June 7, 2013 9:36:06 PM
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - A trio of Mississippi State University players heard their names in the draft called today while the Bulldogs prepare for a Super Regional matchup at the University of Virginia.
Junior shortstop Adam Frazier and a pair of senior pitchers in Kendall Graveman and Chad Girodo were selected in the 2013 MLB Draft Friday.
Frazier, who was named to the Southeastern Conference defensive player of the year, was selected in the sixth round (179th overall) by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Frazier has until July 12 to decide whether he'll sign a professional contract or return for his senior season at MSU.
"Our kids are hopefully going to get beyond this draft thing," MSU coach John Cohen said. "Hopefully , that will be in the rearview mirror for us."
MSU senior starting pitcher Kendall Graveman was taken in the eighth round (235th overall) by the Toronto Blue Jays. MSU officially announced today Kendall Graveman would get the Game 1 start Saturday. In his media conference Wednesday morning, Cohen said he and his MSU staff are "anticipating Kendall will start game-one" but would not finalize his rotation plans until the weekend begins because in his words "we simply don't have to".
"I think Kendall is just one of those guys that is a competitor and you just want him on the mound because our kids believe in him so much," Cohen said.
One round later, MSU left handed relief pitcher Chad Girodo would join Graveman as a teammate in the Toronto organization as a ninth-round pick (265th overall).
Frazier, a starter in all 64 MSU games this season, carries a .344 batting average with 94 hits and an SEC-leading 221 assists into the 2013 NCAA Charlottesville Super Regional.
Graveman (6-5, 2.94) is slated to make his 17th start of the season and the 46th of his career Saturday. Graveman was selected last summer in the 36th round by Miami and elected to return to MSU for his final season with the Bulldogs program.
Girodo (7-1, 1.10) ranks second on the team in wins and registered 12 of his 53 strikeouts Monday in a regional-clinching 6-1 win over the University of Central Arkansas.
Junior outfielder Hunter Renfroe of Crystal Spring, Miss., was the 13th player taken overall in the 2013 draft Thursday by the San Diego Padres. He became the 12th MSU player all-time chosen in the opening round of the MLB draft.
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