|Born: February 14, 1997|
As a freshman at Mississippi State in 2016, Small pitched only ten innings. After his freshman campaign, he underwent Tommy John surgery and missed all of 2017. He returned as a redshirt sophomore in 2018, starting 18 games, going 5-4 with a 3.20 ERA. In 2019, Small went 10-2 with a 1.93 ERA in 18 starts, striking out 176 batters in 107 innings, and was named the SEC Pitcher of the Year. He won the 2019 National Pitcher of the Year Award. He was a unanimous first team All American selection by all 7 reporting agencies.
Small was drafted with 28th overall pick by the Milwaukee Brewers in the first round of the 2019 Major League Baseball draft. He signed for $2 million.  He made his professional debut with the Arizona League Brewers, and, after two games, was promoted to the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.
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