It was not a surprise to see Mississippi State's Brent Rooker on the list of finalists for the Ferriss Trophy announced on Monday.

The junior first baseman leads the Southeastern Conference in home runs, batting average, RBIs, doubles, slugging percentage, on-base percentage and total bases.

Joining Rooker as a finalist is Taylor Braley, Matt Walner and Dylan Burdeaux of Southern Miss along with Delta State's Zach Shannon.

The five finalists were chosen by a panel of MLB scouts and Mississippi college baseball coaches. The winner will be announced on May 22 at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum in Jackson.

MSU outfielder Jake Mangum claimed the Ferriss Trophy as a freshman last year.

Logan Lowery

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