CLEARWATER, Fla. – Missouri State’s Matt Russell signed a free agent contract with the Philadelphia Phillies organization Wednesday and will begin his professional career in the Florida Complex League. The rookie-level club is based in Clearwater, Fla.
A right-handed pitcher from Kansas City, Mo., Russell pitched exactly 100 innings in his Missouri State career, posting a 4-2 record with three saves and 86 strikeouts. He threw the first complete-game shutout by an MSU pitcher since 2018 at Evansville in April 2021 and struck out a career-high 10 batters against Bradley last season.
Russell joins Hayden Juenger (sixth round pick of Toronto in MLB draft) and Logan Wiley (Sioux Falls Canaries, Windy City Thunderbolts) as Bears’ pitchers moving on to professional baseball this summer, moving MSU’s program total to 149 pros in 58 years, including 130 under head coach Keith Guttin.