Jemison’s Woodley signs to play for Shorter
Jemison High School senior Banks Woodley signed a scholarship to play baseball at Shorter University in Rome, Ga.
Shorter is a member of the Gulf South Conference in Division II and is coached by first-year coach Wes Timmons, who played 13 seasons of professional baseball with the Braves and Athletics.
Timmons first saw Woodley pitch in summer 2015 at the 18U Perfect Game/East Cobb Invitational in Atlanta against Team Colorado while pitching for Excel Baseball Academy.
Timmons said Woodley “shows good potential with a quick arm and good command of both fastball and off-speed pitches.”
Woodley was invited to the Shorter University campus for a showcase and was offered.
“Although I received offers from some other colleges, I felt like this opportunity was the best fit for me,” Woodley said. “It is a great opportunity to play in a conference known for great baseball and play against some of the best competition.
“The coaches made me feel really comfortable, and they also believe I will be able to pitch right away.”
Woodley’s four-year varsity baseball record was 27-9, including 6-3 in the playoffs.
Woodley amassed 251 strikeouts compared to 49 walks during his varsity career, including 102 strikeouts, 10 walks and a 1.14 earned run average during his senior season.