Woodruff among Saturday draftees



Daily Journal reports

On the third and final day of the Major League Baseball draft, five current Ole Miss players and two from Mississippi State were selected.

Mississippi State junior right-hander Brandon Woodruff, the former Wheeler standout, was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in Saturday’s 11th round (326th overall) of the MLB Draft.

The 6-foot-2, 225-pounder appeared in 15 games including six starts this spring. Woodruff went 1-3 with a 6.75 ERA.

Woodruff was a fifth-round draft pick by the Texas Rangers out of high school. He has until July 18 to sign with the Brewers or return for his senior season in Starkville.


The first Ole Miss player drafted on Saturday was junior outfielder Braxton Lee, in the 12th round to Tampa Bay. Senior catcher Will Lee went in the 13th round to Detroit. They were followed by three Rebels pitchers – Christian Trent (20th, L.A. Dodgers), junior Hawtin Buchanan (20th, Seattle) and senior Aaron Greenwood (28th, Houston).

In the 23rd round, MSU senior second baseman Brett Pirtle was selected by Detroit. Pirtle led the Bulldogs with a .363 batting average.

Ole Miss finished with nine players drafted and MSU with four, not counting signees who’ll have to weigh their futures between colleges and their pro offers. The nine players taken were the highest from any school.

Four Rebels were picked on Friday – junior pitcher Chris Ellis (3rd, L.A. Angels), junior outfielder Auston Bousfield (5th, San Diego), senior infielder Austin Anderson (9th, Baltimore) and pitcher Josh Laxer (9th, Detroit) who were all taken in day two of the draft.

Also for MSU, junior pitchers Jacob Lindgren (second round, 55th overall) and Jonathan Holder (sixth round) were selected by the New York Yankees.

A former MSU pitcher, Delta State’s Taylor Stark, was drafted my Milwaukee in the 30th round.

Southern Miss wound up with four drafted players – pitcher Bradley Roney (8th, Atlanta), pitcher Conor Fisk (24th, Toronto), outfielder Mason Robbins (25th, Chicago White Sox) and pitcher Taylor Nunez (27th, Boston).


Logan Lowery contributed to this story.

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