A day after one Michigan State baseball player was taken, three more Spartans were picked in the MLB First-Year Player Draft on Wednesday. Two of them were underclassmen. Junior outfielder Brandon Hughes went to the Chicago Cubs in the 16th round with the 495th overall pick. And redshirt sophomore right-handed reliever Nathan Witt was picked in the 17th round by the Los Angeles Dodgers with the 520th pick. The Chicago White Sox also drafted senior left-handed pitcher Joe Mockbee in the 29th round, 867th overall.
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Alex Troop saw his career — or, more accurately, careers, plural, collegiate and professional — flash before his eyes.It was March 11, 2016, and he was playing first base, which he often did when he wasn’t pitching, as the rare, quality two-way player.In a nonleague game against Butler, he set up to take a throw, but it was out of his reach, so he went diving for it.
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Unable to get a B1G Tournament invite they now move on to the off-season much too soon for anyone’s liking. Not only did they finish the year 29-23 with a 10-14 conference mark — MSU also lost the last game of the season to their rival Michigan on senior day.
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Alex Troop is a finalist for the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award announced Wednesday by the College Baseball Foundation. Troop, a sophomore left-handed pitcher/first baseman is one of five finalists for the award. The Spartan is one of two players from the Big Ten Conference, joined by Nebraska’s Jake Meyers, along with two players from the Atlantic Coast Conference in Louisville’s Brendan McKay and Virginia’s Adam Haseley and one from the Big 12 Conference in West Virginia’s Braden Zarbnisky.
The Spartans season ended earlier than they would have liked. It was also earlier than what most people (myself included) predicted during the preseason.A lot of analysts had them finishing somewhere around 4-6 in the conference. Unfortunately, MSU ended ninth in the B1G and did not get an invite to the conference tournament.
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Michigan State head coach Jake Boss Jr. announced the winners of the 2017 team awards on Thursday, May 25. Senior Dan Durkin and junior Brandon Hughes were voted as co-recipients of the John Kobs Most Valuable Player award.
Proctor is considered one of the top two 2017 prospects in the state, according to Prep Baseball Report. Heikkinen is No. 6. “He’s one of the better kids to come out of the area in quite a while,” MSU coach Jake Boss said of Proctor. “I don’t want to put unfair expectations on him, but at the same time, I think he is physically, mentally capable of coming in and playing a lot right away.”
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In his last regular season start, redshirt-sophomore pitcher Alex Troop led the MSU baseball team to a victory over in-state rival Michigan. It was a game for the ages, as he was later honored with the Big Ten Pitcher of the Week award for his impressive performance.
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Five Michigan State baseball players earned All-Big Ten accolades, as the conference announced its league awards Tuesday. Second baseman Dan Durkin, center fielder Brandon Hughes, designated hitter Chad Roskelly and pitcher Alex Troop were all tabbed to the All-Big Ten second team list, while outfielder Bryce Kelley was named to the all-freshman team.
Alex Troop was named the Big Ten Conference Baseball Pitcher of the Week for last week’s performance, announced Monday by the conference office.
Michigan State baseball was dealt a heartbreaking, 2-1 10-inning loss to No. 15 Michigan Saturday afternoon on the Spartans’ Senior Day at McLane Stadium at Kobs Field.
Michigan State baseball got down early but fought back to rally before the comeback came up short, falling to No. 15 Michigan, 11-6, Friday night, leveling the three-game series at a game apiece.
Alex Troop pitched a gem to boost Michigan State baseball to a 6-1 victory over No. 15 Michigan Thursday afternoon at McLane Stadium at Kobs Field in the opener of the pivotal three-game Big Ten Conference series.
Michigan State baseball concludes regular season action with a three-game home-away-home series with in-state rival, No. 15 Michigan. The Spartans host the Wolverines at McLane Stadium at Kobs Field on Thursday, May 18 and Saturday, May 20, while playing at UM’s Wilpon Complex in Ann Arbor on Friday, May 19.
Junior center fielder Brandon Hughes broke the Michigan State baseball single-season stolen bases record with his 30th swipe of the season in the Spartans 7-0 shutout win over Central Michigan Tuesday at CMUs Theunissen Stadium.
Michigan State baseball wraps up regular-season action this week opening with its final in-state midweek game, heading to Mount Pleasant, Michigan to take on Central Michigan on Tuesday, May 16. First pitch from CMU’s Bill Theunissen Stadium is slated for 4:05 p.m.
Michigan State baseball was nipped by Nebraska, 8-7, Sunday afternoon at Hawks Field in the finale of the three-game Big Ten Conference series.
Michigan State baseball was topped by Nebraska, 5-2, Saturday in the second game of the three-game Big Ten Conference series at Hawks Field, leveling the series at a game apiece. MSU lost despite turning a triple play in the game.
Michigan State baseball used a five-run second inning and a bases-loaded double play to end the eighth to help the Spartans double up Nebraska, 6-3, Friday night in the opener of the three-game Big Ten Conference series in MSU’s first-ever visit to Lincoln
The Spartans are hitting the road one final time to face the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Nebraska leads the B1G and with it being so late in the season MSU can only hope to ruin their chances of claiming a conference title.
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