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Brewers sign first-round pick Ethan Small of Mississippi State

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Posted at 4:36 PM, Jun 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-25 17:36:34-04

The Brewers have signed left-handed pitcher Ethan Small in the first round of the 2019 First-Year Player Draft.

Small was selected by the team out of Mississippi State University. The 22-year-old went 10-2 with 1.93 ERA. He had 176 strikeouts, a 0.87 WHIP and a .164 opponent batting average across 18 starts this season as a redshirt junior with the Bulldogs.

Small was named the 2019 SEC Pitcher of the Year, joining Chris Stratton as the only Bulldogs to take home the award. He was the program's first to earn College Baseball Foundation National Pitcher of the Year honors. He also earned First Team All-SEC honors and was named a First Team All-American by the American Baseball Coaches Association, College Baseball, Perfect Game and D1 Baseball.

Small is the sixth Mississippi State pitcher with multiple 100-strikeout campaigns and the third to record 300 career punch outs.

The Brewers' selection of Small marks the fourth time the team selected 28th overall, and the first time they selected a pitcher in the first round since 2015. It's also the first time the team selected a pitcher with their first selection in the Draft since Kodi Medeiros in 2014.

The Brew Crew has now agreed to terms with 22 of their 39 selections from the 2019 First-Year Player Draft after signing Small.