EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan State baseball’s Alex Troop was selected by the Washington Nationals in the ninth round (No. 283 overall) on the second day of the 2017 Major League Baseball Draft on Tuesday, June 13.
Troop was the Spartans’ No. 1 starting pitcher this season. A sophomore left-handed pitcher/first baseman from Batavia, Illinois, Troop is a finalist for the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award announced by the College Baseball Foundation. Troop is one of five finalists for the award.
This season, Troop tied for the B1G lead with eight wins during the regular season, posting the second-most wins in conference only action with four victories, finishing the season with an 8-3 overall record. He also ended with a 2.47 ERA, ranking fourth in the conference. Troop was also fourth in the league stats with a .223 opposing batting average. By firing 83 strikeouts this season, the sophomore ranked fifth in the conference, just shy of MSU’s top 10 single-season strikeouts list, but helped the Spartan pitching staff total 420 Ks this season, the second-most in school history.
Troop was named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week on May 22 after pitching 8.0 innings in leading Michigan State to a 6-1 win over No. 15 Michigan on May 18 at McLane Stadium at Kobs Field. The sophomore left-hander took a perfect game into the sixth inning and a no-hitter into the seventh inning, chalking up 10 strikeouts while only allowing two hits, tying his career-highs for both Ks and hits allowed, set March 17 vs. Campbell. Troop held a high-powered Michigan lineup to its fewest hits of the season and its second-lowest run total.
At the plate this season, Troop hit .321 with 12 RBI and three HR, posting a .531 slugging percentage and a .444 on-base percentage.
Troop’s selection in the top 10 rounds marks the third-straight season and sixth in the last eight years that Michigan State has had at least one player selected in the first 10 rounds, joining former teammates Cam Vieaux (6/195) and Jordan Zimmerman (7/216) in last season’s draft, along with Cam Gibson (5/160) and Ryan Krill (9/273) in 2015, David Garner (7/198) in 2013, Torsten Boss (8/252) in 2012 and current MSU student assistant coach Jonathan Roof (8/256) in 2010.
Under MSU head coach Jake Boss Jr., the Spartans have now had 27 selections in the Major League Baseball Draft.
The 2017 MLB Draft will continue on Wednesday, June 14 at Noon with rounds 11-40. Fans can follow the action live on mlb.com.