JT Ginn’s debut season at Mississippi State didn’t quite get the fairytale ending he wanted with a national championship.
However the freshman right-hander’s first season with the Bulldogs was no doubt a success and that became more apparent on Friday as Ginn was honored with a pair of postseason accolades.
Ginn was picked as a first team Freshman All-American by two different outlets on Friday. Both Baseball America and D1Baseball chose Ginn as a first-teamer. Ginn was one of just four freshman starting pitchers in the country to be placed on both first-team lists. The others were Vanderbilt’s Kumar Rocker, Ole Miss’ Doug Nikhazy and Tyler Thornton of Saint Mary’s.
By any measure, Ginn was outstanding this past season. He was chosen as the Southeastern Conference’s Freshman of the Year. He concluded his season with an 8-4 overall record. He boasted a 3.36 ERA over 80.1 innings of work.
He struck out 103 batters and limited opponents to a .223 batting average.
With Ethan Small signing with the Milwaukee Brewers earlier this week after being a first-round selection in the Major League Baseball Draft, it’s expected that Ginn will be MSU’s Friday night ace next season.
For more news on the baseball Bulldogs, see Saturday's Starkville Daily News.