Two former Diamond Dogs drafted

Former Pontotoc, Mississippi State and current ICC shortstop Delvin Zinn was redrafted by the Cubs. (Lee Adams/ Itawamba Community College)

Former Pontotoc, Mississippi State and current ICC shortstop Delvin Zinn was redrafted by the Cubs. (Lee Adams/ Itawamba Community College)

The 2016 MLB Draft saw a school record 11 Mississippi State players and four more signees selected.

But those were not the only prospects to come off the board with ties to the Bulldogs. Former MSU players Delvin Zinn and Daniel Garner were also drafted as well.

Zinn, who signed last year and spent the fall with the Diamond Dogs, was redrafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 23rd round (704th overall) out of Itawamba Community College. The Cubs selected Zinn in the 28th round in 2015 but bypassed that opportunity to enroll at Mississippi State.

The 5-foot-11, 170-pound shortstop from Pontotoc led the Indians with 72 hits and seven stolen bases. Zinn batted .411 with 34 RBIs after transferring to ICC in December.

Garner went in the 32nd round (947th overall) to the Philadelphia Phillies. Garner spent two years in Starkville and played in 24 games including 10 starts as a redshirt freshman in 2014. He hit .273 with three doubles and five RBIs as a Bulldog.

The 6-foot-1, 235-pound catcher from Madison, Alabama then transferred to Shelton State Community College and rejoined former MSU coach Lane Burroughs at Northwestern State this past season. Garner paced the Demons batting .308 with 64 hits, 21 doubles, five home runs and 38 RBIs.

Additionally Preston Palmeiro, son of Bulldog great Rafael Palmeiro, was picked by the Baltimore Orioles in the seventh round out of N.C. State.

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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