Mississippi State’s Jordan Westburg drafted by Baltimore Orioles


In any other major league draft, Mississippi State shortstop Jordan Westburg might have been a first round pick, but because the Houston Astros didn’t have a first round pick this year, he’s the first pick of competitive balance round ‘A.’

Number 30 overall to the Baltimore Orioles who come away with the fifth ranked shortstop in this year’s class and the 37th best player overall according to MLB Pipeline.

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The other end of the best double play combination in all of college baseball, Westburg tied a College World Series single-game record in 2018 with seven RBI.

His slot value is well over $2 million.

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A native of Pass Christian and a St. Stanislaus alum, Jeff Haeger comes to News 25 from right in our backyard. He most recently spent more than three years working as the sports reporter for WHLT-TV in Hattiesburg, where he provided extensive coverage of his alma mater, The University of Southern Mississippi. At Southern Miss, Jeff was a member of the Honors College and graduated with a B.A. degree in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Spanish. He also wrote for USM's award-winning school newspaper, The Student Printz, where he won first place for Best Sports Story in 2013. Jeff loves to travel, and is excited to get back on the water to reunite with his family. In his spare time you can find Jeff spending time with his friends, and maybe even winning a fantasy football league. For sports stories contact Jeff at jhaeger@wxxv25.com.


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