Mississippi State second baseman Brett Pirtle was drafted 700th overall, 23rd round, by the Detroit Tigers during Saturday’s First-Year Player Draft.
Pirtle is the fourth Bulldog to be taken. Pitchers Jacob Lindgren and Jonathan Holder were taken by the New York Yankees, while right hander Brandon Woodruff was taken by the Milwaukee Brewers.
This is the first time Pirtle has been drafted. He was drafted out of high school our when he finished junior college ball.
The Tyler, Texas native led the Bulldogs with a .363 batting average this season. He batted .337 with 158 hits during his two-year career with the Bulldogs.
“He’s probably going to go down in the history of Mississippi State baseball as one of the best second baseman who ever played here,” MSU head coach John Cohen said after the Bulldogs saw their season end at Louisiana-Lafayette. “I think he’s the best defender in college baseball at second base.”