Sideline View by Dale McKee
MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) -Only 120 players were taken in this year’s Major League Baseball Draft. Mississippi supplied eight of those players: three from Mississippi State, two from Ole Miss, two from high school and one from Mississippi who was playing at the University of Tennessee. Former Ocean Springs ace Garrett Crochet was the first Mississippian taken in the opening round with the 11thpick overall by the Chicago White Sox. He played at Tennessee and was clocked at 100 miles per hour on his fastball. He did have one in-state offer coming out of high school from Jones County Junior College.
Mississippi State for the first time in 35 years had two selections in the opening round. Second baseman Justin Foscue was taken 14thoverall by the Texas Rangers and may become $4 million richer. His running mate at shortstop Jordan Westburg went next at 30th overall to the Baltimore Orioles. In the second round at 52nd overall, the New York Mets took J.T. Ginn in his third year at MSU. Ginn had elbow surgery on his pitching arm this spring but still might be offered a $1.4 million contract from the Mets. Ginn was taken in the first round at 30th overall by the Dodgers in 2018 but turned down a couple million dollars to play at Mississippi State.
Ole Miss had a pair taken in shortstop Anthony Servideo and third baseman Tyler Kennan. Servideo was taken in the third round at 74th overall. Kennan went in the fourth round to Seattle.
High School Guys
The Magnolia State also produced in DeSoto Central’s power hitting third baseman Blaze Jordan. The Boston Red Sox took the 17-year old and MSU signee 8th overall in the third round. The 6-2, 220-pounder was the 2020 Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Mississippi. The last player taken in our state was Biloxi High School infielder/pitcher Colt Keith. He was chosen in the fifth round by Detroit. He was Mississippi’s 2019 Gatorade Player of the Year and signed a scholarship with Arizona State.
SEC was an MLB favorite
The SEC had nine players taken in the MLB Draft opening round and 26 players taken in the five rounds. The SEC had four of the first six picks in the first round. Vanderbilt led the way with four total selections while Tennessee, Texas A&M and MSU were next with three players chosen.
National Coach of the Year
Collegiate Baseball named the Ole Miss Rebels’ baseball coach Mike Bianco as their National Coach of the Year. He guided the Rebels to a 16-1 record during the abbreviated 2020 season. Ole Miss lost on opening day to then No. 1 ranked Louisville, but then rolled to 16 straight wins. That is one win away from the school record. Collegiate Baseball ranked Ole Miss No. 4 in the nation at the season’s end.
SEC Football News
The league said that its annual SEC Media Days gathering of football coaches and players for preseason interviews that draws over 1,000 media will not be held in Atlanta at the College Football Hall of Fame as previously scheduled. The SEC will have virtual coverage on the SEC Network with dates and times to be announced.
MAC All-Star Games
The Mississippi Association of Coaches has announced tentative plans to complete several of their all-star contests. The tennis stars will meet at Parham Bridges in Jackson on July 16. The basketball stars will meet in Clinton at Mississippi College on either July 18thor 25th. Volleyball is still in limbo at this time on a location and date. Stay tuned for updates on these events.
PGA golf was back as the Charles Schwab Challenge was played last week at the Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. What a way to return! Collin Morikawa’s putt lips out to give Daniel Berger the playoff win.
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