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.