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All-State Baseball: Arkansas

Updated: March 1, 2012, 10:22 AM ET
By ESPNHS

With spring approaching, ESPNHS has all the info you need on the top high school baseball players in Arkansas.

We've broken down the state's top 20 players into two teams -- one of position players and one of pitchers. Keep in mind, these preseason selections were determined by a combination of in-season performance and recruit rankings.

See all 51 all-state baseball teams.

POSITION PLAYERS


Brooks Balisterri, Benton, SS, Senior
Batted .425, scored 41 runs; headed to same junior college as Cliff Lee.

Blake Baxendale, Rogers Heritage, C/1B, Senior
Arkansas recruit batted .500; played in 2011 Area Code Games.

Corey Campbell, Pottsville, OF, Junior
Compiled an impressive .600 OBP in 90 plate appearances last season.

Tyler Harris, Shiloh Christian, 1B/C, Senior
Hit .478 with 13 home runs; signed with Missouri State.

D'Vone McClure, Jacksonville, OF, Senior
Louisville Slugger All-American is the state's top senior by Perfect Game.

Garrett Rucker, Arkadelphia, SS/RHP, Senior
Arkansas recruit belted 12 home runs for the Badgers last year.

Ryan Scott, North Little Rock, OF, Senior
Drove in an impressive 48 RBIs for the Charging Wildcats last season.

Will Wallace, Arkadelphia, 1B, Senior
Named to the Louisville Slugger Preseason All-American Team.

Blake Wiggins, Pulaski Academy, SS, Sophomore
Struck out only twice as a sophomore and batted .444 for the Bruins.

Daniel Young, Southside, 3B/RHP, Senior
One of state's most heavily recruited players signed with Oklahoma State.


PITCHERS


Derek Birginske, Russellville, RHP, Senior
Arkansas State recruit posted a 1.35 ERA, struck out 82 in 62 IP last year.

Collin Campbell, McCrory, RHP/SS, Senior
Boasted a 0.76 ERA on the mound; batted .548 with eight HRs at the plate.

Reed Haggard, Searcy, LHP/OF, Junior
Promising southpaw has a chance to be a bona fide ace this spring.

Bryant Haralson, Hector, RHP, Junior
Struck out 116 batters, including 18 in one game, in just 61.1 IP last spring.

Trey Killian, Mountain Home, RHP, Senior
Power pitcher was named to Under Armour All-American Game.

Tanner Ring, Batesville, RHP, Senior
Arkansas State recruit was 9-2 on the mound and batted .506 at plate.

Lawson Vassar, Pulaski Academy, RHP/3B, Junior
High 80's fastball helped him post a sub-2.00 ERA last year.

L.J. Wallace, Pulaski Academy, RHP, Junior
Dominant on the mound but also a top football WR in Class of 2013.

Wes Watts, Jonesboro, RHP, Senior
Imposing pitcher (6-foot-5) was 8-1 with a 1.71 ERA last season.

Hunter Wood, Rogers Heritage, RHP/OF, Senior
Ace of team that went to 7A state title game last spring.