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Baseball Inks 13 During Fall Signing Period

Kerrick Jackson

COLUMBIA, Mo.  Missouri baseball coach Kerrick Jackson announced Monday the receipt of official commitments from 10 high school standouts and three junior college transfers during the fall signing period.

The new additions to the Tigers’ roster for the 2024-25 academic year include four pitchers, highlighted by Ethan Bagwell (Maryville, Ill.), Victor Christal (Raytown, Mo.), Justyn Hart (Frankfort, Ill.), Josh Kirchhoff (Little Canada, Minn.). Additionally, Mizzou added infielders Peyton Basler (Lansing, Kan.), Gehrig Goldbeck (Kansas City, Kan.), Trey Lawrence (Palmetto, Fla.) and Bricen Smith (Perry, Ga.), as well as outfielders PJ Green (Tyrone, Ga.), Aden Malpass (Hoover, Ala.) and Brady Picarelli (Eureka, Mo.) and utility standouts Trey Callaway (Atlanta, Ga.) and Tytus Cissell (St. Charles, Mo.).

“We are very excited about this foundational class,” Jackson said. “Each of these young men truly embody what being a Mizzou Tiger is all about. They are hard-nosed, competitive, humble, all the while possessing a true love of and respect for the game. I am certain they will represent our University, athletic department, fans and alumni in a first-class manner.” 

Ethan Bagwell
RHP/OF | 6-4 – 230 | Maryville, Ill. (Collinsville HS)

Bagwell is a two-time all-conference performer as a pitcher and outfielder for Collinsville (Ill.) High School. A three-year captain for the Kahoks, the right-hander enters his senior season rated as the No. 9 overall Illinois prep recruit in the class of 2024 by Perfect Game, as well as the No. 3 right-handed pitcher in the state. A dual-sport athlete, Bagwell also competed on the gridiron for Collinsville. 

Peyton Basler
INF | 6-0 – 190 | Lansing, Kan. (Lansing HS/KCK CC)

Basler joins the Tigers after spending his freshman season at Division I Charleston Southern and transitioning to Kansas City Kansas CC, where he will pair up with fellow Tiger signee Gehrig Goldbeck on the Devils infield for his sophomore campaign. The middle infielder was rated as the No. 12 overall Class of 2021 prospect in the state of Kansas coming out of Lansing High School by PBR. As a freshman at CSU, he played in 50 contests, starting 38 and finishing with a .381 on-base percentage and 16 RBIs.

Trey Callaway
C/UTIL | 6-1 – 215 | Atlanta, Ga. (Dutchtown HS)

A versatile addition to the Tigers’ class, Callaway’s athleticism and offensive prowess will allow the Georgia native to potentially make an impact at several positions for Mizzou. He enters his senior season at Dutchtown (Ga.) High School on the heels of back-to-back first-team all-region selections. The No. 45 overall Georgia prep recruit in this year’s class, Callaway hit .352 with 20 RBIs as a junior last spring, following a 32-RBI campaign as a sophomore and a freshman season in which hit batted. 400 for the Bulldogs.

Victor Christal
RHP | 6-0 – 190 | Raytown, Mo. (Bishop Miege HS)

One of the top pitchers in the state of Kansas’ class of 2024, Christal will join the Tigers after a standout prep career at Bishop Miege High School. The Raytown, Mo., product earned a pair of KABC All-State selections and helped the Stags to the 2021 Kansas Class 4A state title. Perfect Game has rated Christal as the No. 1 right-handed pitcher and the No. 3 overall prospect in the state of Kansas in this year’s recruiting class.

Tytus Cissell
INF/UTIL | 6-2 – 180 | St. Charles, Mo. (Francis Howell HS)

Cissell is a three-time MBCA Class 6 All-State honoree for Francis Howell High School. One of the top-rated utility players in the class of 2024, Cissell hit .396 with 24 stolen bases, 11 doubles, 40 runs scored and 24 RBIs for a club that went 31-11 and finished as the Class 6 runner-up. Cissell is ranked as the top utility player and the No. 8 overall recruit in Missouri by Prep Baseball Report and the No. 3 shortstop in the state by Perfect Game.

Gehrig Goldbeck
SS | 6-1 – 175 | Kansas City, Kan. (Tonganoxie HS/KCK CC)

Goldbeck will bring his reputation as the top junior college glove in the nation to the Tigers’ infield. As a freshman at Kansas City Kansas CC, he earned a Rawlings Gold Glove as a shortstop and was named the NJCAA Division I Defensive Player of the Year after fielding at a .974 clip with 146 assists and 17 double plays. Goldbeck was an honorable mention All-KJCCC pick and Region VI All-Tournament Team honoree after hitting .354 while posting a .498 on-base percentage, 32 steals and 64 runs scored for the Blue Devils.

 PJ Green
OF | 6-2 – 195 | Tyrone, Ga. (Sandy Creek HS)

A two-way threat on the mound and in the outfield, Green will join the Mizzou program after completing a standout prep career at Sandy Creek High School in Georgia. He is rated as the No. 7 outfielder and No. 30 overall Georgia prep prospect in the class of 2024 by Perfect Game. A two-time All-State selection and a Region Pitcher of the Year honoree, Green has also excelled on the hardwood for Sandy Creek, helping the Patriots to the 2023 Georgia Class AAA state title. Green’s brother, Glenn Green III, is a right-handed pitcher for Memphis, where he played for Kerrick Jackson last season.

Justyn Hart
LHP | 6-2 – 230 | Frankfort, Ill. (Lincoln-Way East HS)

Hart has excelled on the mound as a prep athlete for Lincoln-Way East HS in Illinois. The left-hander is highly regarded by both Perfect Game and PBR, ranking as the No. 2 lefty in Illinois according to both recruiting services, as well as the state’s No. 10 overall prospect in the class of 2024 (PG). Hart has been selected for a number of showcase events, including the MLB Dream Series, the Area Code Games and New Balance’s Future Stars Series.

Josh Kirchhoff
RHP | 6-3 – 210 | Little Canada, Minn. (Concordia Academy-Roseville/Iowa Central CC)

In Kirchhoff, Mizzou adds another power right-handed hurler to its class. The Minnesota native turned in a strong freshman campaign for Iowa Central CC, logging a 5-1 record with two saves and 39 strikeouts in 31.0 innings. Rated as the No. 16 right-hander in Minnesota’s class of 2022 by Perfect Game, Kirchhoff was an all-state honoree for Concordia Academy, breaking school records for single-game, season and career strikeouts.

Trey Lawrence
INF | 6-3 – 180 | Palmetto, Fla. (Palmetto HS)

A promising prospect as a middle infielder and right-handed pitcher out of the talent-rich Tampa area, Lawrence gives the Tigers yet another versatile piece for its class of 2024. A three-year starter at shortstop for Palmetto (Fla.) High School, Lawrence is currently rated as the state of Florida’s No. 15 2024 prospect at his primary position. He has taken part in several prestigious showcases, including the 2022 Breakthrough Series, East Coast Pro and MLB Dream Series.

Aden Malpass
OF | 6-0 – 160 | Hoover, Ala. (John Carroll Catholic HS)

A talented multi-sport athlete, Malpass adds more speed to the Tigers’ 2024 recruiting class after a standout prep career at John Carroll Catholic High School in Hoover, Ala. Rated as the No. 6 outfielder in Alabama in this year’s class, Malpass hit .418 with 36 steals in 2022 to earn Alabama Class 5A All-State and All-Birmingham ‘Terrific 20’ recognition. He has starred on the hardwood and the track for the Cavaliers as well, earning all-metro recognition in basketball and capturing state titles in the 4×400-meter relay and 300-meter hurdles.

Brady Picarelli
OF | 6-2 – 200 | Eureka, Mo. (Eureka HS)

One of the top outfielders in the state of Missouri’s recruiting class, Picarelli will join the Tigers after wrapping up his prep career at Eureka High School. Last spring, he batted .443 and slugged .797 for a Wildcats squad that finished 32-4 and captured their second straight conference title. Picarelli also logged five homers, 25 RBIs and 13 steals to power a potent Eureka attack. As a result, the No. 1 outfielder and No. 13 overall prospect in Missouri (Prep Baseball Report) earned the Suburban Conference Yellow Player of the Year award.

Bricen Smith
INF | 6-0 – 180 | Perry, Ga. (Mount de Sales Academy)

Another talented middle infielder from Georgia, Smith is currently rated as the state’s No. 13 shortstop in this year’s class by Perfect Game. A product of Mount de Sales Academy, Smith hit .480 and slugged .800 with four home runs and 21 RBIs for the Cavaliers last season. He participated in the 2022 New Balance Future Stars Series, as well as the PG Junior National Showcase and the 2023 USA Baseball 16U/17U National Team Development Program.

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