STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA/MSU Athletics) – The Mississippi State baseball duo of senior Jake Mangum and junior Colby White were each taken on the second day of the 2019 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft.
Mangum became the first MSU baseball student-athlete to be drafted in three different draft cycles, as he was selected in the fourth round by the New York Mets. White was a sixth-round pick to Tampa Bay. Mangum is the sixth Bulldog – seventh draft pick – by the Mets, while White is the fifth Diamond Dawg to be picked by Tampa Bay.
With the two picks on day two of the draft, Mississippi State has now had 151 different Diamond Dawgs selected for a total of 200 draft picks.
On day one of the draft, redshirt-junior Ethan Small became the 15th Diamond Dawg in program history to hear his name called in the first round. Adding Mangum and Colby White in the first 10 rounds of the draft, mark the seventh time since 1980 that MSU has seen three or more student-athletes picked in the first 10 rounds of the draft.
Mangum is the first MSU baseball student-athlete to earn three, first-team All-SEC selections and is just the 13th student-athlete in the history of SEC baseball to earn first-team honors from the conference three times. He owns the Mississippi State career record for hits (375), at-bats (1,052) and games played (257), while sitting tied atop the career doubles charts with Travis Chapman (1997-2000) at 71.
In 2019, Mangum moved his name atop the Mississippi State and Southeastern Conference all-time hits charts, while moving into the top-five in NCAA history. He passed Jeffrey Rea (335; 2004-07) for the MSU record and LSU's Eddy Furniss (352; 1995-97) for the SEC career record, while becoming just the seventh NCAA Division I hitter to reach the 370-hit mark.
Mangum also became just the seventh MSU baseball student-athlete to eran multiple All-America honors, joining MSU's only three-time All-American Rafael Palmeiro, and two-time All-Americans Will Clark, Eric DuBose, Paul Maholm, Tommy Raffo and Pete Young as multiple national award selections.
He also ranks among the top-10 in Mississippi State history in batting average, at bats, runs, doubles, triples, total bases and stolen bases.
White has been a stopper in the bullpen for Mississippi State, as a part of a four-pitcher rotation that has been tasked with closing out games for the Diamond Dawgs. The hard-throwing right hander owns a 3-1 record and a 3.28 ERA in 25 appearances. Along with his three wins, White owns seven holds on the season.
In 24 2/3 innings, White has allowed just 16 hits and walked seven, limiting the opposition to a .180 batting average against. He has allowed 10 runs – nine earned – and struck out 45 batters on the season. In 15 of his 25 appearances, White has struck out multiple batters, with his longest outing of the season sitting at 1 1/3 innings. He also owns at least one strikeout in 24 of 25 games.
Prior to arriving on campus, White was named the Pearl River C.C. pitching MVP as a sophomore and earned All-Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges honors twice in his career. He was a second-team pick as a freshman and a first-team honoree as a sophomore. While at PRCC, White posted 12 saves and owned a 9-3 record with 23 of 35 appearances being scoreless.