Of the 23 players drafted from the state last month, it appears that only two did not sign as of today’s deadline. Mississippi State right-hander K.C. Hunt, a 12th-round pick by Pittsburgh, and William Carey University’s two-way star Chris Williams, a 19th-round selection as a lefty pitcher by Detroit, have college eligibility remaining and could return to school. Both played this summer, Hunt in the MLB Draft League and Williams in the Sunbelt Collegiate League. Pitcher Landon Sims and catcher Logan Tanner were picked out of MSU on Day 1 of the three-day draft. Sims signed with Arizona for a reported $2.35 million bonus and Tanner with Cincinnati for $1.03M. Eight other college players went in the top 10 rounds. Two high school players were picked in later rounds, South Panola’s Emaarion Boyd and Tishomingo County’s Spence Coffman. Boyd, 11th round by Philadelphia, got a reported $647,500, per mlb.com. The lone juco player picked, Meridian Community College’s Ke’Shun Collier, 20th round by the Chicago Cubs, was among the first players to sign. He got a reported $100,000.
Austin Riley wasn’t the only Mississippi product capping the month of July with a big day. In addition to DeSoto Central High alum Riley’s record-setting, walk-off double for Atlanta (see previous post), Corey Dickerson, Kirk McCarty, Hunter Renfroe, Kendall Graveman and Adam Frazier also earned some high-fives on Sunday. Dickerson, the ex-Meridian Community College star, produced the kind of game St. Louis was anticipating in his first season with the Cardinals: three hits, a homer (his fourth), two runs and three RBIs in a 5-0 win over Washington. Dickerson, who got off to a woeful start in 2022, is batting .226. McCarty, the rookie lefty out of Southern Miss, got his second MLB win, throwing 3 1/3 innings (one run) in middle relief for Cleveland in 5-3 victory against Tampa Bay. His first win came Tuesday at Boston. Mississippi State alum Renfroe, back in Boston with his new club Milwaukee, went 4-for-4 with his 19th homer in a 7-2 loss. He has six bombs in his last nine games and has raised his average to .254. Graveman, another ex-MSU standout, notched his 16th hold with a scoreless inning (the eighth) for the Chicago White Sox in a 4-1 defeat of Oakland. And MSU product Frazier, who had scuffled for many weeks with Seattle, went 2-for-4 with a run as the leadoff batter in a 3-2 loss to Houston. He is batting .353 in his last 19 games (.244 overall) for the resurgent Mariners. P.S. Former East Central Community College standout Tim Anderson continues to play for the White Sox while his three-game suspension from a Friday incident is under appeal. He is 3-for-8 in two wins. … The Los Angeles Dodgers have released ex-Ole Miss star Bobby Wahl, who had appeared in six games in Triple-A this year. He pitched in 17 big league games from 2017-20.