Stratton Struck in Head, Hospitalized

Former Mississippi State pitcher and first-round draft pick Chris Stratton has been hospitalized after being struck in the head by a line drive during batting practice, according to a report by

Stratton, a Tupelo native, is playing for Salem-Keizer of the short-season Northwest League. He was hit during batting practice and taken by ambulance. According to the report, Stratton is in stable condition with a concussion, and doctors are evaluating him to see if there is any further damage.

His father, Lee Stratton, told the Journal tonight that Chris is doing OK. “He is staying in the hospital tonight for observation,” Lee said.

Stratton posted an 11-2 record and 2.38 ERA for MSU as a junior, earning consensus All-American honors. San Francisco drafted him 20th overall in June, and he’s been in Oregon with Salem-Keizer the past several weeks. In eight games (five starts), Stratton is 0-1 with a 2.76 ERA. In his last outing, on Monday, he tossed four shutout innings.

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