Jake Mangum being drafted as late as the 32nd round last summer as a pitcher was a bit of a head scratcher considering the Mississippi State center fielder is now the all-time hit king of the Southeastern Conference and as of today the first-ever two-time winner of the C-Spire Ferriss Trophy.
It all comes full circle for Mangum who won the award going to the state’s top collegiate baseball player as a freshman in 2016 and now as a senior in 2019.
The MSU lead-off man beats out teammate Ethan Small, Grae Kessinger and Tyler Keenan from Ole Miss, and Matt Wallner from Southern Miss.
Mangum’s .375 batting average isn’t quite where it was three years ago, but most of the counting stats are up with his 65 runs scored, 39 RBI, and 21 stolen bases already career highs.
Not to mention, his Diamond Dawgs are the third ranked team in the country with an overall mark of 45-11. “If you would have told me four years ago that this would have been my career, I would have laughed. It’s been insane, it’s been a dream come true. My four years, I’ve leaned on my teammates. Just play hard and good things will happen,” said Mangum.
Mississippi State Head Baseball Coach Chris Lemonis said, “I lean on him for a lot of things, usually I’m asking him what uniform we want to wear, what we want to do. He adds such a good pulse to the team, just a great leader, him and Ethan. Day to day, they bring a lot of energy to us, but they’ve been here for so long and they’ve been through so much, they just have a lot to bring to the program.”
Mississippi State players have now won the Ferriss Trophy a combined seven times, two more than any other school in the state.