Mississippi State had its first position player and senior selected on Saturday as second baseman Brett Pirtle was taken by the Detroit Tigers in the 23rd round.
Pirtle was the 700th player selected in the MLB Draft after leading the Bulldogs with a .363 batting average and 87 hits this past season. The Tyler, Texas native started all 63 games and committed just six errors during his senior year along with 10 doubles, two home runs, 31 runs batted in and four stolen bases.
The switch-hitter spent two seasons in Starkville after transferring in from Panola (Texas) Junior College. Pirtle hit .310 in 68 games as a junior with a pair of homers and 33 RBI. He set a Southeastern Conference record by reaching base safely in 63 consecutive games against SEC opponents and reached base in 68 of the 70 league games in which he played.
Pirtle joins MSU junior pitchers Jacob Lindgren, Jonathan Holder and Brandon Woodruff as selections in this year’s draft.