Southern Miss outfielder Reed Trimble drafted by Baltimore Orioles

From high school all the way up to the Major Leagues, there wasn’t a level of baseball that went unaffected by the timing of COVID-19.

Last year, the MLB’s first year player draft was shortened from 40 rounds to just five, only to find a happy medium at 20 rounds in 2021 which brings us to a guy that would have been drafted no matter the format.

Today, Southern Miss Outfielder Reed Trimble was selected 65th overall by the Baltimore Orioles in competitive balance round B in between the second and third rounds.

With a slot value of $1,003,300 and three years of eligibility remaining, Trimble now has a big decision to make.

His stock watch went way up in the post-season, hitting .441 with seven home runs across his last 12 games.

For the season, Trimble hit .345 with 17 homers, 72 RBI, tied for most in all of Division I, and 12 stolen bases.

Here’s what USM Head Coach Scott Berry had to say about his switch-hitting slugger on June 25th. “Well, you know he has tremendous bat speed and he’s had that since the first day that he walked on campus, but I think it’s just being able to bring it all together into his game where he is right now in the short two years that he’s been here, really just a season and a half if you look at the shortened season last year, so really proud of him and how he’s continued to develop and make his game really, really strong.”

A native of Brandon, Trimble was undrafted coming out of high school and came into this year’s draft as the 148th ranked prospect according to MLB.com.

Trimble is now the third Golden Eagle to be taken before the third round in the last four years, joining Matt Wallner of the Twins in 2019 and Nick Sandlin of the Indians in 2018.

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