippi Gatorade Player of the Year.
Ginn played pitcher and shortstop for the bulldogs this season, and got them to a 22-8 record. While in the 6-A tournament, he also put up a 5-1 record against some of the top talent in the class. And it doesn't stop there. He had an 0.36 earned run average on the mound, two complete game shut-outs with and a non hitter.
According to a former major league pitcher, and currently Jackson Academy's head coach, Jay Powell, Ginn is the real deal.
"J.T. Ginn is, hands-down, the best player in the state,” said Jay Powell, “To me, it’s not even a question.
Ginn joins recent Gatorade Mississippi Baseball Players of the Year Trey Shaffer (2016-17, Biloxi High School), Jason Barber (2015-16 & 2014-15, Oxford High School), Austin Riley (2013-14, DeSoto Central High School), Reid Humphreys (2012-13, Northwest Rankin High School), Anthony Alford (2011-12, Petal High School), Mason Robbins (2010–11, George County High School), Brayden Jones (2009-10, Madison Central High School), Darren Farmer (2008–09, West Lauderdale High School), Rashun Dixon (2007-08, Terry High School), and Paxton Pace (2006-07, West Lauderdale High School) among the state’s list of former award winners.
He has also has a big decision coming up. Ginn earlier in the year, signed a letter of intent to play baseball on scholarship at Mississippi State, but is projected as an early-round selection in June’s Major League Baseball draft.
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