FILE - Mississippi State left-handed pitcher Nick Routt was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 16th round of the 2012 Major League Baseball draft Wednesday. Photo by: MSU athletics
June 6, 2012 7:10:00 PM
STARKVILLE - Mississippi State University left-handed pitcher Nick Routt was selected Wednesday in the 16th round, 502nd overall, by the Cincinnati Reds.
Routt (3-5, 3.80) has compiled a 12-12 career record with a 4.06 earned run average in 50 appearances, 39 of those as a starter. Routt averaged nearly a strikeout per inning pitched, registering 196 strikeouts in 207.0 innings pitched. He registered five complete games during his MSU career, including a staff-high four during a freshman campaign in which he was accorded PingBaseball.com Freshman All-America team and received Southeastern Conference All-Freshman Team honors.
"I think there's no doubt Nick Routt can have a solid professional career and pitch for a quite a long time," MSU coach John Cohen said.
Routt, a fourth year junior who has graduated with a degree in Business Administration and a Finance major, confirmed to The Dispatch MSU Sports Blog he will more than likely sign with the Reds organization.
"I think it's time I start my professional baseball career," Routt said. "Playing pro ball is what I've always wanted to do."
Routt has a 92 mile-per-hour fastball, a 12-6 curveball with a sharp slurve action and has reintroduced himself to one of the better circle changeups in one of the better college baseball leagues in America.
"I think I'll be prepared for whatever professional baseball has in store for me," Routt said. "I think all the ups and downs I've gone through with injuries has made me learn with adversity."
Routt suffered a severe injury to his pitching arm suffered on March 21, 2010 at Florida. It was Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., that told Routt last year he'd done significant damage to his flexor muscle throwing that pronated changeup that looked like a screwball, and he was looking at career-threatening Tommy John surgery to the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow.
Routt's biggest moment at MSU was his final complete game, a shutout of Georgia Tech University in the 2011 NCAA Atlanta Regional final to get the Bulldogs into their first Super Regional appearance. Routt held the Yellow Jackets allowed three runs, two earned, on six hits with six strikeouts in the route of earning a berth on the NCAA Atlanta Regional All-Tournament Team.
"I came to Mississippi State to accomplish an individual goal, get drafted, and a team goal - help win a national championship," Routt said. "We didn't get the national championship but the SEC Tournament championship was such a great experience and a great memory."
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