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Mississippi in the MLB Draft

These baseball players with Mississippi ties are making a run at going pro.

Written by Eugene Stockstill and Emily Welly | Photographed by Joe Worthem

More than 20 baseball players from Mississippi schools were selected in the 2022 Major League Baseball Draft in July. While back-to-back national champs Mississippi State and Ole Miss produced more than half of the drafted players, Southern Miss (which also had an outstanding 2022 season — its sixth in a row with more than 40 wins) saw five from its roster drafted. Two high school seniors, a community college prospect and a pitcher from William Carey University round out the list. After starting as rookies in the minor leagues, each of these players will work their way through the system in hopes of a major league debut.

Justin Bench [CF] Ole Miss | San Francisco Giants

Emaarion Boyd [OF] South Panola Hs | Philadelphia Phillies

Spence Coffman [SS] Tishomingo County Hs | San Diego Padres

Ke’shun Collier [OF] Meridian Community College | Chicago Cubs

Brad Cumbest [RF] Mississippi State | Colorado Rockies

Dylan Delucia [P] Ole Miss | Cleveland Guardians

Derek Diamond [P] Ole Miss | Pittsburgh Pirates

Hayden Dunhurst [C] Ole Miss | Kansas City Royals

Tim Elko [3B] Ole Miss | Chicago White Sox

Ben Ethridge [P] Southern Miss | Minnesota Twins

Jackson Fristoe [P] Mississippi State | New York Yankees

Kevin Graham [LF] Ole Miss | Arizona Diamondbacks

Landon Harper [P] Southern Miss | Atlanta Braves

Kamren James [3B] Mississippi State | Tampa Bay Rays

Brandon Johnson [P] Ole Miss | Kansas City Royals

Preston Johnson [P] Mississippi State | Baltimore Orioles

Garrett Ramsey [P] Southern Miss | Boston Red Sox

Dalton Rogers [P] Southern Miss | Boston Red Sox

Landon Sims [P] Mississippi State | Arizona Diamondbacks

Tyler Stuart [P] Southern Miss | New York Mets

Logan Tanner [C] Mississippi State | Cincinnati Reds

Chris Williams Jr. [P] William Carey University | Detroit Tigers

*This list is current as of the time this magazine went to press. K.C. Hunt (P-Mississippi State) was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates but did not sign, opting to return to MSU this year.

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