Brandon Woodruff delivers a pitch against Michigan State during his days at Mississippi State in 2014.

There was always a running joke between former Mississippi State pitcher Brandon Woodruff and former MSU head baseball coach and now athletic director John Cohen.

Cohen always told Woodruff that by the time the hurler turned 25-years-old, he’d be a big leaguer.

Ultimately, Woodruff beat Cohen’s expectations. He made his Major League Baseball debut with the Milwaukee Brewers at age 24 back during the 2017 season. Now, less than two years since then, not only is Woodruff a big leaguer, he’s a National League All-Star and will likely make his first-ever appearance in MLB’s midsummer showcase tonight in the 6:30 p.m. affair televised nationally by Fox.

Woodruff is the 10th Mississippi State player to ever be chosen to play on an MLB All-Star team. Woodruff’s MSU numbers didn’t necessarily indicate he was bound to one day be in this spot – he was just 3-6 with a 4.70 earned run average over three seasons with the Bulldogs from 2012 through 2014 – but here Woodruff is, in Cleveland Tuesdy night where he’ll compete with the best players in his sport.

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