Mississippi State pitcher Landon Sims, receiver Logan Tanner and signer Jett Williams selected on day one of MLB draft

Landon Sims brings his trademark fire to the desert, Jett Williams appears to take off, and Logan Tanner takes his rocket arm to Cincinnati.

Sims, Tanner and Williams were the three MSU-affiliated players selected Sunday in the first two rounds of the 2022 MLB First-Year Player Draft, which runs through Tuesday.

Signed Bradley Loftin is the best option among a host of Bulldogs remaining on the board.

Sims was taken by the Arizona Diamondbacks with the No. 34 overall pick in Competitive Round A, the “sandwich” round between Rounds 1 and 2. Coming off the board one spot before his city native Atlanta Braves don’t come back on the clock, Sims was selected with a pick worth $2,257,100 — but he could sign for more or less.

Williams, meanwhile, was ranked No. 14 in the first round by the New York Mets. The Rockwall-Heath High School (Texas) shortstop was a consensus first-round pick.

Pick No. 14 is worth $4,241,600, meaning Williams likely won’t be coming to campus in 2022. Briefly, a resident of Long Island, New York, Williams told SNY he would sign with dishes.

“Happy to be home and can’t wait to get to work,” he said.

Tanner was taken by the Cincinnati Reds with the No. 55 second-round pick. The Mississippi State catcher, known for his prowess behind the plate, is up for a slot bonus of $1,373,300.

“Time to work! Let’s go @reds,” Tanner posted on Instagram Sunday night.

The George County High School star was recruited by pro teams as a pitcher in high school, but chose to prove he could play every day. Tanner was projected as a first-round midfield pick this time last year, but his season at the plate fell short of his lofty expectations.

The Bulldogs safety net hoped to hit .330, but finished at just .285 with just seven home runs. Still, he is expected to sign with the Reds and start his professional career.

“I will miss this guy,” tweeted MSU coach Chris Lemonis. “He’s a special player. A big part of our Championship squad.

Sims will likely sign with Arizona after tearing his UCL and undergoing Tommy John surgery in March. He was injured March 5 in his third start of the season against Tulane.

“Couldn’t be more grateful for this opportunity,” Sims tweeted shortly after being selected. “Let’s go to work!”

The Cumming, Georgia native dominated the bullpen at Mississippi State in 2021, striking out 100 relief batters as he filled the closest role for the Bulldogs en route to their first national championship.

“One of the best to ever wear brown and white,” Lemonis tweeted. “A great player and an even better person.”

He tried to entrench himself as a starter in 2022, but injury ended that. After striking out 10 batters in 3 2/3 perfect innings at Tulane, Sims was injured on a pitch to Bennett Lee and couldn’t finish the inning.

Sims is emerging as a reliever at the Major League level, according to ESPN draft analyst Kiley McDaniel. McDaniel suggested Sims could be the first player in the 2022 draft class to reach the majors once healthy.

It will take more time for Williams, who is only 18, to get there. If he signs, however, he will join pitcher JT Ginn, outfielders Rowdey Jordan and Jake Mangum as Mississippi State products in the Mets system. Even manager Buck Showalter is an MSU alumnus.

Of the Bulldogs remaining in the draft group, Loftin — a left-hander from DeSoto Central — and ambidextrous pitcher Jurrangelo Cijntje are also candidates to turn pro out of high school, while Northeast Mississippi Community College right-hander Colby Holcombe could sign with a big league club.

Outfielder Brad Cumbest, third baseman Kamren James, catcher Luke Hancock and pitchers Preston Johnson, KC Hunt, Jackson Fristoe and Brandon Smith are among the candidates to be selected this weekend.

Rounds 3-10 are Mondays and Rounds 11-20 are Tuesdays.

Theo DeRosa reports on Mississippi State sports for The Dispatch. Follow him on Twitter at @Theo_DeRosa.

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