MSU alum Ethan Small breaks MiLB season in Biloxi
On the eve of Minor League Baseball Opening Day, one of the best pitchers to ever come out of Mississippi State got a familiar assignment to begin his first full season as a professional.
Four hours due south of Dudy Noble Field in Starkville is MGM Park in Biloxi where Ethan Small is set to make his Double A debut with the Shuckers.
That puts him on the fast track to make his Major League debut, possibly as soon as this season, with a dominant 0.86 ERA across 21 minor league innings pitched in 2019.
Earlier that same year, Small came up very big for the Bulldogs, winning SEC Pitcher of the Year en route to their College World Series appearance.
The Milwaukee Brewers went on to draft Small with their first-round pick, 28th overall, and has all the makings of a future Ace. Shuckers Manager Mike Guerrero said, “He’s going to be probably one of our main starters. Like I said, he’s a great competitor. He hasn’t had a full season in baseball yet. So, he’s going to have his first taste of a full season in Double-A that he has a really high ceiling, he does. But what I saw in spring training, he’s a competitor. He’s going after hitters and he wants to be the guy. It’s a year of opportunities. You’ve just got to grab it by the horn, buddy.”
In 2019, Small was first amongst all NCAA Division I pitchers with 176 strikeouts. The Shuckers led off their 2021 campaign tomorrow in Birmingham.