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MSU's options as Ryan Gridley departs for the A's

 

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Those of you that follow me on Twitter (hopefully all of you do, @Brett_Hudson) have seen that former Mississippi State shortstop Ryan Gridley has signed with the Oakland Athletics after being drafted with the 321st overall pick (11th round) in the 2017 MLB Draft. 

 

Gridley leaves the Bulldogs after earning First Team All-Southeastern Conference honors at shortstop. He hit .327 with 15 doubles, both numbers second on the team to Brent Rooker. 

 

Where does this leave MSU? Here are the options: 

 

- If this were early February, we would simply point to Luke Alexander. Even if this were March, we would probably still point to Alexander. Remember: All we heard about Alexander in the preseason was that he's a guy good enough to play shortstop but moving to third to get in the lineup everyday. This would've been the obvious answer....if his bat didn't disappear in the final six weeks of the season. Of course it's possible he returns to form at the plate and takes a stranglehold of the shortstop position, but stopping there wouldn't make for a good blog post, now would it? 

 

- MSU has three players in the incoming recruiting class that are listed as shortstops on Baseball America: Jordan Westburg, Justin Foscue and Rowdey Jordan. (They don't list Tanner Allen as a shortstop, but I'm going to list him here.) Allen is the only one that got drafted, in the 36th round by the Cubs. 

 

- Let us not forget that Hunter Stovall played a couple of games at shortstop around that whole Gridley wedding mess. He obviously best projects as a second baseman and Cannizaro will almost certainly prefer to keep him there, but anything is possible when we're talking about February in late June.

 

 

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