STARKVILLE, Miss. — J.T. Ginn is headed to Starkville.
The Los Angeles Dodgers and a slot signing bonus of $2,275,800 came calling when L.A. selected Ginn, a Brandon product, with the final pick of the first round in last month’s MLB draft.
Ginn, though, turned down both an opportunity to be a part of a storied professional organization and life changing money to enroll at Mississippi State, which he described as his “lifelong dream.”
Ginn committed to MSU in January and signed his letter of intent on May 17, both of which preceded his selection in the MLB draft in early June. His devotion to the Bulldog program has been evident, and his decision to turn down the Dodgers validates that.
Billy Gasparino, the Dodgers’ Director of Scouting, said that Ginn has premium velocity and great movement, per MLB.com. Compliments are nice, but Ginn’s numbers speak for themselves.
He went 5-1 as a starter in back-to-back seasons and improved upon his already dazzling 1.78 earned run average as a junior with a 0.36 ERA this past season. That mark and his 78/9 strikeout-to-walk ratio earned him the Mississippi Gatorade Player of the Year award.
Though his high-90s fastball and impeccable command got him drafted in the first round, make no mistake: Ginn can hit, too. He batted .415 at Brandon and smashed 28 home runs during his career there.