Mississippi State’s double-play tandem was selected in the 2020 Major League Baseball amateur draft on Wednesday night.

Second baseman Justin Foscue was taken 14th overall by the Texas Rangers, while shortstop Jordan Westburg was drafted 30th by the Baltimore Orioles.

The Bulldogs also saw their highest-rated signee get drafted. Austin Hendrick, ranked the No. 1 high school prospect in the country by Athlon, went 12th overall to the Cincinnati Reds.

The draft concluded on Thursday with four additional rounds.

Foscue becomes the 16th first-round draft pick in program history. Westburg was the first pick of the Competitive Balance Round A.

A junior from Hunstville, Alabama, Foscue played in 141 games during his three-year caree. He is MSU’s highest draft pick since Hunter Renfroe was picked 13th in 2013.

“In just the last year, I know Texas has built an impressive stadium that’s going to attract a lot of people,” Foscue said in an interview after he was selected. “I’ve heard they’ve invested in a lot of technology to help player development, so that’s one thing that stands out to me. I feel like with my game, I can always improve on something. …”

“I’ve heard a lot of great things and I’m excited to get to work.”

After hitting .241 as a freshman in 2018, he took a huge leap his sophomore year.

During the 2019 season, he hit .331 with 22 doubles, 14 home runs and 60 RBIs in 67 games. His 22 doubles ranks tied for No. 10 on the school’s single-season list.

In 2019, he was named first-team All-SEC at second base and second-team All-America by D1 Baseball, the American Baseball Coaches Association and Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. He was named third-team All-American by Baseball America, the National Collegiate Baseball Weiters Association and Perfect Game.

In 16 games this spring, Foscue hit .321 with 4 doubles, 2 home runs and 16 RBIs.

He finished his career with a .948 fielding percentage at second base. He committed 19 errors in 349 chances.

Westburg, a junior from New Braunfels, Texas, played in 124 games during his three-year career. He played in 42 games as a freshman in 2018 and hit .248 with 11 doubles, 2 home runs, and 30 RBIs.

His biggest hit of that season came in the first game of the College World Series in Omaha, where he hit a grand slam against North Carolina. In the same game, he tied a CWS single-game record with 7 RBIs.

In 2019, he hit .294 with 21 doubles, 6 home runs, 2 triples, 7 stolen bases and 61 RBIs. He had 23 multi-hit games and led MSU with 16 multi-RBI games. He finished his sophomore season with a 20-game on-base stretch.

In 16 games this spring, he hit .317 with 6 doubles, 2 home runs and 11 RBIs.

“I’d just like to take this time to say how excited and how pumped I am to be part of the Orioles organization,” Westburg said. “I know that I’m still just high on life right now with this opportunity and whenever baseball starts back up, I can’t wait to get going.”

Hendrick, a 6-foot-1, 195 pound left-handed outfielder, was the third high school player drafted.

He was considered the best power-hitting high school player in the draft and won the Under Armour Home Run Derby at Wrigley Field last summer.


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