By Brad Locke
By Brad Locke
It appears John Cohen will keep his 2010 signing class mostly intact.
Mississippi State’s baseball coach had five signees taken in this week’s Major League Draft, but so far only outfielder Corey Dickerson has decided to go pro. He signed Thursday with Colorado, which drafted him in the eighth round.
Shortstop Taylor Stark (42nd round, Washington), shortstop Demarcus Henderson (43rd round, Houston), pitcher/third baseman Daryl Norris (46th round, Texas) and outfielder C.T. Bradford (48th round, Cleveland) have all told Cohen they’ll be playing for MSU next season.
“But I’ve been doing this long enough, I’ve seen some crazy stuff happen,” said Cohen, whose Bulldogs finished the 2010 season with a 23-33 record, including a 6-24 mark.
Draftees have until Aug. 15 to sign a pro contract, so Cohen isn’t resting easy just yet.
He had 15 players sign in the fall, and after going heavy on pitchers in 2009, his focus shifted toward position players for this class. So that makes the return of the aforementioned quartet crucial.
“It’s a quality group, it’s a very athletic group, and we’re thrilled to have them,” Cohen said.
Cohen would have loved to have Dickerson, who hit .459 with 21 home runs and 71 RBIs for Meridian Community College this past season.
Dickerson said it was a hard decision. He has friends on the MSU team, including catcher Wes Thigpen, a former Meridian teammate.
“It’s kind of bittersweet leaving everybody,” Dickerson said, “and happy I get to live a dream.”
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