STARKVILLE, Miss. — Two years after being a first-round pick by the Los Angeles Dodgers coming out of high school, Mississippi State right-handed pitcher J.T. Ginn has been picked in the second round by the New York Mets with the No. 52 overall selection in the 2020 MLB Draft.
Ginn, a Brandon, Mississippi native, started Mississippi State’s 2020 season opener against Wright State but only lasted three innings. He gave up three hits and two earned runs and had four strikeouts and two walks.
Ginn wound up having Tommy John surgery in early March and is now rehabbing back home. He will now decide between starting his professional career with the Mets or returning to the Bulldogs for the 2021 season with a chance to improve his draft stock.
In 2019, Ginn was named National Freshman of the Year as well as SEC Freshman of the Year. He started 17 games on the mound and recorded an 8-4 record with a 3.13 earned run average. He struck out 105 batters and walked just 19. He became only the second freshman and the 17th Bulldog pitcher ever to record 100 strikeouts in a season.