June 05, 2011; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide short stop Jared Reaves (9) gets a force out against Florida State Seminoles left fielder Stuart Tapley (27) during the second inning of the Tallahassee regional of the 2011 NCAA baseball tournament at Dick Howser Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Alabama Baseball: Freshman Makes Big Impact for Young Tide Squad

After a quick 4-0 start, Alabama’s young Crimson Tide baseball team is finding strength in its freshman. In the shadows of a 21-34 2012 campaign, head coach Mitch Gaspard hit the recruiting trails in search for players to make an immediate impact. Although the season is still young, it looks like he found one in freshman shortstop Mikey White.

White, son of former Tide football player Mike White, was ranked as the No. 77 player in ESPN’s top 100 high school baseball rankings. He was named the Birmingham News All-Metro Player of the Year in 2012, was selected as Mr. Baseball in the State of Alabama in 2012, and was selected by ESPN as the Alabama Gatorade Baseball Player of the year. Mikey helped Spain Park High School (Hoover, Alabama) to their first Class 6A state semifinals finish in 2012 after batting .389 with nine home runs and 37 RBI.

After batting .545 with 3 RBI in the Tide’s season opening series sweep of VMI, Mikey White was named the SEC Freshman of the Week. White also played a big role in Alabama’s upset of No. 21 Southern Miss on Tuesday night. He went 1-4 with 2 RBI and made several great defensive stops from his shortstop position.

As the season progresses look for Alabama to feed off the success of Mikey White and other young players like freshman outfielder Georgie Salem. Could this be Mitch Gaspard’s breakout year? After a dismal 2012 it looks like Alabama baseball is back on the rise with a new younger look, solid pitching, and an explosive offense.

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