MSU's Chris Stratton picked by San Francisco Giants

Mississippi State junior pitcher Chris Stratton was selected by the San Francisco Giants with the 20th overall pick of the Major League Draft tonight.

Stratton, a Tupelo native, is the first Bulldog drafted in the first round since 2003, when Paul Maholm went eighth overall to Pittsburgh. Stratton is the ninth MSU player in history to go in Round 1.

The slot value for the 20th pick is $1,850,000. We don’t know yet whether Stratton will sign, but he’s expected to.

“We still haven’t negotiated anything, but I’m looking forward to the negotiations,” Stratton said.

After a struggling sophomore year, Stratton saw his stock skyrocket this past season. He went 11-2 with a 2.38 ERA, striking out 127 batters against 25 walks in 109 2/3 innings of work. Stratton was named the SEC pitcher of the year and is a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award.

Stratton was the ninth pitcher taken tonight, the second from the SEC. The first pitcher drafted was LSU right-hander Kevin Gausman, at No. 4 overall to Baltimore.

Read more in Tuesday’s NEMS Daily Journal newspaper.