Tyler Whitney: College or Pro?

Memphis home-schooled lefthander Tyler Whitney, one of the top lefthanders in the nation, signed with Mississippi State last November. That was MSU's first hurdle with this extremely talented youngster. Now, the final hurdle, the Major League Baseball Draft, is up next for the Bulldogs.

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Mississippi State's baseball coaching staff signed one of the top recruiting classes in the country this past spring and fall. But like any college that signs great players, another hurdle awaits them: the Major League Baseball Draft. One of their most highly-thought of signees is Memphis lefthander Tyler Whitney. And pro scouts have taken notice of him.

"There were probably about 10 pro teams that came out early and watched. We talked to them a little before that and we even had one come to our house," said the youngster.

Despite the attention, Tyler appears to have his mind set on college ball.

"I didn't tell anybody that I wasn't signable, but I did tell them my plans are to go to college in the fall," he said. "It has been a dream come true to sign with Mississippi State. I told them that upfront. I told them that I didn't have much interest in going pro, but if they wanted to pursue me they could. If they didn't, that was fine, too."

Although college ball is in his immediate plans, he still wouldn't mind seeing his name on the draft list come June 7th and 8th.

"It would be cool to be drafted. But if that happened, it would probably be in the latter part of it," said Tyler, a lefthander who throws in the upper 80's and has been compared to former Diamond Dog Paul Maholm. "Regardless, I will be at MSU in the fall."

Which is good news for Bulldog baseball fans.

Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the Dawgs' Bite, Powered by GenesPage.com website, the source for Mississippi State sports on Scout.com sports network. You can contact him by emailing swindoll@genespage.com.

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