The writing on the outfield wall at Dudy Noble Field has already changed since last weekend.
There are now 15 Mississippi State players in history that have heard their names called in the first round of the Major League Baseball Draft. Ethan Small was the latest to earn that distinction when he was picked by the Milwaukee Brewers in the draft’s opening round this past Monday, necessitating that MSU update the number proudly displayed on the outfield wall of the ballpark.
It also means that when Small, a redshirt junior, takes the mound for Saturday’s 2 p.m. game in the opening contest of the Starkville Super Regional against Stanford, it’ll almost assuredly be the final time Small climbs the hill on campus at MSU. Small will almost certainly be bound for professional baseball after the season.
With that in his mind, Small plans to make the most of his likely final showing in Starkville and pitch the Bulldogs closer to the College World Series.
For more on MSU baseball, see the notebook in Saturday's Starkville Daily News.