MSH-State of Mississippi Draft Preview

Outside of Ole Miss lefthanded pitcher Drew Pomeranz the 2010 MLB Draft is an unclear one for many Mississippi prospects. The Draft begins with the first round June 7, and rounds 2-30 on June 8. On June 9th the draft concludes with rounds 31-50.

The biggest question heading into the draft is who will be the first high school player taken from the Magnolia State?. JaCoby Jones (Richton, LSU signee), Ryan Bolden (Madison Central, Ole Miss signee), and Hunter Renfroe (Copiah Academy, Meridian CC signee) all make interesting cases and each could hear their name called in the top 10 rounds.

Junior College-wise, Meridian Community College standout Corey Dickerson (Mississippi State signee) looks like a lock to go in the Top 10 rounds because several teams have showed strong interest in him recently and he's only impressed in private workouts.

Past the 20th round, several high school prospects names are possibilities such as Chase Lewallen (Sumrall, MSU signee), Deshun Dixon (Terry), DeMarcus Henderson (Wayne County, MSU signee), Jimel Judon (Myrtle, Ole Miss signee), DeHendret Collins (Franklin County, Co-Lin CC signee) and Jackson Posey (Sumrall, Southern Miss signee).

Other than Pomeranz, of the other college players in Mississippi, Mississippi State's Connor Powers should be an interesting player to watch; some scouts have him falling out of the top 10 rounds while others have him going before the 5th round. Ole Miss hurlers David Goforth and Aaron Barrett could go in the top 15 rounds. USM's Todd McInnis is another pitcher worth charting in this draft, and so is Ole Miss position-player Matt Smith.

Oscar Mantle is a talent evaluator for, an independent website that covers Mississippi baseball, including high school, junior college and travel team ball.

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