MSU's Routt, Graveman drafted

Nick Routt reckons it’s time for him to move on.
The Mississippi State left-hander was selected early on the third and final day of the Major League Draft on Wednesday, going in the 16th round to the Cincinnati Reds (502nd overall). A fourth-year junior, Routt believes he’ll wind up signing.
“I had four good years at Mississippi State,” he said. “I’ve learned a whole lot from our coaches. I just think the next step is to go on and play professional baseball.”
A former weekend starter, Routt spent most of this past season in the bullpen, going 3-5 with a 3.80 ERA. His changeup came on strong late in the season, and he expects that to be a consistently good pitch in the pros.
“I’ve found a way to throw it now where it still gets good movement without the heavy pronation that I used to put on it,” Routt said.
His teammate, junior righty Kendall Graveman, was drafted in the 36th round by Miami (1,097th overall). Graveman, a weekend starter, went 4-4 with a 2.81 ERA. He had 59 strikeouts and 21 walks in 892/3 innings.
“It’s a decision now I have to make. I have to weigh my options and see what’s on the table,” Graveman said late Wednesday night. “There are a lot of pros and cons to both sides of the spectrum. That said, I love Mississippi State, and we’re going to have a championship team next season, and that’s hard to turn down.”
Mississippi State had three players total drafted this year, all pitchers. Chris Stratton was taken in the first round by San Francisco.
Two MSU signees were also drafted Wednesday: Second baseman Will Dupont (16th round, Toronto) and outfielder Jacob Robson (30th, San Diego).
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