STARKVILLE, Miss. — Eight Mississippi State baseball players were drafted on the final day of the 2019 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft Wednesday, which totals a program-record-tying 11 over the three days.
The eight players drafted on Wednesday include:
- Redshirt-junior pitcher Trysten Barlow (16th round; Colorado)
- Junior catcher Dustin Skelton (18th round; Miami)
- Senior pitcher Jared Liebelt (20th round; Arizona)
- Redshirt-junior pitcher Keegan James (25th round; Colorado)
- Senior catcher Marshall Gilbert (29th round; Pittsburgh)
- Senior pitcher Peyton Plumlee (31st round; Houston)
- Graduate pitcher Cole Gordon (32nd round; New York Mets)
- Sophomore first baseman Tanner Allen (34th round; Colorado)
Redshirt-junior pitcher Ethan Small was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the first round on Monday (28th overall). A pair of Diamond Dawgs were then selected on Tuesday. Senior outfielder Jake Mangum was selected by the New York Mets in the fourth round (118th overall) with junior Colby White being selected by the Tampa Bay Rays in the sixth round (188th overall). The 11 total draft picks in 2019 are tied for the program-record with the 2016 team.
Barlow, a native of Halls, Tennessee, has appeared in 27 games this year. He has earned a 3-1 record. In 24 innings, he has struck out 32 batters and has limited opposing batters to a .225 batting average.
Skelton, a native of Olive Branch, Mississippi, has thrown out 34 percent of potential base-stealers (19-of-56), with 19 being tied for the most in the Southeastern Conference. At the plate, Skelton is batting a career-best .308 with 10 home runs and 50 RBIs. He has also had career highs in runs scored (36), hits (62) and total bases (100).
Liebelt, a native of Aurora, Illinois, leads the team with 30 appearances this season. He has earned a 2-0 record with five saves to go with a 2.74 ERA. He has limited opposing batters to a .255 batting average and has struck out 32 batters to go with just nine walks surrendered.
James, a native of Southaven, Mississippi, has made 17 appearances with eight starts in 2019. He has pitched 39 1/3 innings where he has earned a 4-1 record. He has struck out 38 batters and has limited opposing batters to a .279 batting average. He owns a 5.49 ERA this year.
Gilbert, a native of Kenosha, Wisconsin, is hitting a career-best .308 on the season. He has appeared in 50 games with 30 starts. Along with a career-best average, This year, he has career highs for runs scored (21), home runs (5), total bases (57) and walks (19).
Plumlee, a native of Olive Branch, Mississippi, has earned a 6-4 record in 19 appearances and 14 starts in 2019. In a career-high 74 1/3 innings of work, he has struck out a career-best 57 batters. He has allowed just 59 hits and has held opponents to a .213 batting average. He owns a 3.87 ERA.
Gordon, a native of Tampa, Florida, has appeared in 26 games where he owns a team-best 11 saves and a 4-0 record. He has struck out 61 batters in 38 2/3 innings and allowed just 28 hits.
Allen, a native of Theodore, Alabama, is batting a career-best .350 with a career-best 87 hits. He also owns career highs in runs scored (55), doubles (22), home runs (7), RBIs (63) and walks (32).