Jimmy Pickens was drafted by the Tigers in 2011 but opted to play college baseball instead. (Detroit News / Dale G. Young)
Outfielder Jimmy Pickens of Birmingham Brother Rice will not return to Michigan State for his senior season, choosing instead to sign with the Cincinnati Reds, the team that drafted him in the 15th round last week.
Pickens (6-foot-1, 215 pounds) played in 163 games over his three-year career at MSU, starting 149. He leaves MSU with a .294 career batting average with 20 home runs and 112 RBI.
In the 2014 season, Pickens was named to the All-Big Ten first team after leading the Spartans with a .318 batting average.
He was seventh in the Big Ten in slugging percentage (.473), fourth in walks (34) and fifth in on-base percentage (.427).