Royals take Tatum in 18th round

Mississippi State pitcher Vance Tatum was drafted 553rd by Kansas City on Saturday. (Kelly Price/ Mississippi State)

Mississippi State pitcher Vance Tatum was drafted 553rd by Kansas City on Saturday. (Kelly Price/ Mississippi State)

The Kansas City Royals took Mississippi State pitcher Vance “Moonlight” Tatum in the 18th round (553rd overall) on Saturday.

It is the first time the 6-foot-4, 215-pounder from Olive Branch has been drafted and is the first Bulldog selected by the Royals since Jeremy Jackson in 1998.

Tatum has made 17 relief appearances as a junior this season and has one save. He holds a 5.24 earned run average with 23 strikeouts and seven walks spanning 22 1/3 innings.

Tatum will have until July 15 to sign with Kansas City or return to MSU.

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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