Three Mansfield products drafted by MLB

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A trio of former Mansfield ISD hardballers were among those selected in the recent Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft, highlighted by Cody Dicksen’s selection in the fourth round (119th overall) by the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The left-handed pitcher has been at Sam Houston State the last three seasons. This past season, he led the Bearkats in innings pitched with 95, amassing a 9-5 record in 15 starts, with a 4.26 ERA, including three complete games.

Summit head coach Chris Peacock arrived in Dicksen’s senior year.

“First of all, he’s a really hard worker,” Peacock said. “His work ethic is really good. He puts a lot of time in on his own, not just at practice. His work ethic is probably what carried him a long way. I don’t think that’s changed, it’s probably just picked up if anything.”

Peacock isn’t surprised that Dicksen is getting his shot at the majors.

“He was a guy in high school that was pretty dominant for us,” Peacock said. “He had a great fastball and when he threw strikes nobody could hit him … Not to say I know it all, but I really felt like he was a guy that was going to get better and better. If you look at his body, he’s a tall, slender kid. You figured as he got older and got bigger he would just throw harder and harder and that’s exactly what’s happened. For sure he has a chance. He’s left-handed and he throws hard and that’s a really good combination to make it to the big leagues.”

Also drafted were a pair of former Mansfield Tigers, both of whom were selected out of Dallas Baptist.

Michael Miller was selected in the 20th round by the San Diego Padres. Miller was a junior catcher at DBU, where he served as backstop for 51 of 60 games this season, co-leader on the team with a .333 batting average, nine home runs and 51 RBIs.

Teammate Michael Smith was selected in the 29th round by the Los Angeles Angels. Smith was a 2008 Mansfield graduate and a two-time first-team all district player. The right-handed pitcher leaves Dallas Baptist as the school’s all-time leader in appearances, appearing in 99 games. He pitched in 24 contests this past season, earning four saves with a 3.42 ERA.

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