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Stratton First Round Pick Of San Francisco Giants

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Chris Stratton was the 20th player chosen in the MLB draft Monday night, by the San Francisco Giants.
Photo Courtesy of Bill Simmonds

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Junior All-American pitcher Chris Stratton has become the latest Mississippi State player to be selected in the first round of Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft. Monday night the San Francisco Giants made the Tupelo, Miss., product the 20th player chosen in this year's draft. He becomes the sixth-highest draft pick in program history and the 11th first-round selection.

Stratton (11-2, 2.38), the SEC Pitcher of the Year, ranks first or second in the SEC in wins, earned run average and strikeouts.

Stratton is the third player from the Southeastern Conference player chosen in this year's draft, joining Florida catcher Mike Zunino (No. 3 pick) and LSU pitcher Kevin Gausman (No. 4 pick).

A semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award and Dick Howser Trophy, both national player of the year awards, Stratton was named the recipient of the C Spire Ferriss Trophy last month, presented annually to the top collegiate baseball player in Mississippi. Today he was named one of five semifinalists for the College Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher of the Year Award.

Will Clark, winner of the 1985 Golden Spikes Award, stands as the highest draft selection among MSU players, going to the San Francisco Giants as the second overall pick in 1985.

Stratton paced the Bulldog pitching staff, which posted an SEC-leading 2.58 staff earned run average. Mississippi State (40-24) advanced to its 32nd NCAA postseason berth and notched its 18th 40-win campaign this year.


Mississippi State Baseball's First Round Draft Selections

2012 --- RHP-Chris Stratton (Giants) 20th pick

2007 --- C-Edwards Easley (Diamondbacks) 61st pick (1a sandwich round)

2003 --- LHP-Paul Maholm (Pirates) 8th pick

1999 --- RHP-Matt Ginter (White Sox) 22nd pick

1997 --- LHP-Eric DuBose (Athletics) 21st pick

1994 --- RHP-Carlton Loewer (Phillies) 23rd pick

1993 --- RHP-Jay Powell (Orioles) 19th pick

1992 --- LHP- B.J. Wallace (Expos) 3rd pick

1985 --- 1B-Will Clark (Giants) 2nd pick

1985 --- OF-Rafael Palmeiro (Cubs) 22nd pick

1966 --- OF-1B-Del Unser (Senators) 18th pick



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