Multiple transfers, a year long ban, triple crown winner, and a stadium demolition just another week for Bulldog Baseball
This week, became a very busy one for players departing the ship in Starkville, as Brant Blaylock & Jared Padgett elected to transfer to the Junior College level.
Brant Blaylock announced on Sunday that we would be leaving the program, as many expected due to depth, and our outfield being set for this upcoming season. Blaylock was brought in as an outfielder, but had to also pitch due to Mississippi State’s many pitching problems throughout the season. Blaylock finished his Mississippi State pitching career going: (1-0, ERA: 7.50, IP: 6.0) and as an outfielder he hit: ( .193, 2HR’s, RBI’s: 10) Brant will continue his career at Northwest Mississippi Community College.
— Brant Blaylock (@blaylockbrant) June 25, 2017
Moving on to more recent transfer news, former Mississippi State pitcher Jared Padgett has announced his intentions to transfers, as well on Wednesday. Jared only pitched his Freshman season as he underwent Tommy Jone surgery this past season. He finishes his Mississippi State career by owning a: (0-1, ERA: 3.86 IP: 2.1). He will transfer to traditional Junior College powerhouse Chipola College in Mariana, Florida.
— Jared Padgett (@Jpadge_23) June 28, 2017
Peyton Plumlee, who burst onto the scene during the NCAA Tournament as a viable relief option, and looked poised for a great upcoming season has been suspended for a full year by the NCAA. Plumlee last pitched June 11th against LSU, and will not be able to pitch in the NCAA until June 11th 2018. There has also been speculating that he may end up transferring to a Junior College to avoid losing the year, and be eligible for the 2018 MLB Draft, but this is all speculation at this point. Plumlee had a relatively successful Sophomore season: (6-1, ERA: 4.01, IP: 74).
Mississippi State received some rather bad news regarding the remaining holdouts from the 2017 MLB Draft. Quentin Holmes, from New York, drafted in the 2nd Round by the Indians has been in Cleveland negotiating his deal with the World Series runner up, and he is expected to sign any given day.
Quentin Holmes ’17 in Cleveland with fellow alum Anthony Iapoce ready to sign with the Indians! pic.twitter.com/hP7xsOy3k3
— McClancy Alumni (@McClancy_HS) June 27, 2017
The remaining holdout Bryce Huthchinson, who was drafted in the 13th Round by the New York Mets updated his situation via Snapchat by saying, “Negotiation are underway with the Mets and I.” The Mets closed their deal with the recent highschool graduate on Friday, which closed the book on the 2017 MLB Draft for Mississippi State.
Brent Rooker has been assigned to the Elizabethon Twins, out of his home state of Tennessee. Most expected him to pick up right where he left off at Mississippi State, and he did just that! Rooker is batting (.316 with 2 HR’s RBI’s: 4) through 5 games for the Elizabethon Twins.
The “slugger” took a few days off from Minor League baseball to travel to Los Angeles for the presentation of the coveted Golden Spikes award, won only once by a Mississippi State Player, Will Clark (1985). The success doesn’t stop there however, as Brent Rooker officially won the SEC Triple Crown Tuesday night, becoming only the second player in Mississippi State history and SEC history to attain such a feat.
— MSU Baseball ⚾ (@HailStateBB) June 28, 2017
Dudy Noble Field:
Dudy Noble Field’s Demolition has been in full swing this week, and we were able to get a couple of photos from Kelly Price, Steven Phillips, & Dan Skinner.
(Kelly Price: Twitter)
(Dan Skinner: Twitter)
(Steven Phillips: Twitter)
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