Every once in a while, MGM Park is home to a Magnolia State reunion for minor leaguers that used to play their high school or college baseball in Mississippi.
So, when pitchers and catchers report to spring training later this week, one guy the Biloxi Shuckers will be keeping a close eye on is Mississippi State alum Ethan Small.
The left-hander was a first round pick of the Milwaukee Brewers in 2019 and backed that up with a .86 ERA and 36 strikeouts across 21 innings of rookie ball and Single A.
The former Bulldog may not open the 2020 season in Biloxi, but there’s more than a small chance that Small gets his shot at double AA hitting sometime this year.
Here’s Shuckers Manager Mike Guerrero during a pit stop on his way to Arizona. “Well, I hear about his name and I know he’s a lefty and I know he throws really good. I will say that I’m looking forward to seeing him in spring training. You get a lot information. You see the videos and all that kind of stuff. But until you see them actually for myself I’ll be able to describe and build my own opinion about themselves.”
Small is one of just 15 former Mississippi State players to be taken in the first round of the MLB Draft.