EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan State baseball head coach Jake Boss Jr., announced that Bailey Peterson will be joining the Spartans in the fall of 2017. Peterson is an infielder from Grandville, Michigan, coming to MSU from Kellogg Community College after playing at Grandville High School.
“We’ve watched Bailey play a lot over the last three years, and every time we saw him play, he swung the bat well. We’re looking forward to having him contribute offensively for us right away,” Boss said.
Peterson joins nine other players that have previously signed with the Spartans, joining Peter Ahn (Delafield, Wisconsin/Marquette University High School), Noah Bloye (Wyoming, Michigan/Byron Center High School), Scott Combs (Northville, Michigan/Divine Child High School), Evan Flohr (Northville, Michigan/Northville High School/Cypress College), Jesse Heikkinen (Holt, Michigan/Holt High School), Ryan King (Munster, Indiana/Brother Rice High School), Nic Lacayo (Colorado Springs, Colorado/Cheyenne Mountain High School/South Mountain Community College), Adam Proctor (Saint Johns, Michigan/Saint Johns High School) and Brendan Regan (Sagamore Hills, Ohio/Walsh Jesuit High School) will all join the Spartans for the 2017-18 season.
Bailey Peterson | Grandville, Michigan | Grandville High School | Kellogg Community College | 6-0, 180 | R/R | IF
Played one season at Kellogg under head coach Eric Laskovy, leading the Bruins to a 34-17-2 record, winning their 10th Michigan Community College Athletic Association title with a 20-4 conference mark ... Was named a first-team NJCAA All-Region XII honoree, as well as All-MCCAA accolades ... Not only named to the MCCAA Western Conference All-Freshman Team, but was also tabbed as the Freshman of the Year ... Also earned Region XII All-Tournament Team accolades ... Was named NJCAA DII Baseball National Player of the Week on April 5 for his performance during week 10 (March 27 - April 2), in which he hit .761 for the week, with three doubles, five home runs and three doubles ... For the season, hit .473, ranking fourth in NJCAA DII, while logging 67 RBI, ranking 12th in NJCAA DII, as well as ranking second in the country with a .590 on-base percentage and sixth in the nation with an .836 slugging percentage ... Also belted 11 HR, while adding four triples and 12 doubles, and also drew 37 walks and swiped 20 stolen bases ... At Grandville HS under head coach Ricky Clark, was a three-year letterwinner and was a two-time team captain ... Was a two-time all-state honoree, earning first-team accolades and being named to the All-State Dream Team as a senior, after earning second-team honors as a junior ... Was also a two-time all-region, all-district and all-conference selection ... Hit .437 as a senior, hitting a school-record seven triples, adding two home runs and eight doubles, finishing with 26 RBI ... He is the son of Brent and Nikki Peterson ... His father, Brent, played baseball at Southwestern CC, while his cousin, Mitch Slauter, was a catcher at Mississippi State ... Intends on majoring in finance at MSU ... Chose Michigan State because he has been a Spartan his entire life and loves the campus environment ... Picked the Spartans over Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Illinois, Michigan and Western Michigan.
MSU Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator Graham Sikes on Peterson: “Bailey is a great addition to our program. He had a monster year at Kellogg CC, hitting nearly .500 with 27 extra base hits including 11 home runs and 20 stolen bases. Bailey has put in so much work to become the player he is now, and we are very excited about his future as a Spartan. He really caught a lot of people’s attention in late March when he was named NJCAA National Player of the Week. Bailey’s overall game is pretty dynamic. He can really hit, can play multiple positions and has enough speed to be a base stealer. Ultimately, Bailey is an even better person than he is a player and we are thrilled to have him in the Spartan family.”