MLB draft grabs more state prospects on second day

Published 12:01 pm Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Thirteen players from Mississippi were drafted in the Major League draft’s second day on Tuesday. The draft concludes today.

Southern Miss pitcher Scott Copeland was selected by the Baltimore Orioles with the 21st round and the 628th pick overall. Copeland had an 11-1 record with a 3.75 ERA. He led Conference USA in wins and was second only to teammate Todd McInnis (3.30) in ERA in the league.

Two more Ole Miss players were taken as senior right-hander Aaron Barrett and junior outfielder Tim Ferguson joined Drew Pomeranz, who was selected in the first round by the Cleveland Indians.

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Barrett was drafted in the ninth round by the Washington Nationals, while Ferguson was drafted in the 10th round by the Kansas City Royals.

Barrett posted a 7-5 record on the year and picked up some big wins for the Rebels, including victories over No. 8 Louisville, No. 9 Arkansas and No. 2 Florida while jumping out to a 6-0 start to open the season.

He struck out 98 batters and posted a 4.34 ERA in 911⁄3 innings of work, making 16 starts . In his career with the Rebels, Barrett posted 131 strikeouts in 30 appearances. He served as both a starter and reliever in his junior season.

Ferguson, a junior outfielder, has a .307 career batting average and tallied 48 stolen bases in his career, placing him eighth on the career steals list at Ole Miss.

As for Mississippi State, senior first baseball Connor Powers was tabbed by the San Diego Padres in the 21st round (634th pick overall) while senior infielder Jet Butler was a 26th round pick of the New York Mets (782nd overall pick). Powers hit a career-best .379 this season, leading the Bulldogs with 81 hits, 18 doubles, 16 home runs and 68 RBI. He concluded his four-year MSU career with a .333 batting average and 251 hits in 202 games. Butler ranked third on the club with a .329 batting average.

Other players drafted with state ties include McKenzie Dickerson of Meridian Community College (260th pick overall, Colorado Rockies), Christopher Lofton of Jones County Community College (288th pick, San Francisco Giants), Deshun Dixon of Terry High School (311th pick, Tampa Bay Rays), Auburn’s Cole Nelson (313th pick, Detroit Tigers), Jacoby Jones of Richton High School (573rd pick, Houston Astros), Alabama’s Tyler White (613th pick, Detroit Tigers), William Beckwith of George C. Wallace Community College (Ala.), who went to the Atlanta Braves with the 644th pick, and Demarcus Tidwell of Yavapai College (Ariz.), who went to the Cleveland Indians with the 840th selection.