July 10, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Incoming freshmen Justin Alleman (Holt, Mich./Holt High School) and Cam Gibson (Grosse Pointe, Mich./Grosse Pointe South High School), who signed National Letters of Intent with the Spartans last November and were also selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft in June, have elected to enroll at Michigan State University and continue their baseball careers in East Lansing.
The deadline established by MLB for amateurs to sign with a team is Friday (July 13).
A right-handed pitcher and infielder, Alleman was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 18th round (No. 553 overall), while Gibson, an outfielder, was chosen by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 38th round (No. 1173 overall).
Alleman and Gibson are members of a nine-man recruiting class that also includes: LHP Josh Buchalski (Midland, Mich./Nouvel Catholic Central); LHP Ryan Hudspeth (St. Charles, Ill./Elgin Community College); LHP Anthony Misiewicz (New Baltimore, Mich./Anchor Bay High School), infielder PJ Nowak (Plymouth, Mich./Phillips Andover (Mass.) Academy); infielder Alex Rapanos (Midland, Mich./Midland High School); infielder Ryan Richardson (South Elgin, Ill./Elgin Community College); and outfielder Hunter Smith (Perrysburg, Ohio/Perrysburg High School). All of the players will participate in fall practice and be eligible for the 2013 season.
Alleman was named 2012 Mr. Baseball by the Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association after recording a perfect 9-0 record and 1.43 ERA on the mound for Holt while striking out 146 batters. At the plate, he collected 31 RBIs. Alleman, who was also named to the MHSBCA Dream Team and honored as the Lansing State Journal Player of the Year, threw two no-hitters this season (vs. Lansing Eastern on April 26 and Okemos on May 10). Starting for the West at the MHSBCA East-West All-Star Game at Comerica Park on June 26, Alleman struck out four in two innings of work.
A four-year letterwinner under Coach Nate Potts at Holt High School and three-time Lansing State Journal Dream Team selection, Alleman was rated the No. 1 player in the state of Michigan by Perfect Game and was also ranked the No. 3 prospect (high school and college players) in the state and No. 318 nationally by Baseball America. Among high school players, Alleman was rated the No. 104 player overall and the 38th-best pitcher nationally by Perfect Game.
"Justin is a very athletic kid with a big arm, and he has a very good breaking ball," said Boss after Alleman was drafted. "He's really improved his game over the last year as far as his location, and his breaking ball has gotten a lot better as well. He can thrown 90-to-94 mph off the mound and really maintain that velocity throughout the course of a ballgame. He has a bright future ahead of him."
Gibson was a four-year letterwinner under Coach Dan Griesbaum at Grosse Pointe South High School and has earned first-team MHSBCA Division 1 all-state honors the past two years. While helping lead Grosse Pointe South to a district title as a junior in 2011, Gibson had a .414 batting average with 32 runs, 13 doubles, seven homers and 40 RBIs.
Gibson also played in the MHSBCA All-Star Game at Comerica Park for the East and had a single. Prior to the 2012 season, Gibson was named to the Louisville Slugger Preseason High School All-America Team and also to the preseason ESPNHS all-state team.
"Cam is a hard-nosed competitor who plays the game the right way," said Boss after Gibson signed his NLI. "He has some power in his left-handed bat, and he runs very well in the outfield and on the base paths. He's a tremendous athlete and has excelled in hockey in the past as a member of the Honeybaked National Championship team. He has a competitive fire that's contagious to his teammates."