Braves select Riley 41st overall

Austin Riley was selected 41st overall by the Atlanta Braves. (Photo courtesy of Perfect Game)

Austin Riley was selected 41st overall by the Atlanta Braves. (Photo courtesy of Perfect Game)

Austin Riley became the first player with Mississippi State ties to be selected in the 2015 MLB Draft.

The DeSoto Central pitcher/ third baseman and Bulldogs’ commitment was selected 41st overall by the Atlanta Braves in lottery round A on Monday.

Riley hit .423 with 11 home runs and 31 RBI as a senior helping lead the Jaguars to the 6A State Championship. The 6-foot-2, 230-pound right-hander also went 7-2 on the mound with a 2.70 earned run average, one save, 82 strikeouts and 19 walks in 59.2 innings.

For his varsity career, Riley batted .418 with 26 homers and drove in 137. He also sported a 25-7 record pitching with a 1.53 ERA, four saves, 240 strikeouts and 61 walks in 200.2 frames.

Riley was also an all-state punter for DeSoto Central and played in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic.

The Braves drafted Riley as a third baseman. His draft slot has a value of $1,506,400 and has until July 15 to sign with Atlanta.

Last year, MSU lost Chase Vallot after being drafted 40th overall.

 

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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