WJTV – Ten Mississippi State juniors heard their names called in the MLB Draft and one of them has decided to skip his senior season.
Northwest Rankin alumnus Reid Humphreys tells WJTV 12’s TJ Werre that he will go play professionally for the Colorado Rockies. Colorado drafted Humphreys with the 200th pick overall in the seventh round of the MLB Draft on June 10.
In his junior season, Humphreys batted .310 with five HR and 44 RBI’s. That RBI mark ranked fourth on the Bulldogs. As a pitcher, he led the team in saves with seven. He struck out 31 batters and walked seven in 22.2 innings. His ERA for the season was 5.56 while opposing batters hit .304 against him.
Humphreys played multiple positions during his Mississippi State career, spending time in the infield and outfield. The Rockies drafted him as a pitcher. This wasn’t the first time he was drafted, as the Washington Nationals took him in the 36th round of the 2013 MLB Draft.
At Northwest Rankin, Humphreys became a star, being named the 2013 Gatorade Player of the Year for Mississippi. Perfect Game, a national scouting service, rated Humphreys as the top shortstop prospect in the state. He did not pitch in 2013 after having Tommy John surgery.
He also has a brother in the major leagues in Atlanta Braves first baseman Tyler Moore. Moore is currently with the Gwinnett Braves, Atlanta”s AAA affiliate.
The Bulldogs had a program-record 11 players drafted in the 2016 MLB Draft. This came a year after having no players drafted for the first time since 1976. MSU’s total of 11 is the third most in the NCAA this season, as Texas A&M had 13 and Southern Cal had 11.