Mississippi State junior right-hander Chris Stratton has been named the SEC pitcher of the year by the league’s coaches.
Stratton is 11-1 with a 2.21 ERA and has been the ace of a strong, deep pitching staff. The Tupelo product has 123 strikeouts in 102 innings, with just 21 walks. He’s given up 78 hits.
Last week in the SEC Tournament, Stratton tossed six innings of two-run ball in a 3-2 win over top seed LSU. The Bulldogs went on to win the tournament, with Stratton earning the save in Sunday’s 3-0 win over Vanderbilt.
Stratton, who began the season in the bullpen, won his first nine decisions before finally losing to Florida on May 11. His stock with pro scouts has risen dramatically this season, and he’s expected to be a first-round pick in this year’s MLB Draft, which begins June 4.
Stratton is the first Bulldog to be named to the All-SEC first team since catcher Ed Easley earned the honor in 2007.
Also, freshman right-handed pitcher Jonathan Holder made the all-freshman team, while junior right-hander Kendall Graveman made the all-defensive unit. Holder has recorded nine saves and not allowed a run in 27 1/3 innings. Graveman, a weekend starter, is 4-4 with a 2.92 ERA and has made only one error in the field.
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