Brent Rooker Called Up:
The news broke yesterday that former Mississippi State slugger Brent Rooker has been called up to the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, the Fort Myers Miracle. Rooker has been playing for the Rookie Short-Season Elizabethon Twins in Tennessee, but I’m sure he doesn’t mind leaving his home state for a promotion. Rooker played 22 games for the Elizabethon Twins, batting .282 and smashing 7 HRs, good for a .588 slugging percentage. This is sure to be the first of many call ups for the Rookie as he continues his journey to the Show.
Christian Macleod commits to Mississippi State:
Christian Macleod, a former Oklahoma commit, made his pledge to Mississippi State this week over offers from Kentucky, Oklahoma, and Tennessee. Macleod, a Huntsville, Alabama native, is a left handed pitcher, who works mostly in the high 80’s with his fast ball and throws great breaking pitches for strikes, including a knuckle curve and changeup. Christian is a bright student as well, as he is listed on Perfect Game as having a GPA of 3.7 and an ACT score of 29. Macleod is now a member of Mississippi State’s impressive 2018 Baseball Recruiting class, which includes three Under Armour All-Americans and four Perfect Game All-Americans.
Summer League Update:
Many current Diamond Dogs continue to impress on the Summer League circuit, as a couple of Bulldogs were tabbed as All-Stars for their respective leagues. We start off with Hunter Vansau, who played outfield this season for the Bulldogs. Vansau is having a breakout performance in the West Coast League, batting .400 with five home runs and 23 RBI’s, which was good enough for him to be selected to the Home Run Derby participant for the West Coast League. We now set our sights on veteran Jake Mangum. Mangum turned down a late-round selection in the MLB Draft to come back to Mississippi State for his junior season. Jake has been tearing it up in the Cape Cod League, which many claim is the best summer league. He is hitting .377 for the Hyannis Harbour Hawks, which was good enough to earn him the prestigious right of being a Cape Cod League All-Star. Your Final Bulldog selected as an All-Star for his league is Elijah MacNamee. MacNamee was selected as an Alaska Baseball League All-Star for his performance with the Matsu Miners. The most important player to recognize on this list, however, is Konner Pilkington. Pilkington, who is expected to be a Top-10 draft pick in next year’s MLB Draft, participated this summer with the USA Collegiate National Team. Pilkington logged a 2.65 ERA and an opponent batting average of just .183 in his 17.0 innings pitched for the USA this summer.
Dudy Noble Progress:
The last update we left you with on the New Dudy Noble Field progress was one where there was still a press box, and most of the stadium was still intact. However, fast forward a few weeks and incredible progress has been made, with only one section of the former stadium remaining. You can see that construction crews are moving fast, as the pillars for the new Left Field Lounge are being erected, as well as the new entrance to Dudy Noble in the right field has also taken shape. As we anticipate the opening of the best facility in college baseball, there are mixed emotions from fans. With progress comes change, and Dudy Noble will be a recipient of both.