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Brewers Select Woodruff In 11th Round of 2014 MLB Draft

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The Wheeler, Miss., native became the 141st Bulldog chosen in the draft since its inception in 1965.
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STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State right-handed pitcher Brandon Woodruff was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 11th round of the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft Saturday. The 326th overall pick became the third Diamond Dawg drafted this year, joining fellow junior pitchers Jacob Lindgren (55th overall) and Jonathan Holder (182nd).

“I would like to thank the Bulldog family for all the support and encouragement over the past few years,” Woodruff said. “I am excited to see what the future holds, knowing that Starkville will always be my home.”

The Wheeler, Miss., native became the 141st Bulldog chosen in the draft since its inception in 1965. Woodruff was originally drafted out of high school by the Texas Rangers with the 23rd pick in the fifth round of the 2011 MLB Draft (174th overall). The righty is the third MSU player to be taken by the Brewers, joining outfielders Dave Klipstein (29th round in 1982) and Jon Mungle (23rd round in 2003, 44th round in 2004).

This season, Woodruff went 1-3 with a 6.75 ERA in 15 appearances (six starts). Topping out at 96 with his fastball, the right hander was consistently rated one of the top pitching prospects in the Southeastern Conference since stepping foot on campus.

The two-time SEC Academic Honor Roll honoree was also the starting pitcher in the 2012 SEC Tournament championship game, part of three NCAA Regional teams (2012-14) and a member of the 2013 Bulldog club which finished second in the NCAA College World Series. In his first three seasons, Woodruff went 3-6 with a 4.70 ERA, starting 18 games in 34 appearances with 81 strikeouts in 90 innings pitched.

Fans can follow other Bulldogs likely to be selected in this week’s MLB Draft by searching for “HailStateBB” on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. All-Access coverage of the program can also be found on FanCred.

2014 Mississippi State MLB Draft Picks

PLAYER

POS.

ROUND (OVERALL)

TEAM

Jacob Lindgren

LHP

2 (55)

New York Yankees

Jonathan Holder

RHP

6 (182)

New York Yankees

Brandon Woodruff

RHP

11 (326)

Milwaukee Brewers


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