Monday Morning Coffee Break

How did Mississippi State and the Southeastern Conference fare in the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft?

Mississippi State had four players selected during the draft - junior catcher Edward Easley was the first Bulldog drafted, being drafted in the supplemental first round. Following him were senior righthanded pitcher Josh Johnson in the 16th round, junior Mitch Moreland in the 17th round and senior infielder Jeffrey Rea in the 18th. Three of the four have signed, with Moreland the only unsigned draftee.

How did the other 11 teams in the Southeastern Conference fare during the draft?

The team with the most draft choices was Arkansas with 9. They were followed by South Carolina and Vanderbilt with 8 each. The next team was a surprise to me. Auburn, a team that didn't make the SEC Tournament or NCAA Regionals, had 7 players drafted. Following them were Ole Miss and Kentucky with 5 apiece. Alabama, Mississippi State, Georgia, Florida and Tennessee each had 4 players drafted. LSU came in last with 2 players drafted.

Overall, the SEC had 64 players drafted, which is 9 more than were drafted in the 2006 draft. Of those 64, five were selected in the 1st round with David Price, a lefthanded pitcher from Vanderbilt, being the 1st pick overall. Vanderbilt also had a second 1st round pick - righthanded pitcher Casey Weathers - which makes them the only SEC team with two first-round draft picks.

But, when you take into consider the supplemental first round - the SEC had 5 players selected in that round also - the honor of most first round draft picks in the SEC goes to Tennessee which had one 1st round pick and two 1st round supplemental picks.

Other SEC teams with 1st round picks include Arkansas and Florida. Teams with 1st round supplemental picks include Mississippi State, Auburn and Alabama. All three had one each.

Five SEC players were drafted in the 2nd round. Arkansas had two drafted in that round, as did Ole Miss. The other 2nd rounder was from Georgia.

Overall, of the 64 SEC players drafted, 15 were drafted in the first 2 rounds.

Of the 64 players drafted, 30 were pitchers. As for which team had the most pitchers drafted, that honor goes to Vanderbilt which had 6 pitchers drafted. Arkansas and South Carolina both had 4 pitchers drafted.

As for which rounds the players for each team was drafted, here's a list. The number of players drafted is in parentheses. An s by a 1st round selection means supplemental 1st round.

  • Alabama (4) - 1st-s, 6th, 6th, 15th.
  • Arkansas (9) - 1st, 2nd, 2nd, 10th, 28th, 29th, 33rd, 49th, 49th.
  • Auburn (7) - 1st-s, 7th, 15th, 19th, 23rd, 24th, 35th.
  • Florida (4) - 1st, 7th, 31st, 39th.
  • Georgia (4) - 2nd, 13th, 18th, 19th.
  • Kentucky (5) - 13th, 15th, 16th, 18th, 29th.
  • LSU (2) - 4th, 45th.
  • MSU (4) - 1st-s, 16th, 17th, 18th.
  • Ole Miss (5) - 2nd, 2nd, 9th, 28th, 48th.
  • South Carolina (8) - 7th, 9th, 10th, 17th, 19th, 36th, 45th, 49th.
  • Tennessee (4) - 1st, 1st-s, 1st-s, 13th.
  • Vanderbilt (8) - 1st, 1st, 10th, 14th, 22nd, 22nd, 24th, 26h.

    The next question is how many of these players have signed with the pros? If the player is in bold that means he has signed.

    ALABAMA (2 of 4)

  • 1st-s (Tommy Hunter-SO)
  • 6th (Emeel Salem-signed)
  • 6th (Cale Iorg-SO. Has been on a mission the past two years.)
  • 15th (Greg Paiml-signed)

    ARKANSAS (8 of 9)

  • 1st (Nick Schmidt-signed)
  • 2nd (Duke Welker-signed)
  • 2nd (Jess Todd-signed)
  • 10th (Danny Hamblin-signed)
  • 28th (Chris Rhoads-signed)
  • 29th (Brian Walker-signed)
  • 33rd (Jacob Julius-signed)
  • 49th (Jake Dugger-signed)
  • 49th (Matt Willard-SO)

    AUBURN (6 of 7)

  • 1st-s (Josh Donaldson-signed)
  • 7th (Russell Dixon-signed)
  • 15th (Bruce Edwards-signed)
  • 19th (Brett Butts-signed),
  • 23rd (Mike Bianucci-SO)
  • 24th (Philip Stringer-signed)
  • 35th (Josh Blake-signed)

    FLORIDA (2 of 4)

  • 1st (Matt LaPorta-signed)
  • 7th (Bryan Augenstein-JR)
  • 31st (Brian Leclerc-signed)
  • 39th (Michael Branham-SO)

    GEORGIA (2 of 4)

  • 2nd (Joshua Fields-JR)
  • 13th (Jonathan Wyatt-signed)
  • 18th (Stephen Dodson-SO)
  • 19th (Adam McDaniel-signed)

    KENTUCKY (2 of 5)

  • 13th (Sean Coughlin-signed)
  • 15th (Scott Green-SO)
  • 16th (Antone DeJesus-signed)
  • 18th (Sawyer Carroll-JR)
  • 29th (Collin Cowgill-JR)

    LSU (1 of 2)

  • 4th (Charlie Furbush-signed)
  • 45th (J.T. Wise-SO)

    MSU (3 of 4)

  • 1st-s (Edward Easley-signed)
  • 16th (Josh Johnson-signed)
  • 17th (Mitch Moreland-JR)
  • 18th (Jeffrey Rea-signed)

    OLE MISS (4 of 5)

  • 2nd (Will Kline-signed)
  • 2nd (Zack Cozart-signed)
  • 9th (Justin Henry-signed)
  • 28th (John Rodriguez-signed)
  • 48th (Scott Bittle-JR)

    SOUTH CAROLINA (1 of 8)

  • 7th (Travis Jones-signed)
  • 9th (Wynn Pelzer-JR)
  • 10th (Harris Honeycutt-JR)
  • 17th (Arik Hempy-JR)
  • 19th (Jeff Jeffords-SR)
  • 36th (Andrew Crisp-SO)
  • 45th (Phil Disher-JR)
  • 49th (Trent Kline-JR)

    TENNESSEE (3 of 4)

  • 1st (J.P. Arencibia-signed)
  • 1st-s (James Adkins-signed)
  • 1st-s (Julio Borbon-JR)
  • 13th (Chad Maddox-signed)

    VANDERBILT (4 of 8)

  • 1st (David Price-JR)
  • 1st (Casey Weathers-signed)
  • 10th (Dominic De la Osa-JR)
  • 14th (Cody Crowell-signed)
  • 22nd (Ty Davis-signed)
  • 22nd (Tyler Rhoden-JR)
  • 24th (Jonathan White-SO)
  • 26th (Stephen Shao-signed)

    So far, 38 of the 64 have signed. And I would expect at least 8 more to sign before the August 15th deadline, including Tommy Hunter (Alabama, 1st-s), Cale Iorg (Alabama, 6th), Joshua Fields (Georgia, 2nd), Bryan Augenstein (Florida, 7th), Wynn Pelzer (South Carolina-9th), Harris Honeycutt (South Carolina-10th), Julio Borbon (Tennessee, 1st-s) and David Price (David Price-1st).

    By the way, several SEC players helped themselves in the draft by staying for their senior seasons after being drafted their junior seasons.

  • Emeel Salem - 2006 10th round | 2007 6th round.
  • Sean Coughlin - 2006 42nd round | 2007 13th round.
  • Matt LaPorta - 2006 14th round | 2007 1st round.
  • Jeffrey Rea - 2006 33rd round | 2007 18th round.
  • Casey Weathers - 2006 25th round | 2007 1st round.
  • Will Kline - 2006 39th round (draft-eligible sophomore) | 2007 2nd round.

    Since I mentioned what players helped themselves, I should also mention the seniors that hurt themselves by not signing after last year's draft.

  • Danny Hamblin - 2006 9th round | 2007 10th round.
  • Chris Dennis - 2006 48th round | 2007 Not drafted.

    I hope you have a great Bulldog week this coming week.

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

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