South Carolina Gamecock Cole Messina expected to be second-round pick for 2024 MLB Draft

Cole Messina, the Gamecock from South Carolina, was projected as a second-round pick for the 2024 MLB Draft.

South Carolina's baseball program has undergone some changes since the end of the 2024 season due to a coaching change, and now the MLB Draft is quickly approaching. Despite the disappointing end to the season, the Gamecocks still won 37 games this season, and now one of their players is being considered an early-round draft pick.

ESPN released an MLB mock draft and had South Carolina catcher Cole Messina go to the Milwaukee Brewers in the second round with the 67th pick. Messine was the sixth catcher taken in the draft. Over the course of his career in South Carolina, Messina achieved a batting average of .305 with 38 home runs and 137 RBIs.

This year, Messina was named Perfect Game Second Team All-American, NCBWA Second Team All-American, ABCA Second Team All-American and All-SEC Second Team. He was a key player for the Gamecocks last season and now has a chance to be one of the first names called in the 2024 MLB Draft.

The MLB Draft Combine will be held for the second consecutive year at Chase Stadium in Phoenix, Arizona, beginning Tuesday. The combine will include over 300 prospects and will take place from June 18-23.

This year, Gamecocks baseball will be represented by four players, including top-200 draft prospect Cole Messina, along with Eli Jerzembeck, Eli Jones and Roman Kimball. Gamecock newcomers Brandon Clarke, PJ Morlando, Carson Messina and Beau Hollins will also participate in the combine.

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