17 players with Mississippi ties drafted in 2023 MLB Draft

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Published: Jul. 12, 2023 at 3:27 PM CDT
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JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - Seventeen baseball players representing Mississippi heard their names called during the 2023 MLB draft this week.

Fifteen of the college and high school student-athletes represented schools from the Magnolia State, heralded as arguably the best baseball state in the country.

Ole Miss shortstop Jacob Gonzalez was the lone representative of Mississippi selected in the first round, who was drafted by the Chicago White Sox with the 15th overall pick. He will join former Rebels Tim Elko, Lance Lynn, and Calvin Harris as a part of the White Sox organization.

2023 Ferris Trophy winner and Rebels teammate Kemp Alderman was selected in the second round (47th pick) by the Miami Marlins.

Mississippi State’s Colton Ledbetter was drafted in the second round as well with the 55th overall pick by the Tampa Bay Rays while 2022 Ferris Trophy winner and 2023 Sun Belt Pitcher of the Year Tanner Hall was the first Southern Miss talent selected in the fourth round (114th pick) by the Minnesota Twins.

USM had four players drafted in the first 10 rounds for the first time in program history following another historic season in Scott Berry’s last year in charge.

Below is a full list of all twenty-two players selected in the MLB draft:

  • Jacob Gonzalez - Ole Miss; Round 1, Pick 15; Chicago White Sox
  • Kemp Alderman - Ole Miss; Round 2, Pick 47; Miami Marlins
  • Colton Ledbetter - MSU; Round 2, Pick 55; Tampa Bay Rays
  • Tanner Hall - USM; Round 4, Pick 114; Minnesota Twins
  • Calvin Harris - Ole Miss; Round 4, Pick 116; Chicago White Sox
  • Cooper Pratt - Magnolia Heights High School (Ole Miss commit); Round 6, Pick 182; Milwaukee Brewers
  • Cade Smith - MSU; Round 6, Pick 192; New York Yankees
  • Justin Storm - USM; Round 7, Pick 203; Miami Marlins
  • Dustin Dickerson - USM; Round 8, Pick 229; Kansas City Royals
  • Bryson Ware (from Madison, MS) - Auburn; Round 8, Pick 253; Philadelphia Phillies
  • Jack Dougherty - Ole Miss; Round 9, Pick 267; Minnesota Twins
  • Landon Tomkins (from Brandon, MS) - Louisiana Tech; Round 10, Pick 287; Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Matthew Etzel - USM; Round 10, Pick 301; Baltimore Orioles
  • Caleb Hobson (from Pontotoc, MS) - UT Martin; Round 13, Pick 382; Colorado Rockies
  • Will Verdung (Southern Miss commit) - Itawamba Community College (MS); Round 13, Pick 399; Atlanta Braves
  • Johnathan Rogers - Tupelo High School (Louisiana commit); Round 20, Pick 590; Detroit Tigers
  • Kellum Clark - MSU; Round 20, Pick 606; New York Mets

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