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MSU class of 2017 baseball signee John Mason update

An analysis of Mississippi State class of 2017 signee John Mason, a right-hand pitcher from Wallace Community College-Dothan (AL).

  • Name: John Mason
  • Classification: Redshirt Sophomore
  • Position: RHP
  • Ht: Wt: 6-1, 200
  • Bats-Throws: R-R
  • Junior College: Wallace Community College-Dothan (AL)
  • High School: Newsome (FL) High School

High School - Played his high school ball at Newsome High School in Florida. He was a lightly recruited pitcher who threw in the mid 80s.

2015 Season - As a true freshman, Mason was 4-4 with 1 save and a 3.19 ERA. He threw 59.1 innings, allowing 51 hits while walking 29 and striking out 45.

2016 Season - He sat out he 2016 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in October of 2015.

2017 Season - Mason has dealt with a blister on his middle finger the entire season. Due to that, he hasn't been as effective as he would like to have been. His record is an indication of that. He has a 0-2 record with a 7.71 ERA. In 14.0 innings, he has allowed 15 hits and walked 12 while striking out 18.

Recruiting - Mason chose Mississippi State over Alabama, South Florida and Florida State.

2017 MLB Draft - Coming into this season, Mason was rated the 18th best pro prospect in the junior college ranks by Perfect Game. He still shows the power arm that earned him that ranking (92-95, 96 miles per hour). He very well could be drafted early in the 2017 MLB Draft or the middle rounds.

MSU 2018 Season - If he ends up on campus this fall, which I think will likely happen, and if he is completely recovered from his blister and he can harness his control, I see him competing for a relief role, possibly as a closer due to his power arm.

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