Mississippi State pitcher KC Hunt spurns Pittsburgh Pirates in MLB draft, set to return to Starkville - The Dispatch - The Commercial Dispatch

KC Hunt got his chance at the Major Leagues.

The Mississippi State right-hander turned it down.

Hunt declined to sign with the Pittsburgh Pirates, affirming his return to Starkville in a social media post Wednesday.

“Thank you to the Pittsburgh Pirates, but we’ve got some unfinished business…see y’all at The Dude,” Hunt tweeted.

A 12th-round pick of the Pirates on July 19, Hunt chose to come back for his senior season in Starkville. He posted a 7.46 ERA in 25 1/3 innings in 2022, striking out 32 batters.

Hunt began the season in the weekend rotation but suffered an injury in his first appearance, missing six weeks of the season. He pitched out of the bullpen in his final 14 games, tossing four straight scoreless outings at one point.

The Wyckoff, New Jersey, native’s electric fastball and strikeout stuff made him attractive to the Pirates, but Hunt chose instead to bet on himself. If he can secure a spot in the Bulldogs’ starting rotation in 2023, he can make himself a much higher draft pick next summer.

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

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