Southern miss right-handed pitcher Tyler Stuart was selected in the sixth round by the New York Mets.
As the 179th overall pick, Stuart’s draft-slot value is $288,700, according to MLB.com.
“I woke up hoping for the call and getting the opportunity,” said Stuart in a phone interview with Pine Belt Sports. “I was excited this morning and feeling anxious. I got the call, and my name showed up on the board in the sixth round with the Mets, and I couldn’t be any more happy.
“They have a phenomenal organization. They have built a lot of great pitchers and progressed them very well. I think it’s a great fit. I’m super pumped to be there.”
The 6-foot-9 pitcher was the second Southern Miss player to be selected in the MLB draft, with Dalton Rogers being chosen in the third round earlier in the day by the Red Sox.
Stuart was another key piece of USM’s pitching staff, with the relief pitcher displaying a fastball that sat between 96-97 mph. On the mound this past year, Stuart posted a 3.38 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP while also striking out 38 batters and walking 13 in 40 innings pitched.
“Command was a big thing for me,” Stuart said. “Last year, I feel like there were question marks with such a small sample size. This year I had a few more innings than last year, and I was able to command the ball better and establish dominance on both sides of the plate. I think that helps my success for sure.”
Southern Miss has now had 88 players drafted 97 times since 1966, including 30 in the top 10 rounds.
“I wouldn’t trade my time at Southern Miss for the world. I had four amazing years there. It didn’t matter if I was playing or how many innings I had at the time.
“It was a great four years, and I have no regrets there. I’m thankful I had the opportunity to play down there for my four years.”