As the Bulldogs prepare for this week’s Gainesville Super Regional, a few of them will be keeping an eye on the MLB Draft, which started last night with the first round and continues today.
MSU has several draft-eligible players, including (but not limited to) right-handed pitcher Devin Jones, shortstop Jonathan Ogden, third baseman Jarrod Parks, left-handed pitcher Nick Routt and outfielder Jaron Shepherd.
Jones could be the first Bulldog to go. He’s struggled this season, going 2-5 with a 4.49 ERA, including 0-3 with a 7.39 ERA in four SEC starts. He lost his spot in the rotation a few weeks ago.
Jones told Matthew Stevens of the Starkville Daily News last night that he’s been told he could go between the fourth and 10th rounds. That might sound odd considering his performance this year, but coach John Cohen has long raved about Jones’ ability, and scouts seem to like him.
Cohen said in mid-April that “we could all look up five, six years from now and see him pitching in the major leagues. He’s got that kind of stuff.”
Will Jones return to school if he’s drafted?
“The draft is crazy because while I’m being told 4-10, you may end up 30th so I really don’t know,” he told Stevens. “At this point you have to think about money and I haven’t even thought of a number it would take to not make me come back to school.”
You can follow the draft right here.
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