More state baseball players drafted



Daily Journal reports

The second day of the 2014 MLB draft saw a handful of players selected with ties to the Magnolia State.

Chris Ellis of Ole Miss kicked things off Friday when went in the third round with the 88th pick to the Angels. Center fielder Auston Bousfield went in the fifth round with the 147th pick to the Padres. It was the second straight year San Diego drafted the reigning Ferris Award winner, having selected Hunter Renfroe in the first round in 2013.

Austin Anderson went in the ninth round with the 271st pick to Baltimore. Detroit selected Josh Laxer in the ninth round with the 280th pick.

Josh Laxer ninth round 280 Detroit.

Mississippi State closer Jonathan Holder was selected in the sixth round (182) by the New York Yankees, the same team that selected teammate Jacob Lindgren in the second round.

The New York Yankees selected Mississippi State junior Jacob Lindgren in the second round of the MLB Draft.

Holder pitched in 23 games for MSU this past season going 7-1 and leading the team with seven saves. He finished with a 2.22 earned run average with 71 strikeouts and nine walks in 52.2 innings of work.

The Gulfport native is State’s all-time saves leader closing out 37 games during his three-year career. In 2012, Holder set the school’s single-season saves record with 21. He was a consensus Freshman All-American in 2012 and All-American in 2013.

Around the state

Others drafted from the state was Harrison Central’s Bobby Bradley (third round, 97) by Cleveland, George County’s Justin Steele (fifth round, 139) by the Cubs, Jones County pitcher Lane Ratliff (sixth round, 171), Petal native and Nicholls State pitcher Taylor Byrd (seventh round, 201) , Pascagoula native and Tennessee Tech third baseman Daniel Miles (eighth round, 253) by Tampa Bay and Southern Mississippi pitcher Bradley Roney (8th round, 253) by Atlanta.

Madison native Spencer Turnbull, a junior at Alabama, was taken in the second round (63rd overall) by Detroit on Thursday. Columbia’s Tiquan Forbes, an Ole Miss signee, went to Texas in the second round (59). He said he would forgo school and opt for pro ball.

Underclassmen have until July 18 to sign or return for school.

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