After being selected the National Pitcher of the Year earlier this month by the College Baseball Foundation, Mississippi State’s Ethan Small also garnered the same distinction from the American Baseball Coaches Association on Wednesday.
Small posted a 10-2 record with a 1.93 earned run average with a nation-leading 176 strikeouts and only 32 walks in 107 innings across 18 starts. Opponents only hit .164 against him and his strikeout total set the school’s single-season record.
The junior left-hander from Lexington, Tennessee is just the second MSU pitcher to be named a National Pitcher of the Year, joining Chris Stratton in 2012.
Small signed a $1.8 million contract with the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday after being drafted 28th overall.