STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA/MSU Athletics) - After spending the summer playing for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, Mississippi State junior pitcher has collected four Preseason All-America honors heading into the 2018 season, the latest being second-team recognition from Baseball America on Monday.
Ranked the No. 12 overall prospect for the 2018 MLB Draft, Pilkington is coming off a sophomore season in which he posted a 3.08 ERA and an 8-5 record in a team-high 17 starts and 108.0 innings pitched. This summer, the Hurley, Miss. native pitched for the USA Collegiate National Team, where he collected a 2.65 ERA and held opponents to a .183 batting average in five appearances.
As a team, MSU has combined for seven total Preseason All-America honors as Pilkington's four are joined by two from junior outfielder Jake Mangum (D1 Baseball and Perfect Game) and one for junior relief pitcher Spencer Price (Collegiate Baseball).
The Diamond Dawgs have so for been ranked in all five major preseason top 25 polls. MSU is ranked No. 12 by D1 Baseball, No. 13 by Collegiate Baseball, No. 15 by USA Today, No. 23 by Baseball America and No. 25 by Perfect Game.
Fans will have opportunities to meet the 2018 Diamond Dawgs prior to Opening Day at a pair of free events on MSU's campus. Fan Day is set for Sunday, Feb. 11, while Cowbell Yell will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 13.
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2018 Preseason Honors
Jake Mangum – OF – Third Team Preseason All-American (D1 Baseball, Perfect Game)
Konnor Pilkington – SP – Second Team Preseason All-American (Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, Perfect Game), Third Team Preseason All-American (D1 Baseball)
Spencer Price – RP – Third Team Preseason All-American (Collegiate Baseball)