Angels draft Kruger in the 20th round

Mississippi State catcher Jack Kruger (35) was drafted with the 606th pick by the Angels. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi State catcher Jack Kruger (35) was drafted with the 606th pick by the Angels. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Jack Kruger became the 10th Mississippi State junior to be selected in the 2016 MLB Draft.

Kruger was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 20th round (606th overall).

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound catcher from Calabasas, California is concluding his first season with the Bulldogs after also playing at Oregon and Orange Coast College.

Kruger has started 53 of the 55 games he has played this season including 19 behind the plate. He is batting .350 with 72 hits, 19 doubles, eight home runs, 40 RBIs and six stolen bases.

It is the first time for Kruger to be drafted and is the first MSU player picked by the Angels since Jarrod Parks in 2011. Kruger will have until July 15 to sign professionally or return to school.

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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