After seeing pitcher Ethan Small go in the first round Monday night to the Milwaukee Brewers, two more Mississippi State players were picked on Day 2 of the MLB Draft on Tuesday.
For the second straight year, the New York Mets selected center fielder Jake Mangum. The switch-hitting senior went in the fourth round (118th overall), which holds a draft slot value of $487,900.
It was the third time that Mangum has been drafted since arriving at MSU. The Pearl native was taken by the New York Yankees in the 30th round following his sophomore season and was also selected by the Mets in the 32nd round last year.
Mangum is the Southeastern Conference’s all-time hits leader with 375 and is a career .356 hitter with 71 doubles, 10 triples, five home runs, 126 RBIs and 55 stolen bases. He leads the Bulldogs batting .357 with 100 hits, 22 doubles, three triples and 21 steals this year.
Junior relief pitcher Colby White also heard his name called in the sixth round (188th overall) by the Tampa Bay Rays.
It is the first time for the right-hander from Foxworth to be drafted. His draft slot holds a $255,300 value.
White is 3-1 with a 3.28 earned run average, 45 strikeouts and only seven walks in 24 2/3 innings of work in his first season at MSU after transferring in from Pearl River Community College.
State also had one of its signees – catcher Ethan Hearn – drafted in the sixth round (192nd overall) by the Chicago Cubs.
The 5-foot-11, 199-pound left-handed hitter is out of Mobile Christian School in Alabama and was rated the No. 67 overall prospect in the draft by MLB.com.
Hearn’s draft slot has a value of $247,000.
Former Mississippi State pitcher Graham Ashcraft was also drafted in the sixth round (174th overall) by the Cincinnati Reds. Ashcraft pitched in 10 games for the Diamond Dogs as a freshman in 2017 but missed all of last season due to injury.
Ashcraft transferred to UAB this year and became the program’s highest drafted player. He posted a 2-5 record with a 5.62 ERA, 53 strikeouts and 39 walks in 56 innings.