SECAUCUS, N.J. (WTVA/Ole Miss Athletics) – Ole Miss pitcher Ryan Rolison was selected No. 22 overall in the first round by the Colorado Rockies Monday night in the 2018 MLB Draft.
The sophomore lefty is the first Rebel taken in the first round since Drew Pomeranz went fifth overall to the Cleveland Indians in 2010. He’s the fifth first-rounder in Rebel history, joining Pomeranz, Michael Rosamond (1999), Chris Coghlan (2005) and Lance Lynn (2008).
Rolison just concluded a sensational sophomore season in which he became just the third player in program history to record 10 wins and 100-plus strikeouts.
Rolison was 10-4 on the season with a 3.70 ERA over 97.1 innings pitched. Opposing hitters were just .235 off of the Jackson, Tennessee, native. His 120 strikeouts rank second among SEC pitchers and sixth in Ole Miss history in a single season.
Rolison became the 100th Rebel drafted in head coach Mike Bianco’s 18 seasons.