MSU Baseball Signees Updates

Mississippi State has had two signees drafted in the Major League Baseball Draft so far and could have had several others drafted.

With day-two of the draft now in the books, Mississippi State has had two of their signees drafted - Howard (Texas) College outfielder Runey Davis was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 12th round while Cleburne County (AL) High School lefthanded pitcher C.C. Watson was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 29th round.

While more signees could be drafted during the final day of the draft, there are at least two signees that passed up the chance to be drafted between the 5th and 12th rounds - South Panola (MS) High School infielder/righthand pitcher Ethan Bright and Meridian Community College catcher Wesley Thigpen.

"The few days before the draft, the (San Francisco) Giants called three or four times and the guy from the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau called a few times," said Ethan's dad Ken Bright. "They asked about Ethan's signability, if he would sign if he was drafted in the 5th to 10th round. (Ethan) told them he wouldn't sign for that. We told them he was signable but he wouldn't be drafted high enough to be signed."

Ethan had several opportunities to work out for various clubs prior to the draft but only attended one workout.

"(Ethan) received a lot of calls but he only went to one workout, the Cincinnati Reds annual pre-draft workout where there were about 38 to 39 players," said Ken. " He actually had a good workout. There were about three high school players with the rest being college players.

"The reason he went is my wife wanted to go see her dad and he lives just outside of Cincinnati. Her mom died a little over a year ago and Ethan didn't get to go then because he was on a trip. We went up two days early so we could visit."

As for Wesley Thigpen, he received several pre-draft calls from the St. Louis Cardinals.

"I talked to the (St. Louis) Cardinals a lot about an offer, but they just wouldn't go for what I wanted," said Wesley. "They were thinking about the 8th to 12th round.

Wesley now knows where he will be playing next season.

"I am going to be at (Mississippi) State next year," said Wesley.

As I talk to other signees that were either drafted (Watson, Davis) or would have been drafted (Jaron Shepherd for sure) if they had agreed to a certain dollar amount, I'll post what they say.

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

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